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Re: [iris] Re: CULT: Why now?

Hi Laurie,
Checking archives I didn't found your list of survivors.
Isn't now a time to post it?

in Moscow
zone 3 or 4

----- Original Message ----- From: "Laurie Frazer" <lauriefr@localnet.com>
Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2007 11:52 PM
Subject: Re: [iris] Re: CULT: Why now?

On May 26, 2007, at 2:22 PM, Linda Mann wrote:

Hmm.. is that why so many irises hate it here? I thought it was the erratic moisture and freeze supply <g>

I'm not sure the cause of the stress is all that important. Since both of our gardens are subject to wholesale rot infections, the key would seem to be finding irises that can outgrow rot quickly enough to survive.

Your climate is normally so much drier than ours, not much overlap of what does well,

That's not necessarily true. HOM has always been my strongest survivor, and so far it's still hanging in there. IMM is still alive and kicking, too, though not as convincingly as HOM. Very few modern TBs are still viable in my garden, and the continuing cool temps will undoubtedly strike the death toll for more of them. So far, though, Stairway to Heaven and Wishful Thinking still each have a small fan. It looks like Feedback is the only TB out of my approx. 200 (200 last fall, that is) that intends to bloom this year. There are a few more TB survivors out there still clinging tentatively to life, but I haven't bothered with an inventory yet. I won't know for sure who will be left standing until warm weather settles in for the summer.

I suspect that many of the TBs that do well for you could probably survive my conditions, Linda - at least through the winters with adequate snow cover and a reasonable winter-spring transition. However, I rarely add TBs to my beds anymore. The dwarf and median beardeds are much more successful here as a rule. All of these new, empty holes where once lived TBs in my iris rows will now be filled with smaller, stronger beardeds.

but still look forward to seeing your list of the few extra strong ones.

Stay tuned.  I'll post my list of survivors later this summer.


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