Sunday, March 27, 2011

Crossing over into Iris geekdom

This post is not like one of my usual picture-heavy posts. Basically it's the list of iris that first appeared in Iris Fever Part II revised to include descriptions, parentage and some vendors. Some descriptions are from the Blue J Iris and Bluebird Haven websites. Names that appear in pedigrees that are bolded and italicized also appear on the list. I wanted to be able to use the post as a reference; I love historic iris and if a particular iris worked out, modern or otherwise, I am interested in its ancestors. I am also working on a post of other iris that I have seen and WANT (lol). If I ever get around to ordering them I will probably be ordering the iris that are related to these first.

Abbey Road TB pale yellow (Silverberg 1994) parentage: Pleated Gown X Ganges Moon.

Pleated Gown ~ TB standards butter yellow, falls white rimmed and streaked with yellow (Roderick 1981) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Mellow Yellow x Mount Spokane
Mellow Yellow ~ TB Light yellow, big bloomer (Roderick 1974) Bluebird Haven Iris $3

Agatha Christie IB plicata, mauve and purple (Sutton 1998)
Blue J Iris $3
parentage: Momentum x ((Heavenly Harmony x Petit Posy) x French Gown)) X Le Flirt

Momentum ~ TB standards white with broad band of soft lavender; falls white with purple band (Dunn 1986) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Perfecta X Spinning Wheel
Spinning Wheel ~ TB standards white with pale blue-violet tint, falls white ground and extensively dotted and dashed with purple, purple rim(Nearpass 1974) Bluebird Haven Iris $4, Blue J Iris $3 parentage: (Dancers Veil x ((New Adventure x (Captured Heart x Melodrama)) x Ribbon Round)) X Charmed Circle
Heavenly Harmony is peach/pink with lavender, looks bruised
Petit Posy ~ TB White ground plicata,marked lavender-pink w/ white beard (Schreiner 1975) Blue J Iris $3 parentage: ((Amethyst Flame x Whole Cloth) x (Amethyst Flame x Alpenrose)) X ((Orchid Jewel x Crinkled Beauty) x Lilac Supreme)
Amethyst Flame TB lilac pink/lavender with blue zone on falls (Schreiner 1957) Bluebird Haven Iris $4 parentage: Crispette X (Lavanesque x Pathfinder)

Autumn Twilight TB bicolor golden cream standards, rosy orchid falls (Brown 1971)

Awesome TB lilac pink self (Tompkins 1990)

Baby Blessed SDB yellow with white beard (Zurbrigg 1979) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Baby Snowflake X Twice Blessed

Belvi Queen TB Cinammon plicata (Jensen 1976) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Summer Fantasy X Villa Gold

Black Magic IB purple self (Wayman 1935)

Blue Chip Pink TB Pink with hint of lilac, orange beard tipped powder blue (Niswonger 1989) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: (Rudolph 79-05 x (Singing Skies x Lilac Thrill)) X (Center Fold x Rudolph 79-O5)

Blue Pools SDB S:white, F:white with large medium blue spot, B:white (Jones 1972) Bluebird Haven Iris $3

Bottled Sunshine IB yellow standards, white falls with yellow band (Nichols 1994) Blue J Iris $3 parentage: Highborn Kinsman X Joyce Terry

Highborn Kinsman ~ SDB bright yellow self (Nichols 1982)
Joyce Terry ~ TB S-yellow F-white,edged yellow B-yellow (Muhlestein 1974) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Charmaine X Launching Pad
Charmaine ~ TB S-apricot-yellow,white center F-same B-tangerine (Hamblen 1967) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Coraband X May Melody
Launching Pad ~ TB S:sulfur lemon, F:white, rimmed sulfur lemon (Knopf 66/67) Bluebird Haven Iris $3

Bridge in Time TB white (Wilkerson 1995)

