this topic is under construction. Hybridization And Introductions of Anna Mae Miller by A.M. Miller; (linked list follows)
I grew up on a cattle farm near Liberty, MO. We grew a vegetable garden as well as flowers. We had fairly up to date irises for the ‘30’s-‘40’s but so much change was made in the mid ‘50’s when Ronald and I began gardening. I had majored in Chemistry so that training made me want to experiment with plants and I choose Irises. I was interested in the wonderful colors that were being developed in the ‘60’s with David Hall’s pinks, Nate Rudolph’s ruffling and Orville Fay’s tetraploid conversions of the TB Irises. I decided to work with the Siberians and Japanese Irises as I had seen that they extended the bloom season. A friend had given me some of the newer Siberians and we had joined AIS. I had attended a couple of conventions and seen current work and met a few hybridizers and was in the round robin letters.
I began hybridizing in the late ‘60s and my first introductions were:
Dancing Nanou, ‘83 HM ’85 , AM ‘88 Sdlg. 77.13.4. Sib 33”, ML & RE. S. violet (RHS 89C) touched with medium purple on edge; style arms same with turquoise rib;
F. medium purple (93B) with navy lines, bright green hafts with tiny white eyes, ruffled. 76.1 X Swank.
Fattaneh, ’83, Sdlg.77.15.1, Sib, 33”, M. S. Violet (RHS 86D); style arms same; F. violet (86D/86B), 89A in eye area with eyelashes at hafts. Swank X Roanoke’s Choice.
Charming Darlene, ’84, HM 90 Sdlg. 79.12.4. Sib, 38”
M-L & RE, S. mid-violet (RHS 84B); F. light blue, ruffled, white signal. Wing on Wing X Unknown.
Swirling Lavender, ’84, HM ’90 Sdlg. 78.30.2. Sib, 34” M. S. sea lavender-violet (RHS 85D); style arms same; F. darker (85A-85D), ruffled. Glaucous foliage. White Swirl X Roanoke’s Choice.
Almost A Melody, ’88, Sdlg. 78.11.6. Sib 23” ML. S. medium purple; F. velvety purple, (darker than RHS 91C), edged a little lighter, medium purple signal. Dreaming Spires X Ruffled Velvet.
Aqua Whispers, ’88, HM, ’90, AM, ’91 and the Morgan-Wood, ’95 Sdlg. 80.3.7. Sib 36” M. S. white, lavender at base; F. lavender (76A/B)veined violet-blue (91A), fine white edge, white-blue signal. 78.20.47: (Pink Haze x Unknown) X Temper Tantrum.
Genteel Grayce, ’89 Sdlg. 77.11.2. Sib 36” M. S. pale pink, darker pink along the veins, white edge; F. light orchid pink, veined darker, near red violet veined white arw\ound white signal, browning on side of hafts. Pink Haze X Unknown.
Liberty Hills, ’89, HM ’91, AM ‘93 Sdlg. 78.14.1. Sib 32” M-L. Mid violet-blue (RHS 92B), deeper signal area. White Swirl X Roanoke’s Choice.
Cheery Lyn, ’91, EC ’90, HM ’95, Sdlg. 85.20.15. Sib 37” E. S. lilac (RHS 76C with blue lines; white style arms; F. deep pink (75A to 76A) veined blue (97A), white edge, green eye. Aqua Whispers X Lavender Bounty. Sister to Lilting Laura.
Lilting Laura, ’90 Sdlg. 85.20.17. Sib 37” E & ML. S. pale violet (RHS 87D); pale violet style arms, slightly darker (87C) midrib; F. violet (87A). Aqua Whispers X Lavender Bounty. Sister to Cheery Lyn.
Frosted Cranberry, ’91, HM ’94, AM, ’96, and Morgan-Wood ’98 Sdlg. 85.41.4. Sib 32” ML. S. red violet (RHS 80C), aqua veins; F. darker (78B) veined darker, greenish hafts and signal; red spathes. 80.9.3: ((pink Haze x 78.5, wine sdlg.) x Pink Haze) X 80.9.3 .
Lavender Stipples, ’91, Sdlg. 85.49.8. Sib 30” M-L S. White with a few violet (RHS 88B) lines; F. whit infused and veined violet 88B. Esther C. D. M. X Almost A Melody. Sister to Purple Sand and Mary Louise Michie.
Purple Sand, ’91, Sdlg. 85.49.4. Sib 36” M & RE. S. light violet (RHS 85B); pale violet blue style arms; F. light violet (85B) veined darker. Esther C. D. M. X Almost A Melody. Sister to Lavender Stipples.
Dancing Shadows, ’94, , Sdlg. 80.17.1. Sib 45” M. S. purple (RHS 93B); F. same but velvety upper half appears darker, tiny white eye signal. 77.13.35: (76.1 x Swank) X
Glow Of Happiness, ’94 Sdlg. 85.17.18. Sib 30” M & RE. S. white with light yellow lines; white style arms with cream cast; F. light yellow (RHS 9C) with darker yellow lines, darker in center and in haft area. 79.16.1: (67.8. U x Jimmy’s Gem) X Butter and Sugar. Sister to Slightly Envious
Rosebud Melody, 94, Sdlg. 85.7.2. Sib 28” M. velvety Purple (RHS 96A). Almost a Melody X Fattaneh
Slightly Envious, ’95, EC ’92 Sdlg. 85.17.2. Sib 32” ML and RE. S. and style arms creamy white, green lines; F creamy white, yellow sides and haft area, definite greenish cast. 79.16.1: (67.8. U x Jimmy’s Gem) X Butter and Sugar. Sister to Glow Of Happiness.
