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■(TB) 'Spring Romance'

1949, Miess

'Spring Romance' ( Elma Miess, R. 1948) TB, 42", Early midseason bloom. Color Class-W4L. 'Melitza' x 'Narain'. Seedling No. 551-A. Gold Cup 1948, Hollywood Show. Syllmar Gardens 1949. Honorable Mention 1950.

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From AIS Bulletin #113, April 1949: Introducing SPRING ROMANCE (E. Miess 1948) (Melina X Narain). It is difficult to describe this "breath-taking" iris by a word description. Picture a flower with crisp, horizontal falls, unusually wide and ruffled. standards wide, domed and ruffled. A waxy cream-white with a frosty overlay and a heavy infusion of aureolin gold at the haft with the added charm of an extra heavy deep orange beard. This infusion of gold at the heart of the flower casts its golden glow throughout the entire bloom. giving it great carrying value in your garden. It also has quality and refinement on close inspection plus a delightful fragrance. Spring Romance does not fade. The huge 7-inch blooms of extra heavy substance and long lasting qualities with nine or more buds, are poised gracefully on tall well branched stalks, vigorous and floriferous. Spring Romance, known as seedling 551 A., won the Gold Cup at the 1948 Hollywood Iris Show. Early midseason, 42"-$25.00.
From Easy Breeze Gardens catalog, 1954: SPRING ROMANCE (Miess '49) 42".HM '50. A wide and ruffled waxy cream-white with frosty overlay, deep orange beard and heavy infusion of aureolin gold at the haft. $5.00.
From Milliken Gardens catalog, 1952: SPRING ROMANCE (E. Miess) We admired this iris in 1948 when it won the Gold Cup at the Hollywood show, and we are proud to list this lovely waxy creamy-white with a frosty overlay, enriched by a deep orange beard, flanked by a golden infusion on the haft. The standards are domed and ruffled with crisp horizontal falls. Fragrant. 3-1/2 feet. $10.00.


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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SpringRomance12BHI.jpgjpg SpringRomance12BHI.jpg manage 72 K 04 May 2012 - 18:06 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
SpringRomance2.JPGJPG SpringRomance2.JPG manage 63 K 04 Mar 2021 - 22:08 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
SpringRomance3.JPGJPG SpringRomance3.JPG manage 69 K 31 Aug 2021 - 19:34 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
springromance01.JPGJPG springromance01.JPG manage 617 K 31 Aug 2016 - 18:56 Main.TLaurin Photo by HIPS Archives
springromance02.JPGJPG springromance02.JPG manage 77 K 18 Jun 2014 - 01:17 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the Rosalie Figge slide collection
springromance9.JPGJPG springromance9.JPG manage 105 K 04 Mar 2021 - 22:09 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
Topic revision: r17 - 18 Nov 2022, dougchyz
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