reticulate iris season

Peter Taggart
Thu, 16 Feb 2012 09:24:42 PST
Frank Elder is a greener more spotty version of Katharine Hodgkin.
Sheila Ann Germaney is the the clearest in colour with no green/ yellow hue
to speak of,
I have never grown or even seen "Tantallon" which is supposed to be a
little smaller.
I believe all three are children of Iris winowgradowii and Iris histroides
Iris winowgradowii is stoloniferous and appreciates similar conditions to
Erethroniums for me. I bought my first bulb of Winowgradowii when I was
nine, 34 years ago. I think it cost ten or 12 pounds! I had to have it.
Except for the fact that I already have them now, I would happily trade the
hybrids in preference for either Iris winowgradowii or Iris histroides Lady
Beatrix Stanley.
Peter (UK)

On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 4:47 PM, Jim McKenney <>wrote:

> Earlier this week a friend lamented in an email that bulbs received as
> reticulate iris  'Frank Elder' were starting to bloom but were not true to
> name. They appear to be another nice reticulate cultivar, Lady Beatrix
> Stanley.
> I've had 'Frank Elder' from other sources in the past, but I've never been
> able to from a clear sense of how it differs from the very similar
> 'Katharine Hodgkin'. Now I wonder if I've ever had the real thing. I also
> have 'Sheila Ann Germaney' (from Jane McGary) and it is distinct.
> There might be more excitement on the way: the same firm offered bulbs of
> Vinogradov"s iris at an irresistible price. Mine are about to bloom, and
> the emerging sprout looks like no other reticulate iris I've grown in the
> past.

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