For the Love of Iris

Articles, Tips and Notes from Schreiner's Iris Gardens


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Forest-Fresh Evergreen Wreaths

Fresh from the forest of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, we give to you our annual selection of Holiday Wreaths. Two styles in two sizes to suit your holiday decor. Give to a friend, give to yourself.

Bring the fresh scent of evergreens home for the holidays. Order your wreath online today.

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All wreaths prepared by Crowley House Flower Farm of Rickreall, Oregon.

Photos courtesy of Mitch and May Photography


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By Mike Unser

A small sampling of Siberian iris photos I’ve taken in years past showcasing the beauty they bring to the garden. Siberian irises make exceptional garden plants and are easy to grow and care for. They are especially beautiful when grown in large masses. For many decades the color range was limited, but recent…

via Photo Essay: The Beauty of Siberian Irises — World of Irises


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Annual Iris Naming Contest 2018

Schreiner's Iris Gardens | Tall Bearded Iris

Schreiner Seedling MM1288-A

Iris Naming Contest Now Closed

 

Each October we select one of our seedlings, never before introduced, to be named by you, our fellow Iris enthusiasts. This year’s candidate is a lovely dark cherry, very logically (although unimaginatively) named MM1288-A. This newcomer stands 36 inches tall and blooms early in the season.

Contest open to US residents only. Entry deadline is 9:00 p.m. Pacific, Sunday, October 28, 2018.  The winner will be notified via email in November 2018. Winner will receive one plant of the named Iris (shipped summer 2019) and a $25 gift certificate to Schreiner’s Iris Gardens (mailed with a copy of the 2019 catalog in the spring of 2019).

The contest winner will be notified via email.

Sharing our passion for Iris,
The Schreiner Family

Images in this blog are copyrighted and cannot be reproduced without permission of the copyright holders Schreiner’s Iris Gardens.

 


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Thank you, one and all….

Schreiner's Gardens|Sunrise over Newly Planted Fields

October sunrise over newly planted Iris fields

Thank you for a wonderful season.
To all of our customers — past, present and future — we thank you. You represent our heritage and our legacy. In this season of planning and planting, we embrace the coming winter, and look to the bounty of the spring. But there’s no rushing nature.
Not even in this impatient era of “instant gratification” and “what’s in it for me” can the forces of nature be hurried. Yet, with lightning speed, we all share our joys and woes; our pleasure or displeasure with a personal experience or product purchased. We share images of our latest acquisition, mountain climbed, or newest blossom to open in the garden (the latter being our favorite always). Comments, praise, and complaints fly through the social cyber waves to our virtual doorstep. We, here at Schreiner’s Gardens, receive these messages with open arms, receptive minds and humble hearts. Social posts, emails, and letters all serve to bind us better to you, our customers. For this connection, we are grateful.
For four generations of Iris (and Daylily) farming we’ve been growing our connections — building our followers, you could say. With all of you, we share our successes, because we care about what’s in it for you.
Thank you for another great season.
Best wishes for a peaceful Autumn,
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by Tom Waters

Here in New Mexico, the autumn equinox has brought a chill to the air and a change in the light that says summer has gone. I thought I would write about a few aspects of iris gardening in the autumn.Is it too late to plant bearded irises?Allow at six weeks for newly planted…

via The Autumn Iris Garden — World of Irises


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The American Iris Society AnnouncesThe 2018 Wister Medal WinnersNotta LemonBottle RocketStrawberry ShakeThis medal is restricted to tall bearded (TB) irises. It is named in honor of John C. Wister. Three medals are awarded each year.John C. Wister led the organizing meeting that created the American Iris Society and became its first president, a position he held for…

via Wister Medal Winner 18 — World of Irises


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Creating Chromatic Contrast with Iris

BlackIris_WhiteAlliumThe idea of a monochromatic garden isn’t a new one, but it is a good one.

Bearded Iris represent the full spectrum of the rainbow. Planting a full range of colors in your garden brings brightness and variety to the scene. Some of us like the mixed up rainbow effect, others like to plant in tidy, organized blocks of color. Building upon the idea of uniform color blocks,  below we present the idea of planting an area using a monochromatic theme. Monochromatic color schemes are derived from a single base hue, then extended using its shades, tones and tints…. As a result, the energy is more subtle and peaceful due to a lack of contrast of hue.* Iris blossoms in shades and tones of a single base hue move the eyes from dark to bright and back again.

Let’s take purple as an easy example. The range of purples in the Bearded Iris family seemingly defies notation. Nevertheless, here is just a sample of Iris falling into the purple spectrum.

Varieties featured above from left to right: Badlands, Rosalie Figge, Rhinelander, Good LookingExcuse Me Darling, Christmas PresentRoyal Sterling

Here is another example of reds lightening to pinks:

Varieties featured above from left to right: Infrared, Red Hawk, Code Red, Dance The Night Away, Entice, Power Point, Rite of Passage

Keep in mind, when creating a visual spectrum in the garden, you might wish to choose Iris that bloom at the same time. The Iris pictured above were chosen only for their color for purposes of illustration. When selecting Iris for your garden design, pay particular attention to their listed bloom season. Also, keep in mind that Iris will bloom at slightly different times depending on the weather and climate in your area.

A fun idea for a chromatic extremes, or “Yin Yang”, garden might be the exclusive use of very dark and white! When these Iris are planted in proximity (12 to 18 inches apart), and with simultaneous bloom time, you are sure to enjoy the full impact of the color contrast. You’ll find these groups of white Iris in our new Moonbeams in May Iris Collection, and the dark Iris in our new After Midnight Iris Collection.

The possibilities are endless. The wonderful thing about gardening is that you can always change things up. Experiment, have fun, let your creative spirit loose!

P.S. Share images of the results of your garden design on Schreiner’s Gardens’ Facebook page.

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monochromatic_color