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Re: Re: REB: Harvest of Memories

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: REB: Harvest of Memories
  • From: oneofcultivars@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2003 09:32:28 EDT

In a message dated 8/28/2003 7:05:09 AM Central Daylight Time, lmann@volfirst.net writes:

What kind of growing conditions does it have?

Gray alkaline clay native soil is initially broken to two feet. Bed is amended with a fine yellow sand and course organic matter (wood chips) by topping the base of broken clay. Clay, sand and organic matter are tilled until it is homogenous to a depth of two feet. Rows are initially hipped to a height of one foot and are one foot wide. Time has eroded the hipped rows to a current height of about 8 inches.

Lateral drainage is aided by the beds overall horizontal base slope of 5 degrees. Vertical drainage is supported by the high sand content and the hipped rows. The beds nomenclature is 34 percent sand, 32 percent organic matter and 36 percent clay.

During the planting stage, the immediate area of each rhizomes location in the bed was amended with four ounces of 5-20-20 (one hand full). The bed pH is 7.8. The bed has not been devoid of moisture this year. Bed is approximately 30% shaded.

There are 40 or so different TB varieties growing in this bed. HARVEST OF MEMORIES rates in the top 20% of these in growth and vigor in this bed.  WIDDERSHINS, another inhabitant of this bed is the current top growth and vigor performer under these conditions. ZURICH rebloomed late July in this bed. It too was some early with it's rebloom.

Points in passing, HARVEST OF MEMORIES has yet to rebloom in other gardens in this area (nor has ZURICH) or from other clumps growing here with different bed parameters.

Smilin' and tellin' more than even inquiring minds want to know.
Bill Burleson 7/8

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