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■(TB) 'Skywatch'

1964, Benson

'Skywatch' (Cliff Benson, R. 1963). Seedling# 60-23. TB, height 37" (94 cm). Midseason bloom. Color Code-V1M, Orchid and lavender self. ('Spanish Peaks' x 'Cloudless Sky') x 'Henry Shaw') X 'Van Cliburn'. C. Benson 1964. High Commendation 1960; Honorable Mention 1965; Judges Choice 1965, 1966; Award of Merit 1967; American Dyke Medal 1970.

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From AIS Bulletin #173, April 1964: Introducing SKYWATCH-((Spanish Peaks x Cloudless Sky) x Henry Shaw) X Van Cliburn. An immense, vigorous, extremely smooth, ruffled and extra-broad lavender self. Standards are domed; falls semi-flared. Petals are of extra heavy thickness. M. 38"; HC '60. Net $25.00. Cliff Benson.

SKYWATCH (C. Benson '64). The controversial front .runner for the Dykes Medal Award in '69. With no hesitation or mixed feelings, I will give this variety one of the ten favorite blue positions for many seasons to come. An absolutely super variety, SKYWATCH shouts superlativeness with superior form and deeply ruffled grace. Considered a blue variety, the color here is actually medium lavender-blue and a complete self. After an accepted number of seasons of observation. I find SKYWATCH a fine grower and a healthy performing variety; and although shorter of buds than some blues, the individual flowers last three days, thus providing a full span of bloom. Always a bit short in height in my garden for the immense size of flower, and at times minus one branch, SKYWATCH's super form and carriage truly rank it as the personality of personalities in blue. Roger R. Nelson, “Your More Music Survey,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 197 (April 1970): 9.]
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SkyWatchJB.jpgjpg SkyWatchJB.jpg manage 62 K 28 Jan 2012 - 22:49 BetsyHiggins Photo by John Black, zone 4, Montana
Skywatch01.jpgjpg Skywatch01.jpg manage 83 K 05 Dec 2014 - 22:00 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Skywatch02.JPGJPG Skywatch02.JPG manage 82 K 31 Aug 2021 - 02:22 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
SkywatchEI.jpgjpg SkywatchEI.jpg manage 36 K 19 Dec 2012 - 18:45 BetsyHiggins Photo by Exline Iris Garden
Skywatch_Mike_Lowe.jpgjpg Skywatch_Mike_Lowe.jpg manage 33 K 25 Aug 2010 - 12:16 BobPries Curtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
Skywatch_TB_C._Benson_1964.jpgjpg Skywatch_TB_C._Benson_1964.jpg manage 91 K 19 Sep 2014 - 01:09 Main.georgebacon Photo by George Bacon-Breezeway Iris Garden
skywatch01.jpgjpg skywatch01.jpg manage 68 K 28 Jun 2015 - 02:28 TerryLaurin Photo by Exline Iris Garden
skywatch02.JPGJPG skywatch02.JPG manage 45 K 10 Apr 2014 - 22:08 TerryLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
skywatch03.JPGJPG skywatch03.JPG manage 64 K 17 Jun 2014 - 16:19 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the Rosalie Figge slide collection
skywatch_fl.jpgjpg skywatch_fl.jpg manage 74 K 20 Feb 2011 - 18:39 IrisP  
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