Difference: TbFountainBlue (r8 vs. r7)

(TB) 'Fountain Blue'

1966, Hamblen

'Fountain Blue' ( Melba Hamblen, R. 1964). Sdlg. H8-97. TB, 36" (91 cm). Late midseason bloom. Color Class BV1D, Deep hyacinth blue-violet self. ( 'Silver Chalice' x 'South Pacific') X 'Galilee'. Mission Bell 1966.

FOUNTAIN BLUE (Hamblen '66), Mrs. Hamblen has not received proper compliments here. I have seen this variety for two seasons attract me from afar, plus noting numerous other garden judges in our Nebraska-Iowa area taking notice of this plant. Crisp, hyacinth blue with elusive violet shadings concocted in a very large, wide petaled flower of excellent substance, accurately depicts FOUNTAIN BLUE. For you "sniffers" this surely must be one of the most fragrant of blue irises. A later bloomer which does not always grow as rampantly as I would like. But despite this weakness and its further problem of maintaining acceptable branching, this variety, to date, remains a more dependable one than not. A truly unique shade of medium blue. Roger R. Nelson, “Your More Music Survey,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 197 (April 1970): 8-9.]

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