■(TB) 'Dolly Madison'
(E. B. Williamson
, R. 1927). TB, Early bloom. Color Class-S3L. 'Lent A. Williamson'
x mixed pollen. Honorable Mention A.I.S. 1926.
| From Longfield Iris Farms catalog, 1927: Dolly Madison (Longfield No. 252). H. M. A. I. S., T. B. Lent A. Williamson X mixed pollen. Height 36 inches, stalk well branched, 7-11 flowers. Flowers large, 4-1/2 inches high and 5 inches wide. Standards arching cupped; very broadly obovate; Mauvette shading out to yellow at base. Falls flaring; very broadly wedge shaped; Lilac haft golden tinged and maroon veined; beard bright orange. Style branches Mauvette, sides yellow. One day Mr. Harry F. Little, Mr. G. A. Stevens and the Longfield Iris Farm were kicking (literally) around together and someone suggested that since No. 252 seemed to suggest Quaker Lady to everyone, it should be named for a Quakeress. And Mr. Stevens at once stated that Dolly Madison was a Quakeress and that it was a nice name, too. This Iris flowered first in 1923. It is free flowering and vigorous in growth and has been admired without exception by all who have seen it. We believe it will become one of the most popular of all Irises. It has a distinction of carriage and form that will appeal to all Iris lovers. We have raised many thousand seedlings with Lent A. Williamson as seed parent, and of these we have under observation at the present time about 100 varieties. Dolly Madison is our first introduction from this series. $25.00.
| DOLLY MADISON. With the blended colorings of an intensified Quaker Lady, and size, branching habit and height comparable to the best, this Williamson introduction has no superior in its class. As the Longfield catalogue states: "Eventually you will own DOLLY MADISON." It carries some of the shades found in the new French varieties, Anne-Marie Cayeux and Evolution. Reliable everywhere, and certain to evoke the admiration of all who see it. Each $1.50; three for $3.75; ten for $10.00. [Cooley's Wholesale pricelist, 1932]
| DOLLY MADISON should be in every collection. Something about the flower suggests the charm and graciousness which we associate with the name of the wife of an early president. [Dornblut, J., Bellingham, Wash. Varietal Notes, American Iris Society Bulletin 55(February 1935), 100.]
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