, 1932) TB. Midseason bloom. Color Class S4L. 'Vesper Gold'
Toscana (Counterman No. 1260, 1932). (Vesper Gold X –). A very unique colored Iris having the same general form and substance as Princess Beatrice, though smaller and entirely different color. The flowers are gracefully carried and the general garden effect is a sulphine yellow. Height 36 inches; branching, slightly above mid-height; 6 flowers. Flowers 4 inches high and 4 inches wide. S. arching cupped; obovate; Old Gold flushed lightly with Mallow Purple. F. flaring; wedge shaped; same color as S. Haft: Primuline Yellow; maroon veined barely visible. Beard: orange. Style branches: Primuline Yellow. Fragrant. $25.00.
(It is the privilege of the Longfield Iris Farm to introduce this variety, produced by Mr. Curtis Counterman, who, as a high school boy and earlier, was one of our employees for five years. In 1929 he flowered over 1000 plants, most of them from seed raised on Vesper Gold. Among these was this variety named Toscana. I have seen it in flower now three times and personally I think I have never seen a more beautiful or perfect Iris in every particular. It is a unique variety that eventually will be grown and admired by every confirmed Iris lover. E. B. Williamson.) [Longfield Iris Farm catalog, 1932]
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