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■(TB) 'Ballyhoo'

1968, Keppel

'Ballyhoo' (Keith Keppel, R. 1968). Seedling# 64-37L. TB, 38" (97 cm). Midseason bloom. Color Class-Y4V. Standards light yellow (M&P 10-H-1); falls veronica violet (43-H-9) washed coronation purple (46-L-8) on hafts, shaded dove grey (45-C-l) toward edges; beard white tipped yellow. 'Siva Siva' X 'Diplomacy'. Keppel 1970. Honorable Mention 1971. Award of Merit 1974.

noun: ballyhoo: extravagant publicity or fuss.
"after all the ballyhoo, the film was a flop"

verb: ballyhoo; 3rd person present: ballyhoos; past tense: ballyhooed; past participle: ballyhooed; gerund or present participle: ballyhooing praise or publicize extravagantly.
"a much-ballyhooed musical extravaganza"

See below:
Photo by Exline Iris GardenPhoto by Mihai ViorelPhoto by Sandor Szasz-Iriszkert-HungaryPhoto by Don McQueen-taken at Royal Botanical Garden-Hamilton-Ontario-CanadaPhoto by Blue J IrisPhoto by Christine Cosi-Iris en Perigord- FrancePhoto by Christine Cosi-Iris en Perigord- FrancePhoto by Alain Chapelle-FrancePhoto by Blue J IrisPhoto scanned from the 1975 Schreiners catalogue by Terry LaurinPhoto by Sandor Szasz-Iriszkert-HungaryPhoto by Exline Iris GardenPhoto taken in the Pars Floral de Vincenne,Paris,France-Zone 7


From AIS Bulletin #197 April 1970 Introducing BALLYHOO M. 38". Siva Siva X Diplomacy. Colors that fairly shout at you: clear light yellow standards, falls veronica violet blended dove grey at the margins. Deeper tones of coronation purple flow down from the hafts, and the yellow-tipped white beard is surrounded by a white spray pattern. Standards closed, falls lightly flared and ruffled. Excellent branching, plentiful increase. Differs from its sib Vaudeville in blooming later, with larger, less flared flowers of a slightly deeper shade. Wild! (See illustration inside back cover.) $25.00. Keith Keppel.
Another "kook" we rather liked this spring is BALLYHOO. One of the new "bicolor-plicatas" with yellowish standards and violetish falls sort of plicated white around the beard. Dependable and unique. [Joe Ghio, “The Eye of the Beholder,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 199 (October 1970): 43.]
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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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-- MarilynCampbell - 2010-01-23
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Ballyhoo-Keppel_1968.17.7--2001.JPGJPG Ballyhoo-Keppel_1968.17.7--2001.JPG manage 588 K 05 Jan 2016 - 14:54 TerryLaurin Photo by Mihai Viorel
Ballyhoo071.JPGJPG Ballyhoo071.JPG manage 45 K 27 Sep 2012 - 12:11 TerryLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
Ballyhoo6.JPGJPG Ballyhoo6.JPG manage 73 K 19 Mar 2014 - 19:10 TerryLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
BallyhooEI.jpgjpg BallyhooEI.jpg manage 22 K 08 Dec 2012 - 19:31 BetsyHiggins Photo by Exline Iris Garden
Iris_germanica_Ballyhoo01.JPGJPG Iris_germanica_Ballyhoo01.JPG manage 45 K 16 May 2018 - 18:03 TerryLaurin Photo taken in the Pars Floral de Vincenne,Paris,France-Zone 7
bally01.jpgjpg bally01.jpg manage 75 K 12 May 2015 - 22:57 TerryLaurin Photo by Exline Iris Garden
ballyhoo01.jpgjpg ballyhoo01.jpg manage 36 K 22 Nov 2018 - 03:12 TerryLaurin Photo by Sandor Szasz-Iriszkert-Hungary
ballyhoo02.JPGJPG ballyhoo02.JPG manage 297 K 25 Feb 2019 - 16:53 TerryLaurin Photo by Don McQueen-taken at Royal Botanical Garden-Hamilton-Ontario-Canada
ballyhoo2.jpgjpg ballyhoo2.jpg manage 183 K 23 Nov 2017 - 03:20 TerryLaurin Photo by Christine Cosi-Iris en Perigord- France
ballyhoo3.jpgjpg ballyhoo3.jpg manage 212 K 24 Dec 2017 - 22:36 TerryLaurin Photo by Christine Cosi-Iris en Perigord- France
ballyhoo4.jpgjpg ballyhoo4.jpg manage 72 K 04 Nov 2013 - 02:34 TerryLaurin Photo by Alain Chapelle-France
ballyhoo9.JPGJPG ballyhoo9.JPG manage 348 K 04 Oct 2020 - 11:27 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the 1975 Schreiners catalogue by Terry Laurin
ballyhood010.jpgjpg ballyhood010.jpg manage 82 K 10 Jul 2021 - 22:45 TerryLaurin Photo by Sandor Szasz-Iriszkert-Hungary
Topic revision: r40 - 21 Nov 2023, DougChyz
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