BB 26″ M
From Fleur de Lis Gardens catalog for 1965: “An odd blend of grey, with a flush of bluish purple and bamboo yellow which gives the flower a grey-olive color. Made further intriguing by a dark beard and violet-tinged hafts.”
From Eden Road Iris Garden catalog for 1966: “A color break from black breeding. Standards are slate gray flushed purple with olive ting at tips. The flaring falls have brown hafts fading into gray tinged lavender. Dark beard changing to brown ad purple. Vigorous and well branched. Should breed unusual things.”
From Melrose Gardens catalog for 1967: “Knowlton Award 1962. Strangest of iris colors play subtly in this unique little critter. Dusky grey with over-blending of lavender purple and brown lightening toward the edge. Dark brown purple beard.”
(Black Delight X sdlg), HM 1961, Knowlton Award* 1962, Knowlton Medal 1967.
Note: Of the societal Special Awards, AWARDS had been considered by AIS equivalent to an AIS-AM without actually being one, which is a requirement to be in the running for the Dykes. By finally being granted the right to earn an actual AM and opening the door to a possible Dykes, the AWARD was dropped, and the MEDAL became the new top individual Society’s award.
*For a defined period of time while Societies transitioned from AWARD to MEDAL, cultivars were allowed to remain in the running to compete for this new MEDAL award, and you may see several having been awarded both.
Provenance: Image 5 from Presby Iris Gardens 2002.