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■(TB) 'Flair'

1976, Gatty

'Flair' (Joseph Gatty, R. 1975). Seedling# C30-1. TB, 38" (97 cm), Midseason to late bloom. Standards blue-white (M&P 41-A-4) shading to wistaria violet (41-E-9) at base and midrib; falls cool white (41-A-3) with touch of wistaria violet (41-E-8) at throat; white beard tipped light yellow. 'Pacific X seedling# 37D: 'Brave Viking' x 'Winter Olympics'. Keppel, Melrose 1976. Exhibition Certificate 1974, High Commendation 1975, High Commendation 1977, Honorable Mention 1977, Judges' Choice 1978, Award of Merit 1979.

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From Melrose Gardens catalog 1976: FLAIR (Joe Gatty '76) ML 38" Sdg. C30-1: Pacifica X (Brave Viking x Winter Olympics). A flower that at once combines finesse, artistic good taste and ostentation, and that takes a bit of doing. The four inch wide falls build up into seven inch flowers with standards bulging with their fullness—that is ostentation. Lines so carefully and gracefully carved that they move in perfect symmetry—that is artistic good taste. The flow of color graduation from milk-white tips to diaphanous biue-violet shadows at the base of the standards and on out to the milky blue-white of the oscillating fall edges and the matching beards—that is finesse. The whole balance of the sumptuous flowers and the broadleafed, lusty plant will satisfy the most discriminating eye. EC'74 HC'75 NET 25.00.


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.

-- Main.RPries - 2011-03-07

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-- BetsyHiggins - 2010-12-17
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Flair.JPGJPG Flair.JPG manage 70 K 02 Feb 2011 - 06:16 IrisP  
Flair01.JPGJPG Flair01.JPG manage 49 K 12 Dec 2014 - 01:08 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Flair02.JPGJPG Flair02.JPG manage 78 K 16 Aug 2021 - 03:11 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Flair12BHI.jpgjpg Flair12BHI.jpg manage 68 K 18 Apr 2012 - 23:05 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
flair01.jpgjpg flair01.jpg manage 60 K 23 Jun 2015 - 22:29 UnknownUser Photo by Barry Blyth-Australia
flair1.JPGJPG flair1.JPG manage 49 K 05 May 2020 - 01:20 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the 1976 Melrose Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
flair8.JPGJPG flair8.JPG manage 153 K 28 Jun 2023 - 02:40 UnknownUser Photo by Verna Laurin-Willowdale-ON-Canada
flair9.JPGJPG flair9.JPG manage 162 K 25 Apr 2023 - 14:45 UnknownUser Photo taken at 2003 AIS Siberian/Species-Hamilton-ON-Canada Convention by Verna Laurin at the Royal Botanical Garden
Topic revision: r21 - 17 Jul 2023, dougchyz
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