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Re: New person's intro + historics / RE: Kansas City National - Spec & Spec-X #4

  • Subject: Re: New person's intro + historics / RE: Kansas City National - Spec & Spec-X #4
  • From: "Ann Conway" <amconway@telusplanet.net>
  • Date: Mon, 25 May 2009 10:51:10 -0600

Hi there! Sounds like you have a lovely garden! Have you been to the Historic Iris Preservation Society site? It's normally here:
,but it's been down since last night. They're currently having their yearly fundraising sale of rhizomes.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, May 25, 2009 5:03 AM
Subject: New person's intro + historics / RE: [iris-photos] Kansas City National - Spec & Spec-X #4

I'm new here (and pretty new to irises as well), but this seems like an opportune time to introduce myself. I garden just up a ways from the Delaware River, near Point Pleasant, in Bucks County, PA. We moved here last year from Newtown Borough, also in Bucks County. Our very small in-town garden there became increasingly shaded over the years by a neighbor's maturing maples and London plane trees. I am -- and was and forever will be -- a daylily collector, but in Newtown, I made lemonade out of the lemons by creating what I was told was a stunning shade garden. Thus....an interest in hostas, ferns, and woodland plants.
I had a few irises, including that old faithful siberian, Caesar's Brother, but about 99.99999% of the sunny places in the garden were given over to daylilies. Here we have everything, from shade to full sun, from dryish to a long stretch along one side of the deer fence that will be a bog garden and a rain garden, as the center portion of the strip is perpetually wet, with very damp ground sloping down to it.
Fervant daylily addict though I may be, I sense a new mania fast developing. Went to a nearby iris place last week and came home with 15 irises in pots. Quite possibly all old-hat stuff to you all, but I'm excited about them....three IBs (Davey Jones, Pathway, Starwoman), some siberians (Baby Sister, Banish Misfortune, Jeweled Crown, Silver Rose), a couple of Louisianas (Inner Beauty and Jack Attack), Japanese irises (Anytus, Butterflies In Flight, Caprician Butterfly, Diomedes, Midnight Stars), and the arilbred Mohr Pretender, which will go under the dry, sunny spot created by the south-facing bay window. Today I'm going to a place up the river where the irises are -- alas! -- unlabeled, and where they dig for you the ones you choose. One of the owners knows most of the names, so I'm told, and I hope to be able to buy ID'd irises. They have two prices, and among the cheaper ones are all the historics.....
Yes, I'm finally getting to the point! Jan, I've really been enjoying all your photos. And I am really looking forward to your pictures of the historics. I'm thinking of putting together a collection of historics, as I've loved looking at all the oldies growing in Newtown and other small towns and villages around here. The oldest part of our current house is 18th century, and I think historics in beds closest to the house would be very appropriate. Plus, I just plain like the look of those tailored, simple forms (and of every other iris form I've seen LOL). Of course, the challenge will be to pick and choose, and there's nothing like a good photo to help with that -- but even if I don't actually ever acquire a particular historic iris, I'll enjoy seeing your pictures anyway! So please, unless most people here would not be interested, I'd love to see your photos of all the historics.
Laura Berenson
Pipersville, PA
-----Original Message-----
From: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com [mailto:iris-photos@yahoogroups.com]On Behalf Of Jan Lauritzen
Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2009 9:55 PM
To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Kansas City National - Spec & Spec-X #4

Hi Ann,  The name should be on the picture - I. flavenscens

Have quite a few Historics to send.  You are the first to express an interest.

By the way, I realized that I still have another 40 or so photos of Medians, SIB, etc.  besides the historics and the other TBs.Will send more later.

Jan in Chatsworth

From: Ann Conway <amconway@telusplanet.net>
To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2009 7:35:56 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Kansas City National - Spec & Spec-X #4

What is that one, do you know? It reminds me of something...
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, May 23, 2009 8:23 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] Kansas City National - Spec & Spec-X #4

Species - this one is a historic from 1813

Jan in Chatsworth

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