Just curious as to whether any members here grow Historic Irises. If so, which ones? and how hardy are they for you ? Hope to find other members who are as interested and excited about Historic Irises as I am. Thanks.
I grow several hundred historic irises, am on the HIPS Board of Directors and my garden will be a HIPS Display Garden next year here in Texas. I don't concentrate on any particular hybridizers, just the plants I personally like or are trying to help preserve that are rare. Have you joined HIPS (Historic Iris Preservation Society)? You will find many very enthusiastic historic growers with an active interest in rescuing and preserving those older hybrids. They have an online forum for members and a brand new website that should be launching soon.
There are several other active historic growers (Arlyn and Dave P are two that come to mind) on this board as well. Interest in the historics is really growing and that's exciting news!
Yes, I am a Member of HIPS and the AIS. I have all of the ROOTS copies going back to 2012. It is my most favorite Bulletin and just love looking thru all of the issues. I only grow
Historics. I am very excited because this is my first year in growing 2 separate Iris gardens and so I'm looking very forward to Spring to see all of the blooms. I, of course, have a huge WISH LIST of those Historics that I want to add to my gardens. I hope to be
able to 'talk' to other growers of Historic Irises here on Cubits.
I have started to grow more historics and I just am awed by how startlingly beautiful and perky they are!! I'm in the Denver area. Vingolf, Monsignor and Dominion among others open this year for me despite the hard 2 day freeze in mid May. Goregous and sturdy and I'm totally impressed. I joined the HIPS group a couple of years ago as well. I find them all very helpful and generous. I hope you hang around with us.
I have over 50 Historic Iris rhizomes that I planted this year. It was quite a chore. But I did it and they are all growing beautifully. I started planting actually in March/April. In addition
to Sass iris, I have Ayers, Lapham, Connell, Farr, Gage, Cayeux, Sturtevant, Salbach, Kleinsorge (a lot of his) and even some Schreiner iris growing. I'm excited about all of them and look forward to seeing them in bloom next Spring. But I also have a rather
extensive WISH LIST of Historics that I want too!
I have some that I think are historic but I don't know the names. They came with the house. They are rugged and prolific, much more rugged than my modern irises, half of which I seem to have lost to the drought and/or overzealous vinca and my survival of the fittest style of gardening.
Note again: The historics we have are survivors. the ones which were not are long gone. the same will happen with the 'moderns' & they should not be put down. The ruffled & laced flowers which many people admire are the result of crossing with I. mesopotanica (I think that is the spelling) which are not as hardy in cold climates. As the name suggests they are a mild climate iris. However the colors enjoyed in more modern flowers come from that source.
Lucy ! There are some of those "oldies" that , even though quite famous in their day......aren't to be found, now ! I , like Patrick have quite a few Kleinsorge iris......and, some of his seem to have inheireted the tendency to rot....I suppose from Tobacco Road.....anyway, I have to REALLY watch them, in my climate.
Yes, I agree, Arlyn. I lost one of my favorites this year - I lost "Alcazar" to rot. And I was really upset with that. I know I will end up replacing it next year, but I was so looking forward to seeing it bloom next Spring. The Kleinsorge Iris that I have this year are
"Grand Canyon", "Bryce Canyon", "Maroon Damask". I can't really say any of these
right now are growing very strongly, which is very disappointing. So I don't know how
they will perform next Spring.
Grand canyon seems pretty hardy, for me...but, it's always a bit of a 'sulker"...if it's moved, it won't bloom the next year . Bryce canyon seems strong, so far....I've only had it two years, and it did bloom this spring.And I don't grow Maroon Damask. Juliet, Thotmes III, and Toast 'n Honey all seem to be a bit on the "wimpy side', and demand a lot of attention.
Bryce Canyon and Grand Canyon were gifts from a friend - I did buy Maroon Damask.
None of them are doing anything right now. I have 2 Maroon Damask, and I think each
rhizome only has one leaf. Bryce Canyon has 2 leaves, as does Grand Canyon.
So at the moment, . . . . I'm not impressed!