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Re: Re: HIST - Iris fragrance in old iris
  • Subject: Re: Re: HIST - Iris fragrance in old iris
  • From: GormleyGreenery@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 18 May 2010 13:33:08 EDT

And 'Eleanor Roosevelt', (1933 H. P. Sass-McDade, R. ) of which there is a  
huge planting at the entrance to Rainbow Iris Farm in Bedford, IA. One of 
the  earliest and you can smell it before you even get to the long driveway!  
 Listed in their catalog for $3.25 - 
from HIPS website but doesn't mention fragrance!
Eleanor Roosevelt
H.P. Sass-McDade,  1933

IB 21" E & Re R1D

>From the Cooley's Gardens catalog for  1937: "Deep flourite purple self, 
with very rich falls. The opening flower is  almost black, and the heavy blue 
beard tends to increase the depth of color.  This is the leading 
fall-blooming iris in commerce today, because it increases  very fast, is most reliable 
in flowering habit, and is one of the most beautiful  irises in the garden 
regardless of its added value as a rebloomer." 

((_Amas_ (http://www.hips-roots.com/photos/amas-mb.html) ) x (pumila  x ... 
)), HM 1936, AM 1937. 
Rita Gormley, former;y in IA and now in FL
In a message dated 5/18/2010 1:05:06 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
richter@eecs.berkeley.edu writes:

Yes, I.  pallida smells like grape soda,
and many of its descendants do as  well.
One exception is I. pallida dalmatica.

SF bay area,  zone 9

Gesine Lohr wrote:
> Iris fragrance -- get some  historic iris!
> Don't have time right now, but some oldies  smell like grape soda, some 
> root beer,
> some like other  neat things.
> I think I. pallida is one, 'Alcazar' smells like  root beer.
> see
> www.hips-roots.com
> HIPS  (Historic Iris Preservation Society)
> Gesine
> (Roots  editor for HIPS)
> *************
> Interesting topic this  morning.  I've been sitting here thinking about 
> knowing  there's no iris here that has that delicious grape scent of my
>  childhood either.  You didn't even have to be near it to smell it.   If I
> could find that iris again, I'd certainly ask the grower for a  little 
> of  it.

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