(Mrs. C. Whiting
, R, 1940). [Seedling# 4027]. TB. [38"]. Midseason bloom. Color Class-S7L. Strong fragrance. 'Midwest'
. Whiting[Maple Valley] 1942. A.I.S. Honorable Mention 1942.
| From Maple Valley Gardens catalog, 1942: MELLOWGLOW (Whiting 1942) M. 38 in. We are especially proud to bring you this lovely new blend. We think it is the finest seedling we have ever raised, at least the best light blend. It comes from Midwest Gem x Fiesta and brings the rich coloring of Fiesta into the smoothness of Midwest Gem. It is like a huge, ripe peach and is as luscious and tempting. The color is deep peach or apricot with a flush of pink. The nearest Ridgway sample is probably apricot buff, although the color of the flower is brighter and yellower than this. We got the name Mellowglow from the Dictionary of color, a textile name used popularly several years ago. The flower itself is richer and brighter, not quite so mellow but we liked the name. The standards are very wide, well arched but not domed, so that one can just see into the lovely heart of the flower. The falls are very broadly rounded with wide, smooth hafts and a heavy orange beard. Our color plate on the catalog cover shows the full crisply ruffled form; the color is quite true, with perhaps a little more pink in the highlights than the flower itself shows. The substance of the blooms is extremely heavy with a certain quality of crispness that insures endurance in sun and wind. The stalks are strong and tall with adequate branching. The plants are perfectly hardy, free flowering and prolific of increase. It will be remembered by our garden visitors as No. 4027. It may be seen this year in Mr. Fishburn’s garden at Roanoke. Virginia, Mrs. Pollock's at Sacramento. California and in the Kellogg garden at North Granby. Connecticut We just know you will like it. $40.00.
| MELLOWGLOW, to be introduced this year, is without much doubt, the finest seedling we have raised. It is No. 4027 from MIDWEST GEM X FIESTA. It brings the rich, warm coloring of FIESTA into smooth creaminess and a large, full petaled· flower. Notes from Midwest Breeders, A.I.S. Bulletin 84:54 Jan. 1942.
| "A number of Mrs. Whitings iris did excellently with me this year. MELLOWGLOW was one exception as it did not bloom and has been a rather weak grower in my garden." Jesse E. Wills, “Iris Recollections, 1945,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society #98 (August 1945): 11.
| From Western Iris Gardens catalog, 1948: MELLOWGLOW (Whiting, 1942). M. 38" Perfect form of flower, highly ruffled. Peach and played in luscious richness with a flush of pink. An extra heavy beard extends down the fall adding interest to the whole. HM 1942. $10.00
Quick Summary of Cultural Directions
| FURTHER CULTURAL INFORMATION
| 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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