Well here it is, finally, an iris! It’s hard to imagine that on this whole December list, I’ve included only one iris, but it’s true. You’ll get plenty of irises on this blog in the coming months, leading up to the release of my book A Guide to Bearded Irises from Timber Press. Fear not!
One of those irises that you’ll be hearing and seeing a lot more of, especially in 2012, is an excellent border bearded bred by our friend Mitch Jameson of St. Joseph, MO called ‘Put Upon’. My nursery Rainbow Iris Farm is honored to bring this gorgeous cultivar to market next year, and to kick off the promotional campaign, we’re giving one away to a lucky commenter today! Entering is simple. Post a comment to this blog telling me why you’d like to grow this variety and you’re in! A handy little app on this blog called “And the Winner Is” will randomly select one of you at the end of the day. When filling out your comment, please enter your email so I can contact you if you win (your email will not be made public when you comment, so no worries!)
Now the chit chat. Here’s what I wrote about it in my book…
“Put Upon’ (Mitch Jameson, 2012) —A Rainbow Iris Farm introduction from our friend Mitch Jameson of St. Joseph, Missouri, ‘Put Upon’ is another dropout from TB breeding but measures up in swell fashion to all the particulars of the BB classification. Finely formed flowers of nearly perfect dimension open atop 26-inch stems later in the bloom season. When this first bloomed in our trial beds, I was beyond impressed by its burgundy brushstrokes “put upon” its strong apricot ground. Mitch has a playful knack for naming irises, which in this instance results in a clear image of the patterning of the flower. Definitely a BB worth having in the garden, if only for its unusual pattern and coloration.”