Saturday, April 19, 2014


PLATE 1143
'The Garden' November 6th 1897

Here are figures of two blossoms from an Iris border made about one year from the time of blooming, and although so short a time after the formation of the border, the general result is very pretty, but naturally one would expect a much better result in another year or two. The border was planted- as it ought to be perhaps soon after Midsummer and throughout early autumn, when irises take pretty well. The iris is typical of various plants that are most beautiful when grown in any good way arranged, above all things with some kind of harmony and emphasis of grouping. One can find anywhere about London see the poor German iris struggling with tree roots and all sorts of conditions, and often buried in the nursery rubbish of work all the gardens are full, and which has only one charm, namely vigour, many of the things used being those that never produce a or a fruit worth looking at like the Privet. Notwithstanding this very better treatment I may often see many art and beautiful bloom about London in many little private gardens. It is hardly necessary to say how much it in a country place and in good soils can be done not only with the common irises of the garden, but many varieties, or so-called hybrid raised between this and the allied species which are among the most beautiful hardy flowers known to us.
One object of making an iris border or garden is to get these together and able to treat them and enjoy them as a whole. The iris appeared to us to have unusual for a border or garden of its own because of the graceful and almost evergreen leaves and of good colour.In making such a garden border, one , of course, escapes the common error of letting things be choked by the common bushes we spoke of, as you are able to pay them more attention and they have a fair chance of developing themselves. Then comes the question of effect. To many people this may seem a matter of taste merit, but really there is much more in it, because in grouping or massing Irises the effect is instant.
 Drawn for The Garden by H. G. Moon. - Gravetye Manor. Lithographed and printed by J.L. Goffart.


Now here is another problem of the checklists

I. VARIEGATA AUREA. is listed in the 1929 AIS Checklist list as AUREA the Tall Bearded Iris attributed to Henri Antoine Jacques the head gardener of the Royal Neuilly Domain,also the editor of the Annales de Flore et de Pomone ou Journal des Jardins.

Annales de Flore 1839-1840, nouvelles variétés d'iris. Descriptions Jean-Nicolas Lémon
3e SÈRIE. Plantes s'élevant de 70 centimètres à 1 mètre.
Iris Aurea, fluer unicolire beau jaune.

AIS Checklist 1929
AUREA TB-Y4M (Jacques 1830) Lémon 1839. Revue Horticole 214. 1839; Gardeners Chronicle 1; 382 1841 ; Macoun ; Farr 1812 ; Francis 1920 ; Wing 1920 ; Class Vllla, Royal Horticultural Society Trials 1928; H.C., R.H.S. 2nd June 1916

THORBECKE. TB-W3. (Veitch before 1897) ; Wallace before 1897 ; Dessert 1906 ; Farr 1912 ; Wing 1920; Gillot 1928 ; Class lll b Royal Horticultural Society Trials 1928; C., R.H.S., June 1916

There is No GEORGE THORBECKE listed in the 1929 checklist the 1939 Checklist we get a entry George Thorbeck 'The Garden',52., p.364 November 6th 1897 ; THORBECKE

 Now this just unbelievable a British bred iris published with an illustration, named George Thorbeck, painted from an Iris grown at a garden reknown for its Iris collection yet the name gets changed?? Why???

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