My last new iris to bloom this year is border bearded iris Benedictine [Marky Smith 2015]. I love dark irises with bright coloured beards .
I love the prominent purple based foliage
It was a silly mistake to plant it on top of a dutch iris
Luckily for me it bloomed. The beards have a touch of orange in the throat.
Most of my blooms have finished and only my late bloomers are flowering
Electric Candy [Blyth 2010] looked stunning today
Asian Treasure [Ernst 2007] is another one of my favourites . I didn't notice the spider until I uploaded the photos.
I purchased Silver Streak in 2015 and received two large healthy rhizomes which were planted directly in the ground in mid March (early autumn). They both bloomed 7 months later but one bloom was taller and didn't look like Silver Steak.
I asked Tempo Two what the other flower is and was advised that there are variations in the flower patterns and that they think both rhizomes are Silver Streak. The pale rhizome did not produce any increases until months after the blooms had finished and I have been waiting 4 years now to see if the blooms would look normal in the future. This year's blooms look pale like the blooms in 2015 and the height of the stem was shorter (about 52cm compared with 62 to 82cm for the normal Silver Streak stems).
I wish I could conclude that the pale bloom will not revert back to looking normal but there is one factor that may have affected this year's bloom. In September this year when the bud was forming in the base of the foliage, the pale Silver Streak foliage was covered in bugs and I sprayed it with soapy water. I noticed that the base of the foliage lost some of its green colour a few days after I sprayed it. This is a recent photo of the foliage which still looks unwell.
I have also moved the rhizome once since 2015 and it's current spot has become quite shady. This may have contributed to the shorter stem.
Does anyone have any thoughts on whether this pale version of Silver Streak is Silver Streak or something else? Could it be a sport of Silver Streak or a seedling of Silver Streak?
Edit: I forgot to mention that this year one of my Silver Streak blooms had splotches like the pale Silver Streak but not as pale.
One of my favourite irises bloomed this year after taking a holiday for a couple of years. Tiger Shark [Maryott 1984] has beautiful veins and colour variation down the length of the falls .
Society Page [Ghio 1999] also bloomed for the first time in a few years. Both of these irises are in a spot where the topsoil seems to have washed away. I purchased Society Page after seeing some dreamy photos like
My mother-in-law has a pretty yellow and white dutch iris that I admire every year. I think it is Apollo.