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RE: Re: Kansas City National - Spec & Spec-X #5

  • Subject: RE: Re: Kansas City National - Spec & Spec-X #5
  • From: "laura berenson" <lsberenson@comcast.net>
  • Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 05:24:53 -0500

Jan, thanks so much for the welcome to the group (and thanks, everyone else, as well)....I'm racing out of here and don't have much time to compose an email or to respond to the other emails welcoming me to the group, but I wanted to let you know that your unknown is a hellebore. I also wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed those photos of the historics. My favorite is Flutter Bye, which I like particularly for the way the scape branches. 
BTW, when I first posted, I should have said that I'd to see photos of the historics and of the older ones from the 60s and 70s. To the extent that irises that are merely oldies are no longer commercially available or are hard to find, it's interesting to see actual images. 
Laura Berenson
Pipersville, PA
-----Original Message-----
From: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com [mailto:iris-photos@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of Jan Lauritzen
Sent: Monday, May 25, 2009 11:38 PM
To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: Kansas City National - Spec & Spec-X #5

Hi Jim - You can come visit So. Cal.  We are very different from San Jose.  I assume that you know we are hosting the 2012.  At least you could get here then. 

Sorry, I guess I forgot to attach the picture.  Here it is.

Thanks for the info on the bamboo thicket.  We have a couple of kinds here - one is the black bamboo.  It is happy but increases quite slowly.  The other bamboo is a larger variety with stalks about the same thickness as yours.  Ours is abut 20 feet tall and grows extremely rapidly like yours.

The farm sounds fantastic.  I am sorry that it wasn't on the trek but I understand completely.  We do have to consider safety but it would have been great for some of us.

Hope your spurias, etc. are still blooming.

Have a good day.


From: Jim Murrain <jimmurrain@gmail.com>
To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Monday, May 25, 2009 1:26:45 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: Kansas City National - Spec & Spec-X #5

On Mon, May 25, 2009 at 12:05 PM, Jan Lauritzen
<janicelauritzen@ yahoo.com> wrote:
> I was in your garden on Saturday.
> Your garden was fantastic!  Really loved the bamboo hideaway - a great
> idea.  Can you ID the two types of bamboo I noticed there?  One was very
> pink and the other (surrounding the sitting area) I believe may have been
> Black Bamboo.
> All your plants were wonderful, including the sand box with the great very
> tiny succulents.  I took a ton of pictures around your place.  So many of
> the plants were ones I was not familiar with.  My climate in Southern
> California being so very different from yours.  Last night the weatherman
> said that we were still 8 inches down for the season (which is over already)
> and we only average 13-15 in a normal one.  All your plants look so vigorous
> and lush.  Ours are very unhappy with our tignt water restrictions.
> Thank you for letting us visit your fantastic place.
> By the way, can you please identify this plant from your yard?  I believe it
> may be the seed pods forming on a peony but I am not sure.

Hey Jan, sorry you were here after the 4 inch rain, things looked much
better before that. The hide-out is mostly Phyllostachys bissettii
with a little bit of Phyllostachys aureosulcata 'Spectabilis' mixed
with it. Black bamboo, Phyllostachys nigra, is not quite hardy here.
By the way, the new 'boo shoots are already 6 feet taller then the old
ones. A good year. I wish the farm could have been on tour, that's
where most of my iris are growing, a 2 acre pond full of LA's and
pseudacorus. Spurias, historics, and species scattered all over the 80
acres. But, it's very rustic and would need much grooming to be safe
for a tour. The bamboos are much larger there too.

The sand box has been a successful experiment, I need to build a
series of permanent ones to replace it. I. arenaria, the sand iris has
a seed pod there now.

There was no pic to ID in your message, but I'd be happy to give it a
try. It's fun to go places where you don't know every plant, last time
I was in San Jose I was stumped by many things and amazed at the size
of others. Haven't been to SoCal in many many years, last time I was
only 21 and hitchhiking across the country, Florida to Washington, to
California and back to Florida.

Jim Murrain
Kansas City, Missouri
Zone 6A-5B

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