Oh, I just got the Black Douglas this year.. It's one I've wanted for awhile, so I'm really looking forward to it.
While I'm icing my knee.. here come the 50's.. This is my favorite era.. I think of this as an era of change.. the flowers were becoming more tailored, but there were breakthroughs in size and ruffling..
'Father Rigney' was sent as an extra to an order I got years ago, and it's just gorgeous!
'Blue Sapphire' must have been a sensation in 1953.. I associate this form more with the late 60's or 70's.. Small surprise that it won the Dykes in '58
'Mary Randall' was also an amazing Iris for it's time.. Also received the Dykes in '54.. You'll probably find her DNA in a lot of modern Iris, as there were over 350 registered offspring... That's a lot of kids!
I can't believe that 'Persian Robe' didn't win any awards, as it is stunning!
'Tropical Butterfly' delights me when it blooms. Love the almost perfectly round falls, and that striping is fantastic.
'Painted Doll' almost looks to me like a precursor to Starship Enterprise (with a little more drama) in a neat little package..
'Jungle Shadows' in in a class of it's own, in my opinion.. There hasn't been anything quite like it since..
My also rans:
Just starting to get the gardening bug in the early 50's...