(Cooley's Iris Garden
, 1928) TB, 44-48", Midseason bloom. Color Code-B3L. Cooley 1928. Syn. Cooley Surprise
Nursery listings: Cooley 1928.
Additional nurseries not listed: Tip Top 1936
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| SURPRISE. Our introduction of 1928. A beautiful medium blue self of largest size and great height, four feet, the entire flower slightly suffused with a soft shade of heliotrope. An outstanding feature is the intense burnt-orange beard. The competition in this color class is most keen, but Mr. Schreiner ranks Surprise among the best dozen. Mrs. Pattison of Quality Gardens remarks that "it did beautifully for me this year. It was one, if not the tallest, in my garden." Extra large rhizomes, $7.50 each; three for $18.00. Cooley's Iris Gardens, Wholesale Price List 1931.
| SURPRISE. Monster blue, flushed heliotrope, on stems up to four feet in height. The intense orange beard is a salient feature. This is our own introduction, and we are proud of the fact that it has been well received in all sections of the country. A fit companion to such blues as 'Santa Barbara', 'Souvenir de Loetitia Michaud', and 'Duchess Sarah'. Bold foliage, almost evergreen. Each $3.50; three for $9.00; ten, $25.00. Cooley's Iris Gardens, Wholesale Price List 1932.
| Peckham, E. (Ed.). (1940). Alphabetical iris check list: 1939, (pp. 174, 522, 523). The American Iris Society.
| American Iris Society. (n.d.). Alphabetical iris check list 1949: compiled from the records of the Registrar, Charles E.F. Gersdorff and Assistant Registrar, Mrs. Walter Colquitt, (pp. 233-234). The American Iris Society.
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