Open Day 8th June

Last weeks open day was very sucessful and there was a mix of Intermediate bearded Iris and Tall bearded Iris in flower .This week the polytunnel is full of tall bearded Iris in flower and looks spectacular Some of the new varieties grown for Cayeux Iris for Chelsea...

Open days

This year the weather has delayed flowering of all of our Irises . At the moment we still have short bearded Iris and Intermediate Irises in flower and no tall bearded Iris in flower The plants we grew for Cayeux Iris for Chelsea Flower Show were severely delayed by...

May 2013

We have attended several one day fairs in the last few weeks and although weather has improved flowering is still very late. The short bearded Iris which are normally finished by now are in full flower and are looking fantastic with their lovely jewel like colours ....

April 2013

First one day show and hoping for good weather. Iris of Sissinghurst will be at the Spring Plant Fair at Great Comp Garden West Kent on Sunday 14th April. Although none in bloom yet we will have a wide range of short and intermediate bearded Iris for sale with some...
New website for nursery

New website for nursery

There has been a lot of work taking place during the winter months to update the website for Iris of Sissinghurst. New technology requires that we update the website to make it easier for customers and those interested in iris to navigate around the pages of the site...

EARLY SUMMER 2012

The last few weeks have been very busy, as usual, at the nursery Iris of Sissinghurst. During late April, May and early June each year the nursery is at its busiest, preparing plants for shows and responding to interest from customers about iris plants. The highlight...

SPRING 2012

The Winter is finally over but Spring has displayed contrasting weather patterns. The second half of March experienced above average day time temperatures albeit with freezing temperatures over night. The Iris of Sissinghurst nursery has a large percentage of its...

Show Dates

Iris of Sissinghurst will hopefully attending the following Shows with plants in flower April  Sunday April 15th Great Comp Garden  Spring Fling Great Comp is in Platt near Sevenoaks Plant Fair open 11-5 Friday 20th -Sat 21st April Sissinghurst Castle Plant...

WINTER SEASON 2011/2012

The winter season in Kent continues to be very mild. The temperatures in this part of Kent have remained above average throughout November/December and the first part of January 2012. The rainfall has been very limited and in tandem with the summer drought almost...

NEW VARIETIES

This time of year is always exciting at Iris of Sissinghurst because the new varieties to be launched can be announced & details entered on the website. This year is particularly important because the new varieties include Kent breed bearded iris. This country is...

MID SUMMER 2011

It is now mid way through the summer of 2011. The dry period has continued with very litle rainfall in this part of Kent. This part of Kent is known as the Low Weald and the nursery sits on a clay soil. The ground is displaying signs of this dry period with large...

EARLY SUMMER 2011

  Whilst the Iris of Sissinghurst nursery has, at last, experienced some sustained summer rainfall the day and night time temperatures have averaged above the expected levels for this time of year. Gardeners in the south east of the British Isles have experienced...

APRIL/MAY 2011

Kent has experienced the warmest and driest April on record. The month of May has equally been very warm with little or no rain. The bearded iris at Iris of Sissinghurst have flowered much earlier than planned. A number of the intermediate and tall bearded...

EARLY SUMMER 2011

The weather in Kent during late March and throughout April has been exceptionally dry linked to high day time temperatures. This is in marked contrast to the winter in this part of Kent. The bearded iris here at Iris of Sissinghurst have been encouraged...

SPRING 2011

The cold winter is coming to an end and the days are again getting longer.  Sue Marshall, owner of iris of Sissinghurst has focused on  attending a number of horticultural societies and presenting talks on iris. The talks range from growing iris, the...

EARLY WINTER 2010/11

The decision to increase the nos of potted iris placed under cover in the polytunnel/solar tunnels has turned out to be inspired given the onset of very cold days/nights and snow showers in the Kent area this winter. The snowfalls in late November and December...
AUTUMN 2010

AUTUMN 2010

This news update is being written at the beginning of November 2010. The autumn frosts have begun, albeit sporadically, but the leaves are starting to fall from the trees and the daylight hours are becoming noticeably shorter.The work at Iris of Sissinghurst has...
AUGUST

AUGUST

Despite the fact this is mid summer the nursery at Iris of Sissinghurst is beginning to prepare for next year. Plans are being finalised to divide bearded iris based on the growth of each variety.The only constant throughout the summer is the work that has to be...

JULY 2010

The local weather in this part of Kent during July 2010 continued to be warm and dry. The Iris of Sissinghurst nursery is located on wealden clay and the extended periods of hot days with very little rain has resulted in garden lawns becoming straw like in appearance...

JUNE 2010

The month of June is at the end of the show season and this co-incides with an open weekend at the Iris of Sissinghurst nursery. The open weekend is always a bit fraught because of the uncertainty about the number of tall bearded iris still in flower. The late start...

CHELSEA 2010

It is impossible to talk about growing this year without making reference to the weather. In mid May very few of the Tall Bearded Iris being prepared for Chelsea were in flower. The Intermediate Iris were still in excellent condition at the nursery but the plants for...

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