The Bearded Iris flowers done us proud we won 3 classes as well as the champion Iris for the show.
The long hot dry Spring made it hard to have real top quality flowers, as everyone was in the same boat it was put in what you have and see how it stands up. That was Friday.
Saturday the whole town of Albany was talking about the visit of The ROYALS we hoped that we would see them.
To standout in the crowd I wore my red Indian costume .
I had Camilla walk to me and she was taken with the flashy red Costumes she Said “ want a splendid outfit “ I said “I was trying to out do you” Camilla said “ well you certainly have done that. I really love it” and then she walk on.
10 minutes later Prince Charles came out of the pavilion he was being directed away down the road and I thought my chance to meet him was gone. He glanced back and stopped in his tracks and turned and came back just to meet me. Charles said “ you have won the prize”
I said “what have I won” Charles said “for the most glamourous outfit. It reminds me of my Uncle , Louis Mount Batten he was in India.”
We talked about where I got the costume I said in Kolkata India .
And where I was from in Collie western Australia . He asked where that was I said 250 kilo metres from here . He said what a splendid effort you have made and thanks very much, And the he left me.
We had a very nice Albany Show it will be remembered for a long time.
Mid November and with this dry hot weather we will have very few tall bearded iris flowers for the Albany Show which is on this weekend. Friday and Saturday.
Royalty will be at the show prince Charles makes a quick visit and should be in the wool shed looking at the prize Merino fleeces this is next door to us.
I will be wearing my splendid Indian costume to standout in the crowd.
This could be the last Albany show as the council is redelevopling the ground and wants the show society to move somewhere else.
The will be catastrophic for the show. This has been a grand show for us exhibiting the Bearded Iris winning many championships with them over the years.
This weekend might be the last time we will do the show 2015. This will be the 23rd time we have been at the Albany Show a long time/\.
To successfully grow bearded iris select a position in full sun . The plants grow well in almost any soil. Composted leaf litter and sheep or cow manure mixed into the soil provides all the needs of the plants. Garden lime is also recommended as they like sweet soil.
Plant the rhizome close to the level of the soil leaving it exposed slightly.
Water in well. After this one water a week is enough while the rhizome is getting established.
After it’s established, water every 2 weeks in the hot weather. Bearded iris are drought tolerant so don’t need to be watered anymore than this.
Bearded iris will branch into clumps and will become crowded after 3 to 4 years .They should be dug up and divided . Select the best rhizomes, cut the leaves back and plant.
Bearded iris flower in the spring with spectacular flowers growing up to 1 metre in height, with 4 flower points and as many as 12 flowers per stem .
Join us at ROTARY JACARANDA FESTIVAL. Our Club has been very busy and almost everything has been planned and organised for the fun-filled day. Something for young and old to enjoy. Lots of food treats, entertainment and stalls. A number of different attractions this year, including a climbing wall. Plenty of parking will be available on the east side of Applecross Primary School with a shuttle bus going to and from the Festival all day. A DAY NOT TO BE MISSED. See you there at the Applecross Rotary Tent.
An interesting mixture of Tall Bearded Irises added to the website https://irisanddaylily.com.au/ today. Three purple bi tones – Anthology, Local colour (love the orange beards), and Noble Contessa. Then Cayenne Pepper with its spicy blend of colours, Flamenco Whirl (Ole!) and the red – pink bi toned Ibiza