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Re: HIST- Seeking Zone 4-hardy recommendations

Henryanner@aol.com wrote:
> Greetings:
> Rima has asked me for some recommendations for  historic bearded      
> cultivars to keep her FLAVESCENS company. I started getting a little  
> list together and it occurred to me that she is in Zone 4 and that    
> might make a real difference. 
>  As I recall, we have learned that HONORABILE and SAMBUCINA are often 
> found throughout New England, but I wondered what the list might have 
> to recommend as well for Rima's very cold garden? Can she, for        
> instance, grow pallida and germanica? 


Wow, a question from Anner that I can respond to! Here in a different 
set of mountains altogether from Rima's Catskills but definitely Zone 4, 
I have had long years of dependable blooming from both I. variegata & I. 
pallida. As far as I know both are "originals": the I. pallida has pale 
lilac flowers (I've had a small clump of I. p. 'Variegata' with 
pale-yellow-striped leaves for a couple of years, but it has yet to 
bloom. That's okay since it's the leaves I wanted it for) & the I. 
variegata has the yellow standards & veined red/brown falls seen in many 
photos. The I. variegata increases a bit more vigorously in my garden 
but the two species behave otherwise much the same & both sulk for a 
year after being divided & replanted.

Unless the Mystery Iris I found & dug up last August in Bear Creek 
Canyon turns out to be I. flavescens I don't have it yet, nor have I had 
I. germanica or any other oldies, cultivar-named or not, long enough to 
be able to comment usefully. I planted some this summer so maybe by next 
Oct. I'll have more info for Rima on the hardiness factor.

Marte in the mtns	Zone 4/Sunset 1  Colorado    Where the snowstorm 
that started yesterday is now 3'+ deep (as of 4 pm) & continuing...

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