Monday, February 20, 2017


By Dawn Mumford

I received some very favorable comments about the photomontages in my last blog in November.  To see it press this link: Photomontages of our 2016 irises .  I created over 75 of them so I thought I would share a few more.  During iris bloom season it is so nice to go out to the garden each day and photograph those irises that have bloomed that day.  It is a very accurate way of recording what day an iris bloomed and even what time of day. Because I created the montages on the day I took the photographs I knew that those irises bloomed the same day. I also enjoy grouping the irises in colors that complement each other. That can be used in planning colors in beds. 

‘Fiery Temper’ Keith Keppel, 2000, could rebloom in some areas under some conditions.  ‘Starship Enterprise’ Schreiner’s, 1999, ‘Starring’ Joseph Ghio, 1999. These irises bloomed on May 17th 2016.  The colors are rich and dramatic.  As is in most cases the full lush beards are a nice finishing touch on each of these irises. 

‘Goodnight Moon’ Schreiner’s, 1995,  ‘That’s All Folks’ William Maryott, 2004, ‘Tut’s Gold’ Schreiner’s, 1979, (Historic) can Rebloom, ‘Neutron Dance’ Barry Blyth, 1987 , ‘Neutron Dance’  is classified as an Amoena in the iris world.  That means white standards and colored falls. Yellow brings sunshine to the garden.  It will always stand out so a little goes a long way if you don’t want to draw too much attention away from your other irises. These all bloomed May 15, 2016

‘Purple Ritz’ Lesley Painter, 2002, has purple based foliage, ‘Gold Trimmings’  Schreiner’s, 1993 (Historic), ‘Fancy Stuff’ Opal Brown by Margaret McCrae, 1998, ‘Silver Years’ Ben Hager, 1979 (Historic), ‘Old Flame’ Joseph Ghio, 1973 (Historic)
These all bloomed May 29, 2016 

‘Fancy Stuff’ Opal Brown by Margaret McCrae, 1998, ‘Blue Note Blues’ Richard Ernst, 1996 (Historic) Very Fragrant, ‘Dusky Challenger’ Schreiner’s, 1986 (Historic) Dykes Medal Winner 1992, ‘French Lavendar’ John Painter, 2010, spicy fragrance, ‘Be Original’ Joseph Ghio, 2008, ‘Paris Fashion’ Keith Keppel, 2002, ‘Paul Black’ Thomas Johnson, 2002, very fragrant, ‘Grecian Sea’ Anton Mego by Bruce Filardi, 2008, fragrant
These bloomed May 22, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. which means the sun was directly overhead.  It isn't my favorite time to take pictures because they can be washed out by the overhead sun.  I like 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. the best.  

‘Blanka’s Peak’ David Miller, 2006, Fragrant, ‘Wink And A Smile’ Paul Black, 2011, Fragrant, ‘Jesse’s Song’ Bryce Williamson, Plicata, 1983, (Historic) Dykes Medal Winner 1990 (a must for every garden)
These were taken May 11, 2016, 3:05 p.m.

‘Designer Gown’ Joseph Ghio, 1985 (Historic), ‘Picture Book’ Joseph Ghio, 2006, purple based foliage, ’Gladys Austell’ Lionel Austell, 2009, ‘Concertina’ Intermediate Bearded, could rebloom, George Sutton, 1999, horned, ‘June Krausse’ Schreiner’s, 2009
Pictures were taken on May 14, 2016 at 10:13 a.m.

‘Fragrant Lilac’ Ben Hager, 1984, (Historic), Very fragrant, ‘Paul Black’ Thomas Johnson, 2002, very spicy fragrance, ‘Sentimental Mood’ Schreiner’s, 1988 (Historic), ‘Sweet Serenade’ Schreiner’s, 2011, ‘Dusky Challenger’ Schreiner’s, 1986 (Historic) Dykes Medal Winner 1992
These photographs were taken June 3, 2016 at 8:31 a.m.

‘Well Endowed’ Joseph Ghio, 1979, (Historic) 8-9” top to bottom bloom size!  ‘Lemon Cloud’ Lesley Painter, 2007, Fragrant, ‘Decadence’ Barry Blyth, 2004, Gold Trimmings Schreiner’s, 1975 (Historic)
Pictures taken June 10th, 2016 at 10:55 a.m.

‘Louisa’s Song’ Barry Blyth, 1999, slight sweet fragrance, ‘Queen’s Circle’ Frederick Kerr, 1999  This one is said to be an amoena pattern (white standards with anthocyanin or carotenoid pigmented falls) but with the “Emma Cook pattern” this is defined as an amoena pattern with white, yellow, pink, peach, or orange standards and narrow anthocyanin pigmented bordered falls. ‘Rain Cloud’ Duane Meek, 1977, (Historic), ‘Global Crossing’ Robert Van Liere, 2011.These pictures were taken May 15, 2016 at 6:01 p.m. I like the shadows and depth of colors at that time of day.  

‘Heartfelt Beauty’ Margie Valenzuela, 2012, slight fragrance, ‘Elizabethan Age’ Lowell Baumunk, 2005, luminata pattern meaning the reverse pattern of a plicata, with darker ground color and white edges, veins and around beards, ‘Adriatic Waves’ Keith Keppel, 2008
These pictures were taken May 16th, 2016 

‘Blue Note Blues’ Richard Ernst, 1996, pronounced sweet fragrance, ‘Blenheim Royal’ Schreiner’s, 1990, ‘Adriatic Waves’ Keith Keppell, 2008, ‘Skywalker’ Schreiner’s, 1996, slight fragrance, ‘Versailles’ Keith Keppel, 2006 Sibling to ‘Parisian Dawn’,Full Tide’ Opal Brown, 1972 (Historic)
These photographs were taken June 13th, 2016

‘Dawn Glory’ Schreiner’s, 1982 (Historic) ‘Sweeter Than Honey’ Robert Van Liere, 2011, ‘Autumn Leaves’ Keith Keppel, 1972, (Historic), ‘Supreme Sultan’ Schreiner’s, 1987, listed as a variegata having  yellow standards and maroon or brown falls, huge bloom, ’Chocolate Shake’ James Gibson, 1981 (Historic) Pictures were taken June 12th, 2016, 12:26 p.m. 

'Strawberry Shake' Keith Keppel, 2011 'Romantic Gentleman' Barry Blyth, 2002 'Embrace Me' Robert Van Liere, 2008, 'Eye for Style' Barry Blyth, 2006, 'Wearing Rubies' Barry Blyth. 2000, Reblooms, Fragrant 'My Beloved' Joseph Ghio, 2008 'Dinner Talk' Barry Blyth, 2005, 'Fashion Diva' Thomas Johnson, 2009, 'Starring' Joseph Ghio, 2000
This montage was created especially for this blog as a salute to Valentines' Day.  The blooms didn't all open on the same day so may or may not bloom at the same time.   

Happy Valentines Day!

1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed your article. I especially love the picture of Eye For Style--gorgeous shot of it!! I still call these collages--I know your article a bit back said that was incorrect--but by definition, they can be correctly called by both names. I need to talk to you--I miss you.


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