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Re: OT-BIO: Melissa Hellen

Welcome, Melissa!  You have come into a great group of irisarians with a
wealth of knowledge.  Don't be afraid to ask any question that comes up.  We
were all new at one time and are most happy to be able to share with a
fellow iris lover.

Mike Greenfield, good for you!!!  Have to call you Mr. Ambassador!

Judy Hunt
Louisville, KY Zone 6

----- Original Message -----
From: "Melissa Hellen" <melissahellen@horizonview.net>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, April 28, 2003 6:40 PM
Subject: [iris] OT-BIO: Melissa Hellen

> Hello, fellow iris-fanciers. I've found you thanks to a pleasant hour
> spent with Mike Greenfield (Mike, I hope I got your name right) out at
> Mineral Springs over the weekend. I'm so glad I found him and you,
> because as a resident of the state of Pennsylvania up to 1983 or so I
> always had lots of old fashioned and a few fancy irises around the
> house, but on coming to Ohio, I lost them all to a new (to me)
> scourge, that (censored!) pest the iris borer. When I asked around, no
> one seemed to know a solution to my problem, so, sadly, I gave up on
> iris culture.
> Thanks to Mike and his helpful advice and suggestions, I do believe
> I'll be getting back to having irises again--so heartbreaking it was
> to watch all those fine old fashioned blues and yellows, the little
> miniature beardeds and wild Ohio irises wither and die . . .
> Well anyway, I look forward to reading your archives, listening to
> those of you who Know What's What and learning more about my favorite
> flower.
> I currently live in Chillicothe, Ohio, a place that's kind of hard on
> ornamental plants with its dry, frequently snowless, but often
> brutally cold winters, on a large city lot which I've struggled to
> surround by eye-high hedges of lilac, forsythia, bridal wreath, korean
> spice viburnum and a massive hundred year old texas quince. My little
> secret garden is as secluded and garden-green as a city lot can be,
> with lots of care-free acid-loving perennials and (regrettably) a ton
> of poison ivy! (I've been pretty sick the last few years, I'm afraid,
> and have a lot of catching up to do this year.) Lots of perennials,
> yes, but you could count the surviving clumps of iris on one hand, I
> think.
> I simply can't *wait* to change that.
> Thank you, iris list,  for being. I'll shut up now and start
> archive-reading and taking notes.
> (And thank you Mike, for everything.)
> Melissa Hellen
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