1896, Notes On Irises
The Garden pp.435-436, June 6, 1896
Iris Robinsoniana. In the entrance to No. 4 house in the Royal Gardens, Kew, this unique species continues to produce a wonderful succession of its pure white blossoms. In general appearance, minus the flowers, it bears some resemblance to the Phormiums in its great leaves, while towering above these the stately inflorescence is producing a rich profusion of its remarkable flowers.
Iris Lortetti. This, one of the finest of the Cushion Irises, with its rich rose-coloured standards and cream-coloured falls heavily spotted with purple, of a glowing red-purple at the base, is now flowering freely in Messrs. K. Wallace and Co.'s nursery at Colchester. It is perfectly hardy, and to be successful with it it should be thoroughly dried off during the summer after the flowering is past. When planted in the autumn it should have plenty of sand (sea sand, if procurable) placed round the bulbs. Conspicuous also were I. nazarensis, I. susiana, and the pretty little Peacock Iris ([. pavonia), with pale blue flowers and intensely dark blue spot. Iris asiatica, with its branching spikes of bold and large flowers of blue and violet with golden reticulation, was also fine.
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Spanish. Irises. A very charming display of these useful bulbous plants may now be seen in No. 4 greenhouse at Kew. Being grown in pots, and as a consequence well tended in the matter of watering and so forth, they vie with many of the rarer plants of the tropics in point of beauty, far excelling most of them when we ccme to utility and general decorative value. It is impossible to over-estimate their worth in a cut state, particularly so when the foliage remains unimpaired, as is usually the case when grown in pots. The infinite variety also renders them of immense value to the florist generally. Perfectly hardy, easy of culture, and inexpensive, these things should be grown by all who have either a garden or cool greenhouse.
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