Tall Bearded - Wild Angel

"Wild Angel" was hybridises by Tom Johnson and registered in 2006. This is a beauty, with its blue/yellow theme and falls of strong blue with a thin edge of yellow.
                                                                           Photo by Geoff Watt
 

 

   
   

   
   

Tall Bearded - Sea Power

This iris won the American Dykes Medal in 2006, the highest award to an iris, in 2006. The hybridizer is Keith Keppel who previously won with a favourite of mine, Crowned Heads.
 

 

Previous Favourite Irises

   
   

   
   

Intermediate Bearded - Starwoman

This lovely iris has been chosen as the winner of the American Dykes Medal, , for 2008. The hybridiser is Marky Smith and this picture was taken of one of the plants sent to us by Claire Austin Hardy Plants for our convention last year.                                            Photo by Wendy Payne

 

   
       
    Spuria -Falcons Crest

This beautiful thing is my favourite spuria. Registered by B. Jenkins. It won the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 2006. The report described it as "An eye-catching, well-spiked iris, with dramatic chocolate-brown standards and bright yellow falls with margins and heavy veining of chocolate-brown, a good mid height for the smaller garden."

 

   
   

   
   

Sibirica - My First Kiss

At the American Iris Convention in Portland, this stunning siberian iris proved very popular. In spite of the rain, it shone out in several different gardens.

 

   
   

   
   

Tall Bearded  Iris - Crowned Heads

We put the picture of this iris on our website several weeks before it was chosen as American Dykes Memorial Medal Winner for 2004. I guessed it would be a winner when I first saw a picture of it and am very pleased to have grown this one on my iris patch. It is a Tall Bearded Iris, described officially as a reverse blue amoena, but to most people it has lovely, ruffled large flowers with deep blue standards and very pale blue falls. Most irises have darker falls than standards, so being the other way round makes this is one particularly striking. It was registered in 1997 by Keith Keppel, a famous American hybridiser.

   Chris Towers

 
   
 

 

 
 

 
 

Iris unguicularis

 

 
 

The winter flowering iris that may bloom in mild spells from October through to March.

Formerly known as Iris stylosa, this iris makes a welcome sight through the long winter days. For it to succeed the plants do best in a sunny position, preferably against a south-facing wall. Brick rubble added to the planting hole will help ensure very free drainage.

It may take two or three years for the plant to settle in and produce flowers. A light feed of a high potash fertiliser applied in August and again in April after flowering is beneficial. The flowers nestle in the evergreen foliage and it is recommended that the leaves are cut back to approximately 25cm (10in) in late August so that you can enjoy the flowers. There is also the added bonus of a pleasant fragrance.  

Berney Baughen

 

 
 

 

 
     
     
 

Tall Bearded Iris - Edith Wolford

 
   

It's difficult to choose one favourite iris, but this is a strong contender for me. It was raised by a American grower, Ben Hager and won the American Dykes Medal in 1993. When I first read the catalogue description, 'standards canary yellow falls blue-violet' I was not sure I would like it but I bought it and was really impressed when I saw the first flower. It is planted on the Trial Grounds at Wisley, so look out for it when you visit.

Chris Towers             

 
 

 

 
  We intend to add a picture of your favourite irises each month. If you would like to suggest one, please send an e mail to kentirises@aol.com giving your name and saying why you particularly like the one you have chosen. If you have a picture or pictures, they will be most welcome.