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Re: LA: SPEC: Popularizing non-TB iris

From: "Colleen Modra" <irises@senet.com.au>

I give quite a few talks on irises to various garden clubs and include all
the various main types(Dutch, PC, Sib, La, JI, Sp, TM, MB, Ar, DB, Ev), that
they are likely to see in gardening magazines and explain which ones are or
are not likely to grow in their area. The most common response is that of"I
never knew there were so many types of irises". I always stress that there
is an iris for every soil type ane climate. I'd dearly like to get hold of
those gardening book writers that make blanket statements such as "Iris like
acid soils" or "Irises like well drained soil" I guess it's up to us to
write to the publishers to complain when we see misleading comments such as
these. Then there are the people who have some knowledge of the varities but
not their growing conditions. I had a call from a landscaper yesterday about
the supply of a large number of La for a housing display village (The La
were specified by the architect). The area they wanted to put them in was an
area I knew was red alkaline clay (about 8.5) and while they were going to
bring in some soil, it was just std soil and besides which the Adealide
mains water tends to be rather alkaline. I did suggest bearded and Sp.
I guess that it's just a matter of continually speaking about what a diverse
species irises are.

Colleen Modra

-----Original Message-----
From: Irisborer@aol.com <Irisborer@aol.com>
To: iris-talk@onelist.com <iris-talk@onelist.com>
Date: Sunday, 5 December 1999 9:24
Subject: Re: [iris-talk] LA: SPEC: Popularizing non-TB iris

>From: Irisborer@aol.com
>In a message dated 12/4/1999 7:30:36 PM Eastern Standard Time,
>BigAlligator@aol.com writes:
><< As my Louisiana Irises and types of Iris virginica and Iris pseudacorus
> increase, I will share the extras with local gardeners who are willing to
> give them a try.  A few gardeners know of these plants, but most don't,
> there is no organized way to promote them yet. >>
>Hey Mark:
>I have an idea..... why don't you contact your local garden club and offer
>give a short presentation on the types of irises that grow in FLA.... OR,
>you're not ready for that, maybe you could cut some blooms for a meeting
>bring them with cultural info.
>OR, why not invite the local garden columnist out to your garden during
>time.... those people are hungry for things to write about.  In fact, if
>put together a 'fact sheet', they'll love you for it.... and if you even
>write them an article - they'll love you more!
>You can be an iris evangelist.
>Kathy Guest
>E. Aurora, NY

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