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(TB) 'Java Sky'

1941, Wareham

'Java Sky' (John Wareham, R. 1941) TB. Early to midseason bloom. Color Class R4M. Seedlings from 'Dominion' x I. trojana .

JAVA SKY (Wareham 1942) M. A magnificent iris with the most brilliant and unusual blending of colors that I have ever seen. lt is impossible to give a word picture of the confluent colors that are in these flowers. The standards are pinkish terra cotta (Etruscan red) strongly suffused with copper gold (Xanthine orange) and at the top is a light glow of Hortense violet. The standards have a very strong midrib and are arched and highly domed. The above colors are taken from Ridgway. The flaring falls are of the same pinkish terra cotta with a gleaming overlay of Hortense violet in the center of the falls, and this is edged and flushed with a narrow border of copper gold. The styles are gold and Hortense violet with very feathered crests of copper gold, these crests show plainly and add greatly to the unusual beauty of the flowers. Beard copper orange. The blooms have exceptionally heavy substance, and withstand wind, rain, and hot sun. The flowers are long lasting and retain their brilliant colors to the end. The stalks are strong and sturdy with three branches and terminal blooms. More luminous than Prairie Sunset or Stardom and deeper in color. Too much cannot be said in praise of this outstanding iris. 37 in. $100.00 (sic.). (Fairmount Gardens, p. 4).

I almost forgot a favorite of mine, JAYA SKY. Although the color is not a brown, it would show up well beside the other browns I have mentioned and surely would have taken its share of the awards if a special allotment of awards had been made for guest iris in each region. It has a brilliant blending of colors as may be seen in a southern sunset; yet, it is softly glowing as well, a rosy copperĀ­ brown blend. (Gersdorff, 1945, p. 51).

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Fairmount Gardens. (1942). Nursery catalog for summer 1942, spring 1943, Lowell, Massachusetts. American Iris Society Iris Encyclopedia.
Gersdorff, C. (1945). Iris review, 1942 and 1944. Bulletin of the American Iris Society, 96(February 1945), 45-51).

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