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RE: Re: LA iris photos

  • Subject: RE: Re: LA iris photos
  • From: "laura berenson" <lsberenson@comcast.net>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2009 21:30:00 -0500


Hello all - have been reading but not posting since my first intro post or so. Too new to irises to have much to contribute (other than my admiration for all the stunning photos), but on this topic, I can add something from my own experience. I had Black Gamecock in a small, artificial pond for years (one of those plastic things). I probably started with one or two pieces and, by the time I moved (and inadvertently forgot to take a single piece of that iris, darn it!), I'd a huge clump of it. The thing is, that pond was quite small, and therefore quite shallow -- I'm guessing maybe a foot deep, maybe a little more, at its deepest point. In the winter, it would often freeze solid. So, Anja, I think that you should be able to grow that one, and undoubtedly others as well.
Laura Berenson
Pipersville, PA (about an hour north of Philadelphia; zone 6)
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From: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com [mailto:iris-photos@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of Betty Ann Gunther
Sent: Sunday, August 02, 2009 9:22 PM
To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: LA iris photos


I suspect that there are some Louisana Irises that would survive in your
zone 6a. Some will survive even in 5a. I have kept a Black Gamecock
outside for several years here in my zone 5a climate. It hasn't
bloomed for me, but it is in alkaline soil -- it prefers acid. If you
could give it acid soil and lots of nitrogen in the growing season I bet
it would work for you. I have heard that Chowning LA Irises are the
most likely to take cold climates, but I believe that Ensata gardens has
grown one that will grow in Michigan's 5A climate. I don't know where
you would get one, but I suspect you could get a Louisiana Iris that
would grow in your zone 6a climate. In fact many LA irises are supposed
to survive in zone 6a.
Betty Gunther
Los Alamos, New Mexico

Anja Pansin/Wolfgang Zirkel wrote:
> Hi Margie,
> your LA iris photos are wonderful. So many beauties. I wonder if they
> would survive and grow in a zone 6a garden? Unfortunately LA irises
> are not widely known/distributed in Germany so far.
> Have a nice weekend
> Anja
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