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■(TB) 'Fairy Fable'

1961, Ernst

'Fairy Fable' (Larry Ernst, R. 1961). Seedling# 1-57. TB, 36" (91 cm). Midseason bloom. Color Class-O1P, Deep pink self; tangerine-red beard. 'May Hall' x 'Lynn Hall'. Cooley 1961. Honorable Mention 1962.

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FAIRY FABLE (Ernst, 1961) Each $25.00. The first introduction originating here at Cooley's Gardens. Larry Ernst, having had access to all of the Iris in our entire collection, including the newest of the Hall seedlings, has produced some very high class things of his own. This one, resulting from Lynn Hall crossed with May Hall combines the best features of both parents. The shade of pink is about midway between these two. The falls possess great width, extra thick substance and are ruffled and waved at the margins. The heavy beard is deep tangerine-red. 36 inches. No. 1-57. Cooley's Iris, 1961.
FAIRY FABLE, the first introduction from Larry Ernst, is a perfect treasure, with beauty in every line. Pink, with a deeper toned beard, it was the most impressive of all the pink iris seen at Silverton during the 1958 Regional meeting, and this year was as lovely as remembered. Wide-petaled and ruffled, it has exceptional substance and, in our garden, produced five large increases. Melba Hamblen, "Honors, Review and Preview", A.I.S. Bulletin 164 (Jan. 1962): 15.
From Fleur De Lis Gardens catalog 1963: FAIRY FABLE Ernst '61) M. 36 in. (Lynn Hall x May Hall). A real beauty of smooth rich pink of a shade just between the colors of its parents. Large, heavily substanced and excellent of form. H.M. 1962. 15.00.


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.

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FAIRYFABLE9.JPGJPG FAIRYFABLE9.JPG manage 139 K 16 Feb 2021 - 12:29 Main.TLaurin Photo by Schreiner's Iris Gardens
fairyfable.JPGJPG fairyfable.JPG manage 132 K 26 May 2020 - 01:28 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1970 Cooley's Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
fairyfable9.JPGJPG fairyfable9.JPG manage 340 K 20 Jan 2021 - 03:21 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1965 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
Topic revision: r13 - 18 Jan 2022, davepote
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