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■(TB) 'Great Lakes'

1938, Cousins

'Great Lakes' (L. W. Cousins, R. 1938). TB-Midseason bloom. Color Class B1L. ('Dominion' x unknown) x 'Conquistador' x unknown). Cooley 1938. Honorable Mention 1939; Award of Merit 1940; American Dykes Medal 1942.

A notation indicates it has a fragrance similar to magnolias.

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From Cooley's Gardens catalog for 1938: In our ten years experience of introducing iris novelties, we have never placed an iris in commerce without having seen it. We are making the first exception in this case, for reports from Canada indicate that here, at last, is the perfect blue. "It has all the attributes of a good iris . . . tall (42 inches) and well branched. Color is a light blue, about the same depth of tone as Shining Waters but nearer true blue. Standards are closed, no veining at the haft, and the shape of the flower is excellent. We have been hybridizing iris ever since Vilmorin introduced Ambassadeur and Ballerine, and of many thousands raised this is the first one considered for introduction." So says Lyman Cousins, London, Ontario, the hybridizer. Each $10.00."
From a Wayside Gardens catalog from 1949 : "Winner of the Dykes Medal in 1942, this is about the finest light pure blue. Of splendid mein with a pronounced flare, stiff, crispy petal texture, it is strikingly fine. Fine stems of good height, well branched, Rugged and hardy, we highly recommend it."
1951 Iris Catalog from Tell's Iris Gardens: " 'Great Lakes' (Cousins '38) M. (Dominion seedling X Conquistador seedling) Quality blue that has been widely used as a parent and with great success."
"Great Lakes is not an American iris it might be mentioned here. Its branching is remarkable, especially in these days when everything seems to be sacrificed to colour and when one is frequently called upon to admire flowers of a new colour placed singly at alternate intervals on a somewhat bare stem. But as seen in England Great Lakes is not as pure a "blue" as some of the older varieties and the texture is not as smooth and satiny as one would like, or as one expected from the "write-ups." This is not merely a personal opinion; I heard it expressed by several well known Iris growers this summer when the iris seemed to be really well established and showing its quality better than it has done in previous years." Gwendolyn Anley, (England), “American Irises in English Gardens,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 107, “Iris Ramblings” (October 1947): 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.

