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Re: Is there an Iris Heaven

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: Is there an Iris Heaven
  • From: Patricia Wenham <prw@televar.com>
  • Date: Sat, 8 Feb 1997 21:55:35 -0700 (MST)

Barbara Mann wrote:
> Jefrie, well, Albuquerque is zone 6 (or 6 1/2), and it never gets anything too
> obnoxious other than an occasional hailstorm and some snow in the winter.  Of
> course there is the water problem...  But there are several iris societies
> locally, not to mention others in Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Roswell, and Hobbs, so
> you would be in good company.  Of course there is the dust in the spring...
> Barb, in Santa Fe, just the right distance from Albuquerque (close enough to
> drive easily, but I don't have to live there).
> ----------
> From:   iris-l@rt66.com on behalf of Leon Adams Jr
> Sent:   Saturday, February 08, 1997 3:02 PM
> To:     Multiple recipients of list
> Subject:        RE: Is there an Iris Heaven
> RIck writes:
> >And Linda, please don't refer to CA as iris heaven.  Spend some time in
> >my garden and you may change your mind.
> ......................................
> >How would you like to have leaf spot all thru the winter?  And believe it or
> not >we can get late freezes here also, maybe not killing but disfiguring.
> > Is there an Iris Heaven?
> I myself had determined that zone 6 must be Iris heaven, and to that end have
> been looking for retirement property based on it being in a zone 6 area. I
> thought this to be a true hypothesis because zone 6 is described in sunset's
> Western Garden Book as: Warmer summers than zone 5 and a much longer growing
> season ( Mid-March - Mid-November) along with a pronounced winter chill.
> This all seems perfect for growing Iris, and as 2 of the big commercial guys,
> Cooleys and Shreiners are in zone 6, and Terry isn't Salmon Creek in zone 6?,
> this seemed a true hypothesis. But then we had the rains and the floods, of
> the past two years which has ruined some of their gardens. So maybe their
> really isn't an Iris heaven after all.
> But I am still looking for zone 6.
> Jefrie Jenkins
> Kent, WA  zone 5 - AIS region 13

I left Kent over 20 years ago and came to iris heaven in Okanogan 
county.  We have many people from the coast living here.  Most are 
retired.  I would love to see more iris growers move to this area. Do 
not make the mistake of looking in the western part of the county 

Patti Wenham  <prw@televar.com>
zone 5 
Omak, WA

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