Friday, March 27, 2009

Tall Bearded Iris "BENTON OBERON "

In the Northern Hemisphere the Iris bloom season is about to start and above is a colour plate of the Iris Benton 'Oberon' from the 1959 'Lloyd Austin World Famous Iris Color Guidebook' which is one of the irises not yet in the Morris collection.
The catalogue description is thus;
BENTON OBERON (Morris 52) ML-34" My color plate shows exceptional brightness and arresting color scheme of this one that I imported from England. Courtly and trim flower in bright fuchsia-heliotrope with very prominent contrasting beard in bright red-tangerine; of good size and fine substance . Heaviest bloomer of the Benton series.

When you might be inclined to go a visit gardens displaying Irises this season, print out the picture and take it with you, and you could find a missing part of a incredible floral jigsaw puzzle that is the 'Sir Cedric Morris Iris Collection'. See the above post by Sarah Cook.
Take a look at the Historic Iris Preservation Society Web site for information on other Historic Irises.


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