■(TB) 'Shining Waters'
, 1930). TB. Early midseason bloom. Color Class-B1M. (('Caterina'
x 'Marian Mohr'
) x ('California Blue'
)) x 'Uncle Remus'
. Millikin 1933. Honorable Mention 1934, Award of Merit 1935.
| 'Shining Waters' (Essig, 1933). The finest blue of 1934 or 1935 and we really need more fine blues. Beautiful clear campanula-blue. Tall well-branched stalks. [Tobie, Mabel Carey (1935). Iris Notes on Mrs. Thomas Nesmith's Collection, American Iris Society Bulletin 59(October 1935), 58.]
| From Milliken Iris Gardens catalog, 1940: SHINING WATERS (Essig) A reflection of the clear blue western skies in still, shining waters. The best of the many smooth, clear blues obtained after years of progressive breeding along a particular line. The self color is about midway between the shades of the darker Sierra Blue and the lighter Pale Moonlight, yet it is really not a competitor of either. The firm, wax-like texture and perfect finish, symmetry, and poise of the falls and standards are enhanced by a bright orange beard. The flowering stalks are straight, three to four-branched and from four to five feet tall. It combines a smoothness and finish that is unsurpassed, with the size and poise of Easter Morn. Shining Waters is now generally recognized as the finest iris of its color. We introduced this iris in 1933 and have the largest and finest stock in the entire country. Our plants will amaze you. Illustrated in color on page 9. 50c; 3 for $1.00; 12 for $3.50.
| In light blues, I would buy again SHINING WATERS (6), CASTALIA (7), and PAULETTE (8). SHINING WATERS is a little bit tender, but has bloomed with fair regularity, and I like very much its color, form, and stalk. [Wills, Jesse, (1943). Older Iris I would Buy Again, American Iris Society Bulletin, 89(April 1943), 13.]
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