Iris hybridizers seek novel variations, but only a few crosses make the big time. Among the irises in bloom at Winterberry Gardens, a 3-acre iris garden near Cross Junction, Va., were from left: an unnamed seedling that was rejected; Secret Santa, with a fragrant surprise; and Potomac Fireworks, white, blue-lavender and an orange-red beard.
Iris hybridizers seek novel variations, but only a few crosses make the big time. Among the irises in bloom at Winterberry Gardens, a 3-acre iris garden near Cross Junction, Va., were from left: an unnamed seedling that was rejected; Secret Santa, with a fragrant surprise; and Potomac Fireworks, white, blue-lavender and an orange-red beard. The Washington Post
Iris hybridizers seek novel variations, but only a few crosses make the big time. Among the irises in bloom at Winterberry Gardens, a 3-acre iris garden near Cross Junction, Va., were from left: an unnamed seedling that was rejected; Secret Santa, with a fragrant surprise; and Potomac Fireworks, white, blue-lavender and an orange-red beard. The Washington Post

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