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■(TB) 'Melodrama'

1956, Cook

'Melodrama' (Paul Cook, R. 1956). Seedling# 11152. TB, height 38" (97 cm). Midseason bloom. Standards pallid violet, paler in upper part; falls mauve to manganese violet, beard near. 'Dreamcastle' X P. Cook seedling# 6050: (P. Cook Blue seedling x P. Cook seedling# 6748). Longfield 1956. Honorable Mention 1956; Judges' Choice 1957; Award of Merit 1958.

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From Longfield Iris Farm catalog, 1956: MELODRAMA (Cook No. 11152) (Dreamcastle X Cook No. 6050: (Cook blue seedlings X (Progenitor X Shining Waters))). Few Iris in our garden have attracted more attention than this big, almost spectacular seedling. Melodrama is a bitone, the color deepening gradually from the pale violet of the closed standards to the deep lilac of the flaring falls. A seedling of Dreamcastle, it has flowers of the same large size as that variety, and the same broad segments, which are moderately waved and ruffled. Of primary interest to Iris breeders, this variety marks the first release of a Cook seedling from the Progenitor line. The 40 inch stems are erect, branched at the middle, and bear 7-9 flowers. The plant is of strong growth. $20.00.
From Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog 1964: MELODRAMA (Cook '56) 40". Mr. Cook tells us few Iris in his garden ever attracted as much attention as this big spectacular seedling from the Progenitor line. The large size & broad rounded segments remind one of its seed parent, Dreamcastle, but of a very different color-a bitone with standards a pale bluish violet at top, gradually deepening to deep violet of the flaring falls. Always attracts Iris fanciers. Likely to create a stir wherever shown, so you'd better add it to your "must" list. AM'58; 1st RU for Dykes in both '61 & '62. Dreamcastle X Progenitor Sdlg. Regularly $3.50; on $10 order $2.65; on $25 order $2.20.


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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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Melodrama.jpgjpg Melodrama.jpg manage 18 K 15 Dec 2010 - 14:27 UnknownUser Courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
Melodrama12BHI.jpgjpg Melodrama12BHI.jpg manage 88 K 25 Apr 2012 - 15:13 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
melodrama1.JPGJPG melodrama1.JPG manage 312 K 20 Sep 2020 - 02:17 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1965 Schreiners catalogue by Terry Laurin
melodrama2.JPGJPG melodrama2.JPG manage 413 K 19 Jan 2021 - 03:08 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1965 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
melodrama3-11.jpgjpg melodrama3-11.jpg manage 34 K 05 Apr 2015 - 16:29 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
Topic revision: r20 - 19 Jan 2021, Harloiris
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