PCI's...what are those, you may ask? They are Pacific Coast Iris...although mine aren't the species, but rather hybrids of our native Iris. Every year seems to bring a few new introductions, and while I'd love to have them all, I have just a few in my garden (space is limited). Still, they are tough and beautiful, increasing in size fairly reliable each year.
The ones I have that are currently blooming are:
'Little Survivor'...this is my favorite at the moment...it's steadily getting bigger and bigger...and those SUMPTUOUS, velvety purple blooms are perfection, IMHO.
'Ami Royale'...this one was a gift from good friend and fellow plant lover, Riz Reyes. I had forgotten about it as it's in a pot with a rapidly-expanding Molinia 'Cordoba' that is threatening to totally overwhelm it. Still...it's increased in size over the past few years and blooms beautifully. I'm thinking of moving it to a spot where it will have a little more breathing room.
Last, but not least, an unnamed hybrid, again from Riz, which he gifted to a few of us plant nerds several weeks ago...isn't it fabulous!
I have a few more PCI's in the wings that are about to bloom...including a seed-grown hybrid from friend and fellow blogger, Alison, which, if memory serves, is a muted buttercream color which fades to off-white (above) AND 'Sea Admiral' (below), which doesn't seem to be blooming this year, sadly.
Do you grow any of the PCI hybrids (or even the species)? Which do you recommend?
They're beautiful, Scott! I don't have any in my garden so can't help you with recommendations. The last one you showed is fabulous but then I'm a sucker for purple and white iris.ReplyDelete
I'm proud that I guilted you into posting! I've heard that PCI's are difficult to move. Is that the case? Even if they are, I'll still get some!ReplyDelete
I love your Iris posts Scott -- let's see some wide shots again!ReplyDelete
They're one of my favorite plants too! I'm so pleased the one I gave you is thriving and blooming. That last one, the purple with a white edge, is yummy. Also so glad to see a post from you.ReplyDelete
All nice but the unnamed one is my favourite. And as usual, it has to be the unnamed one!ReplyDelete
The most recent gift from Riz is the only one I've got, for some reason I've shied away from them thinking they're too demanding of the perfect conditions to be happy in my garden. If this one thrives then look out! I might be an addict, I'll start my acquisitions with 'Little Survivor' cuz it's gorgeous and I like the name.ReplyDelete
I got my first start from the swap and I'm SUPER excited about it. Yours are gorgeous.ReplyDelete
I always enjoy your posts - love seeing your pictures. Thanks for posting!ReplyDelete
These PC iris are very enticing - pretty sure they wouldn't like my zone 6 garden - but - very nice to see them. A cross between bearded and Siberian with a little extra flair and intrigue tossed in?
I'm glad to see you surface again. I love PCIs but they haven't been reliable for me in my current garden. Your post got me to take another look at their requirements - I think I'll try moving them to the front garden where the soil is better to see if that makes a difference.ReplyDelete
All of the blossoms are fabulous!ReplyDelete
I have only one - Banbury Beauty. She's gorgeous though! Happy spring Scott.ReplyDelete
I just noticed this morning that the one I got from Alison is blooming. Must move it to a spot where it will get the attention it deserves. Good for Amy, if she's the one who nudged you back into the blogosphere.ReplyDelete
You have some beauties! That unnamed hybrid from Riz is my first PCI hybrid. I have lots of Iris tenax growing wild. I've been admiring the PCI's at Cistus. I should take pictures of my favorites.ReplyDelete
I think that one from Riz is a good place to start, Evan...I think it's going to be a winner...and I really enjoyed your post today on the Iris tenax...I should really add some of those to my own garden :-)ReplyDelete
I love those seed-grown plants of Alison's, Ricki...it's fun since you never know what you're going to get!ReplyDelete
Oh Jen....that is GORGEOUS...I may have to find that one!ReplyDelete
Don't you just love the, Dianne :-)ReplyDelete
Hahaha...yes...it's been a while, hasn't it...it's good to be back...hopefully I don't lapse for such a long time again! I seem to have good luck with them when I ignore them...although I've had one or two just die while others do well...who knows why!ReplyDelete
They are one of those rare plants that really only does well in our PNW conditions, Cecilia...especially our hot, dry summers...luckily there are so many Iris you can still grow!ReplyDelete
I think you'll love them (did you get them from Alison)? They are like these fleeting little jewels in the garden...so lovely.ReplyDelete
I think 'Little Survivor' could find a happy home in your garden, Loree...they don't like ANY summer water. Mine are all in the parking strips and I just ignore them all year.ReplyDelete
Of course...and I agree...it's a beauty!ReplyDelete
The one you gave me is the happiest of all...and in a large container with a huge grass, to boot...love it!ReplyDelete
Hahaha...I think maybe I'll post some wide shots in the next day or two :-)ReplyDelete
Hahahaha...guilt is powerful, isn't it ;-) I think they are just harder than regular Iris...which you can dig up, forget to replant and they'll still bloom, bare roots and all!ReplyDelete
You know me, Peter...if it's Purple, I must have it!ReplyDelete
Yes, from Alison. I don't know if she said which variety that she dug, but I like the idea of being surprised. :)ReplyDelete
I very much like your iris and beautiful images. I do wish I did not have to sign up though FB though. It asks for personal info.ReplyDelete
You've been gone too long. I'm glad to see your beautiful pictures again.ReplyDelete
I had to write down some of these names... add to the list of must haves in my garden.
Scott - so glad to see you have posted these beautiful photos - we have missed your artistic images.ReplyDelete
No, I don't have any PCIs...only tall bearded German Irises. These are beauties. Especially that first one, with the gold blooms in the background. Welcome back to posting--we missed you!ReplyDelete
Scott, I have Caesar's Brother and several other later varieties, none blooming yet. I do appreciate the as they pop up between other plantings during the summer.ReplyDelete
The first one is my ideal for an iris. PURPLE. But all of them are beautiful!ReplyDelete
Beautiful pics Scott. Your PCI's are growing so well and compliment your other plantings so nicely.ReplyDelete
These are gorgeous! I have a deep red iris named Red Velvet Elvis that I bought purely for its name. Daily Elvis sightings can never be a bad thing.ReplyDelete
Absolutely stunning irises....I marvel at these irises and how lucky you are to have them!ReplyDelete
That's so strange, Donna...it should let you sign in with your google account...odd...ReplyDelete
It's good to be back, Chava...although I'm a bit out of practice!ReplyDelete
I'll try to be better about posting, more, David :-)ReplyDelete
Thanks! It's been a while, I know...hopefully I'm back on the horse again :-)ReplyDelete
I love that one, Gatsby...such a rich, dark purple!ReplyDelete
Hahahaha...purple is the key for me as well!ReplyDelete
I am a sucker for them, Jenni :-)ReplyDelete
Hahahahaha...too funny, Tammy!ReplyDelete
They are pretty fabulous, Donna ;-)ReplyDelete
Me either. I tried six times before it took the FB info and tried Google first. I hope it is good to go now.ReplyDelete
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