Re: West Coast Irises
Michael Cook wrote:
> I would like to know what kind of luck Iris growers in the east are
> having with Bearded Irises that were hybridized on the West Coast. I know
> that some growers in this area claim that Irises from the west will not
> grow well here. The Irises that I grow originated in more than one part of
> the US. My own observations indicate that Irises that were hybridized on
> the West Coast are no more likely to fail to grow than those that were
> hybridized on the East Coast.
> Of the three times that I have won Best Specimen of Show, all were
> with West Coast Irises. The Irises were: BENGAL TIGER, LADY FRIEND, and
> PIPING HOT.
> I hope that I haven't opened up a can of worms here, but I will be
> interested in seeing what other gardeners have to say on this.
> Mark A. Cook
> Lexington, KY USA Zone 6 officially; should be zone 5.
What a refreshing point of view! When I lived in Northern Virgina I
ordered iris mainly from Schrieners and Keppel. I never had any
problems growing these iris. Unfortunately I do remember the horrid
iris borers which attacked the poor things. Glad I don't have them