Mary Louise Michie, ’96 EC ’88, Sdlg. 85.20.24. Sib 32” EM. S. lavender (RHS 84C), shaded pink; style arms white, flushed pink; F. darker rose lavender (77V) Aqua Whispers X Lavender Bounty. Sister to Purple Sand and Lavender Stipples.
Forever Remembered, ’04. This the last introduction, a late bloomer. Sdlg. 90.7.18. Sib 36” M. S. light rose violet (RHS 77B); style arms light blue and turquoise (196C), light rose crests; F. rose violet with blue infusion (77A) extending from the blue veins that net through the small white halo. 85.46.26: (Esther C. D. M. x 80.5.49) X Lilting Laura
I had several mentors: Bee Warburton, Dr. Currier McEwen, Dr. William McGarvey and Dr. Robert Hollingworth. I did not have a genetic training and felt the pink Siberians needed to be pink rather than lavender-pinks. However, I feel mine are pinker it was a very difficult task without much change until Marty Schafer/Jan Sacks happened to use the other white I. siberica alba, Snow Prince which Sarah Tiffney felt was a different white than the I. sanguinea alba, Snow Queen which is what the McGarvey pinks were derived from. Most of my crosses were planned. The most seedlings I lined out were 2000. I believe that Esther C.D.M. is a good parent which introduced stippling and glaucous upright foliage which I consider a wonderful trait. Ensata Gardens still list some and Don Sorensen has all but one.
I had the good luck to have several seedlings at the AIS ’85 convention which is the first ‘unofficial’ Siberian Convention as they outperformed the TB’s in Washington, D.C.
I also introduced 7 Japanese Irises. I am a charter member of SJI and Arthur Hazzard was a very good friend. I was lucky to get to visit Arley Payne’s garden in Terre Haute, IN when the Japanese Irises were over 5’ tall.
Gala Performance, ’88, HM 93 Sdlg. 79.41-13. JA, 40” M-L & RE. S. white; violet styles; F. white, veined purple. 61.1 X 76-2JA-30.
Kimiko, ’88, Sdlg. 67-15-2. JA 40” ML. Bright purple (RHS 78A) stippled white, dark violet-blue (89C) halo; violet (89B) style arms. Unknown Parentage.
Raspberry Gem, ’88 HM ‘91 Sdlg. 78.35.4. JA (double), 40”, M-L, Dark red-violet, fading to RHS 80B, F. veined darker, yellow signal. Kimiko X Storm At Sea.
Rose Frappe, ‘88HM ’91 Sdlg. 78.35.24. JA (single), 42” M. S. red-violet (darker than 80A, edged white; F. white, veined violet (83C), yellow signal; dark violet (83V), style arms tipped white. Kimiko X Srorm at Sea. Sister to Raspberry Gem.
Michio, ‘89, EC ’88. HM ’91, Sdlg. 79.40.8. JA (6 petal), 36” M. Mid blue-violet (RHS 93C, veined white, white area around yellow signal; white style arms, pale yellow in center. 76.4: (Friendly Victor x Unknown) X Strut and Flourish.
Sylvia’s Masquerade, ’89 HC 88 , HM 91. Sdlg. 5-81-1. JA (Sylvia Eddy by Anna Mae Miller) JA 6 petal, E-L. S. light orchid-pink, darker veins, darker halo and bluish case around yellow eye; white style arms tipped light orchid. Unknown parentage.
Shingo, ’94. Sd;g/ 80.16.16. JI (3 F.), 35” ML. S. red-violet (RHS 81A ) edged white; light purple style arms (87B), lighter rib area and white edge; F. white, veined deep purple, purple (90A) around yellow signal. 78.28 S Kyokko
I served as President of the Society for Siberians and our garden was on the first Siberian Convention in 1993. I was very instrumental in the beginning of the Japanese Iris Conventions after several Japanese Iris Weekends and guest gardens for them. Our local Southwestern Michigan Iris Society has been very active and have many members who have much knowledge and have been active in AIS.
Anna Mae Miller, February 1, 2014
'Almost A Melody', SIB (1987)
'Aqua Whispers', SIB (1987)
'Charming Darlene', SIB (1984)
'Cheery Lyn', SIB (1990)
'Dancing Nanou', SIB (1983)
'Dancing Shadows', SIB (1994)
'Fattaneh', SIB (1983)
'Forever Remembered', SIB (2004)
'Frosted Cranberry', SIB (1991)
'Gala Performance', JI (1988)
'Genteel Grayce', SIB (1987)
'Glow of Happiness', SIB (1994)
'Kimiko', JI (1988)
'Lavender Stipples', SIB (1990)
'Liberty Hills', SIB (1988)
'Lilting Laura', SIB (1989)
'Mary Louise Michie', SIB (1995)
'Michio', JI (1988)
'Purple Sand', SIB (1990)
'Raspberry Gem', JI (1988)
'Rose Frappe', JI (1988)
'Rosebud Melody', SIB (1994)
'Shingo', JI (1994)
'Slightly Envious', SIB (1995)
'Swirling Lavender', SIB (1984)
'Sylvia's Masquerade', JI (S. Eddy by A. Miller, 1988)
-- AdamCordes - 2010-12-12