Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tall Bearded Iris "BLENHEIM ROYAL"
An Iris that is a real privilege to grow at home 'Blenheim Royal' is everything a grower wants in a Iris, it's quick to make a impressive clump that forms a captivating display of award winning blooms on show stalks. It grows along side Schreiners Tall Bearded iris 'Breakers' and Maryotts 1982 Tall Bearded iris, 'Scented Nutmeg' (yes it really has a nutmeg scent).These three would have to be among the greats in the modern, Mid Dark Blue colour tones, making a big splash of blue at bloom time,.
Schreiner's, Salem,Oregon, 74th Collectors Edition, 1999 Iris Lovers Catalog.
BLENHEIM ROYAL (Schreiner 1990) M. 38"
Blenheim Royal offers a peerless combination of rich royal purple coloration and exquistely ruffles flower. Sturdy stems sport 6-7 buds on three branches. HM '92. AM '94.
IRIS Flowers of the Rainbow, Graeme Grosvenor.
MID DARK BLUE
BLENHEIM ROYAL is another Iris in rich mid to dark blue with a cream beard. Flowers are very well formed and of attractive balance between standards and falls. This Iris has an extra something that sets it apart from others, and as seen at Schreiner's Gardens in Oregon in 1994, is a outstanding garden Iris. This was verified by a similar performance at Hillview in 1995 where tall, strong spikes carrying eight or more buds were in bloom from mid-season for an extended period. All garden habits of 'Blenheim Royal' are excellent and it increases quickly. It is from complex breeding involving 'Sailor's Dance', 'Navy Strut', 'Full Tide', 'Master Touch', a 'Miriam Steel seedlings'.
AIS Checklist 1999.
BLENHEIM ROYAL Schreiner 1990 Tall Bearded 38" Mid Ruffled medium blue; beards cream. R 35-1: ((D 1147-A, Miriam Steel sib, x Sailor's Dance) x (Navy Strut x Full Tide)) X R 214-B: (Master Touch x unknown HM'92, AM'94
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