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- Subject: Missing Iris
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Pat King)
- Date: Thu, 2 Oct 1997 11:47:28 -0600 (MDT)
I am new to the list and have really enjoyed the tidbits I am learning. I
have always loved iris, but am just beginning to learn what to do to help
mother nature. I planted a few iris last fall (moving gifts from my old
workplace) and enjoyed the beginning of an iris garden.
I had a disheartening experience last weekend and would like some advice.
I had old iris, all tall bearded, (minimum of 40 yrs. old) in a garden that
previously belonged to my now deceased father-in-law. They were to be
shared with members of the family when they could be dug and split. Last
week while I was out of town a visiting member of the family removed ALL
the iris while I was away.
I immediately ran to the store to see if I could locate any healthy
rhizomes to begin a new garden, but had no luck at all (everything was
dried up and ugly). I live in central Washington state and believe I am in
AIS region 13.
My questions are:
1. Am I plain out of luck for next spring? (Is it too late to
plant this year)? And, where in central or western Washington might I find
iris at this time of year?
2. Any suggestions of places I might be able to locate some
inexpensive decent-quality rhizomes? I would love to replace the "missing"
ones with older varieties, but beggars and choosers are two different
things, and I don't even know varieties that would be pre-1960. Variety
suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
3. I will write to the catalog addresses I find at the listserv
homepage, but are there other places I should try to contact?
4. Please, all wish me luck in this endeavor as I hope to create
an iris garden (behind my no trespassing signs!) the family would literally