■(TB) 'Blue Surprise'
, R. 1956). Seedling# 22A. TB, 36" (91 cm). Early midseason to late midseason bloom. Color Class B1L, Light bright blue self, flash of white around cream beard. Rainbow Hybridizing Garden 1957.
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| From Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog 1963: BLUE SURPRISE (Austin '57) ++ EM-M L-36". BLUE SURPRISE surprises everyone. First for its heavy tendency to re-bloom in mid & late fall , & to send forth at that time, as well as in spring, a generous supply of the largest, finest flowers of any of our blue re-bloomers. Frequently a 3-season Iris; often blooms in March or early April as well as usual time in May; starts its wondrous 2nd or 3d bloom in early Oct. or early Nov., depending on climate & care, frequently continuing right on into Dec. Every visitor marveled at abundance of bloom, size & beauty of flowers, bright light blue color, extraordinary substance, & most of all, at its ever-evident enticing fragrance. Most fragrant variety in our entire garden! A bouquet of BLUE SURPRISE will quickly perfume an entire room. Then, too, this takes the weather, & whatever the weather man has to offer. Demonstrated weather-resisting qualities when it came thru a severe hail storm with flying colors; nearly every other variety was riddled to shreds. In adverse weather one realizes quickly, one good Iris is worth a dozen poor ones. Beautifully ruffled, as in my color photograph. Sets seed when crossed with Autumns & newer fertile Oncobreds. Breeders everywhere want this, some for certain of its good qualities, some for others. Blue Surprise is the one Iris I would recommend most highly to plant beside your garden seat, or at whatever point you can best enjoy & rejoice in its enticing fragrance. As rhizomes increase, surround your garden seat with Blue Surprise; then see how frequently you come to this most delightful & most fragrant spot in your entire garden. (Berkeley Blue X Chivalry). Regularly $6.00; on $10 order $5.40; on $25 order $4.80; 3 for $13.70.
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