My favorite iris is an oldie - Shah Jehan from 1932. It may not be the largest of irises in my garden, but it is more refined, without all the ruffles. Love the colorway.
This year, my garden has produced one lone allium, whose name escapes me. Two years ago, however, I planted hundreds of Allium sphaerocephalon, but not a single one has come up. It's very frustrating, especially because this variety is supposedly native to Spain. In buying bulbs from Holland, though, I can't help but wonder if their stock has been modified for central/northern European climates, and therefore is not able to handle our drought.
I have been trying to find bulbs here in Spain, but no luck so far. It's interesting how native plants to Spain, such as Allium sphaerocephalon, euphorbia and asphodelus, are becoming popular in other countries for their use in drought-tolerant gardens, yet I can't find them here at a garden center or online.
But I've got my eye on a native allium that I've seen growing in a neighboring olive grove... ;)
|My lone, no-name allium lasted just a day before the wind toppled it over.|