Celebration Song TB pale pink on top, lavender on bottom, orange beard (Schreiner 1993) Superstition Iris $3, Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Lullaby of Spring X Frances Gaulter
Lullaby of Spring ~ TB S-mimosa yellow F-pastel mauve B-straw yellow (Schreiner 1987) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: ((G 264-E x unknown flamingo pink sdlg.) x (G 571-A x Craig #7)) X Sweet Musette)
Frances Gaulter ~ peach and lavender, somewhat bruised-looking

Classico TB S:very pale creamy pink with chartreuse-gold rim, F:cream, chartreuse-gold rim and hafts, B:gold; ruffled, slight sweet fragrance (Gartmen 1982) Bluebird Haven Iris $7

Coral Beads TB S-white,pink streak on midrib F-white,pink around hafts B-tangerine/ caramel and white (Niswonger 1989) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Coral Strand x Peach Spot

Doctor Alan TB pink (Sides 1996)

Dusky Challenger TB dark blue-purple self with metallic sheen (Schreiner 1986) Blue J Iris $4; lots of vendors carry this one unknown parentage

English Cottage TB very pale plicata with lavender stitching (Zurbrigg 1976) Bluebird Haven Iris $6

Fantastic Blue IB pale blue (Palmer 1974)

Feed Back TB Medium violet, B:yellow; pronounced sweet fragrance (Hager 1983) Bluebird Haven Iris $5

Foxfire TB bright yellow self (Fox 1951) Bluebird Haven Iris $3

Garden Club Delight TB lavender plicata (Zurbrigg 1997) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Matrix X Suky
Suky ~ TB S-white violet edge & midrib F-violet, white area from hafts B-white, yellow throat; fragrant (Mahan 1991) Blue J Iris $3 parentage: Violet Miracle X Victoria Falls

Gilded Cream TB cream with golden falls (Wilkerson 1995)

Golden Immortal TB yellow bitone, orange beard (Sutton 1997) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Orange Popsicle x Zurich

Grand Baroque TB pale amoena (Zurbrigg 1969)

Green-Eyed Lady TB yellow with charteuse tones (Plough 1972) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Singing Pines X Sylvan Sprite

Harvest of Memories TB yellow (Zurbrigg 1984) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: (Magic Memories x Key Lime) X Corn Harvest

Helen Collingwood TB S:bright light sky blue-white, F:deep violet-purple; lightly ruffled (Smith 1949) Bluebird Haven Iris $4 parentage: Extravaganza X Louise Blake
Extravaganza ~ TB S:yellow white, F:oriental purple with coppery red-violet at the haft (Douglas 1943) Bluebird Haven Iris $4

Hold That Tiger TB yellow standards, yellow and wine falls (Lauck 1957) Blue J Iris $4 parentage unknown

Holiday House TB very pale pink (Gaulter 1973)

Holy Night TB black/purple self (Mohr 1983) Blue J Iris $3 parentage: Dusky Dancer X Royal Ballet

Honey Glazed IB cream/yellow standards with dark caramel falls (Niswonger 1982) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: (Beau x Celestial Doll) X Turtle Dove

I Do TB S-white with violet & greenish yellow F-white,green veins B-white-yellow; (Zurbrigg 1973) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Grand Baroque X Amy

Immortality TB white (Zurbrigg 1982) Blue J Iris $3 parentage: I Do X English Cottage

Indian Chief S:lt. Indian red (bronzy violet), F:velvety darker Indian red blended w/ bronze (dahlia carmine), lines at haft, B:bright orange; prolific (Ayres 1929) Bluebird Haven Iris $3 parentage: Cardinal X ..
Cardinal ~ TB lavender standards, wine purple falls (Bliss 1919) parentage: Trosuperba X Dominion Superstition Iris $4

Jesse's Song TB S-white center,violet band F-white plicata edge of violet B-lemon blue-white (Williamson 1979) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: (Charmed Circle x Kiss) X (Smoke Rings x Decolletage) full pedigree of Jesse's Song

