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Region 20 Newsletter Article

Dear Iris-L Historic Iris Experts:

I'm going to hold off on submitting this article to the Region 20 and HIPS
newsletters for a few days in hope that you may provide any needed
corrections.  When my memory is foggy, the cryptic system for describing
colors in the '39 & '49 checklists can on occasion be quite puzzling.


by Lowell Baumunk

     As an added attraction for the 1998 American Iris Society Convention in
Colorado, Barbara and I have installed a planting of many of the outstanding
irises of the 1940's.  The collection of 48 cultivars includes 21 of the top
24 from the recently published HIPS symposium of favorites

     My first iris was a spectacular and huge brownish gold variety that had
been dug from my grandfather's garden in LaHarpe, Kansas.  I thought it was
wonderful, and my career as an irisarian had begun.  Many years later, I
learned that this iris, to which I had given the garden name "LaHarpe", was
in fact GOLDEN RUSSET, hybridized by David Hall in 1946.

     GOLDEN RUSSET has now been joined by 47 other significant cultivars from
the forties in a special display bed enclosed by a low rock wall in our
convention garden.  My impression, from observing these plants in bloom, is
that the forties must have been a decade of outstanding innovation in the
areas of color and pattern.  It is difficult to think of any modern iris that
has improved on the forties varieties in those categories.  Much progress has
been made in the interceding decades, however, in the substance and form of
the flowers.  By modern standards, the forties irises generally give an
impression of being very colorful but narrow and floppy.

     Here is a list, alphabeticaly by hybridizer, of the 48 varieties you
will see in our garden at the '98 convention:

     TOM CRAIG, Los Angeles, CA.
JOSEPH'S MANTLE (1948)  Yellow, feathered dark red.  

     FRED DeFOREST, Canby, OR
ARGUS PHEASANT (1948)  Yellow-toned blend.  Dykes '52.

     ORVILLE FAY, Northbrook, IL
DESERT SONG (1946) Yellow-toned white.  AM '49.
TRULY YOURS (1948)  White, feathered yellow. Dykes '53.
ZANTHA (1947) Dark yellow self.  AM '52.

     JIM GIBSON, Porterville, CA
GIBSON GIRL (1946)  Yellow & red plicata.  Rebloomer.  

SPUN GOLD (1940)  Dark yellow self.  Dykes '44.

     ROBERT GRAVES, Concord, NH
HELEN McGREGOR (1943)  Medium blue self.  Dykes '49.

     DAVID HALL, Wilmette, IL
CHANTILLY (1943)  Pink.  AM '47.
CHERIE (1945)  Flamingo pink.  Dykes '51.
GOLDEN RUSSET (1946) Yellow blend.  AM '52.
NIGHTFALL (1942)  Dark blue bitone.  AM '45.

     R.E. KLEINSORGE, Silverton, OR
GRAND CANYON (1941)  Yellow-toned blend.  AM '44.
SUNSET BLAZE (1948)  Dark yellow-toned red.  AM '51.
TOBACCO ROAD (1941)  Yellow-toned brown.  AM '46.

     P.A. LOOMIS, Colorado Springs, CO
ELMOHR (1942)  Mulberry self.  Arilbred.  Dykes '45.
RED AMBER (1942)  Yellow-toned red.  HM '43.
SPANISH PEAKS (1947)  White.  AM '50.

     EDITH LOWRY, Newton, MA
VIOLET HARMONY (1948)  Medium violet self.  Dykes '57.

     WALTER MARX, Boring, OR
BLUMOHR (1948)  Light blue self.  Arilbred.  AM '52.

     WILLIAM McKEE, Worcester, MA
AUGUSTA (1946)  Red blend.  HM '48,

     ELMA MIESS, Calamesa, CA
SPRING ROMANCE (1948) Yellow-toned white.  HM '50.

MOUNT TIMP (1945)  White-ground red plicata.  
PINK FORMAL (1947)  Pink.  AM '51.

     ARTHUR MURAWASKA, River Grove, IL
ALADDIN'S WISH (1943)  White brushed blue.  

     LUKE NORTON, Yakima, WA
RAJAH BROOKE (1945)  Bright variegata.  HM '46.

     CARL SALBACH, Berkeley, CA
LADY MOHR (1943)  Blue-toned white.  Arilbred.  AM '46.

MINNIE COLQUITT (1942)  Red on white plicata.  AM '45.
RED TORCH (1945)  Red bitone.  HM '47.

     JACOB SASS, Omaha, NE
BLUE SHIMMER (1941)  Light blue on white plicata.  AM '44.
JAKE (1943)   White.  
MATTIE GATES (1945)  Yellow & white bicolor.  AM '50.
MOONLIT SEA (1942)  Purple & white luminata.  HM '43.
OLA KALA (1942)  Bright gold.  Dykes '48.
PRETTY PANSY (1946)  Purple & white luminata.  HM '50.
SUNSET SERENADE (1942)  Light yellow blend.  AM '45.

BLACK FOREST (1945) Progenitor of Schreiner's blacks.  AM '48.
MULBERRY ROSE (1941) Bright mulberry blend.  AM '44.

     KENNETH SMITH, Staten Island, NY
HELEN COLLINGWOOD (1949)  Neglecta.  AM '52.

     JEAN STEVENS, Bastia Hill, New Zealand
PARAGON (1947)  Pink.  
PINNACLE (1949)  Yellow amoena.  AM '51.

     AGNES WHITING, Mapleton, IA
BLUE RHYTHM (1945)  Medium blue self.  Dykes '50.
MAYTIME (1947)  Pastel red & yellow blend.  AM '53.
ROCKET (1945)  Gold & brown blend.  AM '47.
TEA ROSE (1944)  Red & yellow blend.  HM '45
VATICAN PURPLE (1943)  Deep purple.  HM '43
VEISHEA (1942)  Lacey blend.  HM '46.

     JESSE WILLS, Nashville, TN
CHIVALRY (1944)  Medium blue self.  Dykes '47..

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