Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New Zealand Tall Bearded Iris 'ALISON PENNEY'

A breeding combination of Jean Stevens 'Brilliant Sunrise' and Schreiner's 'Taste of Honey'. This very impressive New Zealand bred iris by Jean Collins is one of the best ever of the classic variegata type, possessing an amazing glow which gives carrying power to the flower and on first viewing has the gardener's mind planning the special place in their garden where this iris will feature. Standards are a smooth rich gold contrasted by the bold red-brown falls bordered a rich gold which in turn has the faintest red-brown outline. The rich gold striations radiating from the hafts lead the eyes towards the deeper gold beards. Silky texture, outstanding form and substance. Slight fragrance.
A stunning have to have!!

Jean Collins Iris Garden, Cambridge Road, R.D.1 Tauranga.

ALISON PENNEY ML Gold standards, red brown falls, bordered gold

BayBloom Nurseries, Cambridge Road, R.D.1 Tauranga. Spring and Summer Catalogue, 1996.

ALISON PENNEY. What a bright show this variety creates. Gold standards, red brown falls, bordered gold. Does well in mild climates.

New Zealand Iris Hybridisers Cumulative Checklist 2011

ALISON PENNEY  Mrs Jean Collins, Reg., 1979.   Sdlg. 579/1. TB, 35″, (89 cm), M.   S. gold; F. red-brown, bordered gold; yellow beard. Brilliant Sunrise X Taste of Honey. J. Collins Iris Garden 1978/79. Begg Shield 1987 (NZ).

Only available in New Zealand from The Iris Boutique this season.

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