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Harpswell Hallelujah Siberian Iris
 
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a few varieties of miniature iris I am currently growing

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My first Iris bloom of 2022 is Iris reticulata 'Pixie', a beautiful deep blue cultivar with sparks of white and gold.
This dwarf bulbous species is native to Anatolia, the Caucasus, and northern Iran and Iraq.
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Now a slew of Dwarf Irises are blooming in my garden. Several cultivars of Iris reticulata. 'Pixie' is now joined with several more blue forms 'Alida', 'Armenian Form', & 'Rhapsody', as well as the distinctively purple Iris reticulata 'J.S. Dijt' (below).
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Also, the remarkably unique Iris x 'Katherine Hodgkin' (photo below), a primary hybrid of Iris winogradowii X Iris histrioides.
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Another type of bulbous Iris that does very well in my garden are Dutch Iris (Iris x hollandica cvs.).
Despite the Latin name, Iris x hollandica is not a natural hybrid, nor is it native to the Netherlands. Rather, it is a cross between several different species of Iris subgenus Xiphium, native to southwestern Europe and northwestern Africa, most notably Spanish Iris (Iris xiphium) and Tangiers Iris (Iris tingitana). Dutch Iris cultivars ar enow available in wide array of colours and patterns. They are widely grown, both as garden ornamentals and as cut flowers for the florist trade. Being descended from species native to Mediterranean climates, Dutch Iris go dormant in late Spring after blooming. During Summer, the dormant, underground bulbs should be watered as little as possible, though they do tolerate occasional light irrigation in my garden.
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