Adam, did you also notice the two spent blooms on
#4, one on each side of that top flower (the same as the full flower image in
the second photo below)? That photo says there are at
least three buds in the top socket. Also it suggests
there are probably two in the one below, and in the full branch farther
down perhaps three. Nice bud count--and widely spaced branches.
Even though that is less attractive in a clump than it is on a first or second
year plant, on the show bench it is an asset.
Shorter but equally well spaced and endowed
branches work better in a clump.
Characteristics that are "desirable" depend on what
one wants from the iris.
A good border iris might have less branching, but
if about half the increase also put up bloomstalks and there is a
succession of buds developing in the terminal, that variety is going to put on
quite a colorful show over a fairly long time and make a better iris for the
border than some of our taller, show-bench oriented Best of
Show contenders. It all depends on the end use we have in
Neil Mogensen z 7 western NC
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