Forward: This is probably one of the better prewar write ups on the gardens and iris of Japan, with major focus on Iris ensata, Hanashōbu.
Reprinted from: THE AMERICAN IRIS SOCIETY, No. 40; 3-48. July 1931
THE IRIS OF JAPAN
by GEORGE M. REED
The term Japanese Iris is commonly applied to a special group of these plants which had its tremendous horticultural development in Japan. Varieties have been produced in great number, varying in size and shape of the flower parts as well as range of color. Many of the varieties are described as single, in which there are three large sepals or falls, and three small more or less erect petals or standards. There are other varieties which are spoken of as double, in which the standards have enlarged and assumed the same position and color as the falls.
Each year members of the Society for Japanese Iris cast votes for their favorite Japanese iris. Several this year were on the favorite list in 2018, with some moving up in rank. While many others have been added to the list for the first time.
‘Evelyn White’ (White 2004) A bright 6 fall white bloom with a sharp edge of red-violet moved to the top of the list.
Society for Japanese Iris Convention arriving at the host gardens in Portland, Oregon, June 24 and 25, 2011 found that the bloom had been delayed by a cold spring. Mt Pleasant Iris Farm keeping weather records for several decades stated that this was the latest bloom season experienced. Notice the earlier Tall Bearded iris in the background are still in bloom.