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Re: Shelly, Thoreau and Irises

In a message dated 96-12-24 07:37:17 EST, you write:

> Clarence writes:
><< I am at a loss as to what Shelly's iris, with broad flowers
> purple-pranked with white along the river edge, might be. >>

and Spenser Graham comments
>I have never seen anything other than Ii. foetidissima or pseudacorus
>wild here (plus odd garden escapees).

To my ignorant 'ear' that sure sounds like a description of a Japanese iris -
any chance that somebody had a little naturalized patch in Shelly's day?
 Assuming 'pranked with white' means stripes or blobs.

Linda Mann lmann76543@aol.com east Tennessee USA

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