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Photo credit: NAMI Wake County Last Sunday, volunteers for the Wake County chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness placed hundreds of 45-inch-high irises with 14-inch blooms on a half-acre of the grounds of Rex Hospital at the corner of Blue Ridge Road and Lake Boone Trail in Raleigh. The landscape-art installation is a […]


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Iris bulb planting times vary with climate and variety but typically, for spring blooming flowers in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 to 10, the best time to do so is in July ...


May in the North Carolina mountains explodes in a symphony of colorful spring flower blossoms, revealing numerous shades of red, purple, pink, orange, blue and white. Visit the National Native Azalea Collection at the N.C. Arboretum to see every U.S. azalea species on display. Here are the flowers that typically bloom in May in the Asheville area.


Well, the season has officially started a whole month early here in North Carolina! I will been posting iris as they bloom, and will be joined by Gabe as his bloom. Hopefully some of the other Carolina (North and South) iris growers will post some too. It will be nice to have a full record of what blooms here in the southeast.


Tom - birds in general do not like to pose for me either. I just got lucky with that shot. Gabe - Lest We Forget doesn't have a leaf spot problem that I noticed. It is hard around here not to have some though. As for re-bloom, it hasn't yet. Very few of mine bloom and then have fall re-bloom.


Iris cristata. Genus: Iris. Species Epithet: cristata. Common Name: Dwarf Crested Iris. Plant Type: Herb/Wildflower. Life Cycle: Perennial. Plant Family: Iridaceae (Iris Family) Native/Alien: NC Native. Size: 0-1 ft. Bloom Color(s): Purple, Violet. Light: Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day, Less than 2 hours of sun per day. Soil Moisture ...


Irises should be lightly fertilized twice a year with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Do this once in March, just before blooming, and again in June, just after blooming has finished. Reblooming iris, which can bloom up to four times a year, should get an extra dose of fertilizer in August, as well as plenty of water.


Irises may benefit from shallow mulching in the spring. Don’t trim iris leaves after they have finished blooming. Leaves carry on photosynthesis for next year’s growth. Cut off brown tips—and cut the flowering stalk down to the rhizome to discourage rot. If iris foliage is hit with heavy frost, remove and destroy it to eliminate borer eggs.


How Long Do Irises Bloom? Irises typically bloom for one to three weeks during the spring and summer months. Planting a varied selection of early blooming, mid-blooming and late-blooming iris species can extend the overall blooming period up to eight weeks.