I just had to show you the above photo which is the end of a continuance really, but shows the real depth of Ron Busch's work.
'A richly coloured variegata which glows with life, making a beautiful clump in the garden', was the 1978 description of 'Rich Melody' and his first variegata introduced back in 1976 and the description could equally apply today to Ron's seedling displayed above. He had a long love affair with breeding variegata's and had great success in the class, with 'Rich Melody' also giving him his first win of the Begg Sheild (NZ) in 1978. This is one of many 2012 standout seedlings and is a very tall bearded iris with big orange beards. It has stolen Julie May's heart and she has suggested it be named 'Irwell Flirt', but as with all seedlings further evaluation will take place.
As always clicking on the above image will take you to the larger, higher resolution version.
Photo credit Julie May, copyright Iris Hunter.