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richard.spicer.7906

St Albans based, career changer and studying Horticulture. Bulb addict, South African plant fan and converted succulent lover

Iris 'Alida' syn. Iris reticulata 'Alida'

  • Season Icon Mid WinterMid Winter 2018
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richard.spicer.7906

Iris reticulata 'Alida' 💙 #Iris #iris-reticulata #irisreticulataalida

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mich

I just love Iris’s...they’re so pretty! 💙

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plants

@Richard how many potted plants do you have it seems like a lot you must spend time watering in your garden. can you give me some advice on you potting mix you use please 🙂 Judy

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lesliecole49

I think I'm falling in love.. 😍

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richard.spicer.7906

Hi Judy, so sorry for delay - I have about 100-120 pots (never done an actual count so I may have got that wrong, feels like that number though! 😂) - all my pots are adapted to what they are container. I tend to single plant only, I never mix them. My Iris and Crocus pots are made with a very well drained gritty soil mix - I think their native environments are on the side of mountains in the Caucasus region, Turkey and Iran area so like dry summers and can cope with cold winters @plants

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plants

Thank you Richard for your advise your pots always look so healthy and beautiful your soil mix must give them what they need @richard.spicer.7906

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richard.spicer.7906

And look at them now, all popping up! 😀🌱 #iris #iris-reticulata #newgrowth #firstshoots #irisreticulataalida

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Naomi126

Love when they peek threw 👌📸👌

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noorkhan

❤️❤️❤️

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lesliecole49

Are you going to leave these in the pots, or transfer them to the ground? So many of "you" gters have things in pots! I didn't realize there could be so much gardening going on during the winter!! I have sooo much to learn! Its very exciting!

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rosiebug

That's great!! 🌱🌱🌱😍

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juliesgarden

Great shot Rich 👍👍

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gjones

That's what we said when we looked at your photo. - wow look at them now! They coming up great!👍😀

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deekay

Wow...Richard I didnt know you were such a Bulb man 🤓I know who to come to with bulb questions now ...forget Google. 😀

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richard.spicer.7906

Hi @lesliecole49 👋🏼 - I'll keep these in their pots. These little Iris and crocus are so small I often think they get lost in a border display. I moved many of my smaller bulbs to pots last year and I had a much better display and appreciation for them. Definitely worth trying if you have space for some pots 😀

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richard.spicer.7906

@gjones 😬

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richard.spicer.7906

I've definitely become more of an enthusiast over the last two years. I have my absolute favourites like galanthus, and also eucomis (I've been collecting a few different species), Iris reticulata and histrioides much more recently 😊 @deekay

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lesliecole49

I've thought the same about the little bulb flowers, that they'd be lost in my yard. Boy, do I have space for pots. Will definitely be trying this

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richard.spicer.7906

Also planted 18th September 2016, Iris reticulata 'Alida' - has a lovely mid-blue colouring in the flowers 👌🏼🤓 #bulb #iris #iris-reticulata #bulb-addict #irisreticulataalida

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gjones

You are a true addict😂😂😂

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richard.spicer.7906

Hehe @gjones 😂🤣🙃

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