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■(TB) 'Focus'

1976, Keppel

'Focus' (Keith Keppel, R. 1975). Seedling# 69-6B. TB, 38" (97 cm), Late bloom. Standards pale lilac blue (M&P 41-B-5) with faint 1/4" edging of champagne (11-B-3); falls white center with solid 1" edge of imperial purple (45-L-10) to petunia purple (46-K-11); bronze-yellow beard. 'High Life' X seedling# 64-32E: (('Happy Meeting' x 'Rococo') x 'Diplomacy'). Keppel, Melrose Gardens 1976. Exhibition Certificate 1973; Favorite Guest 1976; Honorable Mention 1977.

See below:
FocusPhoto by Barry Blyth-AustraliaPhoto by Paul BlackPhoto by Echo Iris GardenPhoto by Verna Laurin-Willowdale-ON-CanadaPhoto by Verna Laurin-Willowdale-ON-CanadaPhoto by Verna Laurin-Willowdale-ON-CanadaFrom Schreiner


From Melrose Gardens catalog 1976: FOCUS (Keppel '76) Late 38" Sdg. 69-6B: High Life X ((Happy Meeting x Rococo) x Diplomacy). Only Mother Nature in one of her more contrary moods could have contrived such a bold contrapositioning of colors. The foggy mist of lilac-blue standards edged in hazy tan around the undulating petal perimeters are here designed as companions for the extroverted falls, confidently bragging of the one inch, solid, petunia-purple bands which audaciously encompass the fleckless white of the mid-fall areas. Just a few distinct dots appear along the inner edges of these bands—and, of all things—bronze beards are placed according to custom. Two to three wellsituated branches plus terminal support these big, wide petaied, fluted, but uncompromising flowers. EC'73 NET 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 - 2011-03-07

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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Focus.JPGJPG Focus.JPG manage 70 K 15 Feb 2011 - 05:14 IrisP  
Focus_Sch80.jpgjpg Focus_Sch80.jpg manage 152 K 06 Feb 2014 - 19:11 DavidPotembski From Schreiner's Iris Catalog 1980, p. 21.
focus01.jpgjpg focus01.jpg manage 64 K 24 Jun 2015 - 02:11 TerryLaurin Photo by Barry Blyth-Australia
focus02.jpgjpg focus02.jpg manage 73 K 29 May 2014 - 21:53 TerryLaurin Photo by Paul Black
focus2.jpgjpg focus2.jpg manage 67 K 06 Sep 2013 - 02:03 TerryLaurin Photo by Echo Iris Garden
focus5.JPGJPG focus5.JPG manage 185 K 28 Jun 2023 - 02:46 TerryLaurin Photo by Verna Laurin-Willowdale-ON-Canada
focus50.JPGJPG focus50.JPG manage 165 K 28 Jun 2023 - 02:46 TerryLaurin Photo by Verna Laurin-Willowdale-ON-Canada
focus51.JPGJPG focus51.JPG manage 187 K 28 Jun 2023 - 02:47 TerryLaurin Photo by Verna Laurin-Willowdale-ON-Canada
Topic revision: r19 - 24 Aug 2023, DougChyz
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