Halcyon Steppe Iris & Daylily Farm has experienced the driest winter in
our 20 years here in Collie.
Having only 350 mms of rain when we normally get 750 mms has had a
drastic reduction in the quality of our flowers. Also with the higher
temperatures with many days over 30 degrees, this is making the flower
spikes up and flowering faster than normal, some only lasting 3 to fours
The hardest hit are the Tall Bearded iris. Flowering is happening so fast
that we are wondering what we are likely to have for our next big show
at ALBANY on the 13th November 2015. We have always been able to
have a great display there often winning the competitions for best Iris in
the show. We will have to wait and see what we have,
This year the Louisiana Iris (water iris) have been wonderful. These
have been in full bloom with tall stalks upto 1.2 metrtes high. Lots of
flowers on each stem . One pond has been outstanding but we have
nowhere to show them.
These will be finished before Albany show.
After the flowering season we will make new soil and repot them.
But the Louisiana iris will not get as much water as normal.
We will have to wait and see how our water holds up at the end of
summer, we can hope for one of the downpours where we get 75mms in
one rush. We do need it.
There is some hope of a little rain over the next 4 days, nothing like we
need though .We have not had a serious rain for 14 weeks .
As the flowering season finishes we move into the next phase of the