Riverina Iris Farm was officially started in October 2013 and the first display beds for saleable iris were established in our paddock in March 2014.
I am inspired by my elderly mother Mary's love of Tall Bearded Irises. In 2013 I created an iris garden for her in our front yard. It did not take long for me to become hooked and the decision was made to turn a hobby into a business and to turn our paddocks into iris beds.
It is early days however we already have more than 1400 varieties in every colour including many new releases. The irises are laid out in 3 alphabetical beds each with over 400 varieties. Iris A, Iris B, Iris C with the dwarf in Iris C. We also have about 200 daylilies however these will only be available in limited numbers, with some available in pots at the open gardens.
We would love to meet you and share this beautiful drought hardy plant with you. Contact us to visit by appointment or visit on our open days. You will find us in
Lake Albert on the edge of Wagga Wagga NSW, Australia.
Open days will be for from 13th October to 4th of November, 2018 with peak flowering time on the middle weekends (Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). We have acquired more early flowering varieties and a limited number will flowers earlier in October with the dwarfs. Call for an appointment to view these 0432777142, (Open 10 am to 5 pm, 5 days each week.)
We support local charities by providing morning teas by donation. In 2014 we raised $140 from the morning and afternoon teas which was divided between Relay for Life and Beyond Blue and in 2015 we raised almost $600 for the Riverina Rural Referral Hospital for two coffee machines purchased for the Emergency Department and ICU. In 2016 we raised $1200 and have purchased equipment for Cardiac rehab and a coffee machine for the main rehab ward. In 2017 we raised $800 to be divided between the hospital and the Ambulance Service. Thank you to our customers for your generosity to these wonderful causes.
In 2018 we plan to raise money for the Ambulance Service and the Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital, which services the Riverina.
I would love to show you around however I still work full time off-farm so other than on Open Garden days I can only show you around if you have made an appointment. Weekends are most convenient however I may be able to make some exceptions if you are travelling to Wagga for another reason, depending on my work schedule.
There are more than 50,000 Tall Bearded Iris varieties. The following website lists many varieties and their breeding details, year of release and phototgraphs.
Preparing to plant iris
To achieve quality flowers irises prefer to be planted in very sunny positions.
Prepare your soil by digging it over and if it is on the heavy side add some sand and gypsum as rhizome can rot in heavy soils. If the bed is higher than the surrounding garden it will drain better.
Iris don't like competition so remove any weeds or vigorous ground covers that will compete.
Don't plant close to plants that have a high water requirement as your iris will most likely suffer from over watering.
Plant your rhizome about 20-25 cm apart (8 to 12 inches).
In Australia's hot conditions it is best to plant rhizome with a very thin layer of soil covering the rhizome. Do not plant too deep or too shallow.
Water a few times until they settle in and natural rainfall occurs.
Do not mulch. Over watering and mulch sitting on the rhizomes is the greatest risk to rhizome rot.
Fertilise with a low-nitrogen fertiliser approximately one month after blooms have finished and again about 6 weeks before the next flowering.
Water sparingly - don't over water.
Trimming iris is not essential other than to tidy up your garden and remove any leaves that are diseased or damaged. Trim more harshly rhizome that are being re-planted.
Dividing clumps every two to three years improves flowering. If you do not want to dig up and divide, remove a % of rhizome from the clump and plant elsewhere. Remember the old rhizome do not re-flower so from time to time thin them out of the clump.