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STARRING was in my garden for, I think, three seasons, beginning from a
single rhizome.  It is a beautiful iris and I was able to make some crosses
involving it.  Last year, it produced a multi-stalked clump.  This spring, I
was astounded to find no trace of it at all.  The entire clump had simply
disintegrated during our relatively mild winter.  Also lost last year were
ROMANTIC EVENING and SOCIAL GRACES.  In several years in my garden, ROMANTIC
EVENING never gave me more than one bloomstalk per year, but some of my best
seedlings have come from it.  So, would I buy these three again?  Definitely
(especially since they cost less now).  STARRING is a beautiful iris and
unique in its color class.  Both it and ROMANTIC EVENING have given me
seedlings.   Yes, losing ROMANTIC EVENING will cause a gap in my hybridizing
until I can replace it, but the same thing happened with BEST BET, which
also gave me important seedlings while I had it.  So, perhaps irises have
different values for hybridizers as opposed to growers.  --  Griff

zone 7 in Virginia

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ellen Gallagher" <ellengalla@yahoo.com>
To: "irishort" <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, May 10, 2004 4:42 PM
Subject: [iris] TB: STARRING

> "Arnold Koekkoek" <koekkoek@mtcnet.net> wrote to Michele:
> >>> As somebody already wrote, the iris about which you were
> asking is probably STARRING, which was a huge hit with those
> attending the 2002 national AIS convention in Memphis.  It grew
> very well there, lovely clumps. The comment made on this list to
> the effect that some folks complained about less than perfect
> growth didn't show there.  So maybe it is like some other iris
> that are born and bred in Calif., namely, they do better in
> warmer climate zones than places like this, where winter is very
> real. <<<
> Based on seeing 'Starring' in Memphis, I ordered it. It never
> made it through the winter here in the northern White Mts. of NH
> (USDA Zone 3a).  However, I have had good luck and great bloom
> on other California-bred irises.
> My new theory: some rhizomes are lemons just like cars (I have a
> lemon of a car - so I know the drill). I might give 'Starring'
> another chance but not this year. Too busy losing my battle with
> the lily beetles in my lilium.  (Lilioceris lilii). They are
> almost impossible to eradicate from a garden. (whimper)
> Ellen
> =====
> Ellen Gallagher, Editor
> 'The Siberian Iris'
> Manager of Sibrob and BeardlessIrisPhotos on Yahoogroups
> Society for Siberian Irises: http://www.socsib.org
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