post office iris again

Judy Glattstein
Tue, 11 May 2004 11:31:07 PDT
I don't know that the post office iris have a connection/ parentage with
Iris pallida. The light blue-violet clone was flowering at about 4 feet
tall, which seems much taller than the Iris pallida 'Aureo-variegata' &
'Argenteo-variegata' that I occasionally see at nurseries (never see the
non-variegated form for sale, too plain vanilla I suppose.)

The grayish-white flowered clone has larger flowers than the blue form, and
no fragrance. I gave both the sniff test before sauntering in with my mail
and request for a start to bring home with me.

As far as photos go Jerry, - I am technologically inept when it comes to
these things. Taking a digital picture by pushing a button is about my
limit. Wouldn't know how to get them onto my computer, let alone the wiki.
My husband (my computer guru) was assigned to a job in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
In three weeks he'll be home for 3 days, then back to Michigan. I doubt this
will have much priority for him.

I did a web search for fragrant bearded iris, and came up with the following
Dark Passion, Fort Apache, Last Chance, Mary Frances, Old Black Magic,
Pacific Mist, Scented Bubbles, Stepping Out, Sweet Lena, and Thriller. No
mention of color or type of fragrance.

Jerry, your list sounds more attractive. For one thing, I find modern
cultivars of just about any flower - daylilies as well as bearded iris for
example - bloated, swollen, and clumsy, lacking the grace of species and
earlier cultivars. And ugly when they age, like used kleenex hanging soggily
from the scape rather than withering away in a discreet manner.

Judy in New Jersey, where summer has arrive with temperatures of 83°
Fahrenheit. At least the trees have leafed out and there's some shade.

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