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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 tuberosa syn. Hermodactylus tuberosus

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richard.spicer.7906

#iris #iristuberosa #iris-tuberosa #widowiris

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sharonhayden

Oh that’s special 🥰

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islima

So perfect 💛

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debs69

Wow 🤩

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pelly

Oh wow, I like that 💛🖤💛

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richard.spicer.7906

Almost didn’t see it Sharon - it wasn’t flowering at the beginning of the week and caught it today, but it’s already on its way out so quite short lived in the tunnel - mainly cause it gets too warm in there at this time of year @sharonhayden

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Is 😊 @islima

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richard.spicer.7906

Lovely aren’t they Deb, not that big so easily missed. Lucky I saw it! @debs69

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Jane 😊, certainly quite unusual, the black bits fold back after a day or so (like the one in bottom right) @pelly

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pelly

Oh yes, I hadn’t spotted that, how unusual. These are going on my wish list 👍

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lovemygarden65

Stunning 😍

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Marilyn 🤗💚 @lovemygarden65

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  • Season Icon Early WinterEarly Winter 2020
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richard.spicer.7906

Little update from the garden today - not much in flower now but lots of new growth. This Iris tuberosa is growing well, think I’ll need to find a new pot for it next year as it seems to be filling this one up nicely. About 6-7 inches tall right now (from memory I think it was this tall last year when it sent flowers up) still outside, will bring in for the worst of the weather soon

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richard.spicer.7906

Quite a few shoots too - only had three tubers last year so this is promising! One time I had many more but they all rotted as I had the wrong soil mix. Here you go @sieveheadsarah 👍🏼

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columbiariver

I had a scroll to see the flowers. They're stunning! Going to have to wish list these, just so I remember how pretty they are

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sieveheadsarah

Oh wow, they’re about 6” taller than mine Richard 🤔 I’m really looking forward to them flowering 😀

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KariSamuel

Never seen this one before!

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richard.spicer.7906

Lovely aren’t they Laura? They are quite a picture. First attempt wasn’t that successful but my second batch are doing well in the second year now @columbiariver

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richard.spicer.7906

I’m sure they will catch up shortly. I think mine are ahead a little than last year. They didn’t flower till March but i reckon they will be sooner at this rate @sieveheadsarah

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richard.spicer.7906

They are quite unique when they flower Kari 😄 @KariSamuel

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KariSamuel

I scrolled!! Very unique flowers! 🤩

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  • Season Icon Late WinterLate Winter 2020
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richard.spicer.7906

Hello 👋🏼 - almost missed these Iris flowering. I’ve had them almost a couple of years now but they had never flowered, weak spindly foliage in the past, may have had them in too high a moisture retentive soil, so had to adjust a few things and this year they are performing much more strongly. Quite unusual green and deep purple/almost black flowers #iris #iris-tuberosa #iristuberosa

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queruqui

Unique💚💚💚

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ShelleySnyder

#unique #unique-flower love this Rich!💘😍

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jacaranda

How spooky, Rich! I was thinking about you this morning and wondering why I hadn’t seen a post from you. Maybe you got my vibes 🤣🤣 I hope you’re well and virus-free 🤞😘😘😘😘

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richard.spicer.7906

Aw thanks Barbara 😘 - all good here, just been a little busy with stuff. Had started a garden volunteering job too for one day a week, so that’s keeping me busy too @jacaranda

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richard.spicer.7906

It’s certainly an unusual one Elise - shame i don’t have the same amount I originally bought as I lost some last year. But I guess I’ll find out how quickly they multiply @auricula

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richard.spicer.7906

Thank you Shelley! Don’t see many green flowers, think that’s why I almost didn’t see them! 😂 💚 @ShelleySnyder

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richard.spicer.7906

Thank you @queruqui 😊🙏🏼 i hadn’t seen it before and I a picture of the flowers and thought I’d try it. Certainly unusual 💚

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sieveheadsarah

Ooh this is fabulous Richard, it’s going on my wish list 💚💚

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lexijane

Hello 👋🏼😁😘

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ShelleySnyder

My pleasure Richard!💘😍

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suerichards

How beautiful 🤩

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  • Season Icon Mid AutumnMid Autumn 2018
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richard.spicer.7906

Just cataloguing some new tubers, planted 27th Oct 2018 #iris #iris-tuberosa #widowiris #snakesheadiris #hermodactylus

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sieveheadsarah

How did these do Richard? I’ve just ordered some from Farmer Gracy.

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richard.spicer.7906

Hey Sarah! This first batch was terrible, all rotted 🙄😱 - possible kept them to wet over winter. But I bought some new ones last year and planted in a much better draining mix and they flowered well last year. They are growing well again this year, outside at moment and already in leaf but will keep them out of rain over winter and put them under cover soon before it gets too cold so they dry off a bit. Flowers are very pretty, but small! @sieveheadsarah

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sieveheadsarah

Oh no 🤨 I found a good website that had good info about them https://www.tropicalbritain.co.uk/iris-tuberosa.html after I ordered them I thought I’d do my own investigation, glad I did as didn’t realise they like well drained rocky soil, so today I went out and bought some horticultural grit to mix in with my compost, fingers crossed they’ll be happy. How deep did you plant them, I imagine not too deep 🤔🤔

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richard.spicer.7906

Not very deep at all, I think the top is only about 1-2cm below the soil. I’ve got them in a small 1litre square pot. Just checked my potting mix spreadsheet (yes, I have a spreadsheet listing each soil mix for my plants 😂😂) and repotted the new Rhizomes in 25% compost, 25% JI 3, 50% Hort grit 👍🏼 @sieveheadsarah

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sieveheadsarah

Ooh check you out with your spreadsheet 👍🏼 I’ll just do 50/50, I’ve not got any JI. I’m wondering if they’d be happy in a shallow alpine pot?

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