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(TB) 'First Courtship'

1963, Ghio

'First Courtship' (Joseph Ghio, R. 1962). Seedling# 58-68V. TB, 36" (91 cm), Early midseason bloom. Pure white self; white beard. 'Jane Phillips' X 'Frosted Starlight'. Cottage Iris 1963. Exhibition Certificate 1962; Honorable Mention 1965.

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Bay View Gardens. (1965). Iris catalog for 1965. The American Iris Society Iris Encyclopedia. Retrieved from
Cottage Iris Gardens. (1963). Presenting Joe Ghio's introductions[Advertisement]. Bulletin of the American Iris Society, 169(April 1963), 106.
FIRST COURTSHIP (Ghio) has 7 bloomstalks, all with 3 to 5 blooms open, well branched and good placement, and most every bloom had a bud or more replacement. It is a gorgeous white. (Munn, 1965).
Munn, D. (1965). Flight lines: Robin's choice. Bulletin of the American Iris Society, 179(October 1965), 41.
FIRST COURTSHIP (Jane Phillips X Frosted Starlight). Lovely pure sparkling white with a self beard. The large waxy-substanced flowers glitter as if sprinkled with diamond dust. Excellent branching; the blossoms shimmer with the distinct "Frosted Starlight bubble ruffling." Best Seedling, Central Valley, 1962. Increases rapidly. 36" EM. Net $15.00. (Cottage Iris Gardens, 1963).
FIRST COURTSHIP (Ghio 1963) (Jane Phillips X Frosted Starlight) A complete self of pure sparkling snow white with bluish beard, Heavy substance, bubbling-ruffling and nicely branched stalks complete this beauty. It produced some very exciting seedlings this past spring including a couple true blues and whites with electric blue beards. $10.00. (Bayview, 1965).


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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-- KentPfeiffer - 2010-10-01
  • I can supply you with a photo of First Courtship. My grandparents raised iris from 1960-2015. They kept a notebook of names and position in the row. The mounds were labeled within the rows. I have a copy of their notebook which I use to verify the labels and blooms that I have transplanted to my home.
Mid-season bloom, Finksburg, MD May 15, 2023 -- WikiGuest - 15 May 2023
Topic revision: r17 - 15 May 2023, Harloiris
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