A little tribute to Iris

Certain plants make me think of certain people & I doubt this type of association is rare in the gardening community.  For me there is a strong link between Iris & my mom.  My mother wasn’t really an avid gardener but she tended a small patch of very fragrant bearded irises with obvious pride.  When they were in bloom they were simply stunning & brought a broad smile to her face.  As she ages and approaches a time I’d rather not think about, I’m drawn to the iris again.  I imagine a lot of the little gaps in my garden beds will be filled with their fragrant this year.  So I thought I’d share some of Walters new varieties for the Summer 2014/Spring 2015 season.  Let me know if you’d like to order any for your customers.  Best Wishes to you & your mom.  Hope it was a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!

 

 Iris-Tall Bearded ‘Again and Again’—(Innerst) Named for its incredible reblooming capabilities, this Iris is reported to bloom nearly continuously all summer long in zone 8. Very large, solid bright yellow blossoms with a white signal and yellow beard are produced first in midseason on strong scapes. They are of full form with broad, ruffled petals and have a sweet fragrance. This iris replaces ‘Harvest of Memories’ in our new catalog.

 

Traits: 36in—M—RE—FR   Award: AIS Honorable Mention.  Propagated from division.

#1 Grade bare root plants will be available beginning Summer 2014. 25ct plugs will be available beginning Spring 2015.

 

Iris-Tall Bearded ‘Bountiful Harvest’—(Hager) Named for the large bounty of flowers it produces over the season, this early season iris is one of the first to bloom and consistently reblooms in summer and fall. Its large, ruffled blossoms have pure violet standards, white falls with a deep violet plicata edge, and pale lilac beards. This variety replaces ‘Autumn Circus’ in our new catalog.

Traits: 33in—E—RE   Awards: AIS Honorable Mention.   Propagated from division.

#1 Grade bare root plants will be available beginning Summer 2014. 25ct plugs will be available beginning Spring 2015.

 

Iris-Tall Bearded ‘Coal Seams’—(Schreiner) With flowers nearly as black as coal, this outstanding new large flowered iris will be the focal point of the garden when in bloom in midseason. Its very large flowers have thick, velvety, ruffled petals that glimmer in the summer sun. Only a tiny bit of white shows near the signal of this extremely dark purplish black iris. Incredible! This variety replaces ‘Before the Storm’ in our new catalog.

Traits: 41in—M   Propagated from division.

#1 Grade bare root plants will be available beginning Summer 2014. 25ct plugs will be available beginning Spring 2015.

 

Iris-Tall Bearded ‘Color Strokes’—(Schreiner) This new color combination is sure to catch your eye in early midseason. Creamy white, upright standards stand at attention above the flaring, magenta red, plicata edged, creamy white falls with a radiant yellow glow surrounding the golden orange beards. The contrast is striking! This iris dependably produces strong, 3-way branched stems with 6-7 flower buds per stem.

Traits: 39in—EM   Propagated from division.

#1 Grade bare root plants will be available beginning Summer 2014. 25ct plugs will be available beginning Spring 2015.

 

 

Iris-Tall Bearded ‘Crowned Heads’—(Keppel) If you were fond of the classic iris ‘Clarence’ for its cool blue coloring, try this newer cultivar. It holds its blue-violet coloration in its upright standards rather than in its falls which are icy blue with a lavender beard. This color pattern is referred to as a reverse amoena. Like ‘Clarence’, ‘Crowned Heads’ has a slight sweet fragrance but also has exceptionally large flowers presented atop strong stems a bit earlier in the season. This vigorous iris has won multiple awards since its introduction including the Dykes Medal which is the highest honor given by the American Iris Society.

Traits: 38in—EM—FR  Propagated from division.  Awards: HM, AM, WM, Dykes

#1 Grade bare root plants will be available beginning Summer 2014. 25ct plugs will be available beginning Spring 2015.

 

Iris-Tall Bearded ‘Decadence’—(Blyth) Considered to be one of the very best of all Tall Bearded Irises, ‘Decadence’ truly delivers an excellent garden performance. Its large, extravagantly ruffled blossoms have frilly laced, apricot edges on its broadly flaring, plum burgundy falls with orange beards. Golden apricot standards stand in perfect contrast to the dark falls and glow in the late afternoon sun. Intense coloration and strong growth makes this iris a true showstopper. It’s no surprise that it is a multiple award winner including the top Wister Medal. This iris replaces ‘Lovely Senorita’ in our new catalog.

