If I remember rightly, the "William Mohr Giant" was
something Austin himself came up with. It was advertised as being fertile,
I think, and probably was a seedling. tr certainly was not an authentic
WILLIAM MOHR. I'm not surprised there was no registration of
Someone in an off-line post refered to the "P. T.
Barnum" character of some of Austin's catalog. I suspect this "William
Mohr Giant" was an example of such. I was tempted to buy it and my
instincts warned me off.
The other side of the catalogs lay in the kind of
availability and in the photographs Sterling is posting for us. I remember
just aching to have some of the korolkowii clones. I thought them
unbelievably beautiful. When I got given a bunch of pure aril stock by
Archer Carpenter in Boise when he was getting ready to move to the San Jose area
I was thrilled to receive not only things like stolonifera, but a substantial
selection of OG and RC hybrids. They bloomed reliably and cheerfully for
several years in a summer-dry rock garden I created for them there in
Idaho. The ones that matched up with Austin catalog photos looked just
like what Austin published. I am grateful, Sterling, to see those photos
again. Austin and his catalog did the American iris-buying
public a genuine service in promoting the arils. Fortunately, there are
large areas in the western part of the country that *can* and do grow them
Neil Mogensen, once in SW Idaho, now in z 7,
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