GIRL CRUSH (Pfeiffer 19)
IOWA TB, 36", M. (High Point x Brazilian Holiday) X Salome’s Butterfly.
My pet. Lovely flowers have white standards with antique gold rims; style arms are yellow-gold. Falls are soft gold-yellow with lavender undersides and very bright neon-lavender narrow edging; yellow-gold beards. A quality perennial with clean foliage, a long season of bloom, plants that hustle and a new garden favorite here!
BLACKBIRD TEARS (Steve Poole 19)
ILLINOIS TB, M-L, 34". Standards medium to dark lobelia blue randomly overlaid with darker lobelia tears. Falls lighter dusty lobelia blue randomly patterned with darker lobelia tears. Underside of falls light lobelia blue which when scrolled upwards around the fall edges contrasts with the darker upper surface of the fall. The number of tears varies from season to season and location, or even absent in some years. Beard dark lobelia blue tipped yellow inside the flower. Three branches plus two or three spurs. Lower branches often have spurs. Up to 10-12 buds per stalk resulting in longer bloom season. The falls of the opening bud are scrolled/curled up making a unique presentation. Some scrolled ruffling on the falls is retained in the fully open bloom. Produces an average of six increase per rhizome, although some rhizomes have produced up to eleven increase in one season. Blackbird Tears won first place overall for floriferousness during the 2017 international competition in France.
Seedling #MM-12-1 (Falcon Pride x Poole seedling #CC-1-6)
CHIFFON SWIRL (Lionel Austell 2019)
Very ruffled flowers in pastel peachy pink appear on strong, well-branched stalks. The standards are almost solid, pastel peach-pink with lighter petal edges. The falls have dark peach-pink shoulders with matching beards that are touched tangerine red; petals lighten to almost white at the edges.
(Paris Options x King's Point) X Royal Sterling
CHROMATOGRAPHY (Steve Kelly 2019)
NEW MEXICO. TB, EM 32” Separating out the colors…that is what chromatography is. The falls on this iris seem to be doing just that. The white center of the falls gradually spreads out into the dark purple on the edges. A bright orange beard stands out brightly in contrast to these colors. The standards are white with a light greenish tint on the midribs. The branching is good with an average of 7 buds. A friend who was growing this for me had one with 13 buds on several terminal branches!! Here in NM it has rebloomed.
Best Seedling at Mesilla Valley Iris Society in 2018 in an entry class of 16 stalks.
Seeding # FLMS 11-6 (Flash of Light x Mountain Sunrise)
Dragon’s Breath (Steve Kelly 2019)
New Mexico. TB, EM 34”
The standards on this iris are a dark maroon with a light gold color on the base of the midribs. This color matches the style arms. The falls are a lighter maroon with gold haft marks and a bright gold beard. This has great branching with an average of 8 buds.
Seedling # HADK 13-3 (House Afire x Dragon King)
ECHO CHAMBER (Lionel Austell)
TENNESSEE TB, 34-38”, Midseason.
The upright standards are ivory in the center, yellow at the edges and soft toasty orange at the base. The flaring falls are toasted red and they lighten to lemon around the soft orange beards. The unique, heavy dark red veining on the falls radiate down the entire petal surfaces adding vibrant color contrast in the garden.
(((#J2715: Spice Lord x Red Seeding) X Broad Shoulders)) X Sunnyside Delight))) HC 2017
EVENING OCEAN REFLECTIONS (Lionel Austell 19)
TENNESSEE TB, 32-34”, Midseason.
I recall the first time I saw Ben Hager’s iris ‘Edith Wolford’ blooming in his California iris garden. ‘Evening Ocean Reflections’ brings us the same color pattern but in a more modern flower. The slightly open standards are ivory flushed flesh and pink with yellow wire edges'; midribs are gently shot with tan. The bright violet falls are overlaid with a silver sheen; the back of the petals are soft tan and the falls tease you with a random wire edge of tan. Soft gold beards have white tips and sit upon hafts that are also washed with tan.
(Astrobubbles X Haute Voiles)
Sunglasses Needed (Steve Kelly 2019)
New Mexico TB, 31”, Early-Midseason.
This iris is a standout in the garden as it is the brightest thing around. This self colored golden yellow has attracted everyone’s attention when seeing it in the garden and at the shows. The standards and falls are a very ruffled, glowing yellow with a bright gold beard. The falls are wide and overlap. The bud count is 6-7.
Best Seedling at Mesilla Valley Iris Society in 2017 in an entry of 19.
Seedling # TAFCS 12-13 (That’s All Folks x Coffee Song)