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Re: a siberian by any other name..zzzzzz

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] a siberian by any other name..zzzzzz
  • From: Bill & Gale Wells wells@train.missouri.org
  • Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 23:13:38 -0500

Thanks to Bill, Christy, and Harold for the responses. Sounds like I am unlikely to identify this one for sure. There are two many other non-white Siberians that I want to get for me to use up all my space for comparisons of whites. Like I said earlier, I did find one pic of Butter and Sugar online that was a dead ringer to mine. It had very little yellow on it, either, so maybe mine is true to name or there are lots of imposters floating around out there.

Oh, for the record, this is not a Mart iris. I bought it from a mail order company that I thought was reputable, though not an iris specialist. I do buy lots of Mart stuff, bulbs and such, and potted things when they are blooming and I can be sure of the identity. A month ago, I got a package of five Patriot hostas for $2.50. Thought that was too good to be true, since I thought Patriot was a fairly new hosta and kinda pricey. I believe that they were true to name, however. In any case, they are gorgeous! Wish I had bought about 10 packages now!

Harold, I guess I'm guilty as charged. A teacher friend gave me a common yellow pseudocorus that has its first bloom on it now. Could I back away from the obsession a bit if I call him "Cory" instead?    ;-)

Bill Wells

Harold Peters wrote:
Re "Mart" irises, any white Siberian sold in such outlets is most likely going to be labeled Snow Queen. If the caretaker of a Mart iris really wants a name for it, the best way is to give it a garden name like "Bill's White Siberian" and just enjoy it for what it provides in the garden. Let the commercial gardeners fuss about the correct names of their stock. 
One way to distinguish between an advance gardener and an obsessive gardener is that the obsessive garden not only knows the Latin names for their plants but also uses the Latin names in their conversations with the plants.
Harold Peters
Beautiful View Iris Garden
2048 Hickok Road
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
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Subject: Re: [iris-photos] a siberian by any other name..zzzzzz

In a message dated 5/18/2003 9:03:36 PM Central Daylight Time, wells@train.missouri.org writes:

Any ideas?

It looks like the real siberian folks have been resting/napping the last couple of days. I am quasi-siberian but still like to guess and am curious about the ID.

Pattern, height and color wise, it compares closely to Snow Queen growing here. Your blooms appear larger than mine with a somewhat different shape. I may have 4 or 5 siberians here total. Reguardless, Snow Queen is widly distributed, Lowe's, Home Depot, Wal Mart etc. Wrong guy to answer but love to stick my neck out.

Bill Burleson 7a/b

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