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Re: Re: HIST: TB: Merrily Smith's Orphan yellow

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: HIST: TB: Merrily Smith's Orphan yellow
  • From: "brice rose" <iris@syix.com>
  • Date: Thu, 10 May 2001 07:27:12 -0700

----- Original Message -----
From: Linda Mann <lmann@icx.net>
To: <iris-photos@yahoogroups.com>; iris-talk <iris-talk@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2001 3:33 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] Re: HIST: TB: Merrily Smith's Orphan yellow

> I posted a photo of Merrily Smith's orphan yellow historic TB on
> iris-photos and Neil Mogeson asked:
> <Are you willing to share the story behind these orphans?  I'm curious
> and probably not alone....the baby looks interesting, bright and
> cheerful.>
> Sure - a couple of years ago, Merrily posted a request for foster
> parents for some historic irises.  I had to go to the archives for the
> details.  On Oct 9, 1999, she said:
> <I am looking for foster homes for unidentified historic iris from my
> mother's garden.
> My mother has grown iris for 50 years, though hasn't been able to tend
> her
> garden very well for the past 15.  For the past several years I've been
> taking rhizomes from  Minnesota to Washington, DC and growing them in my
> garden.  She and I have had a lot of fun identifying them from her old
> list
> of varieties.  I think of my iris garden as my family tree of flowers.
> My mother sold her house this fall and is moving into a condo.  A couple
> of
> weeks ago I dug up ALL of her iris and now have hundreds of unidentified
> rhizomes.  I can't possible plant them all, but would like to have in my
> own
> garden all the varieties she had.
> My idea is that perhaps some of you would be interested in raising these
> orphans, many now undernourished and small, so we can find out what they
> are.  If it's one that I don't already have in my garden, I thought you
> might be willing to send an increase back in a couple of years.  Anybody
> interested?
> As I said, I don't specifically know what I have.  It could be any one
> of
> the following:
> Patrician
> Jane Phillips
> Apricot Dancer
> Indiana Night
> Frilly Fringes
> White Goddess
> Golden Russet
> Persia
> Cohokia
> Lovely Letty
> Mulberry Rose
> Palomino
> Pinncale
> Theodolina
> Inca Chief
> Minnie Colquitt
> Broadway Star
> Helen McKenzie
> Orchid Ruffles
> Quicksilver
> Mission Rose
> Frost and Flame
> China Maid
> Treasure Island
> Dark Mood
> Masked Ball
> Hiawatha
> Sylvia Murray
> New Snow
> Wild Ginger>
> Merrily sent me 4 of her little orphans, but only two survived & only
> one has bloomed so far - the yellow I posted.  So, here's a multiple
> choice test for us all - which of the above is it?
> Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
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>   Hi Linda, The only one I know that it is not is Minnie Culquitt, which
is a white and violet purple plicata. Hope this helps. Brice Rose in HOT Ca.


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