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RE: CULT:Best & Favorite

From: "J.F. Hensler" <hensler@povn.com>

Our garden sits in a frost trough in the foothills of the Selkirk Mts. Ph 
is between 6.5 and 6.8 and runs from adequate, but not overly rich, sandy 
loam and nearly pure sand. Wet, cold Springs and hot dry Summers help keep 
things interesting. Winter lows can drop to -30 and Summer highs can go 
into the high 90s.

Since I'm trying to keep this list to the bare minimum, I'm listing only 
those irises that have really grown here long enough to know how they 
handle some of our worst conditions.


SETOSA: An unidentified dwarf in a light blue-lavender color. Blooms like 
wild and for a long period of time. Also takes neglect in stride.

SUN CASCADE: From Tony Huber, a psuedacorus that's more than double. 

SPURIA OCHROLEUCA: Prolific bloomer. Idiot proof. Also gopher and mouse 


PERCHERON: Gorgeous, tall, and aggressive.

MAGENTA MOMENT: The color alone stops me in my tracks. Great increase and 
wonderful bloom.


BLACK GAMECOCK: Sultry, exotic, and tough as nails. Doesn't need as much 
water as you might think!


KUALA LUMPUR: Delicious color and doesn't pout.


Unidentified: a sultry black purple with mustard beards that usually tops 

Unidentified: an older bitone lavender. Tall with perfect blooms regardless 
of weather. This one hasn't been divided for about 6 years and is a huge 
clump, loaded with blooms.

STERLING MISTRESS: smokey pink over cream plicata. Outstanding foliage. 
It's been a favorite since the first time it bloomed.

PRESTIGE ITEM: wow. Raspberries and peaches. Foliage is pretty fantastic, 

IMMORTALITY: As long as it has extremely good drainage, it's outstanding. 
Tons of blooms and all perfect.

RINGO: A classic and takes neglect well. Always a treat.


SMITTEN KITTEN: Soft pink and cream. Fantastic bloom and increase.

HONKY TONK HUSSY: Perfect blooms in the most wonderful red-black.

SONJA'S SELAH: Rich color and good manners. Never seems to have a bad day.

Dwarf Bearded:

BRIGHT CHIC: Glows. Increases like a weed and blooms like wild.

YIPPEE: Luscious colors. Outrageous increase.

YAT ROCK: Strange colors on a plant that never misses a beat.

YANKEE SKIPPER: Blue Dwarf Beardeds have a rocky time here. This one 
doesn't. Glowing color.

Christy Hensler
Newport, WA z4b

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