by Ron Killingsworth
|'Hush Money' (Mary Dunn, 1998)|
'Hush Money' is one of my "top five" Louisiana irises. The name -- what state knows more about "hush money" than the State of Louisiana? The flower -- where could you find a prettier face?
Registered as "stands cream with blue cast; falls cream, raised gold line signal" but displaying so much beyond such a simple description.
Mary Dunn, from California, hybridized some really fantastic Louisiana irises. She may have resided in CA, but her heart was obviously in "the land of cotton" based on the names she gave her Louisiana iris introductions. Mary registered Louisiana irises with names such as 'Cotton Plantation', 'Land of Cotton', 'Scarlett', 'French Quarter' and many more.
'Hush Money' is one of 128 Louisiana irises named and introduced by Mary, "one of the most productive and decorated US hybridizers in the last part of the 20th century."
|'Hush Money' in the background and 'Queen Jeanne' (Heather Pryor, 2002) in front|
Another one of my favorite Louisiana irises is 'Heather Pryor' (J. C. Taylor 1993). Heather is a well know hybridizer from Australia and the iris was named for her by J.C. Taylor.
|'Heather Pryor' (J.C. Taylor 1993)|
The real Heather has named and introduced over 152 Louisiana irises while J. C. Taylor named and introduced over 190 Louisiana irises.
I hope you enjoyed two of my favorite Louisiana irises. With so many pretty faces to chose from, it is difficult to narrow the field, but these two are certainly in my top five.
To learn more about many kinds of irises visit The American Iris Society.
May the force be with you.