Charmed Circle ~ TB Dark violet on white, B:violet-blue; short and early bloomer (Keppel 1968) Bluebird Haven Iris $4
Charmed Circle is the offspring of 2 seedlings, which were crosses of Happy Meeting X Rococo and Full Circle X Rococo.
Rococo ~ TB White with violet-blue borders, large flowers (Schreiner 1959) Bluebird Haven Iris $3 I'm curious to see how this one does, as Linda Mann gave it only one star in her garden. Where did Jesse's Song get its robust and prolific nature? Recessives?
Happy Meeting is the offspring of Lovelace and New Hope, a rosy lavender plicata patterned in dots introduced by DeForest in 1949. It sells at Argyle Acres for $5. Rococo is the offspring of a Schreiner seedling and Belle Meade. Dotted Swiss is a parent of Full Circle ~ TB Very fine older white ground plicata with lavender edges (Sass 1956) Bluebird Haven Iris $4
Kiss is the offspring of Space Ship and Tea Apron. Tea Apron is a TB Medium grape on white, grape lines at haft, B:white (El Dorado 1960). Bluebird Haven Iris $3

Smoke Rings ~ TB S:smokey orchid veining on cream and mauve, F:smokey orchid, and mauve rim on creamy ground, B:yellow; ruffled (Gibson 1971) Bluebird Haven Iris $4
Decolletage ~ TB S:rose-mulberry peppered on cream background, F:cream, edged rose-mulberry; ruffled (Hager 1968) Bluebird Haven Iris $3 Put this and Smoke Rings in the garden 5 or 6 years ago and they have never bloomed. April Melody is a grandparent of Smoke Rings and Memphis Lass is a parent of Decolletage.
April Melody ~ TB Lavender-pink ground,deeper lavender plicata markings B-tangerine (Gibson 1967) Blue J Iris $4
Memphis Lass ~ TB Plicata,not sure of the color, whether wine or rose.(Schortman 1957) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: (Snow Flurry x Orchid Queen) X (Snow Flurry x Gibson Girl)

Jewelled Starlight TB yellow plicata (Burch 1980)

Kelat Skies TB pale blue (Slade 1983)

Kiwi Cheesecake TB white standards pale yellow falls (Niswonger 1998) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Violet Dawson X unknown

Knots Landing TB white (Fan 1993)

Lady Emma MTB pale yellow (Jones 1985)

Lightning Ridge TB pale peach standards, dark rosey pink falls, orange beard (Brown 1965) Blue J Iris $3 parentage: Pipes of Pan X Arctic Flame

Love the Sun TB Yellow standards, caramel falls with yellow rim (Blyth 1984) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: (Latin Lover x Bayberry Candle) X Sound of Gold

Low Ho Silver IB white self (Byers 1988) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Howdy Do X Baby Blessed

Mariposa Autumn TB purple plicata (Tasco 1999) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Jesse's Song X Earl of Essex

Matrix TB pale yellow with cinammon veining (Hall 1990) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Violet Miracle x Brother Carl (another white)

Midsummer Night's Dream IB dark purple self (Baumunk 1998) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Best Bet X What Again

