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Re: Japanese Iris!!! 10 Favorites (there's no such thing as "best")

R. Dennis Hager wrote:
> > > Kathy Guest
> > > E. Aurora, NY... where she is participating in an outreach gardening program
> > > today for daylilies... but she just KNOWS that she'll be telling folks to
> > > consider JI's as a 'companion plant'
> Kathy,
> Why don't you suggest that they grow JI and use daylilies as a
> 'companion plant'? I would suggest a whole bed of JI with a clump of the
> early yellow spider 'Kindly Light'. It blooms mid-late JI season and it
> is just the right touch in that sea of blue, purple, pink & white. Some
> of you may recall that I always root for the little yellow flower.
> My first Japanese iris this year, as usual was 'Springtime Snow',
> followed immediately by 'Royal Fireworks' on May 19. Both had blooms
> within the last week too!
> For vivid color, I like 'Flashing Koi', 'King's Court' ('Geisha Obi' or
> 'Yusho' could take the place of 'King's Court', but the veining isn't as
> nice. Anna Mae Miller's 'Rose Frappe' also makes a wonderful garden
> statement.
> My favorite white is 'Driven Snow'. It is a late bloomer with 6+ falls.
> For an obscenely large early white, try 'Great White Heron'.
> 'Midsummer Reverie' is a big floppy 6F pink that puts on a great show
> and blooms nicely in my garden. Other nice pinks are 'Chigokesho' and
> 'Sakurajishi', but both can have trouble opening properly in the heat.
> 'Electric Rays' is an outstanding blue-violet with lighter blue rays.
> 'Diomedes' has a similar appearance (they both had the same pollen
> parent), but it has better branching and blooms over a much longer
> period for me.
> I know I've mentioned more than 10, but it was an impossible task
> anyway.
> R. Dennis Hager
> on Delmarva Zone 6-7
> Where the JI season is rapidly coming to a close.

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