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Re: SPEC: Iris polystachya Thunb.

From: "David Slootmans" <d.slootmans@worldonline.nl>

Dear Anner,first i wil answer some questions from
your message,yes I live in the Netherland,in the
sw-area this is the milder part of the country,(zone 8)
the area i live in is a man made polder,an water
levels are controled by hand if we don't pump
away the  water we wil be About 3 meters under
sea level.It is like living on a vulcano,
I don't have the Cape bulb book yet ,but that
wil soon come. I try to collect apart from the Genus Iris
more southern hemisphere species,I am not a member
of any other group,i started growing and knowing the
southern 'Irises' because in holland there are no good
collections of these,and i think they are better to
use in my muggy winter /summer conditions.Cool but wet,
as I am used to protected my plants in situ during
during cold air masses coming in from E-Europe and
Russia,.in winter
I started 10 years ago with southern hemisphere irises
(is there a better word to use?) so almost all are in the
greenhouse in winter.

-----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
Van: HIPSource@aol.com <HIPSource@aol.com>
Aan: iris-talk@onelist.com <iris-talk@onelist.com>
Datum: 27. november 1999 17:42
Onderwerp: Re: [iris-talk] SPEC: Iris polystachya Thunb.

>From: HIPSource@aol.com
>In a message dated 11/27/99 11:09:26 AM Eastern Standard Time,
>d.slootmans@worldonline.nl writes:
><<  Dear Anner,thank you very much for your kind help, my plant is in its
> juveniles and i will keep it in my small greenhouse for the winter.>.
>I think that would be a very good idea. I think they may be tender,
>especially if they are very young. After I sent you that information I
>remembered that I did have a source of more current data than Hortus Third.
>have looked in my RHS Index of Garden Plants and the name and authority I
>gave you is still correct and the Index says that as a group the butterfly
>irises are generally hardy to USDA Zone 9.
><< I have more species allied to Iris from the southern hemisphere,do you
>know of other members which are interested in those ? >>
>Mark Cook in Florida has been very interested in the subject and I imagine
>many of the rest of us here are as well. We occasionally get a discussion
>going on Dietes or something similar. Are you a member of SIGNA, the
>Iris Group of North America? SIGNA is an international special interest
>affiliated with AIS  which is concerned with the wider world of species
>irises. Here is the address of the webpage:
>And do you have the recent book I alluded to earlier? It is not exhausive
>it is an interesting one:  CAPE BULBS, by Richard Doutt, Timber Press 1994.
>believe these Timber Press books are also available overseas. As I read
>address you are in the Netherlands, is this correct?
>Anner Whitehead, Richmond,Virginia, USA Zone 7

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