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CULT:This year's winners

  • Subject: CULT:This year's winners
  • From: Bill Shear <wshear@hams-hsc.hsc.edu>
  • Date: Mon, 20 May 2002 10:53:37 -0400

My votes for the best TB iris in my garden this year:

1. SEA POWER is hands down the best blue available today.  A beautiful stalk
on a first year plant, with 11 buds on 3 branches and a spur.  Elegant
medium blue color, like my old favorite CHIVALRY, but with extraordinarily
heavy ruffling.  Substance like leather, flowers lasting up to 4 days and
standing up to heavy downpours.  Growth and increase among the best of the
first year plants in the garden.  If this fails to get a Dykes Medal (or
come very close), there is no justice.

2. STARRING has pale lavender standards, and reddish black falls with a
striking red beard.  For form and breadth, it can hardly be beaten.  The
white to cream style crests are very large and broad and have a nice wire
edging of violet.  Also an excellent stalk on a first-year plant.  Good
growth and increase, plenty of pollen.

3. BOLD FASHION with its enormous blooms seems to me to put the much vaunted
STARSHIP ENTERPRISE in the shade.  Good stalks with up to 10 buds on a
third-year clump, but perhaps a little short on increase this year.  I
wanted to cross this one with LAST LAUGH, but was thwarted by the difference
in bloom times; BF came on early and was gone by the time LL opened.  All BF
pollen was stolen by earwigs, of which there seen to be an ungodly number
this year, so I couldn't save any.

Bill Shear, VA Z7a

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