( Sanford Babson
, R. 1957). Seedling# F-21-3. TB, 35" (89 cm), Midseason bloom. Standards brown tinged lavender; falls beige washed rose-lavender, deeper at haft; beard, bronze tipped yellow. 'Figurine'
. Melrose 1958. Honorable Mention 1961.
| From Melrose Gardens catalog,1958: INNUENDO (Sanford Babson) 38" (Figurine X Savage). When you first see this iris, you'll probably do a double take. You'll be walking down the path,and there it is, and you'll say, "Umm, a pretty blend", and walk on - for a couple of steps. Then suddenly you'll realize that you hadn't taken in all you'd seen and you'll whirl around, and sure enough, "It really IS a pretty blend". You see, on that first casual glance, you didn't notice how the pert pastel beige standards were actually a rosy lavender on the inside of the petals, and how the light from that color showed through, giving the standards the effect of being "lit up", or how the shadow fell on the deeper beige falls and spread the rose lavender color all over them, and how it deepened on the haft to a warm rosy brown. And that beard, how it blended in, being actually yellow but the tips were bronze and softened it significantly. It's all there and beautiful. Of course, you won't pass up the fact that the falls are broad, ruffled and flaring, and that the stalk is well branched. Now that you're really looking, "WHAT AN IRIS!". $15.00
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