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■(IB) 'Kiss Me Kate'

1956, Cook

'Kiss Me Kate' (Paul Cook, R. 1956). Seedling #KMK. IB, 20" (51 cm), Midseason bloom. Sea-foam green with narrow margin of wisteria violet and beard of lemon chrome (Ridgway). (blue seedling #11142 x 'Progenitor') X ('Progenitor' x 'Shining Waters'). Longfield 1958. Honorable Mention 1958; Award of Merit 1960; Sass Award 1960; Sass Medal 1966.

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From Longfield Iris Farms catalog, 1958: KISS-ME-KATE (Progenitor breeding). A charming and unique little Iris. The small flowers are cream (Seafoam Green) with a narrow border on the falls of medium blue (Wistaria Violet) giving a lovely cream and blue effect. The neat beards are Lemon Chrome. This Iris starts flowering after the Lilliputs and somewhat overlaps the Tall Bearded season. 20 inches. $10.00.
From Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog 1963: KISS ME KATE (Cook '58) E-20". Will steal your heart away with the unique coloring pretty creamy flowers with both standards & falls artfully veined in fairly bright green & a wide violet-blue border on falls. Sass Award '60. Involving blue Talls & Progenitor. Regularly $5.00; on $10 order $2.95; on $25 order $1.95.


Quick Summary of Cultural Directions

Hardiness Zones 4-8 for most varieties, Some cultivars tolerate colder, others tolerate warmer zones (please comment in comment box with your location if this cultivar grows well in zone 3, 4, 9, or 10.)
Exposure Prefers full sun for optimal performance, may still bloom in half-day shade
Water: Prefers well drained good garden soil, Tolerant of dry conditions in established plants, Intolerant of swampy conditions.
PH Prefers Neutral to basic solis 6.1 to 8.5, quite toleranr of more extreme conditions
Fertilizer Prefers rich conditions on relatively inorganic soils.

-- Main.RPries - 2011-03-07

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IBKissMeKateVL1965.JPGJPG IBKissMeKateVL1965.JPG manage 60 K 25 Jun 2014 - 19:02 UnknownUser Photo by Verna Laurin, AIS National Conv. Newark NJ 1961
kissme02.JPGJPG kissme02.JPG manage 75 K 02 Jul 2014 - 02:04 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the Bee Warburton slide collection
kissmekate9.JPGJPG kissmekate9.JPG manage 164 K 27 Apr 2023 - 20:32 UnknownUser Photo by Verna Laurin-Willowdale-ON-Canada
Topic revision: r19 - 29 Apr 2023, Harloiris
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