(1902) Hybrid Alpine Irises
Gardeners' Chronicle p.114, February 15, 1902
hybrid alpine irises. Quite recently considerable prominence was given to what was described at the time a "new race of hybrid alpine Irises" (see Gardeners' Chronicle, November 30, p. 397). Judged by the text, and by the excellent illustration, the reader had every reason to believe that there was a new and greatly-improved race of these hardiest of hardy plants. On Tuesday last at the Drill Hall, what I imagine to be representatives of this new race were placed before the Floral Committee in the most, deplorable condition. All that was before the committee was the merest handful of flowers, crushed and bruised almost beyond recognition, and as far as is known, with not an atom of information to guide even those closely interested in such things. It is simply impossible for the above committee to know anything concerning new hybrid races of plant's, unless it be given direct information. In a case such as this, the Irises should be shown in the growing state in pans or pots, so that the natural growth and other characteristics may be seen.
E. F. Jenkins, Hampton Hill.
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