Re: NEW IRIS, WINNERS
Hello all and welcome to the new members,
Thanks Ellen G for your kind words of encouragement. You've convinced to
plod ion trying Sibs and JIs.
Joy, joy, joy. Yesterday I received the first of my TBs orders. This is
always a treat because I am a lousy orderer and I don't always make a good
list of what I order or else I lose it so by the time I get the order it's a
mystery. Like getting a present! :-)
I got my AIS journal and haven't read it all but it looks different and I
like the tone of what I've read so far. Also got my Sympoosium ballot and
have to admit I'm intimidated. I grow only a fraction of those listed so
voting is an iffy proposition for me.
Now that the TB season is over for me I decided to list my own winners. The
only plants eligible were those planted as new rhizomes last year.
Cultivars i have as 2nd year or older didn't count.
And the winner is:
Most incredibly robust multiplier that didn't bloom: BREAKERS (It's gonna
be spectacular next year!)
Prettiest: CAJUN BEAUTY (very subjective.If you don't like it vote for your
own :-) )
Best branching: GYPSY WOMAN
Best looking show type stalk: tie RAVENS ROOST and GYPSY WOMAN
Most incrediably beautiful: (different from pretty) EDITH WOLFORD
Best pink: I had 4 bloom and didn't like any of them very much so I'll be a
poor sport on this category
Most anticipated bloom which I snapped off while weeding and so have to wait
til next year: PRINCESS KISS
Best hanging-on-by-the-skin-of-its-teeth-because-most-rotted: MAGIC HOPE
(I moved the remaining little twig today to sandy soil.)
Only one to rot completely so it's dead: CHERRY SMOKE
Only one to snap off in a rainstorm so we brought it into the house:
Biggest one that has shown no signs whatsoever of rot: BREAKERS
Well you get the picture. I've had to be incredible vigilant about rot in
one bed. The soil is heavy there and We've had a lot of rain, so I check
them pretty much every day or so and have managed to control it. Another
bed, on sandier soil has shown no rot whatsoever, so I will be doing plant
musical chairs in the future. This bed is where my more established iris are.
Lee DeJongh in Rhinelander, WI