WOW, for a yellow iris - THAT is a nice one.
George is right, yellow is overdone, however this one is truly exceptional
in my opinion.
The color in this photo is vibrant and attractive,
the white pattern I believe is unique and looks clean, creating harmony
and drawing the eye to the center of the bloom. The matching color of
the beard is great, for I feel a contrasting color would keep the eyes
focused on just the beard, and detract from the rest of the bloom.
I am curious about how well the flower retains its color.
Having clean hafts again is a great, for no
markings are needed with the white splash drawing you into the
flower. The flower has a good balance and appears proportionate in every
way. Even the beard is of good size, for it is not too fat and not too
long. I have always been a fan of domed standards that touch or slightly
overlap but do not hide the inside of the flower. Here, even though the
standards here appear slightly opened, I feel their ruffling compensates for it
and produces a nice form. The midribs look strong, and the contour of each
standard is nearly identical. This flower has just enough ruffling to make
I would have no trouble at all recognizing this
particular iris in a garden of yellows. Please Mike, do not kill this
wonderful flower. If you and George don't want to develop it, you can give
it to me.
Zone 9 Region 15
Member: AIS, TBIS, SDIS (local)
Sent: Friday, November 19, 1999 3:18
Subject: [iris-photos] fly or die
Since you all are experienced irisarians, if you don't mind I could use
your input. Many times we have seedlings that are either iffy or our
opinions are jaded by a dislike of a certain color or something. So I
figured I would send out some pictures to you all and see what your
opinions are. (scary, huh?) Here is a nice rebloomer, with good
form but it's yellow. I don't like yellow that much and George
thinks yellow is overdone. However this one looks great and has
great branching with 11 buds. What do you think, fly or die?