Best Bet ~ TB S-light wisteria blue F-moorish blue B-old gold (Schreiner 1988) Blue J Iris $3 parentage: ((Amigo's Guitar x A 828-A) x (Navy Strut x Royal Regency sib)) X Titan's Glory
Amigo's Guitar ~ TB S:butterscotch with violet midrib, F:blue-violet, B:yellow. White area at haft w/ veins. (Plough 1963) Bluebird Haven Iris $3
Navy Strut ~ TB Ruffled marine violet-blue, B:self (Schreiner 1972) Bluebird Haven Iris $4
Royal Regency ~ TB Rich medium blue/ purple self; blue beard (Schreiner 1977) Bluebird Haven Iris $5 parentage: A 587-1: ((L 474-2 x Prince Indigo) x (Licorice Stick x N 364-1)) X D 4-A: ((S 640-1 x Blue Chiffon) x (Blue Chiffon x P 1033-1))
Prince Indigo ~ TB Pansy violet, B:violet cast (Schreiner 1964) Bluebird Haven Iris $3
Licorice Stick ~ TB Deep blue-violet-black (Schreiner 1960) Bluebird Haven Iris $5
Blue Chiffon ~ TB gorgeous pale blue, like Jacob's Ladder. From the Schreiner's 1966 Iris Lover's Catalogue: "From Eleanor's Pride x Salem - two supremely beautiful light blues - comes this fair charmer with lilting ruffling and the serene purity of a cerulean summer sky. I hasten to explain that it is bluer than the engraver's proof and is also normally more heavily ruffled. Nothing more beautiful was ever seen in blues. A perfect self except for a blue-white beard; its rippling cadence of form brought a host of admirers toward it in the garden who exclaimed over the grace, the ruffling, and the purity of the sky blue color. Blue Chiffon will bring a frosty sparkle into your garden." ok maybe that description waxes a little poetic but it is a special iris. (Schreiner 1966) parentage: Eleanor's Pride X Salem
Eleanor's Pride ~ TB Tall large flowered powder blue, fades to ice blue, still beautiful Dykes Medal l961 (Watkins 1952) Bluebird Haven Iris $4
Salem ~ TB Light true-blue self (Schreiner 1958) parentage: Harbor Blue x S-AL1: (Blue Rhythm X Sylvia Murray)
Harbor Blue ~ TB Medium sapphire-blue with slivery sheen, white at haft, with darker veins on falls; large bloom (Schreiner 1954) Bluebird Haven Iris $3 parentage: Jane Phillips X Quicksilver
Quicksilver ~ TB medium blue self (Schreiner 1950) parentage: Chivalry X Distance
Jane Phillips ~ TB Sky blue with silvery sheen, cinnamon striping at haft,lines on F, slightly deeper blue than Helen McGregor, wonderfully fragrant (Graves 1946) Bluebird Haven Iris $4
Blue Rhythm TB Cornflower blue w/ silvery overcast (S: lt. blue grape, F:med. grape, lt. rim), smooth; lemon frag, broad petals, semi-flaring; Dykes 1950 Bluebird Haven Iris $4 parentage: Annabel X Blue Zenith

What Again ~ SDB, descendent of Jungle Shadows, blech

Missouri Mist TB bitone lavender-blue (Niswonger 1999) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Honky Tonk Blues X Upside Down
Honky Tonk Blues ~ TB Hyacinth blue,white grey streaking & edge on F B-hyacinth blue (Schreiner 1988) Blue J Iris $3 parentage: (Admiral Blue x Sailor's Dance) X ((G 1517-B x Neptune's Pool) x Royal Regency sib)
Royal Regency ~ TB dark purple self (Schreiner 1977) also in pedigree of Midsummer Night's Dream
Upside Down ~ TB S-lilac-blue,deeper midrib F-pale lilac-blue,near white B-white tipped red (Niswonger 1994) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Battle Fury X Lilac Lass

Mother Eve Smiles (Miller 1991) TB light yellow standards over white falls with yellow rim

Mulberry Rose TB Giant mulberry rose with brown hafts, B:bronze (Schreiner 1941) Bluebird Haven Iris $3

Mystery Blush TB pale pink (Sides 1996) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Misty Lady X October Splendor

Misty Lady ~ TB S-pale lavender F-blue-violet B-blue violet tipped yellow;fragrant (Sides 1994) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: (Corn Harvest x Vanity) X Graduation. Corn Harvest is a parent of Harvest of Memories.

