Bloom Report from Oz
Greetings from the Land of Oz (and Iris),
This is just a short report on some of the La seedlings
that have finally decided to bloom. One 1996 cross of LOST FOR WORDS
x HALO DOLLY has brought forth a plethora of interesting things. Two have
been given the chance to bloom again. One is a soft smoky mushroom pink
and pale lemon bicolour that is gently ruffled. Style arms are soft
lemon. The pink petals have a lemon rim and the lemon petals have fine
pink veining. Very nice indeed.
Another of its sibs. is bright cheerful lemon with a large bright orange
"wash" signal on the falls. Nicely ruffled, branching is great
etc. etc. All the others are "spade jobs" and will be
That ELAINE'S WEDDING x PRIX D'ELEGANCE cross that I reported on last week
has grown on me a bit more. The plant has sent up three more spikes all
with three branches. The folded petals may prevent it from being named and
released, but the colouration yesterday in the brilliant sunshine was more ruby
red and lemon than previously described when viewed on a cloudier
day. The blurk colours gave way to bright colours in the
ELAINE'S WEDDING is also in bloom, and putting on a great show.
Bernard and I will be going over to visit Elaine & Richard Harvey (whose
wedding the Iris was named to honour) tomorrow with a bunch of blooms and three
large potted plants for their new home. They have been married now for two
years and have only last week finally found a new home that they both
like. Until then they were living in Elaine's home during the week and
Richard's on the weekends. Very tiresome...
We also have a vase of LUCY PAYENS and its child NEVER SAY in our family
room. I just love these two Iris and can't get enough of them at bloom
season. Have about 100 plants of LP and about 10 of NS in the garden -
great start to the season.
Another unregistered favourite which I call "Duck Egg Blue" has
also been blooming. It's a glacier blue self. Unfortunately there
are not enough buds to name it, but I grow it for my own pleasure. The
cross is SINFONIETTA x (Koorawatha x Alluvial gold) white seedling. It
regularly re-blooms in autumn too. It looks great in the base with LP
I like to pick a spike of most new things and bring them home to
enjoy. This gives me a good chance to closely inspect the opening spike
and to see the blooms in all lights. Some may think me a little
crazy, but we wait all year for the bloom season and I am danged in I am going
to let any chance to enjoy the blooms stop me.