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CULT: Impressive Bloomers

All sorts of bearded irises are blooming at the same time.

GOING BONKERS, SDB, is reblooming and the second bloom 
doesn't look anything like the first.  I wonder if it is a mutant ninga or 
a sport.    I had to help both open because they got hung up in the 
sheath, probably wondering what they were doing in such an 
unfriendly climate.

BEES KNEES, SDB, knocked my socks off this morning.  What a 
petite cutey pink this is, out of the foliage and showing branching 
with at least three buds.  All of the others in this class have not 
made it out of the foliage so they couldn't show any branching if they 
had the potential.  Another thing, the flowers on this are so dainty 
and flared, I thought it was a short MTB.  If it is fertile, it should be 
used with MTBs.  Maybe somebody already has.  Most SDBs don't 
fare well here, so when I have a good one, I want to let everybody 

BYZANTINE ART, AB, makes me think Lowell has an umbrata AB.  
Anyway, this cannot be mistaken for another.  The red 'signal' 
covers just about all of the fall.  Linda, are you reading this?

Want some distinctive brownish irises?  MAUNA LOA FIRE and 
FERROUS FANTASY are outstanding in coloration and branching.  
I certainly would have hated the job of registering these because 
they are indescribable.  MLF is striped with yellow and FF is overlaid 
with reddish violet.  Brown is what you see at a distance, but closer 
inspection shows the differences.  I have heard some irisarians say 
they don't like brown flowers.  These might change your mind!

A visitor read the tag as 'Polish Manners,' and wondered how that fit 
this gorgeous satiny dark violet TB.  I removed the dirt covering the 
'ed,' and we got a laugh.  POLISHED MANNERS is one of Keith's 
not getting much publicity, but it is a dandy, the satiny sheen almost 
blinding like the reflection of the sun on a car windshield.  It's that 

Walter Moores
Enid Lake, MS USA (Tempted to pull down the sheaths of the 
ROMANTIC EVENING children showing color, but knowing better).

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