1921, A California Reader's Experience With Iris Unguicularis
The Garden p.161, April 2, 1921
A Californian Reader's Experience with Iris unguicularis
In looking over some back numbers of The Garden of the spring of 1920, I noted several articles on Iris unguicularis and its flowering. Having grown it this year for the first time, I was interested in comparing my experience with those given. My plants, only three in number, were set out on November 20, and were, of course, cut back to about 6 ins. On February 13, less than three months from planting, the first blossom opened, closely followed by several others. The stems were of good length, being at least 6 ins. Other flower-buds are now (February 20) evident, as well as plenty of new growth. Accounts of Iris unguicularis agree that it takes a well established plant to bloom, but my expeiience seems to differ. Perhaps our mild winter has had much to do with the free flowering, although we have had a great deal of rain and many cloudy days. Our winter climate is much like your own of southern England. Oroville, Califoniia. (Mrs.) Leila B. Stapleton.
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