Iris Pumila Smart
The Smart Iris pictured above is a Dwarf German Iris. It grows 10-12" tall and is a red violet with dark purple on the falls. It blooms very early Spring, earlier than the tall bearded types. Prefers full sun and is hardy to zone 3. Some of the plants are blooming right now in our greenhouse adding a burst of colour to the green of the other plants.
Iris Germanica Stairway to Heaven
Stairway to Heaven is a Tall Bearded Iris, hardy to Zone 3. It grows to 39" tall and requires full sun. Perfectly arching, near white standards and round flaring medium blue falls with ruffles. Strong stems with good bud count. Blooms early to mid Spring and is a Dykes Award winner.
We will have both of these Iris's available at the Saskatoon Farmer's Market in May. You must plant the rhizomes of these plants near the surface, and once established are drought tolerant, a great choice for our prairie summers.
Gggrrrr, when they do things like this, they don't seem so cute anymore. Oh well, I should have known better, as this is not the first time this has happened, in one circumstance or another. I am hoping it will not dig up my seeds which are planted in the Sweet Pea garden.
The battle between gardener and critters continues.