When I was planning a list of what irises I wanted to plant in the gardens, I saw one iris advertised for sale that I knew I had to add to my inventory.
I've always loved "old movies". What I define as old movies are movies that were made before I was born. However, my children see movies that were made when I was in high school as old, so I guess the definition of "old" is subjective. :)
"Silent Screen Star", piqued my interest more because of its name, rather than its color or attributes. However, once I planted this variety and it bloomed the following year, it instantly became one of my favorites. What I liked most about it was the splash of blue on the falls (mine looked more lavender) that contrasted with the cream and orange.
At the end of that blooming season, my Silent Screen Star succumbed to iris rot. I reordered the variety from the only person who was selling it, but when the time came for her to ship it to me, the only rhizomes she had of the variety were eaten by gophers. Sounds like a movie, doesn't it? :) A few months later, I came across a gardener who had posted a picture of Silent Screen Star on a site called, "Dave's Garden". She didn't have any rhizomes available at that time because the rhizomes she had were too small. Fast forward to a year later when this gardener messaged me out of the blue (via Dave's) and told me should could send me one of her rhizomes since her plant had grown and it was big enough to divide. Last year, I was able to plant Silent Screen Star once again and I'm hoping you will see it bloom during Open House this spring.
If you're looking for gardening tips, or people who have plants that you want but can't find, please consider looking at Dave's Garden (there's no fee). It's an excellent resource. I'm including a link to it below (I don't get a commission) and a link to several pictures of Silent Screen Star from the AIS website, and a link to a story on some of the most famous silent screen stars of all time.
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