I found a brand new iris growing in my garden, and it is gorgeous. It is a bitone bluish purple with beautiful striations on the falls. It must be a cross between the two unknown type of iris that I grow, that hybridized on its own. Hurray for pollinators.
It is a gorgeous combination of light bluish purple standards, and dark velvety purple falls, with wonderful striations on the falls, and a golden yellow beard. If I were going to design an iris, this is the type I would hybridize, and it grew all on its own in the garden. I’ve never had anything so beautiful magically appear in my garden- a gift from nature! The pollinators have been busy. I usually deadhead my iris, so one of them manged to set seed before I removed it.
I love this closeup view of the golden yellow beard, with the snazzy deep purple zebra stripes on either side, and the soft light purple petals above. I’ve read that the markings are considered a fault on an iris, but I think it makes this more eye catching. It makes a great landing pad for a pollinator, with a come hither enticement, a come and get some nectar look.
I was just walking along as usual today, past the long section of yellow iris with the maroon coloured falls, and there, at the end was this stunning iris. I was so very surprised. There is a light bluish purple iris near there, but this was entirely different, and I had to examine it closely. It appears to have a combination of the traits of my two iris. Both of the two iris were in the garden when I moved in, so I never knew their names, unfortunately.
The bluish purple iris has the same colour on all of its petals. They are plain, with no markings, except the golden beard. The solid purple is a pretty colour, but not stunning. I only have one or two of them, which don’t seem to spread. The iris with the yellow standards and patterned maroon falls is very hardy, so I have divided it and planted it in many beds around the garden. I now have a couple hundred of the yellow iris, which thrive wherever I place them. I hope that the new iris has inherited the vigour of the yellow bicolour iris, which will grow anywhere. Here is a previous post about these original iris
This new iris has the same standards (upright petals) as the old bluish purple iris. However, the falls (downward petals) are a very deep, very velvety, dark purple, with beautiful markings on either side of the beard. Those line markings are similar to the yellow and maroon iris. It’s possible that it is a cross with some neighbour’s iris, but it is situated right where my two different iris meet, and combines their traits in one iris, only it turned out far more magnificent than either of them.
The new iris is 80 cm (31 in) tall, and the flower is 11 cm (4 in). Here are some more side buds about to open. The buds are tightly rolled dark blue tips. There are 8 buds on 2 fans, so there will be a number of gorgeous blooms to come.
This was the most delightful surprise I’ve had in gardening. It’s a brand new iris, with just the characteristics I would have picked, and it appears wondrously in my garden, in some of my favourite colours. I can’t wait for the rhizomes on this to spread. I will be dividing this up and planting it around the garden. There is more information about these iris in this post.
Have you ever had a wonderful surprise in your garden?