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(TB) 'Arlene Wood'

1953, Norton

'Arlene Wood' (Luke Norton, deceased by J. P. Wood, R. 1952). TB, 38" (97 cm), Midseason bloom. Color Class-V3, Bitone, dove-orchid and lilac-orchid. 'Vision Fugitive' X seedling. Floralwood 1953.

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From Floralwood Gardens catalog 1953 "ARLENE WOOD One of the most beautiful iris in any garden today, a cross of Vision Fugitive X Turquoise Frill (Seedling) by the late Mr. Luke Norton, originator of many iris ereats inciudiig Syivia Wiurray. This’ iris has everything it takes, fine growing habits, good branching, blooming medium late and blooming over a much _ longer period than most. Probably the heaviest ruffled iris to date with great substance and the overall flower is large, being twice the size and ruffling of Chantilly. The color is something different, the standards being a beautiful dove orchid and dome tightly closed in a whorl. The falls open an intense lilac orchid, quickly aging to soft orchid center with edging of deeper lilac orchid. The haft is extremely clean and the beard soft lemon. Falls are wide and well balanced. The overall picture of this iris in a clump is exquisite. This iris has been highly commended by many of the best iris judges in the west. lilac orchid. The haft is extremely clean and the beard soft lemon. Falls are wide and well balanced. The overall picture of this iris in a clump is exquisite. This iris has been highly commended by many of the best iris judges in the west." "Mrs. W. H. Keen, THS Judge of Walla Walla, the Iris City, says: “Arlene Wood is a lovely new creation in the iris world. No other iris in this color range to my knowledge and most all the newer introductions are grown in this valley where we have several iris fanciers and five dealers who vie with each other in growing the finest varieties available. Arlené~—Wood is a cross of Vision Fugitive and Turquoise Frill, a seedling, larger and more ruffled than most and four local A.IL.S. judges who saw it blooming in my garden were thrilled with it and expressed delight that it would soon be placed on the market.”
From Fleur De Lis Gardens catalog 1956: ARLENE WOOD (Norton 1952) M. 36 in. (Vision Fugitive x ?). A very lovely iris of smooth lilac with heavy rufflmg and lace. 1.50.
 

Culture

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FURTHER CULTURAL INFORMATION Sort
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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