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Re: CULT:speaking of leaf spot

I cannot envision a lovelier sight this Easter morning then looking for 5
baby calves among the iris planted among limstone rocks.  Thank you for that
vision, since I grew up on a diary and later married a dairyman I do know
the hard work they are but of what a joy to see those big brown eyes while
trying to evade a charging mother cow!  Lorraine in California
----- Original Message -----
From: "Donald Eaves" <donald@eastland.net>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, April 10, 2004 5:38 PM
Subject: Re: [iris]CULT:speaking of leaf spot

> Hello Christian,
> I frankly don't understand leaf spot.  I didn't have any for a long time,
> then a couple of years ago it invaded.  I'd seen it briefly show up
> but it quickly disappeared.  That time it didn't.  It literally savaged
> foliage.  The poor grasshoppers didn't have nearly as good grazing as they
> are accustomed to having.  Since then I've had problems.  I took some old
> grandmother iris waaaay down in the pasture and planted them on the inside
> slope of a gully between limestone rocks.  They have never suffered leaf
> spot.  They essentially grow wild among the weeds, briars and brush.  They
> looked fabulous this morning when I was traipsing half the acreage
> collecting ticks while looking for hiding cows with new babies (5 last
> night!).  They have bloom stalks and a slight bit of knawing on two fans
> from something or the other, but otherwise the foliage is pristine.   It's
> not immunity because the clumps that stayed here have leaf spot showing
> I have thought sometimes that weeds, grass and leaf debris hinders
> It is worse in the weed free beds than in those neglected ones.
> Donald Eaves
> donald@eastland.net
> Texas Zone 7b, USA
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