Depth of color was great this year. This happened across the board in
my garden. Colors were deeper and prettier than usual. I've felt it
was the colder season. Little heat to fade the colors. My Tara's
Choice was incredibly gorgeous this year.
Since I prefer the deep saturated colors, I liked the season. If you
look at your pictures again, you may see a more relaxed bloom in the
Some varieties stood tall and proud, while others were short and
stunted. Others just didn't bloom at all. With rare exceptions
branching was bad.
<I have never heard of one changing like this one has.>
Bridge In Time Iris
From: Francelle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tue, 3 Jun 2008 10:13 pm
Subject: [iris-photos] HYB: Changeable seedling
I know most irises will change from their first bloom to subsequent
ones, but I have never heard of one changing like this one has. It
bloomed for the first time in 2003, one perfect stalk on one weak fan,
obviously a bloom-out. I loved the blue-black satin standards over the
black velvet falls illuminated by a sunflower yellow beard. I cut the
stalk, put it on my dining table and almost cried over it, because I
was so sure that first stalk would be its last.
Later that fall I found a shoot coming up where the plant had died. I
protected it. It grew well and made a good clump that bloomed in
2005. I felt really disappointed. It didn’t look at all the one I
remembered. The falls were dark violet with mahogany hafts. The
beards were rust. I believed it had to be a different sibling. For
three years it bloomed like that. It was a good grower with nice
stalks, so I lined it out. Some of my iris club members chose it as
their favorite of my seedlings, but I couldn’t care much for it.
One morning this April when I went to that iris bed, I couldn’t
believe my eyes. It was bursting into bloom, and every blossom was
just like the first one. I am still amazed by it. I didn’t know that
beards could change color, but these have from brilliant orange-yellow
to dull rust and back again. The first picture shows it this spring.
The second as it looked in ’05, ’06 and ’07. I am planning to register
it, but every year I will wonder which blossoms it is going to have
Francelle Edwards Glendale, AZ Zone 9