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Graham Rice on Trials

Updates on trials and awards from the Royal Horticultural Society by Graham Rice

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  • Irises with colourful new foliage

    Graham Rice on 05 May 2010 at 08:01 PM

    Down on the Wisley trials field is a small trial of water irises, plants derived from Iris ensata , I. pseudacorus , I. sibirica, I. versicolor and I. virginica. When I looked them over a couple of weeks ago they were a long way from flowering but some revealed a totally different feature, one that could... Read More...

  • Superb spuria irises

    Graham Rice on 16 Dec 2009 at 02:24 PM

    Amongst the many thousands of summer Iris cultivars, it's usually the flamboyant bearded irises that get most of the attention. But the recent trial of Spuria irises again proved what valuable perennials they are. Spuria irises are tall, up to around 1.5m/5ft, and while the flowers lack the rainbow... Read More...

  • Awards for irises

    Graham Rice on 06 Nov 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Tall Bearded Irises are amongst the most dramatic and colourful of perennials so the very best of them must be really impressive. And they are. The RHS Iris Sub Committee - yes, there's a sub committee just for irises - has recently had its latest awards ratified and three Tall Bearded Irises performed... Read More...

  • After the downpour at Wisley - Iris and Kniphofia

    Graham Rice on 26 May 2009 at 10:28 PM

    Arrived at Wisley for today's trials assessment session soon after the thunderous downpour - and just look these irises! This is the Tall Bearded Iris trial just an hour or two after the torrential rain early this morning. Every flower was still beaded with rain drops and yet - they look spectacular... Read More...