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Re: Thornbird and Rusty

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: Thornbird and Rusty
  • From: "Joe Spears" <argliris@gte.net>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 19:28:33 -0700 (MST)

Hi, Patti,
Many of today's Space Age iris originated with some of Lloyd Austin's
hybridizing.  We grow HORNED TANGERINE 1960 and FLOUNCED PREMIER 1961 which
are some historic 'space age' cultivars of his.  So, horns, flounces, etc.
have been around for a number of years (as you said).

Rusty is probably just busy Christmas shopping.  I had an email from him
earlier today.  On Friday night's chat he commented how much he enjoyed the
Joe Spears
Argyle Acres
-----Original Message-----
From: Patricia R. Wenham <prw@televar.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
Date: Sunday, December 14, 1997 8:04 PM
Subject: Thornbird and Rusty

>I really enjoyed the Thornbird carol but it sent up some signals to me
>that I hope someone can set at ease.  There have been no postings from
>Rusty lately and I felt if anything were to elicit mail from him it
>would be a mention of his favorite flower.
>Incidentally, I am really surprised that so many people were unfamiliar
>with the horned or space age iris since they have been around for so
>many years.  I have an Iris friend who grew some of the original horned
>iris and did some hybridizing with them.  They have been very tenacious
>in her garden.  She is in a nursing home and I got the Master Gardeners
>in my group to go with me to clean weeds out of her extensive iris beds.
>The horned iris were still there.  Her son generously offered me starts
>of some of her iris and I will go for some next spring.  I will take
>some photos of her crosses and send them if I can ever get a successful
>hookup with my scanner.
>Happy holidays to all.

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