old homestead bulbs

patty allen prallen2@peoplepc.com
Wed, 10 Feb 2010 06:58:28 PST
If you have photos of the old iris, there is a website, American Iris Society, that has links. The Historical Iris Society has a long list of "old" and not so old irises with photos of each. Perhaps you can find a match there, or get in touch with some of the Iris experts, who might be able to identify the iris for you.

In cold (34 degrees) but sunny Southeast Texas

-----Original Message-----
>From: Dennis Kramb <dkramb@badbear.com>
>Sent: Feb 9, 2010 9:35 AM
>To: Pacific Bulb Society <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
>Subject: Re: [pbs] old homestead bulbs
>Those ditch lilies are very common in the countryside here in SW Ohio.  I
>even have some on my property... a garden remnant of the previous owners.
>But my favorite old homestead flower is a bearded iris I've nicknamed 'Wild
>Lakota'.  The roadside places in which I've found it are nowhere near any
>existing home.  So I can't imagine how many decades they've been able to
>persist, untended.  And I've found it growing in a few rural locations
>between Cincinnati & Dayton, so I assume it was a pass-along plant a very
>long time ago.  I collected a few pieces years ago and now have a big patch
>of it in my front garden.  For years it had never set seed, but then last
>year there were a couple bee pods.
>I've seen other, more modern irises blooming at abandoned home sites.  And
>once I visited an abandoned trailer park... all the trailers were gone but
>the remnants of their gardens were still there... irises... hibiscuses...
>monardas... lobelias... sempervivums... it was pretty cool.
>On Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 10:05 AM, Boyce Tankersley <
>btankers@chicagobotanic.org> wrote:
>> In the Chicago area the older homesites often have patches of Scilla
>> sibirica, Lycoris squamigera, the common orange Daylily and sometimes a
>> peony or two. My favorite however is a 'grove' of tiger lilies, probably
>> 250 - 300 plants - when in full bloom it is a show stopper.
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