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(TB) 'Distant Drums'

1967, Tompkins

'Distant Drums' (Chet Tompkins, R. 1967) TB, 38" (97 cm), Midseason to very late bloom. Black self with violet undertone; heavily ruffled. ( 'Mountain Music' x 'Black Swan') X ( 'Mountain Music' x 'Dark Fury'). Fleur de Lis 1967. Honorable Mention 1969.

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From Fleur De Lis Gardens catalog, 1967: DISTANT DRUMS (Tompkins 1967) M.VL. 38 in. ((Mountain Music x Black Swan) x (Mountain Music x Dark Fury)). Here's the first black of our own breeding to truly please us. A huge, extra heavily ruffled flower of very thick substance and a rich velvety finish; it is much darker than our picture can show. Its glossy falls almost enfold one in a blackness as deep and chillingly mysterious as a jungle night with its darkly brooding sound of "distant drums" must be. A truly exciting Iris and the first very large and really heavily ruffled and fluted black; it also has strong, very well branched stalks and is a very good grower. Pictured on page 4. Net $25.00

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