This Sunday is the annual Greater Rochester Iris Show at Marketpace Mall. Last year I won "Best of Show" with Stepping Out. I don't own a refrigerator to dedicate to maintaining potential blooms for a few days. That means that the perfect bloom will have to be in my garden on Sunday morning. That being said each day I enter the garden and say, "too bad the show isn't today!" Below is a spectacular new bloom that I think would stand a good chance of winning a prize. The blooms are stunning but more importantly they are presented on a wonderfully branches stalk that displays each bloom clearly. There are no secondary buds pushing against the bloom. It's just perfect. But by Sunday... not likely.
This is "Wings at Dawn." a Schreiner's introduction in 2014. Theft rounded standards of pastel yellow sit atop the standards of white blended through lilac to plum edges like a scoop of fluffy lemon-orange gelato. Bright tangerine beards become a flounce matching the falls. Quite a beauty!
Then there is Beverly Sills. This legendary Dykes Medal winner is really tricky to grow. It was introduced by Ben Hager in 1978 and won the AIS top honor in 1985. I have tried before and finally ordered it from Schreiner's in 2011. Although establishing itself, nothing happened until this year. Five healthy bloom stalks are blooming this year. Bubble Silverman has sung!