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■(TB) 'Act Surprised'

2010, Black

'Act Surprised' (Paul Black, R. 2010) Seedling L124A. TB, 36" (91 cm). Midseason to late bloom. Standards light pink blending to near white edge; style arms mauve pink; falls medium orchid, diamond dusted; beards tangerine, white at end, 1/2" hairy orchid horns; pronounced musky fragrance. Seedling I47A: ('To The Point' x seedling 8929A: ('Gladys Austin' x seedling 8664A: ('Piping Hot' x 'Sky Hooks'))) X 'Announcement'. Mid-America 2010. Honorable Mention 2014.

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From Mid-America Garden catalog, 2009: ACT SURPRISED (Black ‘10) TB Midseason-Late 36” (91cm). Act Surprised is a lovely light pink and orchid bicolor with tangerine to white beards ending in short, hairy orchid horns. Nicely ruffled flowers open easily without distortion as is common in so many space agers. Strong growth produces show stalks with 3 branches and a spur providing 9-10 buds. Makes a lovely clump. Stalks are placed throughout the clump so each flower is showcased and not all bunched together. Act Surprised is a quality child of the very popular 'Announcement'. It is a quality parent for space age seedlings. Sdlg. L124A: (To the Point x (Gladys Austin x (Piping Hot x Skyhooks))) X Announcement. $50.00.


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.

BobPries - 21 Apr 2019

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-- RolandDejoux - 2010-01-20
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
ACTSUPRISED1.JPGJPG ACTSUPRISED1.JPG manage 157 K 20 Feb 2022 - 03:45 Main.TLaurin Photo by Paul Black-Mid America Garden
ACTSUPRISED10.JPGJPG ACTSUPRISED10.JPG manage 143 K 20 Feb 2022 - 03:46 Main.TLaurin Photo by Paul Black-Mid America Garden
ACTSUPRISED11.JPGJPG ACTSUPRISED11.JPG manage 224 K 20 Feb 2022 - 03:46 Main.TLaurin Photo by Paul Black-Mid America Garden
ACT_SURPRISED.jpgjpg ACT_SURPRISED.jpg manage 73 K 20 Jan 2010 - 11:57 Main.Laymont+ by Mid-America Garden Oregon USA
ActSurprised.jpgjpg ActSurprised.jpg manage 53 K 21 Feb 2014 - 04:33 BrindaMandella Act Surprised, Tom Burseen Gardens, Grand Prairie, TX
ActSurprised01.JPGJPG ActSurprised01.JPG manage 70 K 18 Dec 2014 - 04:04 Main.TLaurin Photo by Tara Perennial Farm,Owen Sound,Ontario
act_surprised_em.jpgjpg act_surprised_em.jpg manage 381 K 25 Nov 2019 - 15:07 Main.Elladan Photo by Elladan
actsurprised.JPGJPG actsurprised.JPG manage 37 K 26 Jul 2012 - 22:07 Main.TLaurin Photo by Tara Perennial Farm, Tara, ON Canada z5a
actsurprised02.jpgjpg actsurprised02.jpg manage 66 K 08 Jan 2015 - 02:36 Main.TLaurin Photo by Hugh Stout of Stout Gardens at Dancingtree.
actsurprised04.JPGJPG actsurprised04.JPG manage 91 K 20 Jan 2015 - 12:21 Main.TLaurin Photo by Kate Brewitt at Tara Perennial Farm-Owen Sound ON
actsurprised3.jpgjpg actsurprised3.jpg manage 19 K 16 Aug 2013 - 02:23 Main.TLaurin Photo by Burgard Iris Farm
actsurprised9.jpgjpg actsurprised9.jpg manage 97 K 21 Feb 2021 - 03:34 Main.TLaurin Photo by George Bacon-Breezeway Iris Garden
irisactsurprised01.jpgjpg irisactsurprised01.jpg manage 58 K 24 Jul 2015 - 20:43 Main.TLaurin Photo by Alla Chernoguz-Ukraine
Topic revision: r26 - 19 Aug 2022, BobPries
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