Friday, March 16, 2012

Tall Bearded Iris TOTAL RECALL

'Total Recall' re-blooming today, showing off its delicate colouring of soft yellow standards and pearly white semi-flaring falls that are edged with the soft yellow of the standards. Well branched, with strong bloom stalks, clean foliage, and has a great weed-like vigour, so can very quickly make an instant clump. Its a light primrose version of the yellow tall bearded iris 'Joyce Terry'.
I can't for the life of me remember it blooming this past season but it grows among other irises of the same colouration, and it's more 'subtle' than 'standout' so in the regular season it just gets lost amongst the numbers so to speak. It's a cyclic re-bloomer, having two completely distinct cycles of bloom. After Spring flowering there is a second predictable bloom period. Obviously by blooming today it gets it's chance to standout and make sure you never miss it.

Cooleys Gardens, Silverton, Oregon, Iris Fanciers Standard Reference Book 2002
TOTAL RECALL (B. Hager, '92) E-L. 34" RE
Wide, Crystalline white falls bordered with a bright lemon trim. Near-white standards flushed lemon up the midrib. Yellow beards. Summer through to Fall re-bloom. HM '96; AM '00.

AIS Checklist 1999
TOTAL RECALL Ben Hager, Reg. 1992 Sdlg. RE5079SmkCrBi. TB, 34" (86 cm), EML & RE ; S. light to medium yellow; F. white, edged yellow; beards light yellow; ruffled. Mother Earth X Bonus Mama. Melrose 1992. HM 1996, AM 2000.

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