old homestead bulbs

John C. MacGregor jonivy@earthlink.net
Tue, 09 Feb 2010 16:28:08 PST
On Feb 9, 2010, at 1:12 PM, Adam Fikso wrote:

> Hi, John .    The Historic Iris Preservation Society has photos of  
> many
> historics on their website.
> Worth checking for an ID. All appear to be correct  within my  
> memory and
> references. Adam Fikso

Thanks, Adam,

I am familiar with the Historic Iris Preservation Society, and I have  
grown many species and early iris cultivars.  Over the years I have  
shared rhizomes with one of my best friends, Phil Edinger, an active  
member and collector and a former editor of the American Iris Society  
Bulletin. He is currently head of the Iris ID committee of HIPS.

The cultivars pictured in the HIPS gallery are a bit more modern than  
those I had in mind.  I am dating myself when I say that most of the  
varieties in this gallery were still in common circulation when I  
began growing growing iris as a pre-teenager.  The irises I have  
found in old gardens in southern California tend to be much older  
ones--ones that have been passed along down the centuries like Iris X  
albicans (the Moorish grave iris), which I believe have been grown in  
California gardens since Spanish Missionary times, and 19th century  
ones like 'Crimson King' (1896?).  Both are repeat-bloomers.

  I was just wondering if Dennis might describe his iris so we might  
try to identify it.

John C. MacGregor
South Pasadena, CA
USDA Zone 9
Sunset Zones 21/23

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