Solace for the end of Daffodil Season

May 22, 2009

Categories: General, Non-Daffodil

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> Hello everyone, > Another of my interests (or is that obsessions?) is heirloom irises. > This being iris season in Central Missouri, I thought I’d take the > example of a few generous others to heart and share some of my > latest garden pictures to ease the withdrawal pangs of the daffodil > season ending: >
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> Please enjoy with my compliments! > Chris Durrill

One response to “Solace for the end of Daffodil Season”

  1. Christine Durrill says:

    Phyllis, Let’s see, the big maroon and yellow is “Accent” – a tall 1950s cultivar. The second is POSSIBLY “Antigone” (1939). I say POSSIBLY as there’s so many similar but different yellows blooming at the moment in my area that I’m being cautious in my identification after having dug it up from a nearby ditch where a farmhouse had been torn down to make room for a highway. All I know for certain is it’s tall, and has a LOT of buds on each stem. It’s a soft, buttery primrose with simple, silky falls and standards, and the striping isn’t as obvious to the human eye as it is to the camera’s (something I’ve also noticed with Daffodils, which is why I try to take pictures at different times of the day of the same flower). #3 is “Frank Adams” (1937) of which I’m fairly certain – it and “Accent” match pretty closely the pictures and descriptions I’ve found at both the HIPS and Dave’s Garden websites. I got Frank from a demolition site two years ago without knowing what color I was getting when they were making way for a new Wal-Mart on my end of town (oh joy) – imagine my surprise and delight the following Spring when not only did it bloom despite relocation, but oh what colors! I had a touch of what might have been Iris Borer two years ago (ironically on a batch I’d gotten from a local Iris club’s fundraiser) but it seems that the hard winter we had the following year where it dropped below zero and stayed there for a long time plus me cleaning up the patch seems to have taken care of it because I’ve not had any more signs of it since, whew! All in all, through swaps and rescues I’ve managed to expand my collection of historics in the last five years. I like the old fashioned ones for their simplicity and their astonishing hardiness! I have my fair share of recent hybrids (also from rescues and swaps plus end of season bargain bin gambles), but heirlooms can’t be beat! (Flavescens, Helen Collingwood, I. pallida, Picadore, etc.) Thanks for your interest, Chris Durrill