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■(TB) 'Pretty Carol'

1959, Hamblen

'Pretty Carol' (Melba Hamblen, R. 1956) Seedling# 53-12. TB, 36" (91 cm). Late bloom. Bishop's violet self, lighter area in falls.; tangerine beard. ('Pink Tower' x 'Radiation') X 'Mary Randall'. Mission Bell, Tell 1959. Honorable Mention 1959; Award of Merit 1961.

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From Tell’s Iris Gardens catalog,1959: PRETTY CAROL (Melba Hamblen, Roy, Utah.) Midseason to Late. 40 inches. (Radiation x Pink Tower.) X (Mary Randall.) Gorgeous, stately, queenly and every other adjective one might conjure to use in its description and praise. Every connoisseur of fine iris has praised this beautiful creation. The color is rich Orchid somewhat in the same range as the pollen parent, Mary Randall. There are few in this color class with the height, size and great width of petals. Shown at Salt Lake City in 1956 PRETTY CAROL was awarded the cup for best seedling and received the C.O.C.from the A.l.S., and in 1956 received an H. C.award. PRETTY CAROL is destined for great popularity and should be a wonderful parent. No. 53-12. $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.

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-- Main.RPries - 2011-03-07
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
PrettyCarol02.JPEGJPEG PrettyCarol02.JPEG manage 12 K 10 May 2014 - 14:24 UnknownUser Photo courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
PrettyCarolEI.jpgjpg PrettyCarolEI.jpg manage 28 K 17 Dec 2012 - 22:32 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Exline Iris Garden
pretty01.jpgjpg pretty01.jpg manage 77 K 27 Jun 2015 - 02:26 UnknownUser Photo by Exline Iris Garden
pretty_carol_fl.jpgjpg pretty_carol_fl.jpg manage 41 K 12 Aug 2012 - 16:47 IrisP  
prettycarol1.JPGJPG prettycarol1.JPG manage 83 K 25 Apr 2020 - 14:48 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the 1971 Gilbert H. Wild & Son catalogue by Terry Laurin
prettycarol2.JPGJPG prettycarol2.JPG manage 403 K 20 Sep 2020 - 13:53 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the 1967 Schreiners catalogue by Terry Laurin
prettycarol9.jpgjpg prettycarol9.jpg manage 95 K 17 Feb 2021 - 22:34 UnknownUser Photo by George Bacon-Breezeway Iris Garden
prettycarol91.jpgjpg prettycarol91.jpg manage 76 K 17 Feb 2021 - 22:35 UnknownUser Photo by George Bacon-Breezeway Iris Garden
Topic revision: r15 - 18 Dec 2022, TLaurin
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