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When I moved here 35 years ago, I brought a few iris from my home-place . I'm glad I did, because the heathen that bought the place ten years ago mowed off anything that bloomed, including the peonies, the iris and the ancient lilac bush in the back yard. Heathen I tell ya!
I've been trying to find out how long they were there, but no-one seemed to know. Finally, Mom remembered that Dad had moved some kind of flower from an old home-site back on the farm many years ago, before the Japanese Honeysuckle smothered them out. I remember them mixed with some antique roses (now gone) in the side yard. Looking at pictures of the place from the 40's, though, I noticed the iris were missing. Therefore, I've decided that Dad probably moved them there sometime in the 50's, since I always remember them.
My great grandmother had lived in the little house back there before lightning burned it down while she was in town one day in the 30's. So, I still don't know if she planted them, or if the owners before had planted them.
I then got wondering if they had a name, So I googled the phrase "heirloom two-tone bearded iris," and low and behold, the second photo was them! These words were to one side of their photo:"Tall Bearded Iris 'Perfection' - An Heirloom from 1880 - Hybridized by Barr." So now I know what there is to know. © 2016