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We added the miniature dwarf, standard dwarf and intermediate bearded types which start around the beginning of April. The earliest ones are about 4 inches tall. Then there is a progression of sizes, through time, up to the TB irises which in our area usually bloom the last two weeks of May. Following the TB's during the month of June, there are Spuria irises (early June), Japanese irises (the rest of June) and finally Louisiana irises (early June on into July.)

About ten years ago, we discovered a plant characteristic that seemed unique to areas under the influence of our west coast"coastal marine climate" cool off and bloom later in the fall. A few varieties begin in August and continue straight through until they are frozen off in December! In our catalog and on our website, we try to indicate which varieties rebloom reliably by inserting a capitol 'R'. Varieties that rebloom for us only occasionally will be marked with a small "r". Our iris breeding program now focuses on filling the gaps in the Rebloom phenomenon. We want irises in bloom from earliest spring until latest fall.

Our garden is open to visitors during daylight hours during bloom season. The orchid greenhouse is open by appointment.

Submitted by Terry Aitken of Aitken's Salmon Creek Garden

608 NW 119 St., Vancouver, WA 98685

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