■(TB) 'April Melody'
( James Gibson
, R. 1965) Seedling 37-IPF. TB, 36" (91 cm). Late midseason bloom. Lavender-pink ground, deeper lavender plicata markings; tangerine beard. Seedling 75-9PF X seedling 66-9PF. Cooley 1967. High Commendation 1965; Honorable Mention 1968.
| APRIL MELODY (Gibson, '67) Each $20.00. This is a pretty close approach to being a pink plicata . . . the ground color light, almost white, pinkish lavender and the markings a bright and intense shade of lavender-rose. In 1965 this was awarded the cup for best seedling at the regional A.I.S. meeting. As noted in the picture, the flowers are a bit lacy and especially well proportioned. Large and long lasting. 34-30 inches. No. 37-IPF. [Cooley's Iris, 1967]
| Jim Gibson has been called the plicata king as a result of his outstanding contributions in this field. His APRIL MELODY is the first pink-ground plic of note. The color is not brilliant, but for a first in the field it has many outstanding qualities. Probably its best feature is the beautiful rounded form. [Mullin, Ron (1971). Irises I Like, American Iris Society Bulletin 204(January 1972), 13.]
| Reported Rebloom in: CA [The 2012 Cumulative Checklist of Reblooming Iris<, p. 8]
Quick Summary of Cultural Directions
| FURTHER CULTURAL INFORMATION
| 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.
- 21 Apr 2019
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- A finicky grower for me in the East (Maryland) but a nice flower. -- Main.davepote - 12 Apr 2021