(National Iris Gardens
, 1936) TB. Midseason bloom. Color Class S1D. 'Jean Cayeux'
x 'Tuscany Gold'
. Honorable Mention 1937. National 1936, Wassenberg 1938. Syn. Michael Angelo
| Michaelangelo was blooming nicely, and while it is a flower that does not have great carrying power, it has beautiful form and color. I, for one, think that these subtle blends greatly add to the interest of an iris garden, and an iris should not be dismissed from consideration merely because you can't see it a block away. Some of the most delightful varieties cannot be appreciated except at close hand. I, therefore, do not agree with those iris critics who can see nothing appealing in such things as 'Monal', 'Ningal', 'Béotie', 'Michaelangelo', 'Jean Cayeux', and even 'Copper Lustre'. After all, iris are usually admired from a distance of a few feet-not one hundred yards! [Frank E. Chowning, '1939 Iris Discoveries', A.I.S. Bulletin 75 (December 1939): 11.]
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