Re: Selection Mechanisms
Jeff Walters wrote:
> 3) Even locally hybridized iris are not necessarily dependable. Melba
>Hamblen's iris (hybridized within 50 miles of here as the crow flies - if
>crows fly above 10,000 ft) do not perform consistently well in my garden.
>In fact rather more are sub par growers than otherwise, although some are
>among the best I have grown.
This thread has been really helpful to me since my experiences
re irises 'making it' have been similar....I would like to add
that where the rhizomes spent their first few months or in the
case of seeds where the parent plant was growing seems to be the
line of demarcation for me. Up here, also in a higher elevation,
50 miles is probably another zone and climate (not just temp.).
I have some irises from the Maine seacoast that do well here
and some from Montana and Minnesota that are thriving and I
will see this summer whether the rhizomes from Colorado and
Oregon are ok. Also, whether seeds from Hungary sprout...
> 4) What grows for my neighbor may not do well for me. This area may or
>may not be blessed (cursed) with more microclimates and special
>circumstances than others, but when members of our local iris society (all
>gardening in the same mountain valley and within a radius of about 15
>miles) get together to discuss varietal performance, more often than not we
>cannot reach a consensus.
This is the way of the gardener - everyone's growing land is just
a little bit different and also the culture has to be unique to say
nothing of the gardening practices....oh my, so much to think about
as Rick gazes on his daffodil and I shovel 18 inches of heavy snow
Spring will come - but winter is great for dreams and planning....
Ellen Gallagher "Snow covers the garden. The gardener
firstname.lastname@example.org forgets the struggle."
USDA Zone 3
Lancaster, New Hampshire, USA