Re: HIST: REB: SPEC: Blooming January 3 in Richmond VA
In a message dated 1/4/2007 10:01:52 AM Eastern Standard Time,
<<Amazing! An iris blooming in early January! I can hardly conceive of
thing. The height of 3 ft. is a surprise, too, at least to me. I didn't
pallida grew that tall. What a nice mid-winter surprise! Thanks for
sharing it with us, Anner.
Hello, Arnold. Thanks, and Happy New Year! I hope you ate your beans so you
will be healthy, wealthy and wise this year. We ate our blackeyed peas on
New Year's day, and watched Fellini's 'Amarcord.' It was a very nice day.
This has been an interesting sort of season. There was that amazing yellow
rebloomer earlier, which, it occurs to me, I should probably check on again.
Too, there was a little, as in dwarf, dark purple blooming all December up
against a house in a protected area down in one of those elite older
neighborhoods which is practically a cloistered community, an area in which rather
tender plants like Gardenia radicans routinely winter over and the camellias grow
up to the second story. Now this pallida type thing.
Around here pallida can get some height on it, although I suppose this could
be Farr's 'Juniata', which looks rather like a slightly darker pallida and
is quite tall. In fact, there is a wonderful bogus portrait of Farr holding
the cultivar in one of his catalogs. They fiddled the photo, rather crudely, to
exaggerate the height of the stalk.
Bertrand Farr came to Richmond in the early 1920s to judge an Iris show, and
he named a cultivar for the city, although it was not introduced. He was
considered a most presentable representative of AIS at the time, in an elder
statesman sort of way, all very carriage trade. Others like Sturtevant and
Wister were still quite young. Even so, Mrs. Marion Cran, the UK garden writer,
writing at the time, said John Wister was the most 'congealed' man she'd ever
met. This cracks me up.
If the rain holds off I will traipse down the promenade with a yardstick
and my Ridgway color chart and see if I can get some specifics on the plant. It
is in what one would call a tree well were there a tree in the well, if you
catch my dithering drift, darling one.
Richmond VA USA USDA Zone 7
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