Friday, March 6, 2009

Tall Bearded Iris "ABBEY ROAD"

Abbey Road is a very beautiful pale yellow that is renown as a heavy bloomer. I purchased this iris from a commercial grower that was discontinuing this variety and a lot of 1960-1970 Irises that were meeting the same fate. Technically, this iris is a reverse Amoena, with its lemon standards and white falls. I cannot for the life of me understand why this Iris was discontinued as it is an amazing iris which has vigorous growth, strong stems, and bucket loads of slightly scented blooms, so you can see I am very glad it grows here at home.

IRISES, A Garden Encyclopedia, Claire Austin
"Abbey Road" ( D Silverberg 1994) The creamy lemon scented flowers have standards that are a deeper tone of colour than the falls. The rounded petals are very ruffled, while the standards just a touch at the top. The beards are soft yellow. Height 89cm. (35½ in.) Bloom mid season. Parentage; Pleated Gown X Ganges Moon

AIS Checklist, 1999
ABBEY ROAD David Silverberg, 1994 TB 35" M. S. creamy yellow; F. warm white, creamy yellow shoulders; beards yellow, tipped cream. Pleated Gown X Ganges Moon.
Honorable Mention 1996 Award of Merit 1998

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