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 amazing
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 rules: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
It has been introduced by Aiken in 2003, therefore,
this one is eligible.
Whether the rule applies, and it applies for all, or