Friday, August 17, 2012

Some More from Mid-America Gardens

Here they come... Those Beautiful Girls! Yes Follies fans the next few posts will highlight the the other new cultivars from Mid-America.

First a median.  This IB has "upright grape juice purple standards reveal red plum styles. Very round, palest pink white falls have dark red purple hafts changing to grape juice purple plicata bands. Short purple veins and sanding flank mid burnt orange beards ending in violet. Showy clumps are filled with stalks having 2 branches and 5 buds."  Or so it will soon in my garden!

'Outer Edge' (Black '11)  IB 23" (58cm) Midseason Sdlg. P108C

"Standards are white almost completely sanded and washed deep lilac-rose except in their centers" on Ballet Performance.  "Styles are honey with buff-pink crests. Wide stark white falls have narrow lilac-rose plicata bands with paler dotting inside them and darker hafts. Beards are tangerine over a white base."
Ballet Performance (Johnson, 2007). Seedling T94D . TB, 31" (79 cm), Early bloom season.
Then there's Satin and Lace: "Orangey peach standards top slightly lighter falls. Darker style arms peer from between ruffled and domed standards. Soft tangerine beards are the perfect accompaniment."

'Satin and Lace' (Black '11) TB Midseason-Late 34” (86cm) Sdlg. O50A
Secret Affair displays, "palest milk glass pink standards become the color of the reverse on bluish milk glass falls blushed pink over hafts. All petals are ruffled and edged in lace. Pastel blue beards are tipped palest tangerine in keeping with the overall elegance of these flowers."

'Secret Affair' (Johnson '10) TB Midseason-Late 39” (99cm) Sdlg. TW3B
A child of 'Paul Black' and 'Saturn', 'Sharp Dressed Man', grammar notwithstanding, promises to be another striking display of a bright orange beard against a rich dark color.

'Sharp Dressed Man' (Johnson '10) TB Early Midseason 36” (91cm) Sdlg. TZ58A
Paul Johnson says, "Think Tina Turner and spiked heels." This space age display of ruffles and frills is accented by thin, dramatic violet horns.
'Stilletos' (Johnson '09) TB Midseason-Late 39” (99cm) Sdlg. TW3B
This heavily violet promises to be a sturdy increases as noted by AIS convention visitors.

'Super Model' (Johnson '07) TB 40" (102 cm) Sdlg. T125B
Here's one that I am really looking forward to!  Creamy white. the falls are washed with an amazing display of color, it won honorable mention and later an award of merit.

'Wonders Never Cease' (Black '07') Seedling L83B. TB, height 40" (102 cm), early to mid season bloom

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris 2012

There were only one standard dwarf bearded iris in my garden... until now.  It may be a couple of years before they bloom and I can't wait!

'All is Bright' SDB Black, 2011 14" (36cm) Midseason-Late
'Eye of the Tiger' (Black '08) SDB Midseason-Late 15.5” (40cm)
'Golden Ring' (Johnson '11) SDB Midseason 10” (25cm)
'In Cahoots' (Johnson '11) SDB Midseason 12” (30cm)
'Jennyanydots' (Black '11) SDB Early-Midseason 15” 
'Outspoken' (Black '11) SDB Early-Midseason 12” (30cm)
'Peach Pie' (Johnson '11) SDB
'Pulsator'  (Johnson '11) SDB Midseason 13” (33cm) 

Friday, August 10, 2012

A Brand New Iris Class for Me: Arilbred Iris

During our trip to Mid-America, I saw an Arilbred Iris blooming for the first time.  My friend, David, recognized as such, though I thought it was an older TB or BB.  The falls are unruffled, rounded and most have a distinctive darker spot under the beard.

Arils are known to be hard to grow, but when crossed with other bearded iris they aren't so difficult or so I am told. When I received the M-A order I set my eye on one aril and so "Eyes on You" was to join the irises in my garden.

'Eyes on You' (Black '12) 26"  Mid 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Two New Beds

Two new beds had to be dug for all my new irises. The first is about 10 feet long and contains 13 Bearded and 2 Siberians.
The second new bed contains 25 tall bearded, 6 medians and 2 siberians.  It is about 21 feet long. I also transplanted one daylily.

Some other new SDBs ended up in existing beds.

More details on new iris will follow.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

GRIS Sale Aftermath

As a result of the Greater Rochester Iris Society private and public sale I have a ton of new rhizomes.  I spent the weeks leading up to the sale helping to set up and the week since digging new beds and planting.

Most of what I acquired is from Mid-America.  Some from others that brought their own rhizomes to share as I took some of mine.

First lets look at what other members brought:

First this MTB (Miniature Tall Bearded), Aachen Elf.

'Aachen Elf' (Keith Keppel, 1997). IB 20" Mid
Then two siberians (SIB) from Donna Lowry, Band of Angels and Berlin Purple Wine.

'Band Of Angels' (Robert Hollingworth, 1996). SIB 31" (79 cm), medium late 
'Berlin Purple Wine' (Tomas Tamberg, R. 1993). SIB  36" (90 cm), Medium
Three IBs (Intermediate Bearded) that bloom a bit earlier than TBs. Here's Harlow Gold, Lemon Pop and Obligato.

'Harlow Gold' (Paul Black, R. 1981). Sdlg. B-80-41. IB, 25.5" (65 cm), M.

'Lemon Pop' (Larry Lauer, 1990) IB, 16 inches (41 cm), E
‘Obligato’ (Harold Stahly, R. 1988). Seedling 84-4. IB, 24" (60 cm), Mid 
As a door prize I won Lyrique, a BB (Border Bearded).

'Lyrique' (Barry Blyth, R. 1996). Sdlg. B110-2. BB, 20" (51 cm), ML
 And three Tall Bearded (TB) iris from members are now in my garden: Planned Treasure, Silhouette and Blackout.

'Planned Treasure' (E. Burger, R. 1985). Sdlg. P-3. TB, 34" (86 cm), Early-Late 
'Silhouette' (M. Dunn, R. 1988). Sdlg. M80-714C. TB, 36" (91 cm), M.
'Blackout' (Walter Luihn, R. 1985). Sdlg. 81-11. TB, 38" (97 cm), ML
There are also some SDB that were labeled "Panda Paws". Search as I might I cannot find this cultivar anywhere.