Re: HIST: Dr. Bernice
In a message dated 6/1/2009 6:21:19 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
I perhaps may be the 'culprit' for releasing this cultivar into the
general iris community. I discovered it at Presby in 2001 or so, never
seen a picture of it or description from any historic iris fancier and
distributed it to other iris collectors, some of whom have grown it for
Well, don't fall on your sword yet, Laetitia. 'Dr. Bernice' was already in
circulation well before that, apparently. It appears on the 1995 HIPS
Databank listing, and on the previous edition of the listing as well. On
neither was it reported as being grown by only one person. Which means, people in
HIPS were growing it within recent memory.
<<I have submitted the picture to Phil Edinger who had vetted it around
don't know if I can attach a photo here but if not, please write to me
personally at Lmmunro@hotmail.com and I have plenty of pictures of it to
(to make sure we are talking about the same thing)
Laurie Frazer's photo on the HIPS page is the one which occasions the
question. Is that the same iris you have been passing around? Mrs. Hess lists
it in her catalog, and I assumed that was the source, albeit it possibly at
some remove, of the iris in the picture. It sounds like I need to ask Mrs.
Hess about the provenance of her clone.
<<Now...on to your second question, description of the growing habits and
flower. I would say it is a shortish growing iris, perhaps along the lines
MTB height (in NJ maybe 20" if its happy, >>
Thank you very much. The Cornell 112 only grants it 74 points, and says
nothing about stature.
<<Is it worth bothering to give it some of your garden space? Only you can
decide if its worth it.
A truer word was never spoken.
Thank you for your response. I appreciate it.
Richmond VA USA
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