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■(TB) 'Happy Days'

1934, Mitchell

'Happy Days' (Sydney B. Mitchell, R. 1934). TB, Early/Midseason bloom. Color Class-Y4M. Mitchell 9331 X 'W. R. Dykes'.

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Courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS websitePhoto by Rick TascoPhoto by Rick Tasco


From Carl Salbach catalog, 1934: HAPPY DAYS (Mitchell 1934). A real triumph in yellow breeding which bids fair, in time, to become the most popular iris in the United States. An immense clear yellow, most easily described as a yellow El Capitan, although in established plantings the blooms will be slightly larger than those of the latter. Perfectly branched, with each stalk carrying seven or eight massive blooms. Color, clear pinard yellow, with the falls being a shade deeper than the standards, and the beard an attractive orange yellow. Unusual glistening finish. Although deriving its size from its Dykes parentage, the use of a clear yellow seedling as the other parent has eliminated any tendency towards flecking and fading. Blooms measure 7-1/4" from top to bottom, and 3-1/4" across the falls. Height 40". Flowers through the season. We venture to predict that Happy Days will remain sensationally outstanding as long as has the remarkable Frieda Mohr. Due to the unusually heavy sale at blooming time, we advise ordering early, as we anticipate a complete sell-out early in the season. $25.00.
From the Quality Gardens 1937 catalog: An imminse clear yellow with an unusual glistening finish. Standards pinard yellow; falls a shade deeper, the beard a rich orange yellow, many large flowers which do not fleck or fade.
See John C. Wister Collection, Scott Arboretum Archives, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College Wister%20Iris%20120%20--%20Iris%20Happy%20Days%20May%2015%2c%201945.jpg
The very early iris, Happy Days, was rated high in the 90's when introduced and still retains its popularity. It is one of the largest yellows yet developed, of clear, pure color. [Lila McCombs, “A Critical Evaluation of Older Irises”, The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 110 (July 1948): 57.]


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
HappyDays99RT.jpgjpg HappyDays99RT.jpg manage 46 K 10 Mar 2013 - 19:44 BetsyHiggins Photo by Rick Tasco
HappyDaysRT.jpgjpg HappyDaysRT.jpg manage 27 K 22 Jan 2012 - 17:55 BetsyHiggins Photo by Rick Tasco
Happy_Days.jpgjpg Happy_Days.jpg manage 27 K 10 Dec 2010 - 14:02 BobPries Courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
Topic revision: r22 - 03 May 2023, Harloiris
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