NONE OF YOUR BEESWAX (Kanarowski 2022), TB, E-M, 39”

NONE OF YOUR BEESWAX (Kanarowski 2022), TB, E-M, 39”

A GOOD RULE OF THUMB …. start at the beginning

In the beginning, when I was just an ordinary, neighborhood, iris enthusiast, I struck a major turning point in my iris trek.  I had several of un-answered iris questions with nowhere to turn for answers.  It’s too far back to remember, but somewhere along the line I came across a publication that listed all of the Northern California Iris Societies.  To my delightful and unexpected surprise, there was a listing for an iris society only 1.5 hours drive from my Mariposa home.

The Fresno Iris Society held their meetings in the city of Fresno, California,  The date, time and address was given.  Being countrified and totally new at such a formal-sounding gathering, I really had no idea what to expect.  An iris S O C I E T Y?  Would they even let me in the door?  Did I need a coat and tie?  A reservation?  You should always have a plan B when going into a situation like this.  With a name like mine, I could tell them that the Polish embassy in San Francisco had sent me …. and then just mutter a few Polish language words under my breath for effect.

I had no clue as to how fortuitous this would eventually become. My simple hope had been to find a single, knowledgeable Irisarian who could answer my questions.  But what I actually found was a very deep pool of iris talent.  To the best of my knowledge, only the Oregon Trail Iris Society of Salem, Oregon had a higher number of iris experts.

Dr. John Weiler ….Fresno State University Botany Professor, Society founder, hybridizer

George Sutton. ….Commercial garden, early Space-Age hybridizer

Roger Duncan ….Commercial garden, hybridizer

Rick Tasco …. Commercial garden, highly-awarded hybridizer, current FIS president

Bill Tyson …. Commercial garden, early Broken Color hybridizer

Ray Ward …. Commercial garden, hybridizer

Not one to wait, I didn’t take long before I begin asking my questions and getting good answers.  But first, here is a general observation.  Irisarians and gardening people of all kinds across America are some of the nicest and most helpful class of people that you will ever want to meet and get acquainted with.  No tie required.  So I would encourage you to do what I did ….join an iris society or gardening club of some kind.

GETTING MORE THAN ANSWERS …. from the experts

Getting answers to my questions eventually lead me to doing some serious iris breeding.  The person in the Fresno Iris Society that seemed to have introduced the most iris at that time was George Sutton.  I had a seedling that appeared to be pretty good to me …. but for this flower in particular …. I was unsure how good it really was.  I just couldn’t make up my mind.  So I took it to George and asked him what he thought.  The conversation started something like this.  “George, will you take a look at my yellow seedling? I’m just having the hardest time figuring if it really is good enough to introduce.”

Almost before I could finish my sentence, George took the flower, gave me a seriously-stern look and said, “We (the iris world) have a lot of yellow iris, BUT we don’t have very many good yellow iris.”

At the time, I carefully listened and mentally recorded exactly what he said.  But if you knew George Sutton, he also didn’t actually answer the question …. was the flower good enough?

As the depth of my iris knowledge grew , I was more able to fathom the full significance of George’s answer.  He was right.  There are not many yellow-self iris that stand above the crowd.  And now as a hybridizer, judge and instructor, I can say that I fully agree with him.  We do not have an abundance of  good yellow iris.   The lions share of what we have don’t seem to have the necessary qualities to set them apart from the ordinary.  Yet ever since that conversation with George, I have never stopped looking for the elusive good yellow iris.

After all of this buildup, what would you guess is the color of my next new introduction? YELLOW of course.  So, let’s go!

HOW THE ORDINARY …. shouts for attention

At its most basic level, NONE OF YOUR BEESWAX is just a yellow self. But it immediately begins its journey toward the head of the line just because it does ALL of the ordinary things …. so very, very good.  We’ll delve deeper into the specifics a little later.  But first, I’d like to tell you about its 4 special attributes that, I’m convinced, make this ordinary yellow …. EXTRA ORDINARY.  Don’t just take my word for it.  See if you agree.

