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Re: RE:HIST Polling for Survivors

In a message dated 2/3/05 7:21:41 PM Eastern Standard Time, judye@msinter.net 

<<  Growing along the fence I have spotted Ola Kala, Crimson King, Monsignor,
 Indian Chief and the Gracchus type varieties which one ?? I'll have to look
 closer.  A pretty tall white , Lent A. Williamson and Wabash. Atroviolacea
 is all over in this area also. >>

Judy, that is a rreal interesting story. "Monsignor', eh? Maybe my instincts 
were working well since I've had a couple of private notes here in which two 
other Irises I almost put on the list were mentioned: the superb taupe and 
lavender Cayeux Iris, "President Pilkington', which I've also seen around in 
Richmond, and 'Coronation,'  which is common, too. 

'Coronation,' (Moore, 927) is a rather dingy yellow self, a little darker 
than medium, with a roundish bloom shape that is pretty distinctive once you get 
to know it. Dark veining--chocolaty wine--on the claw, and PBF, occasional red 
flecks on the falls. It got quite a bit of distribution, or so I assume since 
 it was being pushed by Cooley's at least as early as 1932, and thereafter, 
as a good bargain yellow. It is a pretty good plant as those things go but it 
is, as I said, a little dingy.  

So, let's add 'President Pilkington' and 'Coronation' to the hunt list. And 
how about this one for distinctive: 'William A.Setchell." Anyone seeing that 
immense purple around? I have! And in an actual boneyard, too! 

I think everyone has a pretty tall white unknown of some vintage. Mine blooms 
four feet tall when it is happy. Edinger is clueless other than to say he's 
seen it before.

Thank you, Judy. I think we might be getting somewhere with this. 


Anner Whitehead
Richmond VA USA

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