Negra Modelo SDB dark purple self (Sutton 1998)

Night Game TB satiny dark purple standards, almost black falls, orange beard (Keppel 1996) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Witches' Sabbath X Gallant Rogue
Witches' Sabbath ~ TB Very dark purple (Maryott 1986) Napa Country Iris $5
Gallant Rogue ~ TB S:pinkish lilac, rosier midrib, F:reddish purple w/ 1/6" aconite violet rim, crescent of white lines at beard, B:red orange; fragrant (Blyth 1989) Bluebird Haven Iris $8

October Splendor BB pale pink, tangerine beard (Sides 1997) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Christa X (Returning Peace x Vanity)

Pacifier IB dusty apricot-pink plicata (Hager 1991) Blue J Iris $4 involved parentage

Perfume Counter (Zurbrigg 1972) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Purple Duet X Sunset Blues

Pink Formal TB pink (Muhlenstein 1949)

Pink Quartz TB pale coral pink (Wood 1995) Blue J Iris $3

Prince of Burgundy IB plum purple plicata (Niswonger 1993)

Queen Dorothy TB blue-violet plicata (Hall 1984) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Perfume Counter X Re-Treat

Rare Edition IB purple plicata (Gatty 1980) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: ((Dainty Royal x Golden Fair) x Zip) X (Bonifay sib x (Dancers Veil x Tea Apron))

Rebound TB rosey pink plicata (Wilkerson 1996)

Red Zinger IB wine-red self with orange beard (Black 1985) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: (Buckwheat Honey x Sundance Kid) X Pride of Oklahoma

Returning Chameleon TB pale silvery blue (Wilkerson 1995)

Ringo TB white standards, red wine falls with white rim (Shoop 1979)

Rip City TB red wine self (Schreiner 1999) Blue J Iris $3 parentage: War Chief X Mulberry Punch
Mulberry Punch ~ TB Ruffled cerise purple B-blue-purple (Schreiner 1992) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: unknown

September Chereau (Brown 1965)

Shannopin TB cream standards, rose falls (Pillow 1940) Bluebird Haven Iris $4 parentage: Redwing X ...

Sign of Leo TB purple bitone (Zurbrigg 1979) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Jet Black X Lovely Again
Lovely Again ~ TB lilac lavender self (Smith 1963) This iris link goes to Irises: a gardener's encyclopedia by Claire Austin. It's a very nice book and very affordable.

Stairway to Heaven TB white standards, pale blue/violet falls (Lauer 1993) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Edith Wolford X Breakers
Edith Wolford ~ TB S-clear canary yellow F-mid-blue violet B-blue tipped Dykes Medal winner 1993 (Hager 1986) Blue J Iris $4, Bluebird Haven Iris $7 many vendors sell this iris parentage: Merry Madrigal X Freedom Road
Breakers ~ TB Fluted,true blue B-dull blue tipped yellow in throat (Schreiner 1986) Blue J Iris $3 Bluebird Haven Iris $7 parentage: Victoria Falls X (Shipshape x Sailor's Dance)

Stunning Serenade TB cream standards, burgundy falls with white rim (Thurman 1997) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Sooner Serenade X Most Stunning
Sooner Serenade ~ TB S-red violet F-cherry black,red violet border B-bronze;fragrant (Shaver 1984) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: ((Melodrama x Wine and Roses) x (Silver Peak x Storm Warning)) X ((Edenite x Picora Pink) x (Majorette x Memphis Lass))
Most Stunning ~ TB S-light lilac.yellow at base F-red,lighter edge B-yellow;slight fragrance (Roberts 1994) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Stunning X Lilac Wine
Stunning ~ TB S-light lilac F-red,precise light lilac rim B-yellow (Nelson 1977) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Rare Wine X unknown

Sultry Mood TB bright purple self (Schreiner 1989) Blue J Iris $3 parentage: ((Dream Time x A 973-1) x Seance) X (Elizabeth Stuart x (Flaming Heart x Pink Horizon))

Summer Green Shadows TB pale yellow (Brown 1964)

Summer Olympics TB yellow with white zonal pattern on falls (Smith 1976) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: (6725AR x Winter Olympics) X (Rippling Waters x 121BR) x Winter Olympics)

Tiburon TB lilac pink self with white zonal pattern on falls (Gaulter 1971) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: (inv. Fuschia, Party Dress, Frost and Flame, Arctic Flame and Christmas Time) X sib.