              1.  Rather than just a yellow, the flower has an extensive peachy-orange heart.  This beautiful coloration begins midway down the standards, continues throughout the core, and finishes on the hafts.  In some of my previous introductions that featured a golden-yellow core, I coined the name “Lit-within”.  But now, with a warm peach-orange core, I’m forced to invent a new term, “Fire-within” or perhaps “Warm-within”.  I haven’t finalized that decision yet.  Your input?

              2.  NONE OF YOUR BEESWAX features extraordinary large ruffles compared to the norm.  I pondered this beautiful, attention-getting characteristic and decided that they needed a better, more-descriptive name.  Inspired by the look of many wedding dresses, I decided to call them Wedding Gown Ruffles …. the name that seemed to best capture the moment.

              3.  In the artworld, the final touch applied to a sculpture or almost any other 3-dimensional piece, is an application of antiquing.  A darker color is worked into the recesses of the piece while the high points are buffed clean.  The effect is to give the piece added depth and character.  The central fall area of NONE OF YOUR BEESWAX appears to have been antiqued with a subtle honeycomb-buff color.  This depth-enhancing technique is most easily observed in the garden but is not particularly visible in a photo.

              4.  Flower size.  It’s surprising how much impact something as simple as the size of the flower has on the individual.  It doesn’t seem like it should be such a big deal.  But particularly in our Western culture, the larger will always command more attention than the smaller.  OK, I’ll settle the debate.  Given two otherwise equal flowers of different size, yes, I’ll take the larger. NONE OF YOUR BEESWAX measures a full 7 inches wide and 5 inches tall.  Its size makes quite a garden statement.

BACK TO THE …. nitty gritty

TB, 39”, Early-Midseason

STANDARDS:  mid yellow, lower half peachy-orange

STYLE ARMS:  peachy-orange

FALLS:  mid yellow, yellow-cream around beard and at petal edge, peachy-orange shoulders, subtly antiqued honeycomb-buff 

BEARD:  mid orange

EXTRA’S ….  more than enough!

Distinctive for this color class, similar to no other yellow self that I know of; Flower size unusually large

Performance very consistent; Ruffles extreme, “Wedding-gown” ruffles command special attention

Petal edges “frilly”, abundantly attractive; Correct plant proportions, appropriate stem strength for its size

Bloom height well above foliage; Bud count up to 12with triple socketed terminal and occasional side bud

Fall planted rhizome will average 1.5 stalks and 4increase; Fading or Aging colors little changed with age

Fragrance slight and musky; Smaller rhizomes yetstill produce big plants and big flowers; Branching good

Substantial petal overlap and highly desirable orbicular fall form; Sunfast and Heat Tolerant of course!

Breeding To Date both ways but more crosses from its pollen; Deceptively simple and yet elegant



“A standout seedling from day one.  This one always called me back for a second look.”

I LOVE IT …. you will too!

From the very beginning, my singular goal has always been to introduce iris that are measurably superior to what is already on the market.  Is NONE OF YOUR BEESWAX a good yellow? Nope, I don’t think it’s a good yellow.  I personally think it’s an excellent yellow!  It has sooooo many attributes.  And I’ll take excellent overgood any day …. and you should too! This gorgeous flower checks all the boxes and qualifies as another Iris From The Future.


The pictures are quite close to a true representation.

PARENTAGE …. Seedling #0676

#0600 (Blowing Kisses x Lass With Class) X Arizona Cave Painting

Oddly enough, in its maiden bloom, seedling #0600 was heavily weather damaged and looked absolutely terrible.  Quite uncharacteristically, I kept it on a hunch just because it was from a cross of my favorite Keith Keppel iris, Blowing Kisses and my favorite Tom Burseen flower, Lass With Class.  Because this little gem is proving to be so good, I have now used #0600 many times. And as you can see with NONE OF YOUR BEESWAX, it is an excellent parent.  

One note of caution for aspiring hybridizers, Blowing Kisses has been a very difficult breeder.

Two rhizomes:  $65

UPDATES …. Awards and recognitions

Has been a garden standout.  Runner-up, best seedling, Coarsegold California