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■(TB) 'Blowtorch'

1986, Byers

'Blowtorch' (Monty Byers, R. 1984). Seedling# A-6-13. TB, 36" (91 cm), Early midseason to late bloom. Standards yellow; falls white, yellow hafts and edge; orange beard; hairy blue flounces with yellow tatters and curlicues radiating along outer ends; heavily ruffled; slight musky fragrance. 'Entourage' X 'Sky Hooks'. Moonshine Gardens 1986. Favorite Guest 1988, Honorable Mention 1990.

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Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris GardenPhoto by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris GardenPhoto scanned from the Bee Warburton slide collectionPhoto by Argyle AcresPhoto by C   T Iris PatchPlease contact Brock Heilman for image use.



From AIS Bulletin #260 January 1986 Introducing BLOWTORCH (Byers 'S6) Sdlg. A-6-13: Entourage X Sky Hooks. TB, 36", EM-L. Bright yellow standards; white falls with yellow hafts and edges; orange beards with thick hairy blue flounces with tatters and curlicues of yellow radiating from along outer ends like flickering flames. Super well formed, heavily ruffled flowers with wide round horizontal falls. Substance like molded plastic. Good to excellent branching, 7 buds. Moderate vigor. Sometimes smells musky. $25.00.
From Moonshine Gardens catalog, 1989: BLOWTORCH ( '86 Byers) 36" EM-L. S. yellow; F. white with yellow hafts and edges; tangerine-orange beards and blue flounces or horns. Very well formed heavily ruffled flowers with substance like molded plastic. This can produce fascinating, huge, thick, hairy blue flounces with tatters and curlicues of yellow petaloids radiating from along the outer edges like flickering flames. They're most likely to show from established, well grown plants but even when it just has horns or regular blue flounces most everyone that sees it seems to go zonkers over it! Voted one of the top favorite guests seen at the convention in Oklahoma last year and thrilled raves on it have been pouring in from all over the country, even coldest winter areas. Usually a much better grower and increaser than I thought it was going to prove to be, not a weed but not bad. Extremely fertile both ways and I'm going to have to use it more - with some of the best red bearded yellows and golds. $17.50
"Ah, Manley Osborne, look what you and your SKY HOOKS ('80) have done to the iris world! Even the "snobs" are paying attention now to the "Space Age" hybrids. The best of many nice ones viewed were from Monty Byers, a new hybridizer from Northern California. His first introduction, BLOWTORCH ('86) could be described as an improved, lighter version of SKY HOOKS." [Perry Dyer (Oklahoma), “Melrose Gardens” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 263, (October 1986): 21.]

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Blowtorch01.JPGJPG Blowtorch01.JPG manage 49 K 20 Nov 2014 - 18:53 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Blowtorch02.JPGJPG Blowtorch02.JPG manage 45 K 11 Aug 2021 - 19:00 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
BlowtorchAA.jpgjpg BlowtorchAA.jpg manage 63 K 05 Mar 2011 - 20:08 BetsyHiggins Photo by Argyle Acres
BlowtorchCT.jpgjpg BlowtorchCT.jpg manage 38 K 27 Oct 2011 - 19:24 BetsyHiggins Photo by C & T Iris Patch
blowtorch03.JPGJPG blowtorch03.JPG manage 82 K 24 Jun 2014 - 21:03 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the Bee Warburton slide collection
i-FJ7GCf9-X2_blowtorch.jpgjpg i-FJ7GCf9-X2_blowtorch.jpg manage 177 K 21 Feb 2016 - 04:07 BrockHeilman Please contact Brock Heilman for image use.
Topic revision: r20 - 07 Jan 2023, DougChyz
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