Titan's Glory TB purple self (Schreiner 1981) Blue J Iris $3 parentage: Navy Strut X ((Y 54-A x Y 240-B) x (Rococo x Prince Indigo))

Tuxedo TB dark blue-purple bitone (Schreiner 1964) Blue J Iris $3 parentage: Licorice Stick X O-332-1

Unbelievable Love TB blue self (Grise 1995) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Carriage Trade X Silkwood

Understudy TB purple/blue (Tompkins 1986)

Vanity TB pink self (Hager 1975) Blue J Iris $3 , parentage: Cherub Choir X Pink Taffeta

Victoria Falls TB chicory blue self with white beard and white zonal pattern on falls (Schreiner 1977) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: (White Pride x Y 163B) X Violet Favor

Violet Miracle TB dark blue-violet (Zurbrigg 1979)

Violet Music TB blue-violet self with white zonal pattern on falls (Mahan 1991) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Violet Miracle X Victoria Falls

Wenatchee Skies TB blue self with white beard (Noyd 1969) Bluebird Haven Iris $3

Where There's Smoke TB Smoky light violet B-bright golden orange;spicy fragrance (Burseen 1991) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Formosa Spring X (Satin Glass x Glory Bound)

Iris recommended by other users:

Stage Lights pale peach standards, purple/plum falls with white veining (Ghio 1999) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: New Leaf X (Spirit World x (Chatter sib x (((((Handiwork x (Gay Parasol x Mystique)) x Goddess) x (Gem of Sierra x ((((Ponderosa x Honey Rae) x ((((Commentary x Claudia Rene) x Claudia Rene) x Ponderosa) x (Ponderosa x New Moon))) x Osage Buff) x (Vanity x Anon)))) x Gigolo) x (Desert Fox x Shenanigan)

Stingray violet blue self (Byers 1988) Bluebird Haven Iris $7

Success Story light blue standards, fuschia violet falls (Ghio 1987) Blue J Iris $4

Others ~ I am a sucker for purples, blues, pinks and plicatas, so that's what most of these are.

Age of Innocence TB S-pure white F-white,edged blue B-golden yellow;fragrant (Kerr 1994) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Edith Wolford X Condottiere. Edith Wolford is also a parent of Stairway to Heaven.

Aggressively Forward TB Yellow ground plicata F-trimmed blue purple,black dart under bronze yellow B;fragrant--1/4" horn (Innerst 1995) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Point Made X ((Osage Buff x Spinning Wheel) x Burgundy Brown. Spinning Wheel is in Agatha Christie's lineage.

Alizes TB pure white standards; white falls with broad band of blue, yellow beard (Cayeux 1987) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: (Palomino x Emma Cook) x Tahiti Sunrise) x Pink Taffeta) X Condottiere. Pink Taffeta is a parent of Vanity.

Altruist TB S-flax blue,white midrib F-flax blue,white center B-white;fluted (Schreiner 1987) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: (G 125-2 x Victoria Falls) X Tide's In

Amadeus TB Orchid lilac with pale blue B-lemon white tipped orange pink (Tompkins 1989) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: (Tinsel Town x Charmaine) X (Maudie Marie x Tinsel Town) Charmaine is a grandparent of Bottled Sunshine.

American Classic TB S-white,violet blue edge F-white, violet blue plicata edging B-blue white-yellow; (Schreiner 1996) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: (Lorilee x Raspberry Frills) X (Titan's Glory x ((Rococo x Belray) x Navy Strut))

Bella Rose IB M & RE Pink-lavender on cream ground;B. yellow (Wright 1972) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Autumn Twilight x Juliet) X (Louvois x Golden Eagle)

Blue Moonlight TB Pale lilac powder blue standards, cream falls ringed with matching blue B-cream tipped yellow (Byers 1989) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Feed Back X Brother Carl

