First flowering here of Iris stolonifera

Jim McKenney
Tue, 01 May 2007 13:35:37 PDT
I forgot to add some comments about the colors of the flower of the Iris
stolonifera now in bloom. 

As the flower opened yesterday morning, two thoughts came to mind

One, does anyone remember the wondrously beautiful old Breeder tulip Louis
XIV? It has something of the same color combination. It was hugely popular
between the two World Wars, and still survived in commerce in my youth. I
have a color slide of plants I grew long ago.  

For another, are any of you Poirot fans? I'm referring to the PBS (the TV
version) series of adaptations of Agatha Christie mysteries which ran during
the late eighties and nineties in which David Suchet played the part of
Hercule Poirot. There is one episode, The Case of the Missing Will (made in
1993), in which one of the characters wears a dress in these same colors.
The story is set in the mid 1930s, and if the dress dates from the same
period, I can't help wonder if the colors were not inspired by the tulip -
or maybe the iris. 

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where Davidia involucrata is
in full bloom. 
My Virtual Maryland Garden
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