Juno Iris Gallery 2002
(April 2002)

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Iris willmottiana alba     copyright  2002 Mark McDonough Iris willmottiana alba, a compact
Central Asian species.  Normally with 
bluish flowers, this is the pristine white

First flowers this year opened on April
16, 2002, with 3 crisp blossoms.

Iris willmottiana alba     copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Iris willmottiana alba, the photo taken
on the same day as the photo above!  
The buds develop quickly, and by the
end of the same day, a total of 10 
blossoms had opened.  In bloom, the
plant is about 8" (20 cm) tall.

Iris greaberiana     copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Iris graeberiana - pleasing color form
with medium blue flowers and soft
chartreuse yellow falls.  There's also
a handsome white-flowered form.

Iris bucharica - bicolor form     copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Iris bucharica - bicolor form, rather
distinct from the normal all-yellow forms,
this selection has butter-and-egg color
flowers that really stand out, and are
fragrant too. One of the best!  I believe
this variety properly carries the cultivar
name 'Princess'

Iris bucharica 'Dushanbe'     copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Iris bucharica 'Dushanbe' - this all-
yellow form has lighter standards and
deeper color falls with some brown

Iris bucharica - fine gold form    copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Iris bucharica - fine golden yellow
form, growing to about 8-9" tall 
(20-23 cm).  This is a plant that was
distributed as I. orchioides.  Follow the
nursery links below to see the true Iris

Compare flowers of I. bucharica forms

Juno iris - foliage emerging in early April    copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Emerging Juno iris foliage; it's heavy
and robust, and certainly unique
among the bulb world.  When grown
in sand, the rhizomes increase rapidly,
two-fold to as much as 6-fold per year.

Iris x warlsind    copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Iris x Warlsind - a cross between Iris 
warleyensis and I. bucharica. Pale 
smoky blue flowers and sharply curled 
yellow & purplish-brown falls create a 
distinct impression. This famous hybrid 
exhibits a sweet scent (many juno iris
are inodorous).

Iris 'Blue Warlsind'     copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Iris 'Blue Warlsind' - another cross 
between two Juno iris species, bucharica
and warleyensis
.  Fragrant flowers with 
light blue standards, and strongly
contrasting gold, purple-edged falls and

Iris vicaria   copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Iris vicaria - this is among the most
prolific increasers of Juno irises that I've
tried. The flowers are very pale blue, but
produced rather prolifically and therefore 
they adequately compensate.  It grows 
to about 14"-16" tall (35 - 40 cm).

Iris magnifica alba     copyright  2002 Mark McDonough

Iris magnifica alba - I like the white
form much more that the regular form,
which is so pale blue to be almost 
white.  One of the taller species, about
2' (60 cm) in my garden, although said
to grow to 3' (1 m)..

These Juno irises all bloom within days of each other, exhibiting
many similarities.  They're a bit odd, in that they look just like corn
until the charming flowers appear.  The plants grow rapidly in spring,
flowering for only a few days, afterwards going dormant for the summer.
They seem easy to grow if planted in virtually pure sand, with the
rhizomes deeply seated.  Mostly from arid areas of Central Asia
and said to resent summer watering, when planted in sand they
don't seem to mind summer rainfalls and irrigation.

Click here to see a blue-flowered Juno iris, I. aucheri

Other links to Juno Iris pictures
The John Lonsdale collection of Iris...some of the same species
and many more lovely photos of hardy, dwarf rock garden Iris.
Paul Christian's web page is full of treasures.  Check out one of his bulb
galleries (Iris are at the bottom, mostly Junos) or purchase bulbs on-line.
Paige Woodward's Pacific Rim Nursery has many bulb photos, including
Juno Iris and other Iris types, all of which can be ordered on-line.

Odyssey Bulbs is a great source for Juno Iris and a host of other
hard-to-find bulbous plants.  Check out the 2001 catalog now, although
I've been notified that the 2002 catalog (with pictures) will be posted in
couple of weeks (May 2002). A spring 2002 catalog is available now.

Lithuanian Rare Bulb Garden by Leonid Bondarenko has an excellent
assortment of bulbs of many types.  For most offerings, there's a thumbnail
image and a high-quality larger image.  Click on the catalog link.

All photos by Mark McDonough


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