38in—M   Propagated from division.  Awards: HM, AM, Walther Cup, WM

#1 Grade bare root plants will be available beginning Summer 2014. 25ct plugs will be available beginning Spring 2015.

 

 

 

Iris-Border Bearded ‘Lenora Pearl’—(Nichols) This sweet and petite border bearded iris produces soft pink blossoms with a hint of peach and tangerine beards twice per season, in late spring and again in early fall. Its gracefully ruffled, broad falls provide the perfect platform for the upright standards. Plant this iris near the front of the border where its pretty blossoms won’t be missed. Winner of the Knowlton Medal, awarded to the top Border Bearded Iris.

27in—E—RE  Propagated from division.  Awards: HM, AM, KM

#1 Grade bare root plants will be available beginning Summer 2014. 25ct plugs will be available beginning Spring 2015.

 

 

 

Iris-Tall Bearded ‘Sea Power’—If you’re going to choose one blue iris, make it ‘Sea Power’.  This top award winning selection produces very large, extremely ruffled, purplish blue blossoms—the most extravagantly ruffled form of any blue iris. It’s prettier in person than any photo could ever express and when you see it for yourself you’ll also notice its pronounced, sweet fragrance. When the sun catches it just right in the evening, the watery blue petals appear almost translucent like the bubbly ocean. This iris takes a little time to get established in the garden, but it is well worth the wait.

38in—M—FR   Propagated from division.  Awards: HM, AM, WM, Dykes

#1 Grade bare root plants will be available beginning Summer 2014. 25ct plugs will be available beginning Spring 2015.

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Iris-Tall Bearded ‘Tall Cool One’—(Schreiner) Imagine that you’re up in an airplane on a sunny day and you look out the window into the clear blue sky filled with puffy white clouds.  That is what a mass of ‘Tall Cool One’ irises looks like. It’s a breathtaking view of billowy white, ruffled standards and widely flared, ruffled, cool periwinkle blue falls with a touch of gold in the beards. Truly breathtaking! Plant this extra tall iris near the back of the border where it will multiply rapidly in sunny spaces.

41in—ML   Propagated from division.

#1 Grade bare root plants will be available beginning Summer 2014. 25ct plugs will be available beginning Spring 2015.

 

 

 

Iris-Standard Dwarf Bearded ‘Baby Blessed’—(Zurbrigg) Winner of the highest award bestowed on Standard Dwarf Bearded Irises, the Cook-Douglas Medal! This adorable little iris produces sweetly perfumed, light lemon yellow blossoms with a white beard on short stems atop its sword-like, celadon green foliage very early in the season. It is a wonderful accent to spring bulbs and other spring blooming perennials like primroses. ‘Baby Blessed’ is one of the very best reblooming dwarf irises, flowering reliably again in early to mid-fall.

10in—VE—RE—FR   Propagated from division.  Awards: HM, AM, CDM

#1 Grade bare root plants will be available beginning Summer 2014.

 

Iris-Standard Dwarf Bearded ‘Blueberry Tart’—(Chapman) Like a fresh blueberry tart right out of the oven, this delectable little iris has blueberry colored, upright standards and buttery gold to copper falls rimmed with blue. A touch of blue is also found in the fuzzy beards. The bicolor blossoms are produced on short stems atop its sword-like, light green foliage. This is one of the first irises to bloom in spring along with flowering bulbs and it also reblooms in early to mid-fall.

11in—E—RE   Propagated from division.  Awards: HM, AM

#1 Grade bare root plants will be available beginning Summer 2014.

 

 

 

Iris-Standard Dwarf Bearded ‘Thrice Blessed’—(Weiler) You’ll be blessed with three rounds of blooms from this cute dwarf iris–first very early in the season, then midseason, and finally with its fall rebloom. Sunny yellow, lightly fragrant flowers with white to pale blue beards appear on short stems atop its sword-like, light green foliage. This is one of the first irises to bloom in spring along with flowering bulbs.

10in—VE—M—RE—FR   Propagated from division.  Awards: HM, AM

#1 Grade bare root plants will be available beginning Summer 2014