What a delight it was today to walk out to the greenhouse and find all my autumn planted pots of Iris reticulata in bloom – it felt like spring had arrived! These bulbs were planted in mid September into terracotta pots filled with garden compost. They were kept in the potting shed until early January and then moved to my frost free greenhouse. I could have brought them into flower earlier by bringing them into the house, but I am not one to rush the arrival of spring and am happy with them stealing a week or so on the garden iris. Look how beautiful they are:
In my garden these little iris are usually in flower around snowdrop time, although they flower for a much shorter period. Every autumn I plant up plenty of bulbs in pots to enjoy both in the house and outside on the terrace. After flowering, I plant the bulbs out into the garden. This is only our third winter in this new garden, so I have a long way to go before I can welcome swaths of these beautiful little iris in January, but things are certainly improving.