Re: William A. Setchell
This is an attempt to resend a message that bounced earlier.
Bill Shear mentioned Wm Setchell, a large purple iris. I have several
> large clumps of it and also distributed it at our summer iris sale
> (CVIS). It is currently at the top of my list of favorite irises. Last
> summer I took a photo with a ruler along side the large purple flower.
> It measured 8" from top to bottom. It is a vigorous grower with huge
> rhizomes. I was given it by a friend who gave me a bag full of rhizomes in
> January which she had left over when dividing and forgot to give me
> earlier. They did not bloom until the second summer but they were worth
> the wait. I took a bloom to Cameron Hall's garden and he identified it
> for me. He also had a bloom of Wm. A. Setchell (Brehm 1938) open at that
> time. I just noticed it was listed incorrectly in the 1939 checklist at
> pure white, but corrected in the 1949 checklist. I have planted this
> year a collection of historic irises from Cameron. Several are on the
> list being discussed. I'm looking forward to seeing them bloom and
> enjoying hearing hints of what to expect.
> Phyllis Soine
> Richmond VA zone 7