Ride the Tiger
Wrapped in Raspberry
Why do I grow iris?
1. The deer generally do not eat iris. This is one of the few flowering plants I can enjoy that the deer do not devour.
2. Iris are drought tolerant. We do not have city water or a well. We haul our own water from a water supply station in a tank on our pick-up truck. We conserve water and this means we don't want a lawn to water, nor do we want landscape plants that need to be watered during the dry summers. I have been able to get by with watering iris the first summer to get them established. After that, they are on their own!
3. Iris are hardy in our sub zero winters.
4. Iris are resistant to wildfires. There have been two major wildfires since we moved to this area. Neighbors within 1/4 mile have lost homes both times. We have been evacuated both times. After that experience, we decided to call in a fire expert to evaluate our home's potential for wildfires. It was recommended (and we followed the recommendation) for us to remove all junipers from within 200 feet of our house. We have had probably 30 junipers and Ponderosa pines removed from our place in the past few years. Dry native grasses are also a wildfire danger. I wanted to eliminate those, as well. In their place, I have planted over 800 varieties of iris!
5. Iris are beautiful.