This seedling is basically a TB version of COLOR BRITE with a fire
orange beard. The spring bloom stalk was more conventional but the fall
bloom stalk in the photo is not. I thought about describing it as
"daylily" branching but figured that might attract the ire of some
Daylily growers. My second choice was "iris liliy" branching but
catching up on old emails I will probably will call it Smilin' Bill
branching since it had two branches leaving the main stem right at
ground level. All the buds were consisitent in being double socketed.
The chicken wire in the background is necessary to protect it from the
local critters that seem to consider it an incredible edible. Since the
nibbling started at the top of the top bloom (32") I suspect it to be
our resident garden jackrabbit rather than the smaller cottontails.
This is the only iris that we have ever had something eat the blooms,
Maybe the beard is carrot orange?
Michael, Stockton Ca. where spring must be near because the
frogs,toads, young coyotes and foxes are all singing all night