When is the sale?
Our annual rhizome sale always takes place the third weekend in July. This year, the sale will start on Friday, July 21st at Noon. It takes awhile to put in all the inventory. To keep things fair, any orders received before noon, will be returned. The sale is available until stock runs out. The sale is always conducted online via our Etsy store -
What if I want to pick up my order and not pay for shipping?
If you live in the Lynchburg area and want to pick up your order, you will need to put - FREESHIP - as your coupon code. We will email you via Etsy within 24 hours of placing your order with pick-up date options (July 24th-28th). Orders will only be available for pick up on those dates. Please make sure to check your Etsy messages. After the 28th, if you haven't made arrangements to pick up, or don't pick up your order on your chosen pick-up date/time, your order will be refunded and irises returned to stock.
Do you ship orders outside of Virgina?
Yes. Stormy Weather Iris Gardens is state licensed and inspected and can ship outside of Virginia. It's our desire to comply with all shipping restrictions set forth by each state. We are unable to ship to the following states due to their shipping requirements: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Washington.
Are your irises guaranteed?
I guarantee our irises for 30 days. Each iris you received is guaranteed to be healthy. We clean and disinfect all irises before shipping and provide you with growing tips and suggestions. When planted correctly, the irises should take root within 2-3 weeks at most. We don't guarantee for a longer period because there are some who would wait to plant, not take care of their irises, etc., causing the iris to die, and then want a refund.
How do you determine the cost of your irises?
We have always sold our irises for $7 each. That may change in the future, but for now, it's easier to keep each variety at one set price. A look online will show you that many of the varieties that we sell are selling for higher prices elsewhere. That doesn't mean our irises are inferior, quite the contrary. Each iris you receive will be of good size and healthy.
Will my iris bloom next spring?
I hope so! Most varieties do bloom their first year. However, lack of sun, etc., can cause an iris not to bloom. Sometimes it takes a year/two for the iris to get established and bloom. I have had one iris that took four years to bloom...
Other things to know:
When you receive your order, you will notice that some rhizomes are larger than others. This is because each variety grows differently. I make a practice of not selling small rhizomes. It's very hard to get them to grow, and most don't bloom the first year. Though each rhizome size may vary, I only sell rhizomes that I feel are large enough to get a good start and take to the soil well.
The cost of shipping this year is $9.95
When I started growing irises, I noticed in the flower catalogs that each one had a name. I didn't think about why or how they got those names. Once I started growing more and more irises, and learning about iris culture, I learned what those names meant. Each iris has a different name - a name given to it by its hybridizer. Though you see irises of the same color, each one is unique in its own way. The pink iris in your garden is likely different from one you see in someone else's yard. If you don't know the name of the iris, it's almost impossible to find out what it is - there are hundreds of iris varieties. This is why I suggest that you take time to get garden markers where you can write the name of each iris so you know what you have. Keeping a written record (iris journal) is also helpful.
In Virginia, our seasons are clearly defined. I'm not a winter person, so I like to declare March 1st as the start of spring. To me, the arrival of March means daffodils, flowering trees, and warmer weather. Each season, there are things I do to my garden beds to ensure that my flowers stay healthy. In late February and throughout the month of March, I apply a fungicide to my soil. I do this to help curb leaf spot. When leaf spot hits, it impacts the way the flowers show. Peak bloom with beautiful flowers isn't as pretty if your iris leaves are covered in leaf spot. There are several products you can use to treat leaf spot. I've used different brands over the years and I would encourage you to test and see which brand works best for you. Every garden/gardener is different. (Hint: Don't forget to write down which products are effective so that you'll know what to use in following years.) Also, I suggest clipping leaves that are dying or already showing signs of leaf spot. I clip leaves below the lowest spot on the leaf. I also clean out and check the beds before applying a treatment. Clean beds help ensure healthier iris.
“The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies. ”