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Re: Iris Beds at Arkansas State Capitol

From: Glenn Simmons <glsimmon@swbell.net>

Patrick O'Connor wrote:

> From: "Patrick O'Connor" <swamp@ix.netcom.com>
> Celia,
> You posted a note a few days back with advice to remove stapled tags from
> iris before planting, but I guess I deleted it.  I was in Little Rock over
> Labor Day and checked out the beds at the Capitol.  They looked pretty good
> to me.  Nothing seemed folded, spindled or mutilated.
> In fact, I would be interested in hearing about that project, if you have
> not discussed it here previously.  I would like to know a bit about how
> long the beds sponsored by the Central Arkansas Iris Society have been in
> place, how the project is funded, and how many people are required to keep
> it looking as good as it does.  I am interested perhaps, in trying to set
> something up in New Orleans for Louisiana Iris, and would like to know
> anything about your experience that might be helpful.
> I have never grown bearded iris and was interested in how some of them at
> the Capitol were planted on little hills.  I know they like good drainage,
> but what happens when the rhizomes get longer?   Do you add soil, or will
> they follow the curve downward?  I am sure this is elementary, but I am
> virtually ignorant about bearded irises.
> Do you find that your planting at the Capitol brings you new members?  Your
> organization is so well identified with a really nice sign.  I guess it was
> designed not only to look good but also to discourage those who might want
> a souvenir.  Do you lose irises that way?
> I know this is a pile of questions, but I am most interested.
> Patrick

These are some good questions.  I would like the answers too Celia.


Glenn & Linda Simmons
Springfield, Southwest Missouri, USDA Zone 6

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