Your photo of Liason is a beauty, Dave. How
As to Colleen's unknown, I looked at it thinking
"Lent A. Williamson" also, but am mindful there were a rather large number of
the type with similar blending of colors floating around over the years.
Dolly Madison is not greatly different, for example.
A side-by-side comparison with a known "Lent A.
Williamson" would be a useful way of making certain. It is available, but
I'm not sure where. I'm thinking I saw it in Superstition's catalog and
was tempted to order it for old times sake, and may yet.
The variety was the first that caught my
attention---when I was about five years old for that matter. I was
fascinated with the intricate and beautiful haft markings and "gold leaf" look
to some of the inner ones. That clump sat for several years right next to
the chicken house and always bloomed heavily.
My mother had gotten it from a woman in the tiny
village near our farm who had quite a few irises with their names
Later, when my mother realized I was as interested
as I was, she bought a number of others with names attached for about a
dollar a rhizome and got some high-class "historics" which weren't historics at
that time. They were from the lower end of current market varieties.
My grandmother also had a small collection of good irises with somewhat higher
list prices within a few years, including the awesome TIFFANY and PRAIRIE
SUNSET, which I thought were about the most beautiful irises I'd ever
Neil Mogensen z 7 western NC
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