Full Figured [Thomas Johnson 2005] bloomed for the first time ever this year. It is another freebie that hasn't excited me very much.
It has a slight gold rim on the style crests which can be seen when the photo is enlarged
Circus Stripes [Gordon Plough 1975] has been flowering for 3 weeks now. I love the stripes but the weak stems are annoying. They twist and bend a lot and sometimes when the flowers bloom, the extra weight makes the stems bend downward
It is very pretty when the flowers are pointing the right way
My last iris to flower is Ring Around Rosie [Ernst 2000].
That's the end of the Robin show. I will conclude with a photo of my cat Oscar
Anything Goes [Ben Hager 1995] is long overdue for dividing and blooms every year
Broken Pattern [Paul Black 2003] looks beautiful with Senecio Blue Chalk Sticks (and a leaning stalk of Surprise Symphony 2 and Ibiza in the background)
Devil May Care [Paul Black 2000] is one of my favourites
Silver Streak [Michael Sutton 2005] looks beautiful with Star Appeal
Three years ago I purchased Codicil [Sterling Innerst 1984] on ebay. I received 2 small rhizomes that fit through the slot in my letterbox and I knew I would have to wait a long time to see it flower. Finally, it has bloomed
Sirocco Mist [Blyth 2005] always looks beautiful even after the flowers fade
The background colour of the standards on my Surprise Symphony 2 seedlings is varying from when the flower opens to the end of its life.
(it's not the same flower in every photo)
My Surprise Symphony seedlings ....
Surprise Symphony 2
The standards are a bit more pink when the flower opens
Surprise Symphony 2 is a similar colour and pattern to Feudalism. I don't think I need both of them
Surprise Symphony 6 is my favourite of the two seedlings.
Surprise Symphony 6
It is a similar colour and pattern to Ibiza.
with Ibiza (right) and its daddy Set To Music is the red and white iris in the background
with Ibiza (left)
I think the two Surprise Symphony siblings look nice together
Ibiza [Kevin Nilsen 1995]
Set To Music [Blyth 2000] the pollen parent of my seedlings. The pod parent is Birthday Surprise [William Maryott], which didn't flower this year.
Cross Dresser [Thomas Johnson 2011] has made me wait 2 years to see its maiden bloom. There a few irises that look similar to this one. I chose Cross Dresser because its hafts and banding are more brown and less yellow. It is as beautiful as it looked in the catalogs
Hurry up and open...
Last year I had a couple of first time bloomers that didn't behave like I expected.
The first one is My Tasha [John Charles Taylor 2013]. The blooms opened a nice shade of purple and faded. They faded again this year, but I still love it. I think its the stripes that I love about it
This is a freshly opening bloom
This is the same stem of blooms taken 2 days later. The flower above is the lowest one in this photo
The other bloom that was different to what I was expecting last year was Strawberry Swirl [Chet Thompkins 1993]. Last year the falls took about 3 days to fall after they separated from the standards and on the first few flowers they didn't open completely.
This year the falls opened normally This is the best dark pink colour out of the irises I grow.
I have several blues flowering at the moment. I love all of my blue irises
Yaquina Blue [Schreiner 1992] is a newbie for me. I love the colour of this one.
Rippling River [Schreiner 1995] is a beautiful ruffled dark blue.
Mer Du Sud [Richard Cayeux 1997] is the bluest of these three.
This is a garden shot with all three blues. Rippling River is on the left, Yaquina Blue in the middle and Mer Du Sud in the background. Also in the background is Thunderstick, Hell's Fire, Who's Your Daddy, Going My Way and Celestial Explosion
My Absolute Treasure [Tasco 2005] is looking beautiful. It's well spaced light blue flowers are gorgeous.
This is Absolute Treasure with My Tasha and Strawberry Swirl.