Circus Dancer TB Standards white with wide ribbon of pale blue stitching; standards white with thin ribbon of dark purple stitching, dark blue beard S(SA)-white, wash aster violet; F-white, veined/dot as.violet & on 1/2" edge; B-old gold, violet end; ruf, sl.sw.frag. (Sutton 2002) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Momentum X Acoma. Momentum is a grandparent of Agatha Christie

Classic Look TB like Circus Dancer but stitching on standards is narrower, purple crests, orange beard tipped white (Schreiner 1992) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Go Around X (((Full Circle x Rococo) x (Arpege sib x (Rococo x Emma Cook))) x Spinning Wheel) Full Circle and Rococo in Jesse's Song's lineage, Spinning Wheel in Agatha Christie's.

Crispette TB orchid pink self with caramel coloring on fall flares (Schreiner 1957) parentage: Harriet Thoureau X ((Angelus x Unknown) x (Matula x Sch. sdlg. 8-37))) Parent of Amethyst Flame

Dundee TB S-silvery white with med purple plicata marks F-white,dotted med purple B-white-purple (Schreiner 1970) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: sib to Merry Ripple X ((Caroline Jane x Flying Saucer) x Belle Meade). Carolina Jane and Belle Meade are in lineage of Jesse's Song.

Everything Plus TB S-pale blue white F-white with deep violet plicata marks B-purple tipped bronze (Niswonger 1984) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Focus X Spinning Wheel (grandparent of Agatha Christie)

Freedom Song TB white plicata with dark violet purple stitching on rims, med. width on top, narrow on bottom, purple crests (Schreiner 2003) Blue J Iris $5 parentage: Rare Treat X American Classic Rare Treat has done well here. American Classic has Titan's Glory in lineage.

Lady Mary Elizabeth TB Cranberry,rose,orchid and pink,drkr veining;F.haftsbrushed apricot,arms flushed apricot on crests;B.tangerine (Williamson 2000) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Extravagant X Love Poem described as a vigorous grower by an AZ poster on Dave's Garden; do not know if this will translate to the SE. Bryce Williamson introduced Jesse's Song.

Levity IB White with pale blue plicata band on S & F B-deep violet (Aitken 1991) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Chubby Cheeks X Jesse's Song

Momentous Occasion TB S-SA white,edged violet blue F-white,dotted & striped edge B-gold,white flounce mark;frag--1 1/2" big plic. Flounce (Sutton 2000) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Momentum X Rock Star. Momentum is a grandparent of Agatha Christie

Monaco TB pale lilac standards and lilac falls with pale zonal pattern (Brown 1977) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Caro Nome X Tiburon

Patriotic Heart TB S- white, pale lavendr plicata edge; SA-solid dk purp; F-white, minimal lav. plicata rim/nr B; B-lav,hrs tip gold (Maryott 2001) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Classic Look X (Special Friend x Purple Streaker)

Rare Quality TB White plicata,plum purple edge (Schreiner 1999) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: unknown X Honky Tonk Blues (parent of Missouri Mist)

Rosalie Figge TB S-violet,streaked darker on midline F-dark violet,white spray around white-violet-yellow B;fragrant (McNew 1993) Blue J Iris $3 parentage: Titan's Glory X Violet Miracle

Serene Moment TB Orchid lavender F-deeper mulberry rim,white around yellow B (Schreiner 1998) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Grape Ice X Mulberry Punch. Mulberry Punch is parent of Rip City.

