If the North American Dykes
Medal has reached such high standards during all these years, it's
thanks to thorough regulations, and as i said before, this is an
But the world has been changing fast,
particularly this last decade, and some painful decisions will have to
be made concerning potential contenders to the North American Dykes
Medal, that won't be allowed to compete according to these essential
Most people think that 'Decadence' is a serious
contender to the North American Dykes Medal but they will be surprised
when they realize that since the North American Dykes Medal is
restricted to irises first introduced in the United States or
Canada, 'Decadence' cannot compete in this category.
It has been introduced in Australia
by Tempo Two in 2004 and in Oregon By Keppel the same year:
'Decadence' (Barry Blyth, R. 2001).
Sdlg. H83-G. TB, 38" (96 cm), M.
S. creamy apricot, faint rose midrib flush; style
arms creamy apricot; F. light plum burgundy, 1/4" creamy apricot edge;
beards tangerine; heavily ruffled and laced. 'Temple of Time' X
'Louisa's Song'. Keppel, Tempo Two 2004, 2004/05.
Since i was not introduced in North America before
being introduced elsewhere, no medal.
There is another contestant from
abroad, 'Slovak Prince' :
'Slovak Prince' (Anton Mego, R. 2002).
Sdlg. AM-93/0038. TB, 33" (85 cm), M.
S. white shaded orchid lavender, slight blue veining, 1/8" gold rim;
style arms silver lavender veined blue, gold edge; F. dark velvety blue
purple, slightly lighter rim, white area around gold beard with purple
veining changing to brown; ruffled; slight sweet fragrance. 'Edith
Wolford' X 'Queen in Calico'. Aitken 2003.
It has been introduced by Aiken in 2003,
therefore, this one is eligible.
Whether the rule applies, and it applies for all,