Monday, August 20, 2012

Tall Bearded Iris FLORAL ACT

Hard to believe really that this good looking Australian bred tall bearded iris will be classified as historic in 2 years time. A strong grower that has good bud count and medium size blooms that arrive mid-season. According to its registration description its supposed to be a blue and white amoena but it's more of a near amoena with the standards washed ever so slightly with the lavender blue colour of the falls and this stylish iris is topped off by its tangerine beard. It is somewhat bemusing to read the registered checklist description where it states 'red beards' yet in 1992 Graeme Grosvenor goes on to describe 'Floral Act' in his book 'Irises' 2nd edition, as having white standards, pale blue falls and tangerine beards. (slight step change? You think?) Once again another iris with 'Sunset Snows' in the parentage. All and all a great garden iris the can on occasions produce a winning show stalk.

AIS Checklist 1989
FLORAL ACT Graeme Grosvenor, Reg. 1984 Sdlg. H2-2. TB, 36" (91 cm), E-L. S. white; F. blue; red beard. Rellie X Actress. Rainbow Ridge 1984/85.

Still commercially grown in New Zealand and occasionally sold on Trade Me

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