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>  Was intrigued by the prize to Sterling
> Innerst's OMINOUS STRANGER for 'most original color'.  Has anyone seen this
> tall bearded, either in a garden or a photo/slide?  I'd love to have a
> description.
    The description from the R & I is as follows but in my humble opinion it does 
not do this beautiful iris justice.  
OMINOUS STRANGER (Sterling Innerst, R. 1992)  TB, 34", M.  S. muted yellow, 
trimmed muted purple and dotted with tiny brown spots; F. muted yellow, trimmed 
muted purple, tiny brown dots all over; bronze beards trimmed blue-white; slight 

Dana Brown  Lubbock, Texas  Zone 7
Where the coldest it's ever been is -17 on 2/8/33 and the warmest it's 
ever been is 114 on 6/27/94.  Our average first freeze is November 3rd
and our average last freeze is April 9th.  Our growing season is @ 208 
days long with 164 of them clear.  

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