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OT: bio of Darm Crook

Darm CROOK wrote:

>>>  But have only grown a few Irises , those that you could
easily purchase in a mail order catalogue . They woun`t be
blooming here until early June. <<<

Hi Darm,

So glad to have you on the list from the Northwest Territories.
Your garden in Zone 1.5 will be the ultimate cold climate test

I live in USDA Zone 3 and my irises don't bloom until June. The
dwarfs have been known to bloom in late May. Are you principally
growing the smaller bearded irises or don't you know yet? You
might want to try some Siberian irises who love colder climates.

There is also a iris species mailing list that you might also
want to try out plus the Siberian mailing list.  The common
wisdom 'was' that irises couldn't grow or bloom above Zone 4.
That piece of folly is history. :-)  

Cold is not an enemy of irises....the only drawback is we
sometimes have to wait an extra year (or two) to see bloom but
it is worth it.

I also grow lots of lilium and also daylilies (hemerocallis).



Ellen Gallagher  <ellengalla@yahoo.com> / Berlin, New Hampshire / USDA Zone 3a
Siberian-Species Iris Convention 2003, June 12-15 - Hamilton, ON Canada 
http://w3.one.net/~wilsonjh/ssi.htm  (Siberian iris pages)
http://www.crosswinds.net/~median/  (Median iris pages)
http://www.irisregister.com/  (AIS checklist data)

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