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Iris trip to Germany (from the SIBROB)

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Iris trip to Germany (from the SIBROB)
  • From: Ellen Gallagher <e_galla@moose.ncia.net>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Oct 1997 10:48:24 -0600 (MDT)

	The following is a post from Edmundas Kondratas from Kaunas,
	Lithuania that appeared recently on the Siberian email robin.

	We have discussed Dr. Koehlein and also touched on the breeding
	of yellow Siberians on the iris-l in the past.

	Apologies to the members of the SIBROB that have already seen this.

	Ellen Gallagher, SIBROB Director

Hi everyone,
before week I have returned from my car-trip to West Europe, generaly
Germany and two days spent in Holland.

In Germany I have visited great German decorative plant authority Fritz
Koehlein, author of many books including his 'IRIS' and 'Hostas'. It was
most interesting to look around his garden. His garden is not large, almost
as mine about 1200 kvadrat meters. He has composed a litle alpine garden,
but other part as said host, is not architectural landscape, but only
collection of lot of decorative plants. He is very interested in Hostas too
and have bred some. He was so kind to gift me his breedings 'Blauer
Dragoner', 'Blauwichtel', 'Pfiferling', 'Rumpfelstilzhen', 'Silberlofel'.
Thay are of media and mini size more suitable for alpine gardens. He was
early with growing from seeds, collected in China I.buleyana,
I.chrysographes, I.delavayii and I am very satisfied with his donation me
of theese plants. 4 hours spent in his garden and at lunch with Dr. Fritz
and his wife, talking about gardening and plants, also about our
postsocialist life flew like minute.

At my closest friends Marlene and Georg Ahlburgs I feel like in family.
Marlene is breeder of many decorative plants. He have very beautiful yellow
siberians: 'Welfenschatz', Welfenprince', 'Welfenherzog" and others. She
have her Hosta , Heleborus hybrids and now she work with Hepaticas.
Ahlburg's garden is like little island of native with concentrated
decorative plant collection. Lot of visitors can learn how to use hostas in

In Holland I visited my aqiuntance Mr. Kees Sahin in Alphen aan den Rijn.
He sell seeds, most anual over the world. We visited his breeding
plantations on the side of Northern Sea and I was surprised by  colour
range of Salvia, anual Dahlias, Tagetes and others. But most impressive for
me was to see Boskop. By side the main street of Boskop there is main
channel. All other streets from both sides are bordered with canals 6-7m
wide more or less. Each plot /they are of different size/ are bordered with
such a canals too. The picture everywhere is wonderful. Every plot is full
of decorative plants and if front side is used for ladscaping, each foot of
back side plot is used for plant propagation. There is the main job of
Boskop inhabitants. Plant range is so wide: from conifers till perenials.
The main firma with most wide range of Rhododendron , Azaleas, Japanese
maples and many, many others is ESVELD. I came there some minutes before
closing and Mr. Esweld was not so kind to show me his collection. Though
after work time owner of other firma, which wholesale perenials Mr. Dick
Dagenhart was very kind and shoved me his plantation. We walked along his
large plot also bordered by canals learning what he grow.

I think for you is most interesting what varieties of irises he grow and
sell. I myself was surprised how oldies of beardeds he grow. I tell here
only some beardeds for example and beardless full. Beardeds: 'Empres of
India', 'Henry Shaw, 'Imperator', 'Joanna', 'Lemon Beauty', 'Leit. A.
Williamson', 'Maori King', 'Moonbeam', 'Ola Kala', 'Red Orchid', 'Senlac',
'Susan Bliss', 'Wedgewood', 'White City', etc. Pumilas: 'Blue Denim',
'Brassie', 'Bright White', 'Cyanea', etc.

-laevigata 'Rose Queen'
-laevigata 'Variegata'
-sanguinea 'Snow Queen'
-sibirica "Blue Cape', "Blue King',	'Dewful', 'Ego', 'Emperor', 'Gelber
Mantel', 'Little White', 'Mountain Lake', 'Perry's Blue', 'Snowdown', 'Snow
Queen', 'Sparkling Rose', 'Vi Luihn', 'White Sails', 'White Swirl'.
-versicolor 'Kermesina', 'Pink'.

The water level from surface always constant and is about 40-50cm. The
conditions for Ensatas are very suitable and for Sibrob members who are
experts of that group I put  names: 'Activity', 'Blue King', 'Carnival
Prince', 'Cry of Rejoyce', 'Darling', 'Emotion', 'Exception', 'Fortune',
'Gaiety', 'Gypsy', 'Glamour', 'Iso-No-Nami', 'Jodlesong', 'Koki-N-Iro',
'Kumo-No-Obi', 'Laughing Lion','Loyalty', 'Morning Mist', 'Patricia',
'Rockock', 'Royal Banner', 'Sensation', 'Signal', 'Velvety Queen',
'Waka-Murasaki', 'Yedo-Yiman'.
I returned from this trip with some novelties for me and this will help me
to add beauty to my garden.

Edmundas Kondratras - Lithuania

Siberian iris robin    /  sibrob@ncia.net

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