Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Freak Out Plant: Iris 'red hawk'
This "Freak Out Plant" post is debuting with Iris germanica 'Red Hawk'. This new series will feature plants that when I see in person, in a nursery or some garden will completely captivate me. When I encounter them I can not control my feelings and basically freak out over its beauty, with some aspect of the plant whether, foliage, bloom, or some other detail.
Basically I must have it and take it home.
So with this, the first of my "Freak Out Plants" it is Iris germanica 'Red Hawk'. I saw this amazing bearded Iris, which I have to admit melted me when I first laid eyes on it at Loomis Creek Nursery.
I was watering the front half of the yard one Friday when I spied this gem in full dark glory. What a great color I thought to myself, burgundy, brown, plum altogether, with a small little golden yellow throat. I had to have it!
It was not till the end of the day and I thought, hey, do I need another bearded Iris? Do even like bearded Iris that much?
I walked to my car and then guilt from my plant obsession took over. I had to have this variety!
So I got him, yes I think its a male and planted him in one of my south island beds.
I am in pure bliss when I stare at his striking bloom! I am sure I made the right decision to get this outstanding Iris.
Iris germanica 'red hawk'
Fertile well drained soil that is high in organic matter (though Iris thrive here in Cornwallville's clay Catskill soil).