In a message dated 2/5/2006 7:02:21 A.M. Central Standard Time,
<< I would love to see that thick purple beard on a bold
yellow iris, >>
Linda, now that I can see it . . . that is a beautiful beard!
<vbg> Seriously, I missed the point of the picture originally.
And I do understand the lure of the purple beard on yellow! I
embarrassed myself over such an iris on maiden bloom. It bloomed 12 inches
tall, beautiful yellow laced bloom with a lovely mid lavender beard and
substance. So, it's a given it will be taller next year?
It's a TB!
In my enthusiasm, I send a rhizome to Lloyd Zurbrigg. We were on
a robin together and he was working on the blue/purple bearded
Important lesson learned. Try not to get too excited over maiden
bloom! What you see is not necessarily what you get! I
kept that beautiful iris for several years as a reminder. It NEVER grew
over 12 inches tall! And the purple beards became yellow beards.
What happened to the purple ? It moved down and became a purple flash at
the end of the beard, but on the petal. (Spiced Orange X Laced
Still, it was a beautiful bloom. If that were to happen now, I might
work to pass on the purple flash. But at the time I was too
shocked! I can still remember the seedling #!
And then there was the cream or palest yellow iris that bloomed
with red veins! My memory said they were in the falls, but my notes say
they were in the standards! I remember it as mesmerizing. I'd find
myself out in the garden just looking at it. It was up on the hill and I
think I wore a path in the lawn! Of course, the veins were gone in the 2nd
year bloom. And the veins were real red, not pseudo red. (Blazing
Sunrise x Precious Moments)
But what a treat!!
Occasionally, an iris will go from ugly to gorgeous, too.