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CULT: Ugly Iris


I've moved this one over from iris-photo.  (More ugly iris lovers over here.) 
 I went looking for Pond Lily on Mallorn because I'd never liked the 
description enough to buy it, but was intrigued by the awards.  It's a lot 
prettier than I'd imagined.  Sweet Musette taught me to like this pattern 

But I digress . . . your Ugly Iris photo!  Is your camera okay?  <g> This 
truly is a case of ugly lasting forever!  (you happy, Bill?)  Somehow this 
picture reminded me of a seedling of mine several years back.  Heads shook 
when people saw it, but I kept it for years.  I loooved it!  It came from my 
first year (86) of making crosses.  

I'd decided to breed rebloomers but didn't have any . . . not real ones 
anyway.  One bloom on Autumn Encore . . . it haunts me still. I hunted 
through the records and identified the few CA rebloomers I owned.  As a 
result, I made a lot of crosses with Peach Spot.  It's behind Champagne 
Elegance and many other rebloomers of that color persuasion.  

Anyway, I hung tags on that clump of PS like you wouldn't believe. One of the 
things that took was Copper Mountain.  This child of theirs was tall with 
perfect branching and it shone like a beacon across the garden.  It was 
copper with clean cut and distinct bands of old gold.  Quite a contrast, 
actually.  But consider the parents and you'll understand that most people 
considered the form RATHER old!  

 Betty Wilkerson Zone 7 south-central Kentucky

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