Good Morning Iris Fans,
I've been tuned to the discussions of LADY FRIEND with special interest because it's a special in my garden. It always blooms even the first year after transplanting for us. Making a friendly maroon statement starting in April, it blooms in large clusters for three months. For us, it's a true friend.
I especially appreciate the way each mother plant gives its all to its pups. When you transplant, each of the six or more pups are as big or bigger than the original mother. The new rhizomes grow fast and produce blooms quickly.
We took a large pup rhizome to the iris auction our society had in August. A young member bid for it and was pleased when he acquired it for his collection. An experienced granny grower leaned over and said, "Don't be surprised if it doesn't bloom for the first two or three years." I was shocked. This was not the LADY FRIEND that I knew. After reading your lines, I see that this lady is like some ladies we all know. When they are in the right environment, they really make a contribution.
Sunny Sunday in San Diego. Sharlyn