Juno Season

Jim McKenney jimmckenney@starpower.net
Fri, 07 Apr 2006 15:14:41 PDT
Juno season is well underway here in Maryland, too. 

I've added two images to the wiki, one of Iris rosenbachiana and one of I.
zenaidae (or I. graeberiana if you prefer). Please take a look at:


My preference among these plants is for the short ones. The ratio of bloom
to plant seems so much better. I'll never forget the first time Iris
magnifica bloomed here decades ago: the name had me expecting something
really stunning, and what I got was this corn-stalky giraffe! Even the pale
flowers were badly out of proportion (read small) to the length of the stem.
But when 'Sindpers' bloomed, that was another story entirely. 

Iris rosenbachiana was grown here in the Washington, D.C. area as early as
the mid 1920s, although there certainly isn't a history of its continuous
cultivation since then. My guess would be that it was Ben Morrison who grew
it back then, but I have yet to ascertain that. 

Iris warleyensis is on the way, so there may be an image of it, too, soon.

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where we're celebrating
because we're getting a bit of rain again. 

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