Iris A-Z: J

‘Joyce Terry

This iris from 1974 was heralded as an improvement on one of its parents, the similarly coloured (but less saturated’ ‘Launching Pad’. It was bred by Tell Muhlestein of Utah who introduced a slew of hybrids across the bearded range and was awarded the American Iris Society’s Hybridizer (sic) Award in 1956. ‘Joyce Terry’ was named after his sister in law and introduced in 1974. Although not a novel colour combination at the time it was considered a clean and crisp bloom. I did grow this a long time and remember that it was bright and showy. In the 2010 poll of the most popular iris it came in at No 43.

Joyful Skies

Blue iris always look right and this one, in crisp, pale blue with pale lemon beards and white patch on the falls is just perfect. The colours just look like a summer sky. This is a recent Schreiner blue iris from 2004.

‘Jazz me Blue

And another from 1993.

Just Before Dawn’

Schreiners will always be asscociated with blue iris in my mind but they have worked across all colours. They introduced this beauty in 2001 and the apricot blooms are heavily ruffled and laced. It is bred from their popular pink ‘Dreamsicle’ and blooms very late in the season.

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