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■(TB) 'Midnight Love Affair'

1979, McWhirter

'Midnight Love Affair' (James McWhirter, R. 1977). Seedling# J76-41-1. TB, 36" (91 cm), Midseason to late bloom. Standaards deep violet (RHS 88B); falls deep violet to purple (86A); light violet (94D) beard. 'Skylab' X 'Dream Lover'. Cottage Gardens 1979. Honorable Mention 1981.

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Photo scanned from the Larry Harder slide collectionPhoto taken at 1981 AIS St. Louis Convention by Verna Laurin at the Roderick Garden


From AIS Bulletin #233 Spring 1979 Introducing MIDNIGHT LOVE AFFAIR (James McWhirter), TB, M-L, 34". $25.00. New and exciting blue toward purple side, very intense coloring. Heavily ruffled flowers on well branched stalks, usually supporting 8 buds. F. are set off by light violet beards, further adding to the illusion of a Midnight Love Affair. Skylab X Dream Lover. Cottage Gardens.


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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midnightloveaffair.JPGJPG midnightloveaffair.JPG manage 566 K 16 Jul 2018 - 02:34 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the Larry Harder slide collection
midnightloveaffair9.JPGJPG midnightloveaffair9.JPG manage 220 K 05 Apr 2023 - 14:41 TerryLaurin Photo taken at 1981 AIS St. Louis Convention by Verna Laurin at the Roderick Garden
Topic revision: r13 - 05 Apr 2023, Harloiris
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