Splashacata TB S-violet,midrib deeper F-white,all over peppering of purple dots,more at edge B-white-violet-yellow (Tasco 1998) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Purple Pepper X (Snowbrook x Jesse's Song)

Violet Lace TB White ground plicata,edge stitched blue; (Terada 1997) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Rare Treat X Centre Court

Others, not related to Iris on the list:

Ballerina Girl TB Midseason S. style arms pink,tinted red violet,,red violet plicata edge,B.tangerine salmon (Kerr 1998) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Anna Belle Babson X Shopper's Holiday

Baltic Star TB MidSeason S-purple-black,lighter midrib F-same,white at B & blend to purple black rim B-brown-violet (Stahly 1994) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Wagontrail Night X Night Lady

Beauty Circle TB S-orchid;F-white grnd,Hf/nar.edg-orchid dots;B-tangerine; hvy.ruf,lace; sl.sw.frag. (Dunn 2000) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Patterns X Power Surge

Betty Simon TB S-yellow,creamy yellow center F-violet blue,chartreuse hafts B-orange (Hamblen 1976) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Misty Dawn X Foggy Dew

Blue Sapphire TB Lightly ruffled opalescent cornflower blue with lavender cast and a light silvery sheen, B:orange w/ lav tip; Dykes Medal 1958 Schreiner 1953 Bluebird Haven Iris $4 parentage: Annabel X Blue Zenith

Blue Stacatto TB S:moorish-blue lines on rim and specks on white, F:icy sparkling white with narrow band of blue stitching around edge, B:yellow tipped blue (Gibson 1976) Bluebird Haven Iris $5 parentage:

Faint Praise TB S-white,lilac overall F-white,dotted violet,violet-lilac edge B-white-orange;fragrant (Keppel 1992) Blue J Iris $3 parentage: involved

La Meije TB S-white; F-white, edge; B-orange (Cayeux 2001) Blue J Iris $4 parentage: Sixtine C. X Rebecca Perret

Petit Monet Miniature TB white ground plicata with pale lavender stitching and dots (Steele 1989)

As you can see, Blue J carries a great many iris at very good prices. Bluebird Haven carries more historic irises, which by definition is an iris introduced more than 30 years ago. For a list of historic iris vendors, look here.

These iris vendors (including those that sell modern and historic iris) were recommended by Carlos, who has a very nice iris website:

Argyle Acres
Blue J Iris
Bluebird Haven Iris (click on letters on top of page)
Chuck Chapman Iris
Hornbakers Gardens
Lakeside Iris ~ no website ~ 8280 Entrada Boulevard Lake Isabella, CA 93240 Phone: (760) 378-3871 email:
Malevil Iris Gardens
Napa Country Iris Gardens
Newburn's Iris Gardens ~ no website ~ 1415 Meadow Dale Drive Lincoln, NE 68505 Phone: (402)464-7232 email:
Newport Naturals at Spruce Corner
Schreiner's Iris Gardens
Snowpeak's Iris and Daylilies
Stoney Creek Iris
Superstition Iris Gardens ~ has photos online but no web page; paper catalog
The Iris Farm
Wild Iris Rows
Winterberry Gardens ~ no website ~ 1225 Reynolds Road Cross Junction, VA 22625
Phone: (540) 888-4447 email:

I ordered my original Jesse's Song from Cooley's, who also has an excellent reputation. The 4 iris vendors that I have used ~ Cooley's, Argyle Acres, Superstition, and Bluebird Haven ~ I've been very happy with. Even more iris vendors here!


  1. Quite a list and quite a desire! You have done a good deal of research, you should be rewarded with as many Iris as you want!!

  2. Wow, this is impressive. My roses are not documented as well as these irises. I need to do more work. Thanks for showing me the path...

  3. May I say with love, you are an addict! I have posted a couple of irises today, perhaps you know something about them and could share that info with me. I know very little bit about them.

  4. omg SB! How long did it take to compile this list!??! I can't imagine. It's an excellent resource to bookmark for sure.

  5. You are an iris encyclopedia! Your garden is very special, and your wonderful irises contribute a lot. I admire your research and dedication. It shows!

  6. This is a fantastic resource for all the iris geeks out there! I'm impressed with how much work you put into this, Sweetbay. I guess I'm not an iris geek; I'm happy with all the passalongs I received last year. But I've always admired your 'Jesse's Song,' so I appreciate the list of vendors as well. I'm also a sucker for names--I have some purple iris, but 'Midsummer Night's Dream' is one I'd love to add to my garden.


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