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■(TB) 'Amandine'

1946, Douglas

'Amandine' (Geddes Douglas, R. 1944) TB. Late bloom. Color Class-W4. 'White Prince' x 'Caroline Burr'. Fairmount 1946. President's Cup 1948.

The early version of President's Cup was awarded from 1947 thru 1955 when the name was changed to the Franklin Cook Memorial Cup. In the AIS Encyclopedia this early award is listed under the Franklin Cook Memorial Cup which is where the above President's Cup link points to.

See below:

Photo by HIPS ArchivesPhoto by HIPS ArchivesPhoto scanned from the Larry Harder slide collectionPhoto by Cathy EgererPhoto by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.Amandine fall viewHIPS gallery now shows a yellowish bloom, as this one is.Photo scanned from the 1955 Cooley


From Fairmount Gardens catalog, 1946: AMANDINE (G. Douglas 1946) M. L. The charm of this lovely iris is in its delicacy of color and delightfully ruffled form. It is a self with large flowers of pale cream with just a flush of lemon. When first you see this iris you think "what beautiful blooms but they look so fragile". The surprising thing is that the flowers have exceptionally firm substance and keep in perfect condition for three days under very hot sun, also withstand wind and rain to a marked degree. The standards are broad and perfectly domed, the falls full and flaring. A symmetrical flower of exquisite beauty. Sturdy growth and good branching, three branches and terminal. H. C., A. I. S. 1945. 34in. $20.00.
From Gwendolyn Anley (England), American Irises In English Gardens, The AIS Bulletin, No. 107, "Iris Ramblings", October 1947: "AMANDINE, another ruffled beauty, gives the impression of great fragility, but I was surprised how well it stood the difficult conditions. The slightly greenish, lemon tone is very unusual and would probably be seen at its best in partial shade. So many of these pale colours demand shadowy places."
"Amandine (Douglas) is a deep cream--so crisp, so thick, so clean, with fine flower balance and splendid branching … one of the lnost floriferous varieties … would be a "must have" to the smallest collection". [Mrs. W. R. Matthews, “Yes-We Do Grow Tall Beardeds in Louisiana.” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society #116(January 1950): 60-61.]
'Amandine' Historic Iris Preservation Society link.


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.

BobPries - 21 Apr 2019

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-- BetsyHiggins - 2012-06-14
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Amandine_fall_view.JPGJPG Amandine_fall_view.JPG manage 825 K 18 May 2017 - 22:01 DaveinPA  
Amandine_std_view.JPGJPG Amandine_std_view.JPG manage 740 K 24 May 2016 - 16:12 DaveinPA HIPS gallery now shows a yellowish bloom, as this one is.
amandine01.JPGJPG amandine01.JPG manage 292 K 29 Apr 2016 - 11:43 TerryLaurin Photo by HIPS Archives
amandine02.JPGJPG amandine02.JPG manage 425 K 29 Apr 2016 - 21:03 TerryLaurin Photo by HIPS Archives
amandine03.JPGJPG amandine03.JPG manage 1 MB 11 Mar 2018 - 17:54 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the Larry Harder slide collection
amandine1.JPGJPG amandine1.JPG manage 895 K 08 Apr 2018 - 11:52 TerryLaurin Photo by Cathy Egerer
amandine8.JPGJPG amandine8.JPG manage 146 K 21 Dec 2021 - 21:34 TerryLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
amandine80.JPGJPG amandine80.JPG manage 126 K 21 Dec 2021 - 21:34 TerryLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
amandine9.JPGJPG amandine9.JPG manage 114 K 07 Jun 2020 - 02:35 TerryLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
amondine09.JPGJPG amondine09.JPG manage 452 K 18 Feb 2021 - 22:33 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the 1955 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
Topic revision: r25 - 30 Aug 2023, DougChyz
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