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■(TB) 'Virginia Squire'

1973, Gaulter

'Virginia Squire' (Larry Gaulter, R. 1971). Seedling# 69-23. TB, 36" (91 cm), Midseason bloom. Deep blue-purple self; blue-purple beard. 'Bristol Gem' X 'Style Master'. Cooley's 1973. Honorable Mention 1974.

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Virginia Squire  Gaulter 1973.JPGVirginia Squire fl.jpgVirginiaSquire01.JPGVirginiaSquire02.JPGVirginiaSquire12BHI.JPGvirginiasquire5.JPGvirginiasquire50.JPG


VIRGINIA SQUIRE (Gaulter '73) M. 36" Each $25.00. Let us introduce to you the Virginia Squire. And how about introducing him into your garden? This one is as deep blue as the mountains of Virginia, and as proud as the Squire himself! There is mid-season to late bloom–a long period to view the many large blossoms, on well balanced stems. The flowers have blue beards, gold at the throat, and closed standards. Overall picture presents the smooth appearance of a southern gentleman. Parentage of this one is Bristol Gem X Style Master. It received 16 votes for an HC and won the regional seedling cup in 1972. Seedling No. 69-23. [Cooley's Iris, 1973]
Among some of the irises I wished were mine when I saw them in flower last spring was Larry Gaulter's 69-23. A smooth violet-blue, well formed, wide and ruffled, and growing vigorously on strong well-branched stalks. I discovered recently that I had photographed it twice. [Jones, Bennett C. (1972). Oregon in ’72, American Iris Society Bulletin 204(January 1972), 19.]


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.

-- Main.RPries - 2011-03-07

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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
VirginiaSquire01.JPGJPG VirginiaSquire01.JPG manage 86 K 09 Dec 2014 - 16:04 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
VirginiaSquire02.JPGJPG VirginiaSquire02.JPG manage 75 K 04 Sep 2021 - 01:24 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
VirginiaSquire12BHI.JPGJPG VirginiaSquire12BHI.JPG manage 72 K 08 May 2012 - 17:49 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Virginia_Squire__Gaulter_1973.JPGJPG Virginia_Squire__Gaulter_1973.JPG manage 72 K 01 Jan 2010 - 12:22 Main.Laymont+ by Dejoux in my garden : sud-ouest France
Virginia_Squire_fl.jpgjpg Virginia_Squire_fl.jpg manage 59 K 24 Feb 2011 - 04:55 IrisP  
virginiasquire5.JPGJPG virginiasquire5.JPG manage 184 K 30 Jun 2023 - 20:52 Main.TLaurin Photo by Verna Laurin-Willowdale-ON-Canada
virginiasquire50.JPGJPG virginiasquire50.JPG manage 193 K 30 Jun 2023 - 20:53 Main.TLaurin Photo by Verna Laurin-Willowdale-ON-Canada-taken June 1983
Topic revision: r20 - 06 Oct 2023, dougchyz
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