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■(TB) 'Dolly Madison'

1927, Wiliamson

'Dolly Madison' (E. B. Williamson, R. 1927). TB, Early bloom. Color Class-S3L. 'Lent A. Williamson' x mixed pollen. Honorable Mention A.I.S. 1926.

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From Longfield Iris Farms catalog, 1927: Dolly Madison (Longfield No. 252). H. M. A. I. S., T. B. Lent A. Williamson X mixed pollen. Height 36 inches, stalk well branched, 7-11 flowers. Flowers large, 4-1/2 inches high and 5 inches wide. Standards arching cupped; very broadly obovate; Mauvette shading out to yellow at base. Falls flaring; very broadly wedge shaped; Lilac haft golden tinged and maroon veined; beard bright orange. Style branches Mauvette, sides yellow. One day Mr. Harry F. Little, Mr. G. A. Stevens and the Longfield Iris Farm were kicking (literally) around together and someone suggested that since No. 252 seemed to suggest Quaker Lady to everyone, it should be named for a Quakeress. And Mr. Stevens at once stated that Dolly Madison was a Quakeress and that it was a nice name, too. This Iris flowered first in 1923. It is free flowering and vigorous in growth and has been admired without exception by all who have seen it. We believe it will become one of the most popular of all Irises. It has a distinction of carriage and form that will appeal to all Iris lovers. We have raised many thousand seedlings with Lent A. Williamson as seed parent, and of these we have under observation at the present time about 100 varieties. Dolly Madison is our first introduction from this series. $25.00.
DOLLY MADISON. With the blended colorings of an intensified Quaker Lady, and size, branching habit and height comparable to the best, this Williamson introduction has no superior in its class. As the Longfield catalogue states: "Eventually you will own DOLLY MADISON." It carries some of the shades found in the new French varieties, Anne-Marie Cayeux and Evolution. Reliable everywhere, and certain to evoke the admiration of all who see it. Each $1.50; three for $3.75; ten for $10.00. [Cooley's Wholesale pricelist, 1932]
DOLLY MADISON should be in every collection. Something about the flower suggests the charm and graciousness which we associate with the name of the wife of an early president. [Dornblut, J., Bellingham, Wash. Varietal Notes, American Iris Society Bulletin 55(February 1935), 100.]


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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DollyMadison01.JPGJPG DollyMadison01.JPG manage 62 K 11 Dec 2014 - 16:58 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
DollyMadison02.JPGJPG DollyMadison02.JPG manage 77 K 15 Aug 2021 - 01:29 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
DollyMadison12BHI.jpgjpg DollyMadison12BHI.jpg manage 87 K 17 Apr 2012 - 18:40 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
DollyMadisonSC2.jpgjpg DollyMadisonSC2.jpg manage 67 K 25 Oct 2011 - 18:38 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Stoney Creek Iris
DollyMadisoncct.JPEGJPEG DollyMadisoncct.JPEG manage 35 K 20 Feb 2012 - 00:29 Main.Betsy881 Photo Courtesy of HIPS
IMG_7668.jpgjpg IMG_7668.jpg manage 306 K 21 Dec 2018 - 14:54 Main.davepote Photo by David Potembski, Presby 2016
dollymadison01.jpgjpg dollymadison01.jpg manage 19 K 12 Sep 2014 - 19:58 Main.TLaurin Photo by Seagate Irises-United Kingdom
dollymadison010.JPGJPG dollymadison010.JPG manage 195 K 08 Feb 2024 - 13:32 Main.TLaurin Photo by Seagate Nurseries-Long Sutton Bypass-Long Sutton-United Kingdom
dollymadison1.JPGJPG dollymadison1.JPG manage 593 K 10 May 2018 - 02:43 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
dollymadison2.JPGJPG dollymadison2.JPG manage 729 K 10 May 2018 - 02:45 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
dollymadison3.JPGJPG dollymadison3.JPG manage 699 K 10 May 2018 - 02:47 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
dollymadison4.JPGJPG dollymadison4.JPG manage 175 K 24 Dec 2021 - 23:20 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
dollymadison40.JPGJPG dollymadison40.JPG manage 171 K 24 Dec 2021 - 23:20 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
dollymadison5.jpgjpg dollymadison5.jpg manage 127 K 18 Jul 2022 - 14:47 Main.TLaurin Photo by Tammy Skahan-Ozark Iris Gardens
dollymadison9.JPGJPG dollymadison9.JPG manage 328 K 20 Feb 2021 - 21:56 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1936 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
Topic revision: r26 - 08 Feb 2024, TLaurin
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