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■(TB) 'Blue Valley'

1947, Smith

'Blue Valley' (Kenneth D. Smith, R. 1945). TB, Midseason to late bloom. Color class-B1L. 'LakeGeorge' x 'Great Lakes'. Award of Merit 1949.

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Awaiting original catalog description
From Easy Breeze Gardens catalog, 1953: BLUE VALLEY (K. Smith '47) 40". AM '49. Very, very blue. One of the handsomest of the medium blues with flaring ruffled form and large size. $2.00.
From Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog 1963: BLUE VALLEY M to L-38" A regular Summer Bloomer to the extent that we have had a dozen or 2 stalks in bloom in late June or July every year for past 8 years. Not a heavy Re-Bloomer as only a few stalks re-bloom. Beautifully ruffled, large. Regularly $1.25; on $10 order 9Sc; on $25 order 8Oc.


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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-- BetsyHiggins - 2011-11-17
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
BlueValleyBHI.jpgjpg BlueValleyBHI.jpg manage 96 K 17 Nov 2011 - 14:59 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
BlueValleyBHI1.JPGJPG BlueValleyBHI1.JPG manage 82 K 11 Aug 2021 - 19:39 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
bluevalley01.JPGJPG bluevalley01.JPG manage 74 K 16 Jul 2014 - 02:38 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the Lloyd Zurbrigg slide collection
bluevalley08.JPGJPG bluevalley08.JPG manage 401 K 15 Feb 2021 - 03:18 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1955 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
bluevalley09.JPGJPG bluevalley09.JPG manage 93 K 11 Apr 2020 - 20:45 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1955 Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog by Kate Brewitt
bluevalley1.JPGJPG bluevalley1.JPG manage 614 K 02 May 2018 - 01:23 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
bluevalley2.JPGJPG bluevalley2.JPG manage 430 K 02 May 2018 - 01:25 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
Topic revision: r24 - 13 Feb 2024, davepote
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