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■(TB) 'Happy Wanderer'

1957, Lapham

'Happy Wanderer' (E. Greig Lapham, R. 1954). TB, 36" (91 cm). Midseason bloom. Color Class-R1, Red self (tapestry, M & P 7-J-5), dark-orange beard. 'Town Talk' X 'Dress Rehearsal'. Longfield 1957.

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HAPPY WONDERER EI.jpghappywanderer9.JPG


From Longfield Iris Farm catalog, 1957: HAPPY WANDERER (Town Talk x Dress Rehearsal). A wonderful clear Tapestry Red self with clean smooth hafts and a dark orange beard. The flower is large, in fact, the largest red Iris we have ever seen, with broad well rounded falls and broad closed standards. An Iris of excellent substance withstanding all weather conditions. 36 inches. Midseason. This Iris has been greatly admired by the many visitors to our gardens. $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.

-- Main.RPries - 2011-03-07

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-- BetsyHiggins - 2011-01-06
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
HAPPY_WONDERER_EI.jpgjpg HAPPY_WONDERER_EI.jpg manage 272 K 08 Jul 2016 - 11:59 Main.ruiris from the book 'The Iris' (G. Rodionenko et al., 1981)
happywanderer9.JPGJPG happywanderer9.JPG manage 376 K 20 Jan 2021 - 03:47 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1965 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
Topic revision: r11 - 20 Jan 2021, Harloiris
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