Irises forum: Monty Byers - What a run he had. How many Byers irises do you have?

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Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
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UndyingLight
Apr 30, 2019 7:00 PM CST
Monty Byers. He had a lot of golden creations around 1987 to early 90s. Think Thornbird, or Conjuration, or Mesmerizer. He created them and all of them have won medals, including Dykes.

He had a great run, and I wonder what happened to him. How many of Byer's irises do you grow?

I am growing 4. Three of which won the Dykes medals!
Conjuration - Byers 1988, Dykes '98


Luminosity - Byers 1990, no medals - Rebloomer


Mesmerizer - Byers 1990, Dykes '02

Mine has a stalk coming up, and I am sooooo excited!!

Thornbird - Byers 1988, Dykes '97

This one also has a stalk, and I cannot believe how excited I am to see it bloom. Yay!!! Hurray!

What Byer's irises do you grow, and which do you recommend for newer folks to try?


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Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
May 2, 2019 8:26 AM CST
I have

on order this year.

Already in my garden:







Thank You! Mika!

...and of course one of my all time favourite irises:


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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
May 4, 2019 10:46 PM CST





And two on my want list:


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Name: Nancy
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alilyfan
May 5, 2019 9:07 AM CST
I guess I need to dig up my list and see what I have, but of the ones mentioned I have Thornbird, Eternal Bliss and Conjuration. I know they are all 3 capable of being exceptional plants. At one time i complained of Thornbird multiplying so much, and it always bloomed. I gave most of it away expecting it to continue, but it has barely bloomed since. Probably need to fertilize it. Conjuration does great even in fairly heavy shade, Eternal Bliss is a weed. Reblooms heavily in the spring and fall. If all his plants are as good, I should have focused on only collecting those.
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UndertheSun
May 5, 2019 10:18 AM CST
All American - died this Winter
Batman - died a couple of years ago
His Royal Highness -culled

Cantina
Conjuration
Dark Crystal
Mesmerizer
Reincarnation
Thornbird
Zurich
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
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Polymerous
May 5, 2019 10:53 AM CST
LUMINOSITY Rebloom is all over the place and not reliable (but then, tree root competition). It has the best, cleanest, brightest yellow color of the ? 4 or so yellow reblooming irises that I have, though. (The others are AGAIN AND AGAIN, GOLDEN IMMORTAL, SHIRE.) I would love to keep the color while stabilizing the rebloom and maybe improving the form a bit. (It doesn't look like blooming at all this spring Grumbling , so I am probably going to have to dig it out and pot it. I meant to do that last year, but...)

MESMERIZER What can I say... blooms are always...well... mesmerizing. This is its first year blooming in the ground, though, and some of the stalks needed support. Glare

The above two were previously shown; I also have HIGH HO SILVER. I'm not sure how I feel about it. It took forever to bloom (this is its first year), first trying to bloom in ! January ! iirc (it is supposedly a rebloomer), then later early in the spring. No awards. I guess I'll have to see how it does as a rebloomer. (Certainly there are prettier spring blooming whites, though. Sighing! )


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Rebekah
May 5, 2019 11:18 AM CST
Speaking of Hi ho Silver the only one I have is Low ho silver. I agree not a super showy bloom but very hardy healthy and full of buds. Actually he's the only iris to bloom for me so far this season.

http://wiki.irises.org/Main/Bi...
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
May 5, 2019 11:40 AM CST
Rebekah ~ Thank You! for that! Monty Byers was special! Thumbs up
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Name: Monty Riggles
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UndyingLight
May 5, 2019 1:11 PM CST
I had wondered why Byers had a stint of golden creations but has since disappeared. I did not know he passed away, but I figured as such. It's so sad to see any hybridizer or any person pass away, but Byers looks like he was still very young and just had an unfortunate break.

I still wonder what his irises along the years after 1992 would have been. I think we could have had some more record breakers. Thank you Monty Byers for all you did. I tip my hat to you.
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Rebekah
May 5, 2019 1:34 PM CST
Thank you for the Acorn Evelyn :)
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
May 5, 2019 6:21 PM CST
Rebekah ~ You are Welcome! I tip my hat to you.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Sherry Austin
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Henhouse
May 7, 2019 12:08 AM CST
Ben Hagar wrote a lovely memorial to Monty Byers. Although many of his Iris still enjoy popularity, there are many that I haven't seen available anymore. He was a prolific hybridizer and was ahead of the time with his introductions. http://wiki.irises.org/Main/Bi...
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
May 7, 2019 11:40 PM CST
Sherry ~ Thank You!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Polymerous
May 8, 2019 10:49 PM CST
Thanks for that link, Sherry. Thank You!

It seems that I also have CONJURATION. Somehow some of the plants I bought a couple of years ago didn't make it onto my online database list. (At least, I think and hope it is CONJURATION. Crossing Fingers! The bloom looks like it, but I have yet to check for PBF foliage. That particular nursery has sent me incorrect plants before, so...)

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Name: Mary
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urania1
May 14, 2019 3:52 PM CST
What happens when an iris hybridizer of Byers' caliber dies? Does someone purchase his collection, or does all the work vanish? Who, if anyone, got Byers' collection/stock? I would like to have 'Winesap', but it appears no one sells it.
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hippie
May 15, 2019 2:53 AM CST
urania1 said:What happens when an iris hybridizer of Byers' caliber dies? Does someone purchase his collection, or does all the work vanish? Who, if anyone, got Byers' collection/stock? I would like to have 'Winesap', but it appears no one sells it.


Winterberry Iris Gardens has Winesap.
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Name: Mary
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urania1
May 15, 2019 6:52 AM CST
hippie said:

Winterberry Iris Gardens has Winesap.


Thanks.

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