Cult: Betty's survey list
From: "Donald Eaves" <email@example.com>
Betty (in Bowling Green), who confesses to a penchant for
a pretty face in an iris (and don't we all?) was giving some
suggestions for water conservation in the garden and this
was her list. I had permission to post it earlier to the list in
general, but haven't gotten around to doing so until now. I
think this is the only list which came to me privately? I have
received some positive private comments concerning this
thread, so hope everyone now has access to what is being
From: StorYlade@aol.com <StorYlade@aol.com>
>As I mentioned in an earlier post on this subject, I think there are many
>reasons for an iris to be on ones FAVORITES list. Reasons that have
>to do with how well an iris grows across/around the country/world. I feel
>this is true with other iris lovers too--as evidenced by the complaints
>irises that made the DYKES list without being 'growable' much of anywhere.
>When it comes to the Symposium, I vote for what I like IF it grows in my
>region. Even reasonably well.
>There is a big difference in what I would grow and what I would vote for as
>judge. I may not always agree with the rules, but I believe in following
>them, until they are changed. Until last fall, I grew over 800
>varieties and that didn't include my seedlings. Regrouping is quite hard.
>I grow irises in raised beds--have for years. Most grow well for me, as
>as I am able to devote the time and resources required. Irises that
>more lime--a typical problem with some irises (RUFFLED BALLET for one) can
>be side dressed with lime and will bloom beautifully.
>However, some of the irises I mentioned earlier do grow as weeds
>CHALLENGER (awesome growth with huge rhizomes), SILVERADO & SONG OF NORWAY,
>also VICTORIA FALLS, CHERUB'S SMILE, & BORN TO EXCEED. Others I have grown
>with raised beds and special care--KILT LILT, HINDENBURG, BEFORE THE STORM,
>EDITH WOLFORD, & BEVERLY SILLS. Still, results with these can be sporadic,
>and, if gardenability is the criteria >then none of the latter are on my
list despite >their beauty. I am currently
>growing EW in potting soil in a 15 inch pot with automatic drain and it is
>growing great, as I'm sure it does in it's native CA.
>Many grow well here that I do not particularly like, either because of the
>color or branching. (ROMAN LOVER & JEWELED STARLIGHT fit this
>category--others adore these irises and they both grow VERY well here.)
>years, I bought irises that rebloomed with little regard for their beauty.
>Many are the basis for most of my own seedlings--FEEDBACK, EARL OF ESSEX,
>PINK ATTRACTION, IMMORTALITY, CORN HARVEST, & LEMON REFLECTION, ETC.
>My favored iris list
>CLARENCE is on my list; however, I wish it branched better.
>CASCADE SPRINGS-I'm currently babying this in hopes of increase and lush
>bloom next year. GORGEOUS.
>PROUD TRADITION-my all time favorite, although it could grow a little
>HONKY TONK BLUES-Still in a trance from the first year. It bloomed three
>stalks on a first year clump (straight from Schreiners), and does well most
>of the time for me.
>BLACKOUT--am still in awe over a clump of this in bloom. Wish it had
>branching. Love the wide falls and the blue beards.
>SUMMER RADIANCE- (LEMON REFLECTION X HINDENBURG) A brilliant yellow that
>throws stalks in June & July is fast becoming a favorite of mine. (It's
>one of my own, but currently in short supply--long story)
>REBOUND-has a rebloom stalk growing now that will be frozen out next week.
>>From another of my favorite irises--HIGHLAND CHIEF. Could have better
>branching but it's a pretty clump--gardenability. I saved a brown plicata
>from this cross.
>HOT STREAK-Another all time favorite. It grows like a weed in a local
>friend's garden, but has been less than good for me. Trying it again this
>GOOD VIBRATIONS-I think this may become a favorite, but can't say for sure
>BREAKERS-grows well here as it does most everywhere. Saved a reblooming
>seedling from this and VIOLET RETURNS.
>PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE-love the blue beards on this. Also used this in breeding
. >. . blue bearded whites (for form). Strange thing about my breeding
>program--if I like it I try to turn it into a rebloomer!
>LACED COTTON-doesn't grow . . . multiply . . . well enough, but will have
>do until something better comes along. Also used in breeding.
>MY VALENTINE-can't forget this type of white. Red beards. My favorite
>of white. (Really like Christmas Rubies best. The beard is fat and
>but the branching is AWfull.)
>LIME FIZZ.--A part of my first iris order. From the 50's, it was dropped
>from the symposium about the time I bought it. Just got it back this year
>from Vince. Love the brilliance and the lace. (Crossed this with
>BUTTERSCOTCH BRONZE the first year I made crosses. It produced a tightly
>laced brown with texture veining that was gorgeous, but it declined and
> Too bad. LIME FIZZ in brown!)
>LADY FRIEND--the best growing red in this part of the country. Used this
>a line intended to produce a red rebloomer. Lost the seedling when I
>RINGO-I'm really not that crazy about this iris, BUT I like the color
>and nothing else grows well here. Have SO FINE but it is not increasing
>well. Have a couple of new ones this year--time will tell.
>MAGIC MAN & TWIST OF FATE--neither of these grow worth a darn here, BUT
>presence in a garden is breathtaking. TOF in the early garden and MM in
>There are as many reasons to have favorites as there are people and irises.
>I'm a sucker for 'pretty' and/or unique irises. You may notice that most
>my favorites are older. I've bought a lot of newer irises and some have
>OKAY. When I moved I had to leave most of my irises behind. When I
>to build another bed and buy more irises, I found myself ordering the ones
>liked--without regard of age. I rebought BLACKOUT (old) & DOROTHY DAVIS
>(fairly new). Why? Because I like them. I also bought SEA POWER. Why?
>looked pretty in the picture AND Keith's blues are usually strong in this
>area. Time will tell.
>Since I've seen it bloom, can I mention SILVER EDGE again?
>Betty in Bowling Green KY
>Betty from Bowling Green
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