Heirloom Bulbs & Garden History  •  Living Treasure from the Past


November 2008

Nov
21
2008

If Javelinas Roam Your Garden, Plant Iris!

If Javelinas Roam Your Garden, Plant Iris! – www.OldHouseGardens.com

Though we didn’t include bearded iris on our recent list of animal-resistant bulbs, our good customer Louise Coulter of Payson, Arizona, emailed us to vouch for them:

“In my area which is at 5,000 feet in Arizona‘s northern section there is an animal called javelina or wild pig. With cloven hoofs, tusks, and large foraging families, it devastates unprotected bulbs in gardens – except for iris. Seems they can’t eat iris. So at thousands of homes here, where the yards are unfenced, iris naturalize and are ubiquitous.”