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Irises

 

Kelways had always cultivated irises, but after the Second World War they took a major step forward by buying the entire collection of the Award Iris Nurseries of Barnet, Herts.  The issued their first iris catalogue in 1950, and from then on irises became a regular feature of their show displays.   Indeed, at the Chelsea Show in 1950 they won a Flora Medal for their display of irises.  Each year at Chelsea they seemed to improve on this performance until the first Gold Medal for irises came in 1983.  They have won many more since then.

                               

In 1976 Kelways unveiled a new strain of intermediate iris, a cross between tall bearded iris and dwarf irises.  They offered no less than 50 varieties, all called names beginning ‘Langport’, from Langport Carnival to Langport Wren, and dated between 1968 and 1973.

The deep purple variety, Iris ‘Langport Wren’, has an RHS Award of Garden Merit, and is still available today.