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■(TB) 'The Admiral'

1941, Hall

'The Admiral' >(David Hall, R. 1938). TB. 36". Midseason bloom. Color Class B1D. fragrant. 'Sensation' x ( 'Selene' x 'Wambliska'). Hall 1941. Honorable Mention 1940; Award of Merit 1944.

1949 checklist citations: Bull. A.I.S. 78:4 July 1940; Bull. A.I.S. 94:3 August 1944. 1949 Checklist - adds introducer, introduction date of 1941, HM, AM, and citations.

See below:
IMG 7376.jpgthe-admiral1-11.jpgthe-admiral2.jpgthe-admiral3.jpgtheadmiral-jb.jpgtheadmiral01.JPGtheadmiral9.JPG


From Cooley's Gardens catalog for 1945: "An intense blue, deeper than medium blue, but not really a dark shade. The form, finish and substance are outstanding. Withstands either sun, wind or rain equally well, lasts long in bloom, and makes a wonderful garden clump."
"The Admiral, too, disappointed me. It has been compared with our English variety 'Blue Ensign'. To my mind the latter is a much better "blue" which appears almost cornflower blue in the evening light, and the pure beard, as contrasted with the Admiral's gold beard, just makes all the difference to the general colour effect. The set of the falls of the Ensign is rather the more jaunty or "lilting" as I have heard it described." Gwendolyn Anley, (England), “American Irises in English Gardens,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 107, “Iris Ramblings” (October 1947): 7.
Additional Catalog References: Longfield 1947; Milliken 1948; Salbach 1945; Schreiner's 1944; Tell 1947


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
  • The blue tone is very difficult to capture on film - it is that almost luminous blue undertone that cameras never seem to capture. All my photos look more purple than it does to the eye. The finish is like satin. An outstanding variety. -- MikeUnser - 2015-08-02
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
IMG_7376.jpgjpg IMG_7376.jpg manage 362 K 21 Dec 2018 - 00:13 UnknownUser Photo by David Potembski, Presby 2016
the-admiral1-11.jpgjpg the-admiral1-11.jpg manage 52 K 02 Aug 2015 - 23:01 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
the-admiral2.jpgjpg the-admiral2.jpg manage 49 K 02 Aug 2015 - 23:01 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
the-admiral3.jpgjpg the-admiral3.jpg manage 49 K 02 Aug 2015 - 23:01 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
theadmiral-jb.jpgjpg theadmiral-jb.jpg manage 24 K 23 Feb 2013 - 17:49 Main.Harloiris photo by Mike Unser
theadmiral01.JPGJPG theadmiral01.JPG manage 386 K 13 Oct 2020 - 03:04 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the 1949 Schreiners catalogue by Terry Laurin
theadmiral9.JPGJPG theadmiral9.JPG manage 72 K 02 Sep 2021 - 10:48 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Topic revision: r17 - 12 Nov 2023, Harloiris
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