Daily Flower Candy: Iris reticulata ‘Spot On’

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As I predicted exactly two weeks ago, the latest bulb to start flowering in our coastal garden is Iris reticulata  ‘Spot On’, a new hybrid developed by Canadian breeder Alan McMurtie. It’s a tiny little thing by reticulata standards, a cross between Iris reticulata ‘Purple Gem’ and Iris reticulata var. bakeriana from Turkey. Each bulb carries pretty flowers of the most wonderfully rich purple. The falls are feathered brilliant white and splashed lemon yellow, creating a dazzling contrast. I particularly like Spot On’s tightly furled buds, faintly speckled and striped with purple, each with a dark tip as if they had just been dipped in ink.

Iris reticulata 'Spot On', February 2014, The Watch House

It is testament to Alan’s patience that this new variety finally reached the market almost 20 years after first flowering. I picked my bulbs up from Living Colour without knowing anything of their history or provenance, but will treasure them all the more now I know how special they are. These are the first pictures I have taken using my new Canon 60mm macro lens. I haven’t a clue how to get the best out of it yet, and of course I haven’t read the instructions, so I’m afraid these test shots are far from brilliant. I hope practice gets me closer to spot on – it will certainly be fun trying.

Iris reticulata 'Spot On', February 2014, The Watch House

Categories: Bulbs, Container gardening, Daily Flower Candy, Flowers, Plants

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21 comments On "Daily Flower Candy: Iris reticulata ‘Spot On’"

  1. A gorgeous Iris and wonderful photos. I particularly like the last one with the buds still to come.
    I was given (with careful prompting, obviously) that exact lens for my birthday last year. I’ve definitely gone along the trial and error route with it, but it’s been largely successful and a real revelation. I tend to use it for my monthly ‘Garden’s Bloggers’ Bloom Day’ posts, (next one tomorrow).

    1. Thank you Judy. WordPress seems to have unfollowed me from your blog, so I have re-followed. Many apologies, not a clue how it happened. Glad you like the irises. Is it still freezing where you are? Dan

      1. I saw the notice and had to chuckle because I thought you had removed me from your list of blogging friends. My heart was broken but now it has recovered. 🙂 We cleared 7″ of snow this morning which brought our total to right at 72″ so far this year and we’re only half way through February. The only flowers I’m going to see for a while are those that you share with me. 🙂

      2. A few of us have had issues with blogs being removed from our following lists. WordPress don’t seem to acknowledge its happening, but I promise it was not deliberate. In fact it is rather annoying. Will keep the flowers coming Judy!

  2. I would never know you didn’t have a clue about getting the best shots from your new lens…..those photos are fantastic! And the new little buds are looking so full of promise.

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