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■(TB) 'Epic'

1965, Babson

'Epic' ( Sanford Babson, R. 1964) Seedling. 135-6. TB, 36" (91 cm), Midseason bloom. Medium powder-blue self, orchid highlights. Seedling# K97 X 'Fragrant Sapphire'. Melrose 1965. Honorable Mention 1966.

Pollen parent corrected as per 2015 R&I (originally 'Perfumed Sapphire').

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Photo by Glanavon Iris Patch-New ZealandPhoto scanned from the Lloyd Zurbrigg slide collectionPhoto scanned from the Lloyd Zurbrigg slide collectionPhoto scanned from the Lloyd Zurbrigg slide collectionColleen Modra Photo


From Melrose Gardens catalog, 1965: EPIC (Sanford Babson) 38" midseason (K97: parentage unknown x Schortman's PERFUMED SAPPHIRE. For the meglomaniacs among us (and who isn't?), here is a BIG one. From the ground up, EPIC is outsized: magnificent, strong foliage, well branched herculean stems,and enormous blossoms with wide, wide and fluted petals. The standards are closed and the falls semi-flaring. The color is an opaque expression of light to medium blue with an opalescent orchid flickering through it. $25.00


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 - 2010-03-15
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Epic01.JPGJPG Epic01.JPG manage 67 K 31 May 2015 - 01:47 TerryLaurin Photo by Glanavon Iris Patch-New Zealand
Epic141006.jpgjpg Epic141006.jpg manage 22 K 14 Nov 2010 - 19:27 ColleenModra Colleen Modra Photo
epic02.JPGJPG epic02.JPG manage 87 K 16 Jul 2014 - 20:30 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the Lloyd Zurbrigg slide collection
epic03.JPGJPG epic03.JPG manage 83 K 16 Jul 2014 - 20:32 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the Lloyd Zurbrigg slide collection
epic04.JPGJPG epic04.JPG manage 66 K 16 Jul 2014 - 20:34 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the Lloyd Zurbrigg slide collection
Topic revision: r20 - 28 Mar 2022, TerryLaurin
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