These two were on the property when I got here 10 years ago.
I think that they were hand-me-downs.
Thanks so much, Penny
This yellow & brown one is short (I can measure) It will bloom in what I consider fairly shady conditions.
I know, I know, well I think I know the second one.
I think it is Honorabile, but I'm clueless on the first one though.
Here is a link that might be useful: Google images for Honorabile
Yes, that yellow one looks just like my Honorabile.
the first one definitely looks like helen collingwood, does it have purple based foliage? if it does than it is defintely helen collingwood!
Yes - I think that they are both correct.
'Helen Collingwood' does have what I would call blue-green foliage. I can only get 32" for the height - but this is not in full sun. The time frame seems right.
'Honorabile' is adorable - He even blooms in the shade.
Thanks so much, this has given me a new appreciation for older TB Iris.
Penelope- when Ashes says "purple-based" foliage, they mean look down at the bottom of the leaves near the rhizome and see if there is a reddish or purplish tinge on the leaves way down there. Some irises have this reddish tinge, and others have just plain old green leaves.
and on that note about pbf (purple based foliage) look carefully. i don't have helen colling wood so i don't know the extent of its pruple colouring. i say this because my pallida's all have pbf, but by the time blooming comes around all you can really see is just a purple line on the edge of the leaves near the bottom. i have another pbf that does the same thing that i think is angelus. so look closely, if you see any than it probably is helen collingwood.