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Awarded the British Iris Society's Foster Memorial Plaque (2010)
Awarded the British Iris Society's Hybridisers Award (2016)

Mar 30, 2015 - Welcome
We've had a bit of a strange Spring. Normally the Retics are coming up right as the snow is melting. Some typically pop right through the last bit of snow. This year the snow is gone and the Retics are not yet in bloom.

With Winter freeze / thaw cycles I often wonder how do they know when the right time is to start blooming.

This year it's as if they are saying, "You can't fool us, we know it's still Winter."

At the moment only a couple are just starting to show colour.

I think when the warm weather does start, they're going to explode into bloom.

It's quite likely that all of this is due to colder than normal temperatures at this time of year. As a result the ground is colder normal (i.e. "more frozen"). We haven't gotten much percipitation (i.e. snow), and it's the sunny days (radiant energy) that melted and evaportated much of the snow.

There's been several days over the past 2 weeks where its been -5°C in the middle of a nice sunny day -- which means the ground freezes to a greater depth than if it froze overnight and warmed up to say 10°C during day.

I've added a few more pictures from this year's trip, including ones to the RHS & Holland Gallery web page ...at some point more of the Gallery pages will be populated.


Feb 27, 2015
I'm pleased to tell you my hybrid Sea Green (97-CQ-1) was recommended for an Award of Merit by the Joint Rock Garden Plant Committee on Feb 20 at a Royal Horticulture Society show in London, England. The committee also recommended Preliminary Commendations for Eye Catcher (98-NP-4), Storm (98-NP-2), Sunshine (00-HW-1) and Spot On (87-DQ-1).

You may be interested to know that disappointingly, as of last year, two large-scale Dutch bulb growers had rejected Sea Green and Storm. They would probably say those ones are more suitable for small-scale dry bulb sales. Fortunately they are indeed currently being grown by a small-scale grower; although I'm NOT connected with that grower.

The good news is large-scale sales of the others is starting, along with White Caucasus (which couldn't be shown because it wasn't far enough along), and Scent•sational [officially registered as Scent Sational].

The current step is getting them into the supply chain, and having exporters and wholesalers make them available to their clients. It's then a matter of getting those clients to make them available to the buying public. We also need to start supplying green growers (bulb forcers) in various countries


You may be interested to know it was 30 years ago (1985), that I first went plant collecting in Turkey with a primary goal of trying to find a diploid form of Iris danfordiae. With the help of some locals near the end of the trip I was indeed successful. A few bulbs were given to Kew and it was established once and for all that 2n=18. Several other Retics collected on the trip have been important contributers to what I have acheived to-date.


Note: added 'Where To Buy' to the home page, plus the two photo pages Multi 4x6" and Multi 16x20"


Lost ?
Click the link By Year, etc. at the lower left to see my hybrids ordered by the year they were hybridized
Another good place to start is The Big Picture


OriginalAward of Merit
Sea Green (97-CQ-1)

89-F-4 x 89-F-3


OriginalPreliminary Commendation
Eye Catcher (98-NP-4)

91-FC-7 x 88-AX-3

RHS Show Feb 20-21 London, England

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OriginalPreliminary Commendation
Spot On (87-DQ-1)

'Purple Gem' x bakeriana ANMc2275


OriginalPreliminary Commendation
Storm (98-NP-2)

'Purple Gem' x bakeriana ANMc2275


OriginalPreliminary Commendation
Sunshine (00-HW-1)

91-FC x 96-SD-1


OriginalYours Truly


OriginalArd's Retic Planting - mid field


OriginalAlan Checking out his hybrids
(Photo by Eric Breed)


OriginalArd's Retic Planting
Sunshine is just starting into bloom


OriginalJan's 2014/15 Retic Planting


OriginalF1 sxd Clump
My hybrids will form clumps !


OriginalF1 sxd hybrids showing colour

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Where to Buy

I am glad to report large-scale sales of my hybrids have started. It has taken over 15 years to multiply 1 bulb to over 200,000. Now you too can enjoy my hybrids, just as I have.

They are a welcome pick-me-up to the end of Winter / start of Spring, blooming right as the snow disappears. Even better yet, you can enjoy a small pot indoors while snow swirls around outside, reminding you of all the wonderful things that will soon be blooming outdoors.

I look forward to bring you more of my unique creations, as together, we show Dutch bulb growers that there is a strong demand for them.

Available in quantity:
Limited availability in 2015

Dutch Bulb Growers:
Europe:    And fine retail nuseries: Broadleigh, Pottertons, and Rare Plants

North America:

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OriginalNaturalized Setting in Paris, France


OriginalNice Clumping


OriginalJacques Amand stand displaying some of my hybrids
(the moss is strictly decorative)


OriginalEye Catcher (98-NP-4)
91-FC-7 x 88-AX-3


Original98-OO-1
Diploid left; tetraploid right

danfordiae x 88-AX


OriginalCool (03-FO-2)
97-DZ-8 x {98-OK-1 + 98-MN-1}


OriginalSmile (03-CC-3)
89-AC-1 x 98-NP-4