Sunday, February 15, 2009

Siberian Iris 'THEN SINGS MY SOUL'

A clump of this iris will draw you from across the garden. Well branched stems have flowers of violet blue with reddish tones. The style arms are red violet with copper tinges. Very slight white signals are veined violet.
Calvin Helsley has always been a hybridiser that I have admired for his talent of consistenly producing no fuss Siberians that form good clumps with copious bloom stalks. His 1984 introduction 'Mabel Coday' is still a standout Siberian in my Garden and much admired by garden visitors. The current 2009 introductions are a continuation of a 28 year legacy and long may it continue.

AIS Checklist 2005
THEN SINGS MY SOUL Calvin Helsley, Reg. 2005 Sdlg. 05-02. SIB, 32" (81 cm), EM ; S. red violet; style arms same, copper tints; F. violet blue, reddish tints, signal white, very small, veined violet blue; rounded form. Ragtime Dance X Where Eagles Dare. Iris City 2009.

Introduced this year by Iris City Gardens who have an very extensive catalogue of Siberian Irises with a very good price range.

Big hat tip to Greg McCullough for his help, information and Photo's

Photo Copyright Greg McCullough


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