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■(TB) 'Bellerive'

1949, Benson

'Bellerive' (Cliff Benson R. 1947). TB, 42", Midseason bloom. Color code-W4. 'Birchbark' X 'Gallant Leader'. Syllmar Gardens. High Commendation 1949; Honorable Mention 1950; President's Cup 1952.

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:
Bellerive.1950.Benson.jpgBellerive.PCup.jpgbellerive02.JPGbellerive1.JPGbellerive2.JPGbellerive3.JPGbellerive4.JPGbellerive5.JPGbellerive6.JPGbellerive60.JPGBellreive.jpgIMG 6460.jpg




This iris was co-introduced with Tell Muhlestein.

From AIS Bulletin #117, April 1950. Introducing BELLERIVE (Benson-1950) A huge ruffled cream with splendid form and poise, possessing a smooth,glistening sheen. Domed standards, semi-flaring falls, strong 42-inch stalks. A vigorous grower. $10.00. Syllmar Gardens 1950.
"Bellerive, a 1950 introduction from Clifford Benson, was about the loveliest deep cream I ever saw. Somewhat darker than 'Desert Song', it had a thickness of petal which made the color appear deeper. If it is a good doer, it will be very popular." Mrs. Ed Conrad (Idaho), “Way Beyond the Hills of Idaho” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 121, (April 1951): 35.


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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-- Main.RPries - 2010-11-12
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Bellerive.1950.Benson.jpgjpg Bellerive.1950.Benson.jpg manage 149 K 06 May 2020 - 20:24 Main.davepote Image scanned by David Potembski from Tell's Iris Gardens Catalog, 1950.
Bellerive.PCup.jpgjpg Bellerive.PCup.jpg manage 634 K 19 May 2020 - 22:59 Main.davepote Image scanned by David Potembski from AIS Bulletin #126(July 1952): 45.
Bellreive.jpgjpg Bellreive.jpg manage 28 K 12 Nov 2010 - 14:19 UnknownUser Curtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
IMG_6460.jpgjpg IMG_6460.jpg manage 52 K 17 Feb 2017 - 16:56 Main.davepote Photo by David Potembski taken in Doris Rebert's garden 2015, Westminster, MD
bellerive02.JPGJPG bellerive02.JPG manage 71 K 06 May 2014 - 16:43 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen-taken at Royal Botanical Garden-Hamilton-Ontario-Canada
bellerive1.JPGJPG bellerive1.JPG manage 555 K 30 Apr 2018 - 21:39 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
bellerive2.JPGJPG bellerive2.JPG manage 576 K 30 Apr 2018 - 21:38 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
bellerive3.JPGJPG bellerive3.JPG manage 618 K 30 Apr 2018 - 21:40 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
bellerive4.JPGJPG bellerive4.JPG manage 560 K 30 Apr 2018 - 21:41 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
bellerive5.JPGJPG bellerive5.JPG manage 599 K 30 Apr 2018 - 21:44 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
bellerive6.JPGJPG bellerive6.JPG manage 134 K 22 Dec 2021 - 03:20 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
bellerive60.JPGJPG bellerive60.JPG manage 148 K 22 Dec 2021 - 03:21 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
Topic revision: r20 - 30 Aug 2023, dougchyz
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