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Our catalog listing has changed somewhat. We now try to see a cultivar before
we buy, as we try to only purchase plants to use in our hybridizing programs.
As a result, the catalog listing is smaller, but the "quality" of plants has risen.
If you are ever unsure about any plant, ask - as we always list the details of
each variety as registered by the hybridizer.
Each year we line out the garden in late July, August and September. We normally
sell clumps, or whatever is there. Because of catalog deadlines, we make our
"counts" in mid-October. If we think a particular variety is slow to increase and
"might" be single divisions in the spring, we say so in the catalog. But, we really
do not know, and oftentimes these "single divisions only" cultivars may be clumps
by June. - Just wanted you to know.
Here at Iron Gate Gardens, we are so busy the early part of the season that we
seldom have a lot of time to make crosses. The early bloom also tends to have
more insect damage. As a result, our introductions tend to be medium to late
season bloomers - with lots of "lates." The late-flowering ones extend the
season and perform beautifully here. - This year 3 ML's and 5 L's.
The daylily 'Willie Lyles' (Kennedy .86), a pretty, late diploid, has been used
considerably here in hybridizing. Our "Final" series of introductions are
hybrids of 'Willie Lyles'. These will extend your bloom season. Also, strangely,
these "late" bloomers have excellent foliage. Betty Harwood's Autumn Oddity
($10 in the garden) is the last cultivar to bloom here.
We were in Caracas, Venezuela on Dec. 19, 1999, touring the city. You may recall
the incessant rains continued for weeks (it stopped for several hours the day we
were there.) The city is built high (3000 ft.) in the mountains, and as we
traveled back down to our ship the heavy rains began again. The hillsides, which
are covered with houses and shanties, began to erode and wash onto the highway.
Our bus had to stop while the army cleared the road of mud and trees. This
continued for the 20 miles back down to the port. That night the hillsides gave
way completely and it is thought that over 20 thousand lives were lost and
150,000 were left homeless. A memorable, though tragic event, for such an
"alive" and colorful city. We honor the city with our new cultivar 'Carnival
An update on Van's rose collection:
The roses - Firstly, the Japanese Beetles raided us this season and prevented
our having a fine rose display. We tried to spray them, but could not keep up
with their numbers.
We added Rosa 'Rainbow Knockout', 'Julia Child', 'Betty Boop', and 'Scentimental'.
'Rainbow Knockout' appears to be as disease resistant as the other Knockouts.
'Julia Child' is a beautiful yellow and may replace 'Sunsprite' if it remains
disease free. 'Scentimental' almost died but finally sent up a few canes, with
beautiful red and white striped flowers.
So far we can highly recommend 'Knockout', 'Blushing Knockout', 'Pink Knockout',
'Double Knockout' (buy this one instead of 'Knockout'), 'Rainbow Knockout' and
'Ramblin' Red', a fabulous red climber. These were all bred by Bill Radler.
Other recommendations are: 'Home Run', a beautiful red single; 'Lady Elsie May',
clear rose-colored; 'Hot Cocoa', red-brown; 'Livin' Easy', yellow blush; and
'Mutablis', many colored blooms.
Some we have liked earlier ended up susceptible to Blackspot fungus, and no one
here is going to spray for Blackspot!
Kiwi, our stray "Siamese-like" cat who appeared on our doorstep and became a
keeper, had her litter of all male kittens. Ah - people begged, but we decided
to keep all four! Now named, they are Snowflake, Wiggles, Tonto, and Coconut
(Coco for short). A joy, all of them. We are sorry to report that Zeke passed
away in mid summer of diabetes. But Spitz accepts the new herd, and even
tolerates being bathed by the kittens. Check pictures - but remember that they
are now seven months old.
Again this season we will have a large selection of daylilies for $10 each.
Some are single or double divisions, but most are clumps. We have added many
varieties to the list. These plants are only available in the garden.
If possible we encourage you to come to our Carolina Breakfast Club meetings.
We meet 9:00 AM, the second Wednesday of each month at a different location for
daylily chatter and camaraderie. E-mail for specific information.
For information about our Region 15 activities, go to our website at
Thanks to Rebecca Board, our regional RVP, it is certainly one of the best
regional websites. On this site you are able to obtain all regional news,
including meetings, clubs, and garden reports.
Our shipping season runs from about April 1st until the first week of June. We accept no catalog orders after June 1st. Garden sales have then begun. We mail no catalogs after June 1st. Any requests received after June 1st will be honored the following year.
Clubs are encouraged to call to receive details about orders and availability.
We will be open from May 23th through July 15th. WE WILL BE OPEN FIVE DAYS
A WEEK, Wednesday through Sunday, 9 AM to 5 PM. We are closed Monday and
Tuesday so that once again, we are able to visit other gardens during the
bloom season. If you find it convenient to visit at another time, please
call to be sure there will be someone here to help you, and the gates are open.
2271 County Line Road
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
We are located between Kings Mountain and Cherryville on
Hwy. 216 (eight miles north of Kings Mountain and four miles
south of Cherryville). We are about 10 miles north of I-85,
depending on which exit you take from the interstate.
are coming north on I-85, it is easiest to exit at Hwy 216,
marked "Kings Mountain" or "Kings Mountain Military Park."
Continue north through downtown Kings Mountain on Hwy.
216 until you see the "Iron Gate Gardens" signs on the left.
you are going south on I-85, take exit 10B, "74 West, Kings
Mountain - Shelby." Continue for about 2.5 miles to the third
exit. It will read "Cherryville-Kings Mountain, Hwy 216." Turn
right (north) at the exit onto Hwy. 216 and travel about eight
miles. Our signs will be on the left.