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30th March 2023

Cedric Morris was also a renowned breeder of irises. Garden designer Dan Pearson writes,"...the Benton irises, with their very particular colour palette and form...repeatedly spoke to me. In the words of the man who had selected them, it was their ‘elegance, pride and delicacy’ that set them apart, but also their mutable colouring, with ‘breaks’ as delicate as the speckling on a bird’s egg". Here they are in his fabulous 'Iris Seedlings' (c1943, Tate). (For more, see the excellent Benton End Instagram account.)


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