Iris unguicularis
Tue, 28 Nov 2006 09:40:32 PST
On 27 Nov 06, at 22:37, Jim McKenney wrote:

> This is the first time this species has bloomed for me. Many years ago
> I grew it, but every time it started to bloom we had a severe cold
> spell which destroyed the buds. 
> I'm really impressed with the size of the flowers: I expected
> something smaller. 

Cut the flowers for the house when they are in bud. They'll quickly 
open once inside and you'll be delighted with the delicately pervasiv 
scent they give off.

Nothing like a nosegay of Iris unguicularis (in bud) as a wintertime 
gift. Your friends will all be surprised and curious, since it's not 
a common plant even in areas where it does well.

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Maritime Zone 8, a cool Mediterranean climate

on beautiful Vancouver Island

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