|Forefront: "On Edge"|
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
It's loveliness increases; It never fades.
|"Conjuration," (also below) "Silverado," "Edith Wolford," "Dusky Challenger" |
I met the Mumford's through our common love of irises several years ago, and have enjoyed a special friendship since. (You meet the nicest people through irises)!
|Forefront: "Elisa Renee"|
Neal and Dawn's love affair started with their first date to Jr. Prom in High school. They will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary this November. Their love affair with irises started 43 years ago, with rhizome starts from Neal's mother in 1970. They have been actively collecting and trading since 1984. They have ordered exclusively from Schreiners and Cooley's, as well as traded with iris friends. Helen Larsen, a local woman known for her irises, was an influence and contributor to the Mumford iris garden.
|From top left: "Piping Hot," "Autumn Leaves," |
from front "Crowd Pleaser," "Gigolo," "Barcelona,"
"Golden Panther," "Orangutan Orange," "Kilt Lilt"
|Rebloomers: "Champagne Elegance," "Best Bet," "Clarence"|
|Forefront: First year blooms of "Yaquina Blue," "Crowned Heads"|
|Front left to right: "Feature Attraction," "Aegean Wind." |
Picture shows 2nd, 1st and 3rd year iris plantings.
They share some of the things they've learned over the years of successful growing: When they divide their iris, they transplant the rhizomes with 1/4 cup of superphosphate.They flood irrigate every 8 days. Dawn says that they use a well-balanced fertilizer, used at 1/2 strength, 3 weeks before bloom, and then again 3 weeks before winter, in late fall. In their location it is best to divide and plant irises in August. Dawn says the reason for their large, healthy blooms is great location; the rocky soil provides superior drainage. The iris benefit from the nutrient-rich orchard soil as well. Neal uses a liquid pre emergent, Trifluralian 4EC, after September 13 in the fall, for grass and weed control. A spring application is also recommended. Additionally, they don't trim the foliage in summer or fall unless they are transplanting; they feel the irises do better.
|Forefront: "Sweet Musette"|
|"Shaft Of Gold"|
|Stunning Clump of "Stairway to Heaven"|
Dawn tells the story about the irises "Purple by the North Fence" and "Yellow with the Orange Beard." She said a friend who was getting older couldn't remember the names of the irises, and had named them that. After more than 25 years, they are still known by those names in the Mumford garden. Another story was the time Dawn was dividing the iris. She was trimming the fans and writing the names on them. The little girl next door ran home and told her mother that Dawn was "giving all her flowers a name."
"Yellow with the Orange Beard," and
"Purple By The North Fence" noids
When they moved from their home in Brigham City 8 1/2 years ago to their present home, moving the irises was no easy task. They lost some, and many others' names were lost. It has been a real job researching, and correctly naming the iris. They have made real progress, and are close to identifying them all. The hardest winter Dawn remembers is the one of 1985, where the temperatures plunged to 65 degrees below zero. They lost 23-25 irises that year because there wasn't a blanket of snow to insulate the plants, causing the demise of the iris. Dawn is interested in finding those irises that she's lost over the years and is hoping that someone reading this article can help her in acquiring them. (See her list at the bottom of this article).
|"Dawn Glory" (Dawn likes the name of this one!)|
|(From front to back) "Angelique" "Pledge Allegiance," |
"Gold Trimmings," "Lovely Kay"
They've done nearly all the work in their lovely "do-it-yourself" home. It features arched alcoves for iris floral arrangements, special vases collected for the arrangements, a sandblasted etched glass in the china closet with images of irises, Noritake iris china, and a watercolor print from Cooley's-- all reminders of their love affair with irises. For years Dawn hosted a luncheon for as many as 58 women during iris season, with floral arrangements throughout their home, and, of course, a tour of their colorful garden.
|Dawn with "Many Thanks," a Cooley's bonus plant. |
(It ranges anywhere from 48-60",) and favorites
"Magic Man, "Beverly Sills," "Geniality," and
|More Favorites: "Schortman's Garnet Ruffles,"|
"Designer Gown" (Dawn loves the gilt edge),
"Pledge Allegiance," Dawn with 60-inch
"Many Thanks" in 2009, and "Silverado"
|Among Dawn's favorites: "Night Ruler," "Electrabrite," |
"Into The Night," "Honky Tonk Blues" (which Dawn
thinks should be named "Faded Denim"), and "Gitano"
|A favorite blue of Dawns: "Sea Power"|
|More favorites: "Salzburg Echo," "Company Red," "Aegean Wind," "Feature Attraction," and "Kitty Kay"|
|"Art Center," "Gigolo," "Barcelona," "Machismo," "Piping Hot," "Crimson Snow," "Mulled Wine"|
I have many favorites in the garden. Here are a few
|"Pink Angel," and "Launching Pad"|
|My favorite red that day: "Dynamite"|
|"Rare Quality," an excellent blue and white plicata|
|The garden has stunning whites, "Skier's Delight" is one of many|
|I love the delicate colors of "Heather Cloud"|
|"Play With Fire," an outstanding red|
|"Tarlatin," a favorite pink with wonderful lace and ruffles!|
|"Prom Night," a standout in the garden for me|
|Among Dawn's favorite purples: "Paul Black," |
"About Town," "Night Ruler," "Aristocracy," "Hollywood Nights"
|"Private Label" photographs so well. I had some lovely |
cards printed up from this picture.
|Front to back: "Lovely Kay," "Gold Trimmings," "Pledge Allegiance"|
|Forefront: "Queen In Calico"|