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■(TB) 'Touché'

1969, Hamblen

'Touché' (Melba Hamblen, R. 1966). Seedling H63-7B. TB, 34" (86 cm). Late midseason bloom. Color Class PR4VB. Standards pink flushed with blue-violet; falls blue-violet; beard tangerine-red. Sibling to 'Panoramic'. Mission Bell 1969. High Commendation 1969; Honorable Mention 1970; Award of Merit 1972.

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Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris GardenPhoto by Exline Iris GardenPhoto by Blue J IrisPhoto scanned from the Glenn Corlew slide collectionPhoto by HIPS ArchivesPhoto by HIPS ArchivesPhoto by HIPS ArchivesPhoto by Stoney Creek IrisPhoto by Verna Laurin-Willowdale-ON-Canada-taken June 1979Photo by C   T Iris PatchPhoto by Exline Iris Garden


From AIS Bulletin #191, April 1969 Introducing TOUCHE (Hamblen) EL. 36". After six generations of crosses between pink and blue irises, and with Melodrama and Whole Cloth thrown in for good measure, this exciting bicolor made its appearance. And although it may not be the finished flower of which dreams are made, it definitely gives the impression of a pink and blue iris. Standards light red (36D) with violet midribs and veining; falls, blended violet (88A to 88B) with an elusive blue cast and edged violet (87C). A burnt orange beard adds depth. Form is pleasing with firmly held stands and horizontally flared falls. Strong, well branched stalks. Prolific bloom and increase. (Sib to Panoramic). Sdlg. 63-7B. HC '69. Net $25.00. Mission Bell.
From Alan Harper’s Top O’ The Ridge catalog, 1971: TOUCHE (Hamblen 1969) TB 36" E-L ORP4VB LILAC CHAMPAGNE X (Pink-blue line x (FASHION SHOW x MELODRAMA) HC '69. We didn't introduce this, but Mrs. Hamblen sent it to us the year of introduction. An exciting bicolor with pink standards flushed violet and violet falls with blue overlay. Strikingly different. $20.00.
TOUCHE is a combination of smoky pink standards and blue-violet falls that