1896, Iris Stylosa, Iris Fimbriata
The Garden p.183, March 7, 1897
Iris stylosa alba. An invaluable and exquisite winter flower that no garden should be without. Planted in deep, fairly rich, moist, sandy loam and in a warm, sheltered spot away from searching and crippling winds, the flowers come at a season when they are very welcome, and for cutting are valuable in the extreme. One of the chief drawbacks to these winter Irises is that the flowering is not always a certainty when planted in the border fwith ordinary things, but given the protection suggested above they are more reliable. The above charming plant, with speciosa and the type are now flowering at Kew.
Iris fimbriata. This fine old greenhouse plant does not receive the attention which its merits fully justify. For the large conservatory or the winter garden, where the latter is kept at about 40° or 45°, this plant is beautifully adapted. It may be grown in large pans or planted out in a deep and broad pocket on the conservatory rockwork, and in either find a congenial home. In the succulent house at Kew just now there are many fine masses of it in all stages that must have furnished a rich display of the brilliant blue flowers for some time past. This fact alone should have great weight with gardeners and amateurs generally on account of its winter-flowering properties, and besides this there is also the fact that blue flowers are very rare in winter, and any plant so free growing and so profuse in its flowering at this season cannot be too wall known.
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