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Plantidote of the Day 2012-05-22

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Rumor has it there are a few iris lovers here. So this one is for you guys!

It was shot in the garden of the former president of one of the national iris societies, so it could be something special. She's getting on in years and can't make it out to the garden anymore, so I don't like to bug her with questions. Maybe someone here will recognize it or make up an entertaining story about what it might be. And even if no one does know what it is or feels like writing a little fiction, we can still enjoy it, right?

Meanwhile, here's a special iris-lover's treat!


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jerztomato's picture
Submitted by jerztomato on

Maybe your neighbor hybridized it herself.
That walking iris is really cool! I purchased an unnamed iris from a garden club sale last year that has foliage like it and is truly "walking across" the flowerbed. It hasn't bloomed, so I can't id. it, plus my garden is z.7 with pockets of z.8 so it's probably too cold.
On another gardening note, there's an auction for Herronswood on June 15th. Anybody have $749K laying around? It's the minimum bid for this fabulous nursery. I NEED to win the lottery.

twig's picture
Submitted by twig on

I've got a couple bucks here somewhere. But don't give up on the lottery -- good plan B!

Herronswood looks like nirvana!

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Submitted by insanelysane on

Herronswood is divine. Yes, I'm in .

It was bought by Burpee several years ago. Burpee is on my sh*t list...and not in a good way!
They pack all of 8 pumpkin seeds in their packs! EIGHT ! We all know how many seeds you get inside a pumpkin.

Iris... the flowers look so fragile,
yet the plant is as tough as nails.
I literally have plants in my garden that were planted 40 years ago and get no care.
I dig and divide up every 10 years or so and maybe they get some run off irrigation. Blooming and thriving.
My kinda plant.

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Submitted by NWLuna on

and should taste of whipped cream and peaches with blueberries.

Heronswood ... sad story. It's just a couple hours away from where I live. Burpee pretty much ruined it.