Friday, October 12, 2012

Intermediate Bearded Iris IN BETWEEN

'IN BETWEEN' is out of a cross of Shirley Spicer's 1996 SDB 'Little Bridget' and Gordon Plough's 1976 Blue TB 'Glacier Magic'. Robust growth with nice clean foliage, blooms have good form with strong fluted standards, flaring and lightly ruffled falls and the colouration that reminds me of a indecisive modern version of the great Intermediate Bearded classic, 'June Prom', A. Brown 1966.
Standards are solid icy pale blue with no markings, the falls are one shade lighter, smartly deepening to a medium blue towards the falls centre, this is overlaid with deeper toned subtle violet blue striations that change to a heavier concentration of Olive coloured markings at the shoulders, just like 'June Prom' did. A pleasant but not overpowering fragrance and soft violet beard tipped light orange yellow darkening down the throat. Blooms are the ideal size for an intermediate and on rather strong , well-branched stalks. Works for me!

New Zealand Hybridisers Checklist 2011
IN BETWEEN  Shirley Spicer, R. 2009. Sdlg. SS/17/90. IB, 38-42" (97-107 cm), E ; S. pale blue; F. pale blue flushed deeper blue,  greenish striations on hafts; beards pale violet hairs tipped yellow; slight sweet fragrance. Little Bridget X Glacier Magic.

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