Saturday, December 1, 2012

New Zealand Tall Bearded Iris 'IRWELL COURAGE'

      "Lines" have come more to the fore recently as a new (or revised) pattern option and 'Irwell Courage' is a great example of how Ron Busch had brilliantly come to grips with this intriguing style. Tall strong stems with good branching hold well proportioned blooms with gentle honey standards that show some darker erratic virus flecking, violet orchid midribs, falls are wide in a handsome mulberry plum colour broadly edged in a softer tone, coupled with strong white striations (lines) on the upper fall which is all set off nicely with the golden bronze beard. Great bud count resulting in a excellent amount of bloom that is paced well over a long season, bracts have a gentle purple tone. Clean foliage with the added purple-based touch, plant shows strong increase. People visiting the gardens just gravitate towards it, it's a very masculine flower.

New Zealand Iris Hybridisers Cumulative Checklist 2011
IRWELL COURAGE  Ron Busch Reg., 2007. Sdlg. 01587-2149. TB 40″, (102cm). M ; S. lemon, red purple midrib and blush at base: style arms yellow, purple centre; F. Red-purple, ¼″ paler edge, yellow shoulders; beards bronze. (Romantic Evening x Sky Hooks) X inv. Youthful Charm, Taholah, Rococo, Lady Friend, Latin Lover, Lula Marguerite,Velvet Robe, Laurie, Pipes of Pan, Radiant Apogee, Tea Apron, Snowline, Melodrama. Amazing Iris Garden 2011

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