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.

Author: Helen Johnstone

I live in Malvern, Worcestershire and am a very keen gardener. I started the Patient Gardener Blog in January 2008 as a way of recording what was happening in my garden and connecting with other like-minded people. I started a second blog PatientGardener 365 January 2013 in order to try and post a photo a day to capture what is growing in my garden or places I have visited

14 thoughts on “Pacific Coast Surprise”

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

  1. 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!

  2. 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).

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

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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. 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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