Soapbox by a historics nut and HIPS member: Jan has qualified
herself as proper. The philosophy of not making ID promises and
decisions lightly is good policy. Photos for example are subject to
all sorts of misrepresentation errors due to technical limitations
of camera, growing conditions differences, computer issues
especially the monitor, website issues, etc.. Healthy ID skepticism
is in the best interest of preserving cultivars true to label. And,
like me, having some degree of color perception impairment is more
common than many realize. So when one is told an a possible name one
should be proud to continue to call an iris a noid (No ID)
"thought to be", "contender for so-and-so" or similar when one is
not sure. Mark of a true irisarian.
And gotta get in a pitch for joining HIPS, the Historic Iris
Preservation Society. To avoid my posting live web links, web search
on Historic Iris Preservation Society for link to our website or
remove spaces in "historiciris. org". We have just switched over
to a new address and search engines still return links to old
"hips-roots. com". Much info there is free for public consumption
including a great gallery of photos by name. Warning, the bug for
historics can be delightfully addictive!
no ID is positive from photos unless there is something
truly distinctive about the flower. In the case of Sky
Queen, it has a light fragrance which I recognize when it
blooms. Can't describe it, can't photo it, unfortunately.
Thanks a bunch for the identification. She is
a new member and will be delighted to know the
name. Now that it is named she can bring it to
the MVIS sale in September. I like everbloomers
and will have to get one for my garden.
Thanks Jan. I am delighted to just know it
is still around. Look forward to word from
Randy Squires. I am a HIPS member and if he
has it I will let our Commercial Sources
person know. We are always excited when a
historic iris that we didn't know a
commercial source for has one identified.
Hope the terrible drought starts to end very
soon. It is very disheartening for people I
had such a drought year that none of
my irises are multiplying or I would
offer you one of mine. I will check
with our local commercial iris garden,
Randy Squires, and see if he grows
it. I am not sure.
gave it to a friend of mine in Orange
Country, CA several years ago. She
has divided it and planted it a
variety of places in her yard. I
visit her once a month and it is
always in bloom or just finishing a
bloom. It is amazing. I would term
it an 'ever bloomer' in So. Cal.
Sky Queen! Oooo ... I've
been looking that one big
time. (I'm a historics nut.)
Do you know a commercial
source? None of the main
historics carriers have it.
trying Sky Queen.
It reblooms here in
off and on all
year. Because we
have such a mild
climate I have seen
it in bloom in every
month of the year.
Here are a couple of
this iris to
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