When Barbara and her husband visited the garden on Saturday, they left a clump of Siberian Iris, dug from their own garden, as a gift.
Barbara knows how much I love Iris, and her intuition must have whispered that I’ve been wanting to establish a clump of Siberian Iris in the garden.
She brought a perfect, and much appreciated gift.
But the area where I want them has very compacted, clay soil. I planted some very tough Comphrey and Dusty Miller in this area several weeks ago, but realized the soil is not ready for much else.
And so I’ve built a super-quick, no nonsense raised bed is this slight depression between our new Afghan figs.
I’ve been watching the figs closely. New last fall, they are supposed to be fast growers.
Afghan fig, “Silver Lyre,” is on the northern edge of its hardiness zone here in Williamsburg. And like all of our other fig trees, they’ve taken their own sweet time in breaking dormancy this spring.
Our severe winter was almost too much, but new growth has finally come from the roots.
This new bed, in full sun, will tie the two fig trees together as they fill in. I’ve chosen plants to accent their silver green foliage.
I want it to be a hub of activity on sunny days, and have chosen deer resistant plants which will attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees.
The Siberian Iris will add height, structure, and beautiful blooms each spring. Since they spread quickly, this bed will be awash in iris in just a few short years.
Photos by Woodland Gnome 2014