Sent: Wednesday, January 26, 2005 7:54
Subject: [iris-photos] Re: PHOTO: Miah
Margie, if I remember correctly, Tom Parkhill
will have an ad in the April AIS Bulletin in the years he has one he is
introducing. I bought MIAH JANE directly from him.
As to its growth, I can say it is a very good
grower, but borer find it tasty, as they do most irises. The foliage has
a good, strong green color and seems a bit more resistant to leaf spot and
leaf blight than many others. That may be a biproduct of location,
however, as it is a corner of the area with extra good air flow. That
I've seen no sign of rot either.
My attempts at crosses last year failed--as did
amost all others in many attempts. 2004 was not "an
iris'year"--Miah Jane and Paris Fashion were two of the wonderful exceptions
to what was a very disappointing season due to weather. I've referred to
the season as "the year that wasn't."
El Nino had been trying to form for the last
eighteen months, but now is very firmly in place, although not especially a
strong one. That both explains the astoundingly disturbed weather world
wide, and also suggests a moderately dry year in store for us
here. That would be refreshing, just if it does not go all the way into
Tom Parkhill's address can, incidentally, be
found in the back of most of the recent R& I's.
Neil Mogensen z 7 western NC
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