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Re: Iris japonica

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Iris japonica
  • From: Dennis Kramb <dkramb@badbear.com>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 21:08:34 -0500
  • Content-length: 1605

>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Dennis Kramb" <dkramb@badbear.com>
>>  Beautiful photo, Christy!  Is that the same iris I sent ya?  Mine
>>  never looked so good.  I misread your email above at first I thought
>>  you said the snow will last till April.  I thought, what is this? The
>>  iris version of a groundhog?!  <G>
>>  --
>The very same! For all I've read about the need to keep I. japonica damp all
>the time, this one seems to do best when allowed to dry out quite a bit in
>late summer. Since this monster has outgrown its pot again, I'm tempted to
>try planting some outside just to see if any of it will survive.
>The snow probably will last through April but that hasn't kept the Dutch
>irises from starting to poke their noses out where the snow has gone off.
>Spanish irises (also in a pot and inside) are budding up now. Camera is at
>the ready! :-)

I'm jealous!  Your iris season started before mine and you're 2 zones 
colder than me!  My iris cretensis has been blooming since early 
March.  I tried to self-pollinate the flowers but to no avail.  :( 
Perhaps I'll save some pollen and try some spec-x stuff later in the 
Dennis Kramb; dkramb@badbear.com
Cincinnati, Ohio USA; USDA Zone 6

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