Lily Lion Heart

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Arilbred Iris

Aril Iris is an iris of the Oncocyclus or Regelia group or a hybrid among or between them.  Hybrids involving Aril Iris and ( Eupogon) bearded Irises are call " Arilbreds".  I bought some last year through the Aril International Society of which I am a member.  There are beginner to advanced Iris in this group. The ones below are hybrids of Oncos, Regelia, and bearded Iris, and because they have less Onco in them they are amenable to the garden here. There are no hard and fast rules to grow them except to try the more challenging ones in the garden is a very well-drained sandy mix. The ones that are 100% Onco's are grown under glass.

Iris Buttered Berries

Iris Bold Sentry

Iris Carole's Blue Heaven

Iris Babylon Prince

Iris Mohr Pretender

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Oddballs, and spiny things!

Last Sunday June 7th we held our annual show, another stunner, where the oddballs came out to play, and compete. I always enjoy showing plants and participating. It was another successful show, with remarkably beautiful, and bizarre plants. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and for me they are all beautiful.

Neoporteria gerocephala

Ariocarpus kotschlibeyanus

Huernia sp.

Orbea variegata

Trichodiadema bulbosum

Euphorbia millotii

Close up of bird singing amidst the cherry blossoms on the bonsai container

Pachypodium lamerii crest ( Best succulent in show)
Euphorbia unispina