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pl T  The grand dame of the garden is favoring us with her showy entrance to the spring scene. She is stealing the show as she towers above the daffodils, tulips and hyacinths. Clothed in all the colors of the rainbow, the Bearded Iris is stately and spectacular. The names: Rite of Spring, Celebration, Thrillseeker, Let's Dance, Magic Hope, Charisma, Lucky Draw, Strike It SHOW STOPPER."Congratulations" is the star of the garden with an eye-catching combination of blue hues accented with a yellow throat. Rich, Moon Journey, Celestial Flame, Rapture In Blue, Silver lizz,Orbiter, Feminine Fire, Paradise, Gift Of Dreams, So Rare, Panama Fling, Raspberry Fudge, and Living Legacy are almost as intriguing as the spectacular flower. There are over 200 varieties of this royal peasant. The Iris is a Cinderella story. She has come a long way from the common "'flag" to truly royal stature in her magnificent hybrids. The tall Bearded Iris carries her dazzling flowers on branching stems 28 to 48 inches tall. She is not demanding, but won't tolerate wet feet. Provide her with well drained soil, and the irresistible iris will reward you with splendid flowers even in our alkaline environment. A well worked bed with organic amendments and fertilizer will keep her happy while the resulting bounty of blooms will keep you smiling. Company is a joy to this gracious lady. Plant the variety of your choice in a triad with the toes of two of the rhizomes ..,.  ,,,,- pointing inward and the third .... '   placed in between the two. On an incline, place the toe of the rhizome headed to- ward the top of the mound. She is compatible with other flowers. Daylilies, pinks, salvias and coneflowers are some of Iris' favorite friends. Iris are often referred to as bulbs. However, Bearded Iris are actually rhizomes. The rhizome is an under- ground stem that looks like a foot extending horizontally at the bottom of a fan of leaves. Leave the rhizome horizontal when planting, place it on a mound for good drainage and just cover the top with soil. Firm the soil around the rhizome with your hands and add bone meal and/or super phosphate to encourage good root growth. The lady, like most beauties, eats lightly. In the spring, after growth starts, sprinkle a handful of 5-10- 10 fertilizer around each clump. Avoid high nitrogen fertilizers as this can lead to rot. A light winter mulch will provide plenty of protection. Iris are hardy even though the flowers appear delicate. Avoid grass clippings and photo by Patti Babcock any heavy mulch that will trap moisture around the plant and encourage rot. Given a hospitable home, Iris will multiply. Three years of good living will usually provide enough growth to divide and increase your plantings or give you some to share with friends. Dig the entire Iris clump out of the ground, cut off the outer rhizomes and discard the old center portion. Cut, don't pull, old bloom stalks and poor leaves. Cut out any signs of rot and dust with fungicide, sulphur will work. Let the rhizome dry in the sun for a few hours to seal up Think of it as a graduate course in horse sense PAHRUMP-Shadow Mountain Feed will host the third Annual Purina Equine Education Series on Sunday, April 20 at 5 p.m. at the Community Center. Attend the seminar and find out how you can make your horse even better in just four to six weeks by enrolling in the "test drive a better horse" program. Whether you're a new horse owner or an old hand in the saddle, you can never know too much about horse care, health, nutrition and man- agement. After all, your horse depends on you to keep up with the latest informa- tion. The Purina Equine Edu- cation Series is the largest educational effort ever held in the horse industry with over 900 FREE seminars held nationwide during March and April. Attend Pahrump's first seminar and learn from experts: a veterinar- ian, nutrition specialists and other equine professionals about topics tailored for our area. Register to win "great sweepstakes prizes" including a 1997 Dodge Dakota truck and a Sooner Two horse trailer. For more information, contact Terry Bird at Shadow Mountain Feed, 727-5527. up the cutting wounds. Now you're ready to replant. Liquid sustenance is necessary to allow the lady to grow new roots. After planting and during the blooming season, keep the soil moist but not wet. About six weeks after bloom has ceased decrease water to periodic slow, deep waterings throughout the growing season. Be patient. The reward is worth the wait. The first season may be lackluster, but from the second to the fourth year you will delight in the magnificence of the regal flower. Last year, I purchased the new hybrid, Batik, from JordardChelsa Nursery. It didn't do much. This year Batik is better than sensational, she is spectacular. Congratula- tions, a hybrid from Cooley's Gardens, was lackluster last year. Currently, her fabulous flowers are breathtaking. In our desert, we need to wait until the temperature drops below 100 degrees to plant/transplant Iris. Mid- September to October is usually best. If you use care, you can plant them anytime except during the intense heat of summer. Iris loves the sun, but will welcome some after- noon shade during the hottest months. Cooley's Gardens, P. O. Box 126, Silverton, Oregon 97381-0126, phone 1-800-225-5391 offers the largest se- lection of elegant Iris that I have seen. For an awe-inspiring experience, look for the Iris in bloom now and in the next few months. 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