Last year, when the awards were released I had a moment of excitement dashed. OK, so Florentine Silk and Italian Velvet don't look alike but you can understand that they are both an Italian fabric, right? Given 60,000 registered names it's a understandable mistake.
But this year 'That's All Folks' is in my garden!
|'That's All Folks' TB Maryott, 2004|
Irises eligible for the Dykes medal are the best in class winners of the previous 3 years. I did hedge my bets by planting 2 of the 3 Wister Medal 2012 winners, bringing my total holdings of Dykes eligible TBs to 5 of 9. Since the odds that a TB will win are great, I had about a 60% chance. You can't get those odds in Vegas!
Here are this year's Wister Winners. Will one walk away with Dykes Medal next year? Might a median grab the prize? Only two medians have won the American Dykes Medal since it was first awarded in 1927.
AIS Judges vote for this award. There are many factors beyond the flower than enter into the choice. Growing habit, stalk strength, branching and bud placement are among these. It's not hard to see just based on the bloom why these are winners.
'Absolute Treasure' is all that says iris. The delicate coloring and ruffling speak of grace and elegance.
|'Absolute Treasure 'TB Tasco 2006|
|'Elizabethan Age' TB Baumunk 2005|
|'Ink Patterns' TB T. Johnson 2007|
'Ink Patterns' is in my garden and 'Elizabethan Age' will be number one on my list to plant in 2014.
- Neil Houghton, Diamond Rise Garden