The 03-52C X Rustler cross have all been children of
misfortune. Planted out in 07, in the wet, north-facing slope
where no bearded iris should be asked to live, they bloomed
well in 08. Taller than the named parents, but then 03-52C
was a great big thing. (No sign that it survived the backhoe).
My general impression of the cross was tall, a bit lanky, with
buds well-spaced and well-timed, but no great bud counts.
At the end of that May, the tornado came by and took down
4 mature blue spruce trees, one of which laid on them, in
standing water, for a couple of weeks. Then iris borers made
a meal of them, so that the leftover crumbs of microfiddlers
that I painstakingly replanted have taken until now to get back
to bloom size, given the cold wet 2009 and the drought in
Not much chance any of them can rebloom here, but maybe
somewhere with a longer growing season. The dark brown is
unusual and the survivors have, I guess, proven resilient.
Maybe tough enough for Texas?