■(TB) 'Blue Baron'
, R. 1959). Seedling# N-875-1. TB, 40" (102 cm), Midseason bloom. Color Class-B1M. Marine-blue self. ('Helen McGregor'
x Fay seedling) X (('Jane Phillips'
x seedling# E-398) x ('Cloud Castle'
)). Schreiners 1962. Highly Commended 1960; Honorable Mention 1963; Judges Choice 1963, 1964; Award of Merit 1965.
| From Schreiner’s catalog, 1962: BLUE BARON (Schreiner 1962) M. 40". This massive marine blue iris, shown on our back cover, with its massive size, classic, opulent, ruffled form, superb candelabrum branching and. outstanding height and vigor, has been acclaimed by visiting judges as one of the finest iris ever seen. Blue Baron will become the boast, and the toast, of every outstanding iris garden. Besides the most unusual color--a deeper, truer blue than usual in an iris this deep--the exceptional branching is instantly singled out. Many stems produce branches which in turn have smaller branchlets with a total of as many as 15 to 18 buds on an individual stem. Seedling N 875-1. HC 1960. $25.00.
| Three years ago, in Schreiner's seedling bed, blooming gloriously for the Regional convention, we saw a medium dark blue iris that has since been named. BLUE BARON. The color could be called Narain blue, since its grandparent, 'Narain', undoubtedly contributed to the dynamic quality of this particular shade. The beautifully fashioned blossoms, with wide petals and superfine substance, are the answer to a hybridizer's dream. It was one of the disappointments of 1960 that this iris was not in bloom during the Portland Convention, but the tall bloomstalks, heavily loaded with buds, give visitors an exciting glimpse into the future. BLUE BARON'S branching has no parallel and is, to quote its originator, "like the Jewish candlestick with seven candles." The fact that each socket also contains two buds, Bob considers a "lucky break." However, I am inclined to believe "luck" had little to do with this phenomenal achievement, rather it is the result of long range planning and careful selection. Mrs. J. R. Hamblen, "Drama of Progress", A.I.S. Bulletin 161 (April 1961): 11.
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