Mitch - absolutely beautiful! I don't know if they will grow out here, but I will certainly look for these historical irises for my Colorado garden. Thank you for a gorgeous list to start a collection from.
Love your article!!! I happen to be friends with an iris hybridizer. His name is Dr. Norlan Hernderon. Known best for Kansas City. Doc is 90+ yrs young now but is still out there digging and planting. He would approve of your list of irises for getting people started.
Very pretty! I must find White Parasol! It is just the prettiest white I have seen! I love the older ones! I have several I have not identified yet, but will keep trying! Thanks so Mitch for this article!
I fondly remember my Grandmother's deep purple Iris around her Victorian home, She had a huge bed of them right out front. Those and her dark red rambler rose that covered one end of the clothesline...
Oh, Mitch! This is an excellent article. I love the photos. I must have "peach face" to go with the dwarf plumb colored irises I grow. And Saphire for the blue garden.
The information is greatly appreciated. I teach some classes in historical gardens appropriate for the homes in this end of Atlanta, now I have some more nice dates of iris. The most common found here is Wabash. It is a beautiful thing when the streets here with old houses are lined with the purple and white blooms.
It's nice to see historic irises being promoted in your article. It is important to preserve these golden oldies from which all modern irises have been bred. It's also true that the historics have been around long enough to have proven their hardiness in a variety of climates and growing conditions. They are generally well-suited for difficult climates and novice gardeners.
I didn't realize that pics I've uploaded to the PlantFiles would be used in these articles, as well, but I'm happy to allow them to be used for this purpose.
Anyone who wants to grow these beautiful historics must get 'Indian Chief' eventually for the garden, it is the most beautiful breathtaking magenta red and pink historic in our opinion for many reasons. my mother used to grow iris pallida dalmatica, the old fashioned lavender sweet iris. it is another must. it smells like grape soda or laundry detergent. Argus Pheasant is really nice, but their are two other brown iris, one called Gingersnap and one called Picador which is gold on top, both of which smell like rootbeer. Thank-You for this Wonderful Article!