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Re: Bronze Beauty

With Sharon McAllister and Tom Tadfor Little on this list I am inviting
brickbats and spears with what follows. However, BRONZE BEAUTY the aril, is
a fascinating iris and an interesting story in its own right. So...

The time of introduction of the tet Regelia Hybrid BRONZE BEAUTY is a bit
earlier than what has been quoted on this list thus far. It was developed
by C. G. van Tubergen and has usually been attributed, since the middle
1920s to a period 'ca early 1900s.' The firm was founded in 1881 and had
most of its aril line well developed by 1895 so even this early date may
error on the conservative side.

BRONZE BEAUTY was in commerce in the U.S. before 1950, probably much
earlier. (C. G. White imported all of van Tubergen's regelia and onco stock
in the 20s and 30s)  The pedigree usually listed for it (I. hoogiana X I.
stolonifera) was obtained by inference and breeding characteristics. Since
BRONZE BEAUTY was never registered, and along with VERA,  played an
important role in development, Sharon McAllister and Peter Werckmeister did
the registration honors in 1992. Similar registrations have been done for
important but non registered iris in other classifications.

Allowing for a 1887 introduction date for Barr's BRONZE BEAUTY (the 1884
date was an article in 'Florist and Pomologist') and granting the aril
BRONZE BEAUTY an introduction date consistant with the main body of van
Tubergen's work in arils; they are contemporaneous and it is difficult to
cede primogeniture.

Best regards,

Mike Lowe, mikelowe@tricities.net
South Central Virginia, USA
USDA Zone 7A, pH-5.4,  very sandy loam
185 to 205 frost free growing days per year

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