(TB) 'New Snow'
( Orville Fay
, 1946); TB 40" Midseason bloom. Color Class-WW. ( 'Snow Flurry'
X 'Katharine Fay'
). Honorable Mention 1946; Award of Merit 1948.
From Fay Gardens catalog for 1948: "A white iris which is neither a warm nor a cold white but is as white as new snow. The beard is full and bright yellow, adding a great deal of life. This is the only color in the flower, as there are no haft markings. A sturdy and well-branched stalk 40 inches tall holds the large, ruffled and flaring flowers well aloft. Mid-season; hardy and a fast increaser."
"Two years ago I expressed doubt whether any of the highly-rated new whites were really any better than such old reliables as Gudrun, Crystal Beauty, White Goddess, or (for those who can grow it) Easter Morn, and said I was stip looking for" a hardy, ruffled white, with the purity of Priscilla, the sprightliness of Snow Flurry, the refinement of Purissima, the poise, branching and nobility of Easter Morn, the size and richness of Gudrun, and the floriferousness of Crystal Beauty." If New Snow lives up to the promise of the one-year plant at Roanoke it may come pretty close to being what I specified. It was 40 inches tall on a sturdy, beautifully branched stalk, with three flowers open at once, the first one nearly three days old. The flowers were larger than those of Snow Flurry (its pod parent), and even more beautifully ruffled; they were much heavier in substance, a warmer, more opaque white. They were well spaced and well poised; when· first opening they were just a little too stiffly horizontal, but after two or three hours relaxed into just the right cOlnbination of ruffle and flare, and held it through sun and rain. The increase was very good, and the plant green, vigorous, and healthy-looking. If it does as well other years and in other gardens it will be hard to beat." [John Dolman, Jr., “From Virginia to New Hampshire,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society
, No. 103 (October 1946): 14.]
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