Select your 25
favorites??!! Now that is a daunting task. I had an Iris Round Robin
friend who, some years ago, had to move from a place with a large yard and a few
hundred iris to a small place where she could only take 20 rhizomes along.
Well, she said she fudged and took 25, but even so it was extremely hard for
her. She offered to send me as many as I wanted from her lists, and even
choosing a dozen (didn't want to appear to be TOO greedy1) for real was
hard. If I could only take 25 from my present 500, it would be
agonizing. At least the current list is only academic, not a real
"this is all you may have" choice. I wonder if I could really do
it. Anyway, this is today's list, but I might have a different one
loved this one ever since I saw its wonderful clump at the
national AIS convention in Omaha in 1990.
ROARING JELLY-the picture
in the latest AIS bulletin says it all.
An unknown, I'm told it
might be ORVILLE FAY, tho I have my doubts, but a tall stalk,
wide flower, pinkish lavender in color.
SULTAN'S RUBY-this dark,
dark flower definitely stands out in Siberian beds where so
seem to look so much alike..
ILA CRAWFORD-a white with
yellow signal, very tough, long-lasting flowers, it
bloomed the season after I planted it, which spurias commonly don't
stems always, but the color is such a rich purple and it grows well under less
than perfect conditions.
POSH-this orangey gold of Barry Blyth has to be
the most vigorous iris I grow, and it is
one of the most floriferous as
well. Forms a great clump in no time, and shows off.
BLUE-EYED BLONDE-a great Ensminger iris, soft
yellow with blue beard. Full of bloom
stalks and the flowers keep
coming, blooms such a long time.
HONEY-GLAZED-From Dave Niswonger, soft yellow
stds, with velvety, honeyed
caramel falls, looks
BATIK-I could never leave
it behind, even though I have a hard time making it prosper in my garden.
Such a distinctive pattern.
DUSKY CHALLENGER-it's all
SUPREME SULTAN-wish it
would produce more increase than it does, but WOW!
combination, and how could I not love the iris that gave me my
and only Best of Show last June?!
flower, super plant, vigorous and strong, productive, just great.
forms a great clump, very rapid to increase, makes a
splendid eye-catching clump in a hurry.
Schreiner variety, maroon/white plicata, sweet grapey fragrance.
cranberry at all, but its velvety purple is so attractive.
LEMON MIST-close to 30
years old but still holds it own with newer intros. in its color
class. I can't imagine why it didn't win the Dykes.
black, black. Long lasting flowers.
color, no other quite like it.
ROLE MODEL-another I
"had to have" the moment I saw it in Omaha. I generally
anything that suggests pink, but not this deep melon.
KATIE LYNN-one of the
first TB to bloom, a great med. yellow, ruffled besides.
CLASSIC LOOK-my all-time
favorite color pattern, the clean blue/white plicata.
WABASH-goes back to the
30s, not big flowers, but so floriferous, such a wonderful
and it gets attention even when among all the big boys.
related to WABASH, but has blue rims where the other has
white. Such a clean look
that's 25, but I really love all the others, too. Every time a variety
opens its first bloom of the season I find myself thinking, "This is one of