reticulate iris season

Jane McGary
Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:55:20 PST
I agree with Peter Taggart that
>Iris winogradowii is stoloniferous and appreciates similar conditions to
>Erythroniums for me.

Unfortunately, I have never been able to maintain it for more than 
three years, but I look forward to trying again in the new garden, or 
perhaps in moist side of the bulb house where pots are no longer used.

In addition to the reticulate irises other correspondents mention, I 
have one in flower here called 'Halkis', which was given me some 
years ago by Wim de Goede. It is a very attractive bicolored flower 
with little or no yellow in the markings. I don't know whether it's a 
species selection or a hybrid. Does anyone know?

A problem with Reticulata irises is getting disease-free stock, so I 
always order seeds when possible and have some really vigorous I. 
reticulata from wild seed, but no other species.

To depart to another section, the first Juno (Scorpiris) are 
flowering here, including Iris stenophylla ssp. stenophylla, which 
bloomed a couple of weeks later than ssp. allisonii. I grew the 
former from wild-collected seed from a Czech supplier. It is taller 
and larger than allisonii and deeper in color. I'm also glad to see 
'Sindpers' emerging in the new rock garden -- in this climate it does 
better in the open than under cover.

Jane McGary
Portland, Oregon, USA

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