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Spuria Hybridizer, Barry Blyth

submitted by Darol Jurn
taken from Spuria News (Winter, 2007)

This issue focuses on Spuria hybridizer Barry Blyth (son of C.J. Blyth), of Australia, a world class hybridizer with a half century of introductions.  Barry and his partner Lesley are the owners of Tempo Two, a commercial Iris farm located at Pearcedale, Victoria Australia.  The nursery is not limited to Iris, but also includes a wide variety of other plants such as Daylilies and Dahlia.  Their son also works at the nursery.  

Born in 1941 in Victoria, Australia, Barry is a fourth generation nurseryman and plant breeder (grandfather and great grandfather were well know breeders of numerous perennial and alpine plants in the early part of the century).  Horticulture has been in the family since the 1890ís where they started in the United Kingdom.  Needless to say, Barry has horticulture in his blood, or ďsap?as the Australians put it.  

               Tempo Two Flower Display
Barry received the Diploma of Horticulture, 1960, from Burnley Horticultural College, followed by two years practical experience working in nurseries in England, where the family originated in Christchurch in 1896.  He has been involved with hybridizing Bearded Iris for at least 43 years and on a smaller scale, Spurias for at least 28 years.

As with his Tall Bearded, Barry sells and ships Spuria throughout the world (except New Zealand, which has challenging import laws).  For those Spuria members who reside in the United States, the shipping season from Australia ranges from February (for warm states) to April (for colder states). 

Tempo Two maintains an Iris inventory with the latest introductions from top world hybridizers as well as their own introductions.  

During the bloom season, their barn contains a fresh display of irises and outside, pot of iris and hemerocallis.

                  Tempo Two Barn

To date, Barry has introduced 27 Spuria cultivars.  One would wonder why none of his Spurias have received an AIS award.  For Barry Blyth to win an AIS award, the Spuria must first be introduced in the United States.  For his Spuria, no US grower or individual has introduced any of his cultivars on his behalf.  

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Bay of Silk (2003) Bronzing (1989) Chestnut Chime (1989)

Barry is not so much interested in an award as he is contributing to the species.  His Spuria introductions have received strong interest from Australia and international customers.  All introductions may not be for a couple of years, after Barry retires from the commercial business when he can commit more time to hybridizing.

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Dream Caster (2003) Gold Mania (1989) Lavender Parade (1993)

Barry Blythís Spuria introductions include:

Art And Soul (1998), Barleycorn (2003), Bay of Silk (2003), Brazen Pirate (2003), Bronzing (1989), Chestnut Chime (1989), Cinnamon Moon (2003), Coolangatta (1993), Dream Caster (2003), Elves Gold (1993), Fly So High (2001), Goblinís Song (1993), Gold Mania (1989), Henna Rush (1993), Lavender Parade (1993), Lemon Lea (1973), Leprechaunís Kiss (1993), Mahogany Lord (1993), Myths and Dreams (1999), Noble Roman (1993), Pixie Time (1993), Poetís Love (2003), Prussian Magic (1993), Theatregoer (2003), Twilight Dragon (2001), Twilight Mode (1993), Wild at Heart (1999) and many others not listed here.

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Contact Information: 
Barry Blyth
PO Box 1109, Pearcedale
Victoria 3912, Australia
phone:  (03) 5978 6980
facsimile: (03) 5978 6235
ABN:  72 794 488 049

Website:  http://tempotwo.com.au/

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Noble Roman (1993) Prussian Magic (1993)

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