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Re: Iris Garden Manitoba Style
  • Subject: Re: Iris Garden Manitoba Style
  • From: "El Hutchison" <eleanore@mts.net>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 22:11:41 -0500



Well, I'm glad that I sent the picture.  Especially as my garden is a display garden, I want to ensure my iris are correctly labelled.
I'll probably move this iris to a holding bed and keep an eye on it.  Perhaps I might even name it "Surprise Song".  :)
El, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Z3
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 4:04 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Iris Garden Manitoba Style

El: the picture looks like something out of variegata reginae, i would bet That is what you have, iris songarica has never been grown in North America to my knowledge. I believe a friend from the Missouri Botanical garden has tried to get seed recently from a botanic garden in Tajikistan but i have yet to here if they had success. Through the years many many imposters have been out there. And seed often is obtained from these mislabedled plants, even from botanical gardens. 


----- Original Message -----
From: "El Hutchison" <eleanore@mts.net>
To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 4:49:21 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Iris Garden Manitoba Style



Thanks for your valued input, Bob. 
I'll have to take a closer look at the rhizome in a week or 2, as it's barely coming up.  As I recall, it wasn't a bearded type.  The foliage is larger than MTB's here and so is the flower.
You're right though, it could also be a seedling masquerading as Songarica, right next to the label.  Plus, I did have a few aphylla's and I Varigatae Reginae nearby that had seed pods over the years.  I recall moving this iris as it wasn't doing much.  It sure did well after I moved it to the bog garden.
My bog garden isn't truly a bog bog garden; it's just regular topsoil with some peat moss mixed in for some acidity for my few Japanese iris tests.
Your iris is pretty too, Barb.

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