Pacific Coast Surprise

Its funny how things work out.  There I was thinking I would write a blog post about the gardens I saw in Austin when something caught my eye in the garden.  It was this beauty, a Iris Pacific Coast hybrid.  Now my American friends may think, what’s all the fuss about, but here in the UK they are not widely grown.  What is even more exciting is that I grew this one from seed a couple of years ago, probably from the seed exchange at my local Hardy Plant Society.  Only this morning I was listening to a discussion at the same HPS about the lack of Pacific Coast hybrids in the UK and why someone didn’t get hold of some seeds from the US and start breeding them.  I found myself remembering that I had grown some from seed but I couldn’t remember what had happened to them (I am the most forgetful gardener) and lo and behold there it was flowering away just by my kitchen window.  I am thrilled.

I wonder if I could source some seeds from the US ….off to google.

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Jenny says:

    From seed. Now that is an achievement. And ti is beautiful.

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      They are easy from seed you just have to wait a couple of years for flowers

  2. Donnalee says:

    From seed or from those kind of tubers? I thought this kind of plant comes from a sort of knobby bulb and didn’t know if there is actual seed too. Either way, it’s great that it grew and look so lovely!

  3. Cathy says:

    Good luck with this, Helen. I bought Iris ensata seeds from the US via eBay from which I got a couple of plants (not yet flowering).

  4. Pauline says:

    Congratulations on growing them from seed. If you want plants, I get mine from Broadleigh Gardens in Somerset http://www.broadleighbulbs.co.uk

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Thanks Pauline. I heard some negative comments about their supply today but if you think they are Ok, I will give them a go

  5. janesmudgeegarden says:

    It has both an interesting shape and lovely colours. Certainly a plant worth pursuing.

  6. urzre says:

    Wonderful image!

  7. Alison says:

    That is a beautiful flower, Helen, as pretty as any named varieties I have growing in my garden. They may be more common here in the PNW, but I still make a fuss over them when they flower. I don ‘t know if I’ve ever noticed seeds on mine. If I can figure out how to save seeds, I wonder if I can send you some. I wish I could dig them and send you plants, but that would get us both in deep trouble with all kinds of official people.

  8. tonytomeo says:

    Well, I tell ya; I grew up with them, and I still like them. I prefer the wild San Francisco iris that I used to pick in the hills above San Bruno and Montara, but the modern hybrids include white, which I really like. https://tonytomeo.wordpress.com/2018/05/12/san-francisco-iris-ii-the-expected-sequel/

  9. Anna says:

    Oh that’s a beauty Helen and no doubt more precious for being raised from seed. I bought a Pacific Coast iris from the plant stall at a local NGS open garden at least twenty years ago. It’s always a fleeting but cherished star at this time of year but it so far it shows no sign of flowers which is most disappointing. What time of year did you sow the seed?

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Goodness I have no idea when I sowed the seeds. I seem to remember getting them in May so I expect I sowed them around then

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