Friday, April 05, 2013

Those rhizomes traveled a long way.

Not much I can do at the moment. Brief puttering and thinking about stuff. Quite some time back I ordered some heritage iris rhizomes.

By heritage, I indicate varieties that are genetic clones, through generations, from the mid 20th century, to the 19th century, and in some cases the 16th century. Propagated in endless succession by gardeners, and sometimes by nurseries, and sometimes by neglect, for generations and centuries. I ordered these rhizomes back in August of last year.  Ordering so far ahead is a leap of faith - a lot can happen in 8 months, and has.

 The raised bed is set up for them, and already has other irises, already well amended with a mixture of leaf compost and local soil (about 3 parts soil to 1 part compost), plus wood ashes, plus near the surface level, more kitchen compost and a generous dusting of ground eggshell for calcium. The irises already in the bed are growing vigorously, with stout green leaves, longer each time I look.

The rhizomes are shipping here,, should arrive today. It's interesting to me - and probably only to me - to look at the shipping record online. These rhizomes, having traveled through decades and centuries, and some at least across one ocean, and back and forth across a continent, are traveling again.  More when they arrive.

LocationDateLocal TimeActivity
Vancouver, WA, United States04/05/20137:27 A.M.Out For Delivery
04/05/20137:01 A.M.Arrival Scan
Portland, OR, United States04/05/20136:35 A.M.Departure Scan
Portland, OR, United States04/04/201311:32 P.M.Arrival Scan
Hermiston, OR, United States04/04/20137:54 P.M.Departure Scan
04/04/20135:38 P.M.Arrival Scan
Spokane, WA, United States04/04/20132:31 P.M.Departure Scan
04/04/201311:55 A.M.Arrival Scan
Hodgkins, IL, United States04/02/201310:37 A.M.Departure Scan
04/02/20136:28 A.M.Arrival Scan
Oshtemo, MI, United States04/02/20134:18 A.M.Departure Scan
04/02/20134:07 A.M.Arrival Scan
Wyoming, MI, United States04/02/20133:08 A.M.Departure Scan
04/02/201312:22 A.M.Arrival Scan
Ypsilanti, MI, United States04/01/20139:44 P.M.Departure Scan
04/01/20136:53 P.M.Origin Scan
United States04/01/20134:22 P.M.Order Processed: Ready for UPS

Iris Dalmatica minor Small Dalmatica Iris

from Renaissance herbals.



(from the linked website:  Iris florentina
Picture modified from Gilg, Ernst; Schumann, Karl - Das Pflanzenreich Hausschatz des Wissens (1900) - Permission granted to use under GFDL by Kurt Stueber. Source: - Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this image under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled GNU Free Documentation License.
More to follow.

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