More Iris reticulata histrioides ‘Katharine Hodgkin’

I do a little heavy lifting and tech support for one of our emeritus professors from time to time. He and his wife are fabulous gardeners. As a thank you, she sends me her ‘weeds’ — little bulbs and tubers that pop up where they’re not supposed to be. Most of my eranthis, corydalis and other spring ephemerals come to me neatly labeled in baggies in my work mailbox on the days when he’s on campus teaching drawing and watercolor to some of our staff.

Yesterday, I found something in a patch of ephemerals from them that I hadn’t remembered from last summer’s baggies. I think it’s another Iris reticulata, but am waiting for a positive ID from her. (She’s much better than I am at labeling and keeping track of her plants.)

Update: Iris yes, reticulata, no. Nina says: “Great picture. A ringer for Iris histrioides ‘Katharine Hodgkin’. The markings are more pronounced than on I. h. ‘Frank Elder” and the over-all coloration is not quite as (what I call) “washy” (tho termed by some sellers as “subtle”) as on ‘Frank Elder” Enjoy! Needs dry in the summer.”

I’ve got so much to learn.

greenish I. reticulata

greenish I. reticulatagreenish I. reticulata

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7 thoughts on “More Iris reticulata histrioides ‘Katharine Hodgkin’”

  1. Canon Digital Rebel EOS.

    I used to travel with a photographer back when I was an agricultural journalist. Learned a lot just carrying the bags.

    And I take a zillion pix in hopes one works.

    And I don’t take as many nighttime ID pix as you do, Hank. ;-7

  2. What lovely flowers! (And images – you learned quite a bit carrying those bags). While I love my southern growing season (which is beyond l-o-n-g), I miss things that I used to be able to grow in my Michigan garden. There’s a vibrancy to the colors that our heat and humidity drain out of our flowers.

    Thanks for stopping by my site, and now I think I’ll look around here – and head over to your spouse’s Airstream site – I can’t wait! I’ve much to learn.

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