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■(TB) 'April Melody'

1967, Gibson

'April Melody' ( James Gibson, R. 1965) Seedling 37-IPF. TB, 36" (91 cm). Late midseason bloom. Lavender-pink ground, deeper lavender plicata markings; tangerine beard. Seedling 75-9PF X seedling 66-9PF. Cooley 1967. High Commendation 1965; Honorable Mention 1968.

See below:
april melody 66.jpgaprilmelody1.JPGAprilMelody3.JPGAprilMelody4.JPGAprilMelodyBJ.JPG


APRIL MELODY (Gibson, '67) Each $20.00. This is a pretty close approach to being a pink plicata . . . the ground color light, almost white, pinkish lavender and the markings a bright and intense shade of lavender-rose. In 1965 this was awarded the cup for best seedling at the regional A.I.S. meeting. As noted in the picture, the flowers are a bit lacy and especially well proportioned. Large and long lasting. 34-36 inches. No. 37-IPF. [Cooley's Iris, 1967]
Jim Gibson has been called the plicata king as a result of his outstanding contributions in this field. His APRIL MELODY is the first pink-ground plic of note. The color is not brilliant, but for a first in the field it has many outstanding qualities. Probably its best feature is the beautiful rounded form. [Mullin, Ron (1971). Irises I Like, American Iris Society Bulletin 204(January 1972), 13.]
Reported Rebloom in: CA [The 2012 Cumulative Checklist of Reblooming Iris, p. 8]


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 - 2010-03-16
  • A finicky grower for me in the East (Maryland) but a nice flower. -- Main.davepote - 12 Apr 2021
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
AprilMelody3.JPGJPG AprilMelody3.JPG manage 69 K 18 Mar 2014 - 22:07 UnknownUser Photo by Blue J Iris
AprilMelody4.JPGJPG AprilMelody4.JPG manage 60 K 18 Mar 2014 - 22:09 UnknownUser Photo by Blue J Iris
AprilMelodyBJ.JPGJPG AprilMelodyBJ.JPG manage 84 K 26 Jan 2012 - 18:18 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Blue J Iris
april_melody_66.jpgjpg april_melody_66.jpg manage 70 K 23 Nov 2010 - 00:14 Main.Elladan photo by Elladan
aprilmelody1.JPGJPG aprilmelody1.JPG manage 402 K 05 Jul 2016 - 01:46 UnknownUser Photo by HIPS Archives
Topic revision: r19 - 24 Aug 2022, EdenSprings
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