Again and Again
by Betty Wilkerson
When you breed for rebloomers, or any specific type of iris, there is a constant search for irises that can contribute to your program. Several of Sterling Innerst's earlier introductions rebloom in the warmer climates seven through ten. Most do not give good rebloom in zones 6 or lower. When compared to the total volume of his tall bearded introductions, his contribution to colder climate rebloomers has been limited, but very important.
In the last ten years, or so, of his active hybridizing career, Sterling worked very hard to develop reliable rebloomers. It takes a while for the good and bad points of rebloomers to become known. By the time we get the full picture they have been grown in several parts of the country. Several years ago, I purchased a few of Sterling Innerst irises reported to rebloom in colder zones, below zone 6b.
|'Again and Again' (Innerst 1999)|
|Another angle of the same bloom.|
My introduction to ‘Again and Again’ (Innerst 1999) came with a July visit to the Iris Display Garden in
I believe the year was 2005. It was love at first sight! The stalk was a bit short and the bloom
nestled down near the foliage, but it was awesome, reminding me of white, pale
yellow, and light brown tulle that I’d sewn in earlier days. Simply divine! I drove home and immediately put in an order for 'Again and Again' from
|Same clump in 2012|
When crossed with some of my own, 'Again and Again' produced a couple of rebloomers. If everything goes well, I will use it more. It's not a perfect rebloomer in my garden, nor has it been a perfect rebloom parent, but it is definitely a good tool. Do you grow any of Sterling Innerst's irises in your garden?