Thursday, September 25, 2008

Standard Dwarf Iris 'TONYA'

TONYA Pictured in the garden this afternoon. The significance of this iris is that information received from Carlos Ayento of Brighton Park Irises an expert on Schreiner Iris introductions, is that it is no longer available in America the home of its hybridiser Robert Schreiner and was until recently considered to be lost. It was recently found growing in Germany and is still grown and sold in New Zealand by Richmond Irises see New Zealand Links above.

Schreiner's Iris Lover's Catalogue 1962.
Early blooming 12" to 14". This cute little fellow can be pictured as an Amigo in miniature. Light blue standards and rich plum purple falls. Plant in the front of the border for a prolific carpet of bloom. A real gem.

Schreiner's Iris Lover's Catalogue 1964.
Iris beauty in miniature, An amazing new race of vigorous hybrids. A clump two years old literally covers it self with flowers for weeks. Blossoming early, before the Intermediate Iris on 10" to 18" stems their crisp colours and fragrant blossoms are a show in the early spring garden. They are the perfect answer for edging of beds, walks, or in the rockery. What a wonderful way to start the Iris Season
TONYA cute 2 tone, light blue standards, rich plum falls. A gem

1969 AIS Checklist
TONYA (Schreiners, R. 1962). SDB 12" E. B4V. S light sky blue; F dark petunia violet- purple. Amigo X blue I. pumila sdlg., Schreiners 1962.

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  1. It is a very beautiful iris, with a terrific colour combination. I love the subtle shadings of purple on the falls that shimmer.
    I enjoy visiting your blog with all of the detailed information. I've been learning a great deal about irises. Many of the ones you discuss I have not seen in Canada.

  2. I'm glad it's still growing in New Zealand. Perhaps one day it'll return to the United States.


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