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■(TB) 'The Bishop'

1937, Washington

'The Bishop' (Thomas Washington, R. 1937) TB. Early midseason bloom. Color Class B7D. Honorable Mention 1939.

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Awaiting original catalog description
THE BISHOP (Washington 1937) M. A smoothly finished long flower of intense Bishop's purple. The standards are large and well domed, the large falls are slightly flaring, and of very firm substance and texture. H. M., A. I. S. 1938. Per. R. 87 1939. 38 in. $1.00. _[Mrs. Thomas Nesmith, Fairmount Gardens Catalog, Lowell, Massachusetts, A Selected List of Bearded Iris, Catalog, 1948]_
For a dark iris with a texture like satin rather than velvet, I would get THE BISHOP (13). It might just as well be classed as a dark purple, but either way I would want it as it is good every year. [Wills, Jesse, (1943). Older Iris I would Buy Again, American Iris Society Bulletin, 89(April 1943), 14.]


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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-- BetsyHiggins - 2011-03-07
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IMG_7371.jpgjpg IMG_7371.jpg manage 301 K 21 Dec 2018 - 00:09 Main.davepote Photo by David Potembski, Presby 2016, Bed location 28-24.
IMG_7814.jpgjpg IMG_7814.jpg manage 362 K 21 Dec 2018 - 18:25 Main.davepote Photo by David Potembski, Presby 2016, Bed location 28-24.
The Bishop.jpgjpg The Bishop.jpg manage 336 K 26 Sep 2021 - 03:37 Main.davepote Photo by David Potembski taken in my garden 2021, Finksburg, MD
TheBishopAA.jpgjpg TheBishopAA.jpg manage 43 K 07 Mar 2011 - 19:05 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Argyle Acres
TheBishopBH1.JPGJPG TheBishopBH1.JPG manage 80 K 14 Jan 2022 - 13:45 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mike Unser at Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
TheBishopBHI.jpgjpg TheBishopBHI.jpg manage 90 K 24 Nov 2011 - 00:23 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
the-bishop1-16.jpgjpg the-bishop1-16.jpg manage 264 K 02 Jul 2016 - 22:26 Main.mikeu Photo taken at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens by Mike Unser
Topic revision: r17 - 14 Jan 2022, Harloiris
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