‘Wabash’ dates from 1938 but remains popular to this day. It was raised by Mary Williamson of Indiana. It is a classic Amoena with white standards and purple falls and the crisp colouring is as bright in the garden as when it was introduced. It grows well, has purple-based foliage and is 1m high when in bloom. In 1938 Cooleys wrote ‘A new iris so far in advance of others of similar color combination that they are simply not in the race’. It was awarded the Dykes Medal in 1940.
This is another attempt at red from Schreiners, bred from their fine ‘Gallant Moment’. It was introduced in 1992. It is tall, grows well and has a dozen flowers on each stem.
‘Wild Irish Rose’
I particularly like the ‘blue’ pinks rather than the flamingo pinks and this Schreiner introduction from 2003 fits the bill perfectly. But I see that Schreiners no longer list it so I may be in the minority.
I have mentioned descendants of ‘Ring Around Rosie’ enough times so will just say that this is a sister seedling to her. And to say again that the distinctive patterning of the falls comes from ‘Wild Jasmine’, which is at last appropriate because we are in the Ws.
California’s Bernard Hamner raised this attractive iris and introduced it in 1983. It inherited the wild fall markings from both its parents; ‘Sketch Me’ and ‘Shaft of Gold’. The patterning on the offspring is more distinct but the plant only has six buds per stem. But its value as a parent was quickly realised and it has many progeny.
This magnificent iris is another Schreiner introduction, from 1998. It flowers at 95cm, has loads of buds on the stalks and the flowers look great from across the garden and up close. It achieved many awards but not the Dykes, but was ranked No 41 in the popularity poll.
I like it a lot.