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Re: Matching Names to Plants

  • Subject: Re: Matching Names to Plants
  • From: Robert Pindell <bobdell@ix.netcom.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 May 2002 22:06:23 -0400

At least I didn't have to deal with geese, just frost and wind.  Did one 
or more of the culprits end up as Christmas Dinner?  

I have been making some progress on my Names and Plants problem. 
 Between the Riverview site http://www.riverview-iris-gardens.com/ and 
Dorothy Willott's  stack of checklist books going back to the Garden of 
Eden I have some idea of what each of the named iris on my list should 
look like (I owe them big time, so I can just imagine the beating my 
check book is going to take  in a couple of months).  At the end of this 
adventure I expect to have a list of names of a few plants that didn't 
bloom this year or are dead.  I am marking the plants that don't bloom 
and will move them together to keep an eye on them so that next year I 
might be able to put names to them.  I have 93 names on my roster, 50 
are positively identified either by name tags or descriptions and most 
of the rest are yet to bloom.  The problem is getting down to manageable 

Take it from one who has had to deal with the mess.  The moral of the 
story, which I didn't do well enough,  is mark, mark again underground 
and map accurately.  

Then there is the adventure of  the bright orange flowering random bit 
of what you though you moved, gave away or rototilled out or a seedling 
of that bee pod you didn't dead head three years ago that is now growing 
right in the middle of a clump of what you think is  all  "PURPLE 

The perfect solution to the whole thing is rototill up more of the lawn, 
buy and plant more irises. ;-)

How do you know that you have enough irises?  When you discover that you 
don't have room to plant that last $50 (or free) rhizome you have in 
your hand!

>   From: "Racheal Nekuda" <lilylvr@kansas.net>
>Subject: Re: Matching Names to Plants
>Don't feel bad Rosalie, I have a bed that i tried to randomize the plantings in, nothing in a straight row. I draw so badly that I am now waiting for them to bloom so I can redraw my map with the help of a photo. At least I know exactly what I put in there and within a couple of plants where. But it is still going to be interesting. One thing in my favor, I had just started to collect iris and they should all be very different looking. VBG These are plants that the geese stole the labels off of almost as fast as I put them out. Geese don't grab and drop either. When they don't like something they frequently take it to the pond to drown it.
>  ----- Original Message ----- 
>  From: RYFigge@aol.com 
>  To: iris-talk@yahoogroups.com 
>  Sent: Tuesday, May 07, 2002 8:34 PM
>  Subject: Re: [iris-talk] Matching Names to Plants
>  This is a BIG problem - and a helpful solution after the horse has been 
>  stolen is to have a written down  design of the plot with names of irises.  
>  Sometimes the relationship with a  known iris whose label remained, can 
>  settle a lot of questions.  An interesting thing is that one of our new 
>  members whose garden was flooded called attention to how important this was!  
>  I try to do that myself, and have a fit when something comes up showing that  
>  there is an iris that was not included! ! 
>  Now my problem is trying to match up  my slides taken in Memphis with the 
>  notes I took!  Rosalie nr Baltimore zone  7  ryfigge@aol.com


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speak up because I wasn't a Communist.  Then they came for the
Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they 
came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I 
wasn't a trade unionist.  Then they came for the Catholics, 
and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.  Then they 
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