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■(TB) 'W. R. Dykes'

1926, Dykes

'W. R. Dykes' (William Rickatson Dykes, 1926) TB, 38" Midseason bloom. Color Class Y4M. Standards and falls yellow; falls sometimes dappled in red-purple splotches. Orange beard. Orpington 1926; 1938; Gardeners' Chronicles 79: 442. 19 June 1926 illustrated. Knap Hill 1938; Wayman 1928; Schreiner 1928; Maple Valley 1938; Pat. 1938.

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W. R. DYKES. No iris has come to us from any source that has carried greater advance publicity, and it is doubtful if any has created as much comment. Here is a yellow iris that ranks with the very largest in size, with heavy crepey texture, and a color of richest golden-yellow. The falls are usually stained and streaked lightly with purple. In some flowers this is not evident at all, but the beauty of the blossom is not marred in the least. It has flowered well in almost every section of the country, but it does demand perfect drainage. Cold temperatures do not seem to harm the plant. A great novelty. Each $18.00. Cooley's Wholesale pricelist, 1932.
From Quality Gardens catalog 1931: WILLIAM R. DYKES (Dykes 1926) E. 40". This iris is the crowning achievement of the late W. R. Dykes, and in our opinion is the most beautiful light colored iris we have ever seen. The picture of it in this catalog is very good, but it is only five-sixths of the actual size of the flower from which it was taken, but the color plate had to be made smaller to fit the catalog. It is of the most perfect shape and greatest substance. The standards are very tall, dome shaped and beautifully frilled. The falls are of great thickness and the surface is crinkled, giving an indescribable richness to the flower. The falls are lightly flecked violet, which, in our opinion greatly adds to the beauty and distinction of the flower. This past season we have risked some of our plants, which have been described as tender and could not be raised in the open, by many growers, and we are now able to tell our customers, that W.R. Dykes is hardy, if planted in well drained soil and covered with straw. The pollen is fertile. $40.00.
Longfield Gardens 1936 offers this note: " This is probably the most remarkable yellow Iris on the market. The Standards are tall, dome shaped and frilled. The falls are long and broad of great thickness and the surface of the flower is crinkled. Flowers of richest golden yellow with the falls lightly flecked violet.


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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WRDykes01.JPGJPG WRDykes01.JPG manage 62 K 09 Dec 2014 - 16:14 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
WRDykes010.JPGJPG WRDykes010.JPG manage 78 K 04 Sep 2021 - 02:21 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
WRDykes02.JPEGJPEG WRDykes02.JPEG manage 34 K 10 May 2014 - 01:27 UnknownUser Photo courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
WRDykes04.JPGJPG WRDykes04.JPG manage 122 K 09 Dec 2016 - 19:30 UnknownUser Photo by Judy Schneider-The Shady Spot
WRDykes12BHI.jpgjpg WRDykes12BHI.jpg manage 95 K 08 May 2012 - 18:02 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
WRDykesEP1A.jpgjpg WRDykesEP1A.jpg manage 43 K 12 Jul 2011 - 18:55 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Emilio Paoletti
WRDykesEP2A.jpgjpg WRDykesEP2A.jpg manage 43 K 12 Jul 2011 - 18:52 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Emilio Paoletti
WRDykesRT.jpgjpg WRDykesRT.jpg manage 20 K 22 Jan 2012 - 20:54 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Rick Tasco
rsz_wrdykes-j.jpgjpg rsz_wrdykes-j.jpg manage 42 K 29 Jun 2016 - 21:54 Main.Harloiris photo by Sharon Hall
wrdykes01.jpgjpg wrdykes01.jpg manage 72 K 23 Aug 2014 - 02:27 UnknownUser Photo by Iris City Gardens
wrdykes1.jpgjpg wrdykes1.jpg manage 138 K 04 Jun 2020 - 01:53 UnknownUser Photo by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens
wrdykes9.JPGJPG wrdykes9.JPG manage 165 K 28 May 2023 - 14:35 UnknownUser Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
wrdykes90.JPGJPG wrdykes90.JPG manage 162 K 28 May 2023 - 14:35 UnknownUser Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
wrdykes91.JPGJPG wrdykes91.JPG manage 112 K 28 May 2023 - 14:35 UnknownUser Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
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