Rare red Louisiana irises in Abbeville
A letter from local author, journalist and retired railroad man William J. Thibodeaux gave me a delightful glimpse into the world of plant scientists when he described going along on a field trip for botanists and researchers from Texas State University and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries.
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#1 Apr 30, 2011
The vermilion iris I have them in yard
#2 Apr 30, 2011
Wow, those are beautiful. Interesting natural hybridation.
There was a time when I had a huge garden, dozens of flower beds, I kept the whole neighborhood supplied with bouquet's. I would harvest the seeds every year and in the spring fill the pockets of my neighbor kids who walked around the neighborhood with hand tools and would plant random acts of beauty beside the sidewalk.
There was a huge old Diadora Cedar on my property that was leaning precariously over my neighbors house, so it had to be cut down. I planted a quart of Love in the Mist seeds in the bare spot. This beautiful variety grows in pinks, purples, white and blues. But the flowers that grew in that patch came up rainbows. Blue at the base melding into purple than pink and white at the tips of the petals. I harvested those seeds and no matter where I planted them they always came up rainbows. Even when they were planted in Abbeville.
#3 Apr 30, 2011
Did you bring some to the culdesac?
#4 Apr 30, 2011
Love in a Mist has another botanical name of Devils in the Bush.
I prefer the name Love in a Mist due to the rainbows.
Looks like that Topix judge only plants Devils in Bushes.
#5 Apr 30, 2011
No. I planted some beside the Peltier's home.
I gave my seed collection away years ago. If you have ever read my blog page the contributor called "Airbud" got some and she won the title of Abbeville gardener of the month.
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