(TB) 'Helen McGregor '

1946, Graves

'Helen McGregor' ( Robert J. Graves, R. 1943) TB. Midseason bloom. Color Class B1M . 'Purissima' X 'Cloud Castle'. Graves 1943. High Commendation 1943; Honorable Mention 1946; Award of Merit 1948; American Dykes Medal 1949.

Dr. Graves named this iris in memory of his wife's maiden name.

"As for Helen McGregor, the pale blue pod sister of Lady Boscawen, it was freely spoken of, both at Roanoke and in New England, as "the iris of the year." A bit slow to reach full height, it makes a magnificent clump when established; it is delightful in both color and form, and sheds rain superbly. Readers of the BULLETIN will doubtless grow weary of superlatives on the subject, and as 160 of them saw it in New England I shall omit further details." [John Dolman, Jr., “From Virginia to New Hampshire,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 103 (October 1946): 14-15.]

HELEN McGREGOR (Graves, 1946): Its first flower gave no indication of its real worth. A clear pure blue of excellent form; good branching; good substance. Calif. [“Varietal Comments” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 103, (October 1946): 61.]

"I must, I fear, confess to a sense of disappointment in the highly praised Helen McGregor. There is no doubt but that it is a first class doer, but neither the form or the colour were able to stand up to the difficult conditions. The sun bleached the flowers as soon as they opened and the heat collapsed the standards to such an extent that they became limp and flattened. It was possible to appreciate the ethereal effect of the soft cream shading on the haft and also the free flowering qualities of the plant. I should like to see this variety grown in semi-shade." [Gwendolyn Anley, (England), “American Irises in English Gardens,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 107, “Iris Ramblings” (October 1947): 7.]

"Helen McGregor (Graves '46) was in beautiful display at the Long's, the first time I had seen it. My instant reaction was "well no wonder," for Helen McGregor has such complete beauty of form and purity of color that it is easy to see why this iris has won such universal applause and why it rates it. The flower is large, the broad petals ruffled, the color a very pure light blue, the stalk is strong, the branching exceptional and the ensemble completely satisfying." [David R. Kinnish, O. S. B., (Kansas), “In Kansas, Missouri and Illinois,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 107, “Iris Ramblings” (October 1947): 41.]

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-- KentPfeiffer - 2010-07-11

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JPEGjpg HelenMcGregor01.jpg r1 manage 222.5 K 2017-04-11 - 00:05 TerryLaurin Photo by Damon Gardens
JPEGJPEG HelenMcGregor02.JPEG r1 manage 23.4 K 2014-05-10 - 16:07 TerryLaurin Photo courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
JPEGjpg HelenMcGregor03.jpg r1 manage 42.5 K 2014-06-06 - 19:36 TerryLaurin Photo by Rosalie Figge
JPEGJPG HelenMcGregor04.JPG r1 manage 144.2 K 2016-08-25 - 18:59 TerryLaurin Photo by The Shady Spot
JPEGjpg HelenMcGregor12BHI.jpg r1 manage 62.4 K 2012-04-21 - 17:06 BetsyHiggins Photo by Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
JPEGjpg HelenMcGregorAAAA.jpg r1 manage 24.3 K 2011-02-16 - 16:00 BetsyHiggins Photo by Argyle Acres
JPEGJPG HelenMcGregorakp.JPG r1 manage 44.0 K 2011-01-12 - 20:20 KentPfeiffer Taken at the Sass Memorial Garden near Ashland, Nebraska on May 17, 2010
JPEGjpg Helen_McGregor.jpg r1 manage 69.0 K 2011-02-16 - 18:17 IrisParadise  
JPEGJPG helenmc01.JPG r1 manage 71.7 K 2015-01-21 - 02:45 TerryLaurin Photo by Aurora Borealis Iris Garden, Aurora, ON Canada
JPEGjpg helenmcgrego04.jpg r1 manage 50.0 K 2014-07-21 - 22:59 TerryLaurin Photo by Damon Gardens
JPEGjpg helenmcgregor.jpg r1 manage 62.4 K 2011-01-24 - 12:36 AnitaMoran  
JPEGjpg helenmcgregor01.jpg r1 manage 44.9 K 2014-08-21 - 19:27 TerryLaurin Photo by Iris City Gardens
JPEGjpg helenmcgregor02.jpg r1 manage 22.4 K 2014-09-12 - 22:25 TerryLaurin Photo by Seagate Irises-United Kingdom
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