It hates my yard too. Three tiny rosettes after that many years and one very measly bloomstalk. It's on borrowed time.....
I have seen it much happier.
I'm working on a line of goldish ones from 'Bronze Pastel' that are much more vigorous. Made a lot of crosses with them this year so I'm hopeful there will be somebody good in these groups. They aren't there yet but the two I used as parents have very low bloomstalks with reddish flowers that contrast with the gold foliage. Nicholas Moore talked about getting yellow flowers against red stems but this combo works well too. Bev will be happy that the rosettes are only ~2-3" in diameter. No footballs here!
Quite a few in that coloration here! In fact as I was looking around the yard yesterday there were several dozen things that could be named that are different/ better/ unique. So, I will be very finicky about which ones come to market.
As I flash backed to my youth when the ONE different red or purple seedling was almost a sure introduction because there were so few good ones in those color ranges. Now we have them in spades. What I throw away is better than virtually anything created in that era. This has always been the case with irises where there's such extensive hybridizing that very few "classic" cultivars survive as commercial items for more than 10 years. Now we're beginning to see that with semps too.
MG today. Not as colorful as Lynn's, but I'll take it. This is a half-day sun situation. Maybe I'll try moving an offset to a sunnier locale and see what happens. The center of this clump bloomed out so I moved some offsets to fill in the interior.