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Re: Kitty Dyer

From: "Mark, Maureen" <MARKM@tc.gc.ca>

I love the stories associated with naming of irises.  I'm looking forward to
meeting the Kitty Dyer and her namesake.

Maureen Mark
Ottawa, Canada (zone 4)

> Subject: Re: OT: weather and Oklahoma
> Miss Kitty informed me, many years ago, that her namesake was to be a
> turquoise Tall Bearded.  Well, thanks a lot.  With all the beautiful blues
> produced the past 100 years, from Chivalry to Blue Sapphire to Rippling
> River, you'd think a turquoise wouldn't be that big of a deal.  How many
> can
> you name?  Navajo Jewel (Weiler) is as close as any TB I've seen, but it's
> so incredibly tender (and early-blooming) that even this far south, we
> rarely ever see it displayed on more than a 10" club of a stalk.  Such a
> pity, because it's a pretty thing.  (And of course, there's the SDB, TuTu
> Turquoise from my buddy, Paul Black).  So we picked a Planned Treasure
> seedling.  Looked wonderful in Blanchard, but downright n-a-s-t-y here at
> the new place last spring (you'll see it next week for yourself).  She's
> not
> getting any younger, and I keep having life-threatening accidents, so we
> decided we better roam the patch and pick one quick.  We both agreed on
> the
> banded reverse yellow amoena that's almost a Border.  She's short (almost
> a
> Border, but without the beard), and the horizontal falls remind me of her
> dancing around the garden.  That's the story behind Kitty.  BTW, Kitty is
> not her legal name, but I don't dare even *mention* her real name for fear
> of reprisal from her.
> Perry

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