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Published September 17th 2018
Take a drive in the country to see something beautiful
Spring is finally here and at the end of September is the start of the iris bloom. Iris plants need baking hot sun on their rhizomes in summer and cool winters to build up their energy. Hence, they grow very well in the Mid North of South Australia.. There are at least four iris nurseries in the Kapunda and Eudunda areas you may like to discover this Spring. So head north for a drive in the country one day this October and see these stunning flowers. Please phone the nursery to check if they are open. The visitor centre in Kapunda can help with directions.
Take a drive north for a breath of Spring air. Image by Kat May.
Cossins St Kapunda Open Thursday to Sunday 9-5pm. Has some iris growing to view and sells rhizomes. Specialises in stocking plants suitable for dry climates and water-wise.
Iris come in many colours. Image by Kat May.
ROOTS 'N LEAVES www.facebook.com/Roots-n-Leaves-SA 506 Angle Rd, Eudunda Located off the Thiele Highway to Eudunda. This nursery has a large iris display garden of 1200 plants. They take orders for rhizomes for delivery after flowering. Special open weekend for iris season on October 13 and 14th. Also open weekdays during October but you would need to call to check when they are available on 85811498 or 04298 26390.
Image by Kat May
BETTY GREY'S IRIS GARDEN
40 Bruce St. Eudunda Phone 85811485 Betty is a household name in Eudunda. Everyone loves a visit when she opens her lovely garden during iris season. Not a nursery, but a household garden in full bloom with 1500 tall tudor iris. Plants stalls and orders are taken from her own stock.
Open weekend on October 20th and 21st from 10-4pm.
Entry of $7.50 includes a huge plate of afternoon tea and bottomless tea/coffee. The funds raised go to the charity who run the catering. Go for the drive which is 100kms from the centre of Adelaide. Take the northern expressway and then continue north through Kapunda. Turn right at the BP for the Eudunda road.
Betty will open by appointment if you cannot make that weekend.
Dwarf alstromeria growing in a stone garden bed. Image by Kat May.
SMOKIN' HEIGHTS IRIS NURSERY
Located just out of Kapunda via the Clare Road.
Farm is at the end of Dennett Road
Read all about this bearded iris nursery here. Small donation on entry to charity. Open every day during October from Wednesday to Sunday. They are now also selling alstromeria plants and some of their own hybrids of iris.
Iris are the perfect flower for our dry climate. Image by Kat May.
When visiting the iris gardens, you may need a camera, notebook and pen to record your favourites. Like me, you are sure to want to order some of these tough but striking plants for your garden. They are one of the first to bloom in Spring which is a welcome sight after the bare cold winter.
Hi we do not have The Mid North as an area in the adelaide tags. It is a designated tourism area does inlcude a bit of the clare valley but also other parts called mid north. Just thought I would mention it. K thanks