First Bloom Of The Season

by admin on April 3, 2010

Here is the first Louisiana iris bloom of the very late season. It’s a relatively short (24″) seedling (No. 03-07) with a smallish, open flower. There’s no huge splash in the garden since it is not a huge flower, but the color pattern is interesting. The parentage is complicated: (Mudbug x ((Harland K. Riley x Gold Reserve) x Flame On)) x Lemon Zest.

I let this one get scattered around to several locations in the reorganization following Katrina. I’ve finally consolidated it in one place and will look at it another year. The flower is not the big fancy ruffled thing in vogue now but I like the color. We’ll see. I am on the fence about this one at present. The somewhat open flower does not bother me at all. As Caroline Dormon once said, they don’t all need to be as big as a hat. Of course, in Dormon’s day, I think hats were much bigger.

Louisiana iris seedling 03-07

Louisiana iris seedling 03-07

Looking at the parentage reminds me that I wish I still had Chowning’s ‘Gold Reserve’. I gather that it is hard to come by. Dick Sloan has been looking for it, as I recall. I thought is was a fine iris and it still needs to be in circulation. I used to like Rowlan’s ‘Flame On’ pretty well, too. It has a gold signal much wider than the dark red styles, which is unusual. I think I have some of that in a pot somewhere, suffering from neglect, no doubt.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Kylee from Our Little Acre April 3, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Hi Patrick,

Thank you for your identification of my yellow irises. Yes, they’re aggressive spreaders for irises. My mom gave them to me some time ago. I’ve shared them multiple times. Gorgeous bloomers.

Congrats on your new blog! I’ll have to come over and drool now and then. For example…those ‘Henry Rowlan’ irises…I can’t stop looking at them! And the Iris fulva – LOVE that color!

Patrick April 3, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Hi, Kylee. I agree about ‘Henry Rowlan’. And I also love fulva. They do not grow in my immediate area but they are about to start blooming in ditches and slews south and west of Baton Rouge. I’m not sure if fulva occurs in Ohio but it gets pretty far north. I learned last year that one of the Louisiana irises, I. brevicaulis, is native almost to Lake Erie. Check out this blog:


Jan April 4, 2010 at 9:38 pm

I, too, think this iris is a lovely color. I think there is room for the big and small flowered irises. You don’t want everything the same.

Always Growing

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