Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tall Bearded Iris 'WENCH'
With evenly-applied ruffling and lace 'Wench' has sultry pink standards with peach pink midribs contrasting with luxurious falls in a magnificent changeable array of translucent plum, orchid, and lilac all sharply outlined with a pencilled pink rim which is featured on both the top and also the reverse side, adding to the delight is the pink infused white haft reticulations leading the eye towards the bright tangerine beard. Constantly changing to different colour tones as the sunlight hits it and as one changes positions viewing it! Good strong growth habits and candelabra show stalks. Blooms are rounded and evenly proportioned giving a good balanced look. A more sophisticated and modern form of George Shoops 1969 iris 'Latin Lover' or for that matter it also re-minds me a lot of Barry Blyth's 1974 introduction 'In Tempo'
AIS Checklist 1999
WENCH Lynda Miller, Reg. 1991 Sdlg. 14188A. TB, 34" (86 cm), EM ; S. pink; F. plum red violet, pink pencil edge, pink lines around tangerine beard. Colortart X Ringo. Miller's Manor 1993. HM 1995, AM 1997 .
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Photo credit and copyright Iris Hunter.