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■(TB) 'New Snow'

1946, Fay

'New Snow' (Orville Fay, R. 1945); TB, 38-40", Midseason bloom. Color Class-WW. ('Snow Flurry' X 'Katharine Fay'). Honorable Mention 1946; Award of Merit 1948. Runner-up for the Dykes Medal three years in a row: 1950, 1951, 1952. Highest ranking pure white in the 1952 Symposium; Award of Merit, RHS 1953.

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IMG 7248.jpgNew Snow Sch cat.jpgnew-snow1.jpgnew-snow3.jpgNew Snow.jpgNEW SNOW.pngNew Snow fl.jpgNewSnow01.JPGnewsnow01.jpgnewsnow02.jpgNewSnow02.JPGNewSnow1.JPGnewsnow5.jpg


From Fay Gardens catalog, 1947: NEW SNOW .No. 44-24 Snow Flurry x Fay 41-11. $20.00. A white Iris which is neither a warm nor a cold white but is as white as new snow. The beard is full and bright yellow, adding a great deal of life. This is the only color in the flower, as there are no haft markings. A sturdy and well-branched stalk 40 inches tall holds the large, perfectly forrMed ruffled flowers well aloft. Midseason. The plants are completely winter hardy at Chicago. It is a fast increaser and has very dark green leaves and stems. H. C. 1945.H. M. 1946.
"Two years ago I expressed doubt whether any of the highly-rated new whites were really any better than such old reliables as Gudrun, Crystal Beauty, White Goddess, or (for those who can grow it) Easter Morn, and said I was still looking for "a hardy, ruffled white, with the purity of Priscilla, the sprightliness of Snow Flurry, the refinement of Purissima, the poise, branching and nobility of Easter Morn, the size and richness of Gudrun, and the floriferousness of Crystal Beauty." If New Snow lives up to the promise of the one-year plant at Roanoke it may come pretty close to being what I specified. It was 40 inches tall on a sturdy, beautifully branched stalk, with three flowers open at once, the first one nearly three days old. The flowers were larger than those of Snow Flurry (its pod parent), and even more beautifully ruffled; they were much heavier in substance, a warmer, more opaque white. They were well spaced and well poised; when first opening they were just a little too stiffly horizontal, but after two or three hours relaxed into just the right combination of ruffle and flare, and held it through sun and rain. The increase was very good, and the plant green, vigorous, and healthy-looking. If it does as well other years and in other gardens it will be hard to beat." John Dolman, Jr., “From Virginia to New Hampshire,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 103 (October 1946): 14.


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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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
IMG_7248.jpgjpg IMG_7248.jpg manage 281 K 20 Dec 2018 - 19:31 UnknownUser photo by David Potembski, Presby 2016
NEW_SNOW.pngpng NEW_SNOW.png manage 273 K 18 Feb 2017 - 01:22 Main.hrandiac Scanned from 1954 Milliken catalog
New Snow Sch cat.jpgjpg New Snow Sch cat.jpg manage 84 K 28 Nov 2017 - 15:08 BobPries From Schreiners 1952 catalog
NewSnow01.JPGJPG NewSnow01.JPG manage 55 K 27 Nov 2014 - 04:18 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
NewSnow02.JPGJPG NewSnow02.JPG manage 66 K 25 Aug 2021 - 14:38 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
NewSnow1.JPGJPG NewSnow1.JPG manage 398 K 18 Feb 2021 - 22:39 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the 1955 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
New_Snow.jpgjpg New_Snow.jpg manage 11 K 17 Dec 2010 - 14:06 UnknownUser Courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
New_Snow_fl.jpgjpg New_Snow_fl.jpg manage 38 K 18 Feb 2011 - 18:02 IrisP  
new-snow1.jpgjpg new-snow1.jpg manage 27 K 11 Jul 2010 - 15:16 Main.mikeu New Snow by Mike Unser
new-snow3.jpgjpg new-snow3.jpg manage 34 K 11 Jul 2010 - 15:17 Main.mikeu New Snow by Mike Unser
newsnow01.jpgjpg newsnow01.jpg manage 134 K 01 Jun 2020 - 18:27 UnknownUser Photo by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens
newsnow02.jpgjpg newsnow02.jpg manage 130 K 01 Jun 2020 - 18:29 UnknownUser Photo by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens
newsnow5.jpgjpg newsnow5.jpg manage 48 K 12 Nov 2013 - 21:44 UnknownUser Photo by Alain Chapelle-France
Topic revision: r38 - 29 Jun 2023, davepote
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