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■(TB) 'Desert Song'

1946, Fay

'Desert Song' ( Orville Fay, R. 1946). TB, Midseason bloom, Color Class W4. No fragrance. 'Snow Flurry' x 'Golden Eagle'. Fay 1946. Honorable Mention A.I.S. 1946; Award of Merit A.I.S. 1949.

1949 Checklist citation: Bull. A.I.S. 115:5 Oct. 1949.

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From Fay Gardens catalog, 1947: DESERT SONG No. 44-47 (1946). Snow Flurry x Golden Eagle. $15. This Iris was bred especially to fill a need in the light yellow or cream class. The large, flaring and ruffled flowers are of nice proportions and bloom over a very long season. The flower is a cream self. The haft is clean and the beard yellow. The stalk is very strong, well-branched and 40 inches tall. Mid-season. Very large plants and a fast increaser. Winter hardy. H. M. 1946.
'Desert Song' (Fay, 1946) Each $3.00. New cream self, beautifully ruffled with extra large flowers of excellent proportion. Texture is especially heavy and the flowers last a long time in either rain or heat. Stems reach a height of 3 feet. HM AIS, 1946; AM, 1949. Cooley's Iris catalog 1952, p. 12.


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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-- RolandDejoux - 2010-03-25
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
DesertSong11.JPGJPG DesertSong11.JPG manage 63 K 14 Aug 2021 - 21:36 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
DesertSong12BHI.jpgjpg DesertSong12BHI.jpg manage 69 K 17 Apr 2012 - 18:08 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
DesertSongAA.jpgjpg DesertSongAA.jpg manage 46 K 15 Feb 2011 - 16:21 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Argyle Acres
Desert_Song.JPGJPG Desert_Song.JPG manage 67 K 01 Feb 2011 - 16:27 IrisP  
Desert_Song_KWW.jpgjpg Desert_Song_KWW.jpg manage 45 K 22 Jan 2017 - 19:13 Main.KWalker Photo by Ken Walker; Wildwood Garden, Molalla, OR; AIS 2015 Convention
IMG_4884.jpgjpg IMG_4884.jpg manage 53 K 17 Feb 2017 - 20:06 Main.davepote Taken in Doris Rebert's garden 2013, Westminster, MD
desertsong.jpgjpg desertsong.jpg manage 71 K 24 Oct 2013 - 23:16 Main.Harloiris photo Delane Langton, AIS Dallas 2013
desertsong01.JPGJPG desertsong01.JPG manage 72 K 06 Aug 2015 - 19:41 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
desertsong09.JPGJPG desertsong09.JPG manage 401 K 12 Oct 2020 - 22:09 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1949 Schreiners catalogue by Terry Laurin
desertsong1.JPGJPG desertsong1.JPG manage 487 K 09 May 2018 - 20:32 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
desertsong2.JPGJPG desertsong2.JPG manage 446 K 09 May 2018 - 20:34 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
desertsong3.JPGJPG desertsong3.JPG manage 117 K 11 Jun 2020 - 19:39 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
desertsong4.JPGJPG desertsong4.JPG manage 129 K 11 Jun 2020 - 19:39 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
desertsong5.JPGJPG desertsong5.JPG manage 122 K 24 Dec 2021 - 20:32 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
desertsong50.JPGJPG desertsong50.JPG manage 133 K 24 Dec 2021 - 20:33 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
desertsong9.jpgjpg desertsong9.jpg manage 137 K 18 Jul 2022 - 14:20 Main.TLaurin Photo by Tammy Skahan-Ozark Iris Gardens
Topic revision: r25 - 18 Jul 2022, TLaurin
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