-- Main.RPries - 2011-03-07

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-- KentPfeiffer - 2010-05-
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
GreatLakes01.JPGJPG GreatLakes01.JPG manage 48 K 24 Nov 2014 - 19:19 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
GreatLakes02.JPGJPG GreatLakes02.JPG manage 68 K 26 Mar 2014 - 02:44 Main.TLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
GreatLakes03.JPGJPG GreatLakes03.JPG manage 66 K 26 Mar 2014 - 02:45 Main.TLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
GreatLakes1.jpgjpg GreatLakes1.jpg manage 980 K 17 Oct 2018 - 14:26 Main.TLaurin Photo by Lori Rhodes-Crafton Hills Iris Farm.
GreatLakes38Cousins.JPGJPG GreatLakes38Cousins.JPG manage 69 K 14 May 2010 - 20:57 KentPfeiffer Sass Memorial Garden near Ashland, Nebraska
GreatLakes4kp2.JPGJPG GreatLakes4kp2.JPG manage 69 K 04 Jan 2013 - 21:07 KentPfeiffer Taken at the Sass Memorial Garden near Ashland, Nebraska on April 24, 2012
GreatLakes5.JPGJPG GreatLakes5.JPG manage 229 K 28 Jun 2023 - 19:55 Main.TLaurin Photo by Verna Laurin-Willowdale-ON-Canada-taken June 1958
GreatLakesCoussins38akp.JPGJPG GreatLakesCoussins38akp.JPG manage 45 K 12 Jan 2011 - 20:10 KentPfeiffer Taken at the Sass Memorial Garden near Ashland, Nebraska on May 17, 2010
GreatLakesRT.jpgjpg GreatLakesRT.jpg manage 30 K 22 Jan 2012 - 17:50 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Rick Tasco
GreatLakesSI.JPGJPG GreatLakesSI.JPG manage 218 K 14 Apr 2019 - 20:34 Main.TLaurin Photo by Sandy Ives.
GreatLakes_Wills garden.jpgjpg GreatLakes_Wills garden.jpg manage 417 K 31 Jan 2020 - 18:20 Main.davepote from AIS Bulletin #105 (April 1947): 31.
Great_Lakes.JPGJPG Great_Lakes.JPG manage 69 K 15 Feb 2011 - 13:41 IrisP  
Great_Lakes.jpgjpg Great_Lakes.jpg manage 18 K 06 Dec 2010 - 18:28 UnknownUser Courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
IMG_7676.jpgjpg IMG_7676.jpg manage 282 K 21 Dec 2018 - 14:58 Main.davepote Photo by David Potembski, Presby 2016
TB-Great-Lakes.jpgjpg TB-Great-Lakes.jpg manage 41 K 21 Oct 2010 - 16:30 EleanorHutchison Don McQueen photo, London, Ont, Canada Z5
great-lakes3.jpgjpg great-lakes3.jpg manage 67 K 17 Oct 2015 - 22:50 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
greatlakes01.jpgjpg greatlakes01.jpg manage 44 K 21 Aug 2014 - 18:46 Main.TLaurin Photo by Iris City Gardens
greatlakes02.jpgjpg greatlakes02.jpg manage 24 K 12 Sep 2014 - 22:15 Main.TLaurin Photo by Seagate Irises-United Kingdom
greatlakes03.JPGJPG greatlakes03.JPG manage 73 K 25 Oct 2014 - 13:09 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
greatlakes04.jpgjpg greatlakes04.jpg manage 78 K 06 Jun 2014 - 16:55 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the Rosalie Figge slide collection
greatlakes05.jpgjpg greatlakes05.jpg manage 43 K 04 Jun 2015 - 03:14 Main.TLaurin Photo by Andi Rivarola
greatlakes06.JPGJPG greatlakes06.JPG manage 68 K 02 Apr 2019 - 02:09 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen-London,Ont.-Canada Zone 5
greatlakes07.JPGJPG greatlakes07.JPG manage 185 K 04 Apr 2019 - 20:27 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen-London,Ont.-Canada Zone 5
greatlakes08.JPGJPG greatlakes08.JPG manage 211 K 19 Mar 2020 - 17:47 Main.TLaurin Photo by Rene Martin-France
greatlakes09.JPGJPG greatlakes09.JPG manage 232 K 19 Mar 2020 - 17:45 Main.TLaurin Photo by Rene Martin-France
greatlakes1.JPGJPG greatlakes1.JPG manage 290 K 28 Aug 2017 - 20:33 Main.TLaurin Photo by Kate Brewitt taken at the Royal Botanical Gardens-Hamilton,Ontario,Canada
greatlakes2.JPGJPG greatlakes2.JPG manage 283 K 28 Aug 2017 - 20:35 Main.TLaurin Photo by Kate Brewitt taken at the Royal Botanical Gardens-Hamilton,Ontario,Canada
greatlakes3.JPGJPG greatlakes3.JPG manage 302 K 28 Aug 2017 - 20:37 Main.TLaurin Photo by Kate Brewitt taken at the Royal Botanical Gardens-Hamilton,Ontario,Canada
greatlakes4.JPGJPG greatlakes4.JPG manage 294 K 21 Feb 2019 - 02:29 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen-taken at Royal Botanical Garden-Hamilton-Ontario-Canada
greatlakes5.JPGJPG greatlakes5.JPG manage 140 K 20 Mar 2019 - 02:29 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen-London,Ont.-Canada Zone 5
greatlakes6.JPGJPG greatlakes6.JPG manage 144 K 21 Mar 2019 - 02:15 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen-London,Ont.-Canada Zone 5
greatlakes7.JPGJPG greatlakes7.JPG manage 214 K 24 Mar 2019 - 20:40 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen-London,Ont.-Canada Zone 5
greatlakes8.JPGJPG greatlakes8.JPG manage 48 K 13 Jan 2014 - 03:12 Main.TLaurin Photo by Winterberry Gardens
greatlakes9.JPGJPG greatlakes9.JPG manage 122 K 24 Mar 2019 - 23:39 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen-London,Ont.-Canada Zone 5
Topic revision: r51 - 01 Jul 2023, Harloiris
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