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Re: HYB: variegata as a pattern

Linda Mann in her post commented:  "I like the combination of umbrata with
corona also...they describe two different parts color patterns.  Umbrata and
corona both imply contrast of darker center with lighter rim."

Neil responds:  That also is precisely why the combination of terms appeals to
me, as well as the root meanings of the terms from their Latin roots.

Linda continues: " Fred, is that how you always use corona?  Or is it
sometimes the other way around - darker rim and lighter center?  Or is there
such a thing?"

Neil responds:  Interesting that you should address that to Fred Kerr.  He is
the current master of the "Emma Cook" (EC for short) expression of the
Dominant Amoena pattern.  The ground color of the flower can be white or any
carotenoid yellow, apricot, orange, pink, or combinations thereof.  Some of
Fred's best have been the yellow or yellow pattern (for example, the "Joyce
Terry" yellow S., white F. bordered yellow) with the EC pattern superimposed,
giving brown on yellow base, or violet on white.

Linda adds:  "I am not particularly attracted to zonals or white ground banded
with color, so haven't paid any attention to what's out there."

Neil responds: <grin> "White ground banded with color...."  The best of the
best of these are Fred's introductions.  You might enjoy trying them out in
the Vale.

Linda continues:  "Lots of brownish bands around blue falls, another combo
I've ignored.  Often the band and the rest of the fall are about the same
color saturation, just different colors.  I don't think of those as

Neil answers:  They are not Umbrata patterns.  What you describe has been
around since there've been bearded irises--they are violet-blue or blue-violet
self colors over Joyce Terry-type yellow patterns, or the variations on these.
When the carotenes present are pink or apricot, the colors can be especially

Keppel's new bicolor pink/warm violet FLORENTINE SILK has this pattern just
barely suggested in the fall petals.  The opulent falls are lavender orchid
with a 1/4-inch rosier orchid border.  Keith mentions that in the occasional
summer rebloom there is a "flowing, watered silk inward blending of the
marginal color."  The normal spring bloom has a rather precise narrow band.

Many of the beautiful blends dating from before the advent of the pink-bud,
tangerine-bearded pinks also had the pattern you describe.  They are becoming
more common again now, it seems.

Neil Mogensen   z 7  western NC mountains

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