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■ (TB) 'Emma Cook'

1959, Cook

'Emma Cook' (Paul Cook, R. 1957). Seedling 11155. TB, 34" (86 cm), Midseason bloom. Standards white; falls white with 1/2" border royal purple; beard, white on outer end, yellow under stylearm. Seedling 12552: (((blue seedling x 'Progenitor' x 'Shining Waters')) x 'Distance' x 'Progenitor' x 'Shining Waters'))) x seedling 14152: ('Dreamcastle' x (blue seedling x ('Distance' x ('Progenitor' x 'Shining Waters')))). Cook 1959. High Commendation 1955, 1958; Judges' Choice 1959; Honorable Mention 1959; Award of Merit 1961.

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Hamblen, Mrs. J. (1961). Hybridizer Melba Hamblen remarked, "Paul Cook's iris MELODRAMA, WHOLE CLOTH, ALLEGIANCE, and EMMA COOK, have been received in this area with an enthusiasm unequaled since the advent of the "pinks." Comparison with yesterday's iris is not quite possible: they are progenitors of new color lines. Top performers all, with vigorous habit and easy adaptation to climatic change, they contribute to the affirmative side of the issue, "new versus old." EMMA COOK flowered freely on a plant received late in the season. My tardy order almost cost me the privilege of growing this, and the rhizome was sent with an apology for its size. Nonetheless, in addition to the strong bloomstalk, five increase were produced! Luminous white, with a brushed on border of violet blue not unlike a tinted summer cloud; gracefully formed in serene beauty, and remarkably weather resistant, she was the object of unreserved homage. (Hamblen, 1961, p. 11). Bulletin of the American Iris Society, 161(April 1961), 9-12.
EMMA COOK (Sdlg. 11155) B.C. 1958. An iris of new and pleasing color pattern that has· attracted everyone. Standards white, without other color; falls white, with half-inch border of dark violet, the color solid at edge, thinning somewhat on inner side. Flowers medium large (4-1/2 x 5), moderately ruffled. 34-36 inches. Midseason. $25.00. Paul Cook. Bulletin of the American Iris Society, 153(April 1959), 65.
EMMA COOK (P. Cook '59) M 34 in. 12552: ((blue sdlg. x (Progenitor x Shining Waters) x (Distance) x (Progenitor x Shining Waters) X 14152: (Dreamcastle) x ((blue sdlg. x (Distance) x (Progenitor x Shining Waters)) Medium sized flower with charm and personality in a new color combination which gives the impression of a blue and white plicata but is not of plicata blood. This might open new vistas for breeding with our conventional plicatas. Standards white, falls same with 1⁄2 inch border of royal purple (blue); the beard is yellow, white tipped. HC '57, HM '59, 1st. Judges Choice '60. AM '61. $10.00. (Tell Iris Gardens, 1964, p. 16)


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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EmmaCook12.JPGJPG EmmaCook12.JPG manage 70 K 15 Aug 2021 - 14:35 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
EmmaCook13BHI.jpgjpg EmmaCook13BHI.jpg manage 59 K 18 Apr 2012 - 17:56 BetsyHiggins Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
EmmaCookEI.jpgjpg EmmaCookEI.jpg manage 29 K 11 Dec 2012 - 20:37 BetsyHiggins Photo by Exline Iris Garden
Emma_Cook.JPGJPG Emma_Cook.JPG manage 72 K 01 Feb 2011 - 22:21 IrisP  
Emma_Cook.jpgjpg Emma_Cook.jpg manage 15 K 19 Nov 2010 - 18:07 BobPries Courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
emma01.jpgjpg emma01.jpg manage 71 K 08 Jun 2015 - 13:59 TerryLaurin Photo by Exline Iris Garden
emmacook02.JPGJPG emmacook02.JPG manage 78 K 11 May 2014 - 03:54 TerryLaurin Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
emmacook1.JPGJPG emmacook1.JPG manage 470 K 11 May 2018 - 03:02 TerryLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
emmacook2.JPGJPG emmacook2.JPG manage 422 K 11 May 2018 - 03:04 TerryLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
emmacook3.JPGJPG emmacook3.JPG manage 130 K 25 Dec 2021 - 15:07 TerryLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
emmacook30.JPGJPG emmacook30.JPG manage 130 K 25 Dec 2021 - 15:07 TerryLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
emmacook31.JPGJPG emmacook31.JPG manage 110 K 25 Jan 2022 - 21:43 TerryLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
emmacook32.JPGJPG emmacook32.JPG manage 144 K 25 Jan 2022 - 21:44 TerryLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
Topic revision: r35 - 25 Jan 2022, TerryLaurin
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