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■(TB) 'Color Carnival'

1949, DeForest

'Color Carnival' (Fred DeForest, R. 1949) TB 34" Midseason bloom. Color Class: R4L. Standards strawberry pink; Falls strawberry pink with purple veining near tangerine-red beard. 'Spindrift' x seedling# 6-44. Irisnoll 1949. Honorable Mention 1950.

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COLOR CARNIVAL (Deforest, 1949) Each $7.50. A startling arrangement of colors in the range of the new pinks. The ground color is a deep shade of pink in both standards and falls, with heavy markings of vivid purple on the falls. Beard is tangerine-red. Big flowers, very well formed, on excellent stalks. HM AIS, 1950. Cooley's Iris catalog 1952, p. 12.
From Schreiner's Iris Lover's catalog for 1958: "Admittedly not everyone will go for this Iris, but nine garden visitors out of ten stop an exclaim over it. A garish strawberry pink with contrasty purple veinings near the tangerine beard, it makes a highly novel clump. Novelty Iris are much in demand and this certainly qualifies as an outstanding one."
"I did not like a shell pink called Color Carnival with a row of bright purple streaks across the haft and going down the fall. This is a matter of taste, however, as a number of other people admire it". Jesse E. Wills (Tenn.), “Iris Impressions 1949,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 115 (October 1949): 20.
"No matter how good an iris may be, if the haft is dirty or heavily striated it is slightly marred for me-with two exceptions: DeForest's Color Carnival would be just another pleasing deep pink variety without the startling violet striation which covers the haft. This sets it apart and makes it distinctive; it is one iris variety to be enjoyed as a single, well grown specimen against a green background. I should think a large clump of these stripes would be somewhat frustrating". Mrs. W. R. Matthews, “Yes-We Do Grow Tall Beardeds in Louisiana,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society #116 (January 1950): 60.


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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De Forest 1950?

-- RolandDejoux - 2009-12-22
  • My mother's favorite iris. She always dug them up and took them with her when she moved. She must have originally acquired it very early it's first introduction because they were first in her garden in Walla Walla, WA, and we moved from there in 1951. They grew beautifully in three more locations in Eastern Washington. I ordered mine online about fifteen years ago. I was so pleased to see it! They've done super well. An unbelievable number of blooms on each stalk. Probably the longest lasting of all the varieties we've planted. -- WikiGuest - 12 Jun 2022
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ColorCarnival02.JPGJPG ColorCarnival02.JPG manage 76 K 27 Dec 2016 - 21:07 Main.TLaurin Photo by Elizabeth Rieniets
ColorCarnivalIG.jpgjpg ColorCarnivalIG.jpg manage 24 K 29 Nov 2011 - 20:41 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Irisgal
ColorCarnivalRT.jpgjpg ColorCarnivalRT.jpg manage 17 K 22 Jan 2012 - 15:44 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Rick Tasco
Color_Carnival_De_Forest_1950.JPGJPG Color_Carnival_De_Forest_1950.JPG manage 73 K 22 Dec 2009 - 11:14 Main.Laymont+ by Dejoux in my garden : sud-ouest France
IMG_7445.jpgjpg IMG_7445.jpg manage 386 K 21 Dec 2018 - 02:05 Main.davepote Photo by David Potembski, Presby 2016
TbColorCarnivalEJ.jpgjpg TbColorCarnivalEJ.jpg manage 21 K 15 Aug 2012 - 22:03 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Elm Jensen
color-carnival-mu.jpgjpg color-carnival-mu.jpg manage 74 K 11 Jul 2010 - 02:02 Main.mikeu Color Carnival by Mike Unser
color-carnival1.jpgjpg color-carnival1.jpg manage 58 K 11 Jul 2010 - 02:01 Main.mikeu Color Carnival by Mike Unser
colorcarnival01.JPGJPG colorcarnival01.JPG manage 934 K 30 Jan 2017 - 03:47 Main.TLaurin Photo by Elizabeth Rieniets
colorcarnival02.JPGJPG colorcarnival02.JPG manage 419 K 06 May 2018 - 03:17 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
colorcarnival03.JPGJPG colorcarnival03.JPG manage 655 K 06 May 2018 - 03:18 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
colorcarnival09.JPGJPG colorcarnival09.JPG manage 179 K 28 Feb 2020 - 15:28 Main.TLaurin Photo by Gerard Raffaelli-France
colorcarnival1.JPGJPG colorcarnival1.JPG manage 201 K 11 Apr 2020 - 20:20 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1955 Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog by Kate Brewitt
colorcarnival2.JPGJPG colorcarnival2.JPG manage 524 K 15 Nov 2017 - 22:44 Main.TLaurin Photo by Elizabeth Rieniets
colorcarnival3.JPGJPG colorcarnival3.JPG manage 188 K 15 Nov 2017 - 22:47 Main.TLaurin Photo by Elizabeth Rieniets
colorcarnival4.jpgjpg colorcarnival4.jpg manage 225 K 25 Nov 2017 - 03:45 Main.TLaurin Photo by Christine Cosi-Iris en Perigord- France
colorcarnival5.jpgjpg colorcarnival5.jpg manage 187 K 22 Dec 2017 - 22:22 Main.TLaurin Photo by Christine Cosi-Iris en Perigord- France
colorcarnival6.JPGJPG colorcarnival6.JPG manage 291 K 21 Nov 2020 - 21:54 Main.TLaurin Photo by Christine Cosi-Iris en Perigord- France
colorcarnival7.jpgjpg colorcarnival7.jpg manage 77 K 07 Nov 2013 - 02:27 Main.TLaurin Photo by Alain Chapelle-France
colorcarnival8.jpgjpg colorcarnival8.jpg manage 130 K 28 Jun 2019 - 20:58 Main.TLaurin Photo by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens
colorcarnival9.JPGJPG colorcarnival9.JPG manage 93 K 13 Aug 2021 - 20:00 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Topic revision: r36 - 13 Jun 2022, Harloiris
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