Every year Richard Cayeux, one of the world’s top iris breeders, releases a batch of his latest varieties through his nursery Cayeux Iris. I’ve featured his irises here before.
For 2011 Richard is introducing twelve new varieties, all bred on the family nursery in France and available by mail order to British gardeners. Many of them will also be on show at Chelsea. I’ve picked out six to illustrate (left, click to enlarge), check the Cayeux Iris website to see the others.
‘Apostrophe’ Delicate pale peachy pink, slightly pinker on the falls, the coral-coloured beards are extended by a curled “spoon” of the same colour. Strongly ruffled, with about nine buds per stem. 80cm/32in
‘Charlie’ Pure white standards and large pinkish purple falls with a bold white heart, contrasted against the orange-yellow beards. Moderately ruffled and with excellent branching. 95cm/37in
‘Ciel Gris sur Poilly’ (see image, click to enlarge) Mid-grey standards, the golden yellow beards light up the grey of the nearly horizontal falls. A delicate and unusual colour combination. 80cm/32in
‘Dame de Coeur’ The colours hover between plain pink amaranth and light raspberry red, becoming paler under the tangerine beards. Beautifully shaped flowers with ruffled edges and nine to ten buds per stem. 90cm/36in
‘Dominique C.’ (see image, click to enlarge) Pure bright yellow standards, white falls with a wide yellow border creeping towards the centre and with a golden yellow beard. 80cm/32in
‘Faïence de Gien’ Pure white standards contrast dramatically with the velvety darkest violet falls, nearly black when the flower first opens, sparked by deep yellow beards. 75cm/30in
‘Hermès’ (see image, click to enlarge) Rich copper red, delicately ruffled at the edges, and with beautiful tangerine beards. Branched stems carry about eight buds. Named for the French fashion house. 80cm/32in
‘Magnétisme’ Sumptuous flowers with sky blue standards and satiny dark violet falls and dark rusty orange beards, shouldered with amaranth. Branches low on the plant and very prolific. 85cm
‘Ma Pomme’ Wide rounded flowers, strongly and evenly ruffled, in a lovely shade of pinkish apricot with tangerine beards as highlights. 80cm
‘Nouvelle Vague’ (see image, click to enlarge) White standards with a touch of lavender on their edges, the wide white falls have a crisp amethyst border and coral beards. 85cm
‘Rose de Perse’ (see image, click to enlarge) Pure pink standards and pale pink falls with a wide pinkish purple border, streaked with pale pink, and coral-red beards. About nine buds per stem. 85cm/33in
‘Séducteur’ (see image, click to enlarge) White standards are faintly flushed with blue, especially on the edges, the pure white falls have a crisp lavender blue border and bright red beards. 75cm /30in
You can order these new irises at the English language Cayeux Iris website.