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(TB) 'Sky Harbor'

1967, Marsh

'Sky Harbor' (James Marsh, R. 1966). Seedling# 65-38. TB, 36" (91 cm), Early midseason bloom. Color Class-B1L, Spectrum blue (Wilson 45/3) self with lighter area just below beard; ruffled. 'Galilee' seedling# 61-30 X 'Ellen Manor'. Marsh 1967.

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From AIS Bulletin #185 April 1967 Introducing SKY HARBOR (Marsh 1967) M. 36". Seedling 65-38. GALILEE seedling 61-30 X ELLEN MANOR. Our new giant offering has very wide flowers of excellent form and substance. SKY HARBOR has closed standards and semi-flaring falls that are nicely ruffled. This is a beautiful true Spectrum Blue (Wilson 45/3) self that does not fade, with lighter area just below beard. The flower is very clean with no veining and no haft markings. Branching is exceptionally good with nine big flowers to a stalk. The large plant is rugged and a good increaser with healthy blue-green foliage. Like our DISTANT HILLS and ORCHID DANCER, SKY HAHBOR will bloom on its largest increase after the main rhizomes have finished blooming. This is a unique feature which provides for a very long season of bloom. SKY HARBOR produced the very last blooms of the 1966 season and performed one hundred percent when many named varieties and seedlings due to a late freeze did not bloom at all. Fertile both ways. $25.00 each; $45.00 for two; three or more $20.00 each. James Marsh.
SKY HARBOR (Marsh '67). A giant in what many judges call true light blue. Due to very tightly closed standards and well-proportioned semiflared falls, I continually compliment the balanced effect of this variety's form. And this trait is further graced with well-placed moderate ruffling and heavy substance. Branching has been topnotch, styled threeway, since its maiden bloom two years ago. A truly mellow light blue that I find at home beside most all stronger colors in the garden. A lighter area below the beard causes so many judges to fault this blue; but few light blues have such consistently strong attributes and lack of real weaknesses as SKY HARBOR. Roger R. Nelson, “Your More Music Survey,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 197 (April 1970): 9.]


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