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Iris Katharine Hodgkin' forgotten and neglected.

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Sorry about the incorrect spelling of Katharine in the photos below.
Is this iris very hardy compared to other reticulata iris or was I just lucky. I bought these three small pots in flower but on their last legs, 50p each on the reduced bench. I intended to plant them in the pots in the front garden. They were laid aside in their pots and forgotten about. I was delighted to see these flowering yesterday and promising looking buds showing in each pot. Friends and family often shake their heads over some of my rescued plants but everything deserves a second chance, even me.

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Hi Kath ..
well done on rescuing Kath ;o)

7 Feb, 2014

 

She is certainly proving a worthy cause Tt. I will take better care of her in future. I have read the blog Scottish did on how she rescued her bulbs. I will follow the advice she gave. I always thought this an insipid looking iris but she looks better in real life than she does in her photos.

7 Feb, 2014

 

This first photo shows her off nicely ... :o)

7 Feb, 2014

 

Yes, that is closer to how she does look.

7 Feb, 2014

 

Maybe put that first pic on as a single GoY pic as well .. I could add it to GoYpedia Small Garden Ideas ..

7 Feb, 2014

 

Superb photography, especially the first!

7 Feb, 2014

 

Very pretty Kath, obviously one that thrives on neglect.....

7 Feb, 2014

 

They are very pretty :o) I'm glad you rescued them.

7 Feb, 2014

 

I have done that Tt thank you. Mouldy I'm afraid I have to thank the camers as it was a gift from my son who was appalled at my lack of photography skills. LOL. I'm glad you like her Lynclass and Hywel. I'm a sucker for plants in need of rescuing. This time I'm lucky she did not mind my neglect. I must remember to place her in the garden before she dies back completely.

7 Feb, 2014

 

I've put this blog and the single photo on Goypedia.
Nice of your son to buy you the camera !

7 Feb, 2014

 

Thank you Tt. He actually gave me his own one. He was just passing through and stopped to get a bed for the night.

7 Feb, 2014

 

'Katharine Hodgkin' (note the spelling - it is a trick name) is a solid and hardy little iris that responds well to 'benigne neglect'. It is an early flowerer, only beaten by 'George' in our garden.

7 Feb, 2014

 

Thank you Bb, I have amended the spelling above. Unfortunately the photos were edited on Powerpoint and I do not have time to alter them now. My 'George ' are only foliage as yet but they are in a shadier area.

7 Feb, 2014

 

What a lovely plant!

7 Feb, 2014

 

Powerpoint, new camera., what are you like, Scotsgran? ;-)
I'm still in transition from warming up the valves in the radio to those new-fangled 'wirelesses'. Lol.

8 Feb, 2014

 

Mouldy I signed up and bang on the 3 year time limit managed to bag myself a European Computer Driving Licence. No kidding, look up ECDL on Google. You have to do 7 modules in 3 years to get the nice piece of paper. After the first one 'Powerpoint' I felt I was having a nervous breakdown and signed up to do a basic course. With a lot of support from my fellow students I eventually got there. I could not even save a file when I started. All the other students were on day release. On the first module it was two primary school teachers and on others I met engineers, bank officials, the manager of a storage company and many others. i don't think any of them were over 40 so i did stand out like a sore thumb. When I finished my son was so chuffed he bought me a website which I used for our local flower show. He was going to populate it but when I sent him the stuff I wanted on it he sent it back and I phoned him when I got stuck. Nowadays I use a much simpler website supplied by BT for Community groups. I use it for our gardening club. The world is your oyster if you reach out and grab it. Have a look at the BT set up. It is designed to be used by amateurs to promote their group. I'm sure your community garden would qualify.have a look at what they offer http://www.btck.co.uk

8 Feb, 2014

 

I can't believe they are flowering now, especially with the awful weather ! They must be saying "thank you" for rescuing me !

8 Feb, 2014

 

LOL I thought they were thumbing their noses because I neglected them. They do seem to be among the earliest flowering bulbs Rose, quite a few members have them.

8 Feb, 2014

 

I'm pleased for you at you're taking the plunge into the cyber-highway and the results are evident, Scotsgran!
My mum took the plunge, aged fifty and the family was so proud of her.
I'm more familar with technology than I've admitted, I have to confess.
I just enjoy playing the technophobic daftie to get a few laughs and hope you understand that it's meant to be at my expense and not your's.

I want to thank you, publicly, on your page, for the gracious and generous help and advice you've offered from the heart to someone you were led to believe needed it and I'd like to apologise for any offence my humour may have caused you, Scotsgran!!!
That was never my intention.
On the plus side, others, reading this post, will, hopefully, use the info to stretch themselves further than they might otherwise have done with their own projects, utilising their computer skills, or, maybe taking the plunge, as you've done, to learn more about technology and how it can be adapted to their needs.

I shall now go and stand in the corner, facing the walls, for being naughty. ;-)

9 Feb, 2014

 

You can come out now Mouldy, all is forgiven. I always thought there was more to you than you let on, lol. As you say if someone benefits thats all to the good. I was in my sixties and definitely not part of the computer literate generation. I had to learn a whole new language as well as how to find my way around a computer. Our first computer was a ZX81, bought for my son and assembled by my OH. You had to order and pay for it and about six months later you got a box full of bits. I remember it cost £50 I think and was my first step to sitting back and letting the menfolk do their techie thing.

10 Feb, 2014

 

I learnt on Wordstar and Dos.
Three VERY loud cheers for the mouse! Lol.

10 Feb, 2014

 

Way before my time.

10 Feb, 2014

 

Powered by gas. ;-)

11 Feb, 2014

 

Missed this blog Scotsgran - we can watch our Katharine thrive together :)

13 Feb, 2014

 

I'm hoping to pot them up for the display on Saturday. I think they deserve to be shown off.

13 Feb, 2014

 

The ZX81 was just before my time. We started with a Spectrum with 16K. Wow!!!! The head teacher at my boys' school was very keen and I got into computers in the 80s. I was really thrilled with the fonts which were available on the BBC computers. I remember loading games from cassette tapes. They took ages and sounded like a hysterical hen laying an egg. One blip and the whole thing had to start again. How I hated those red, green and blue horizontal stripes! (OH only stopped using a word processing program called Tasword - which produced stuff that looked like an old typewriter- a few years ago.) But now he doesn't use a computer - or any other device - at all. If it's mobile, or online, I do it!

14 Feb, 2014

 

We're all hitchhikers on the superhighway. Lol.

15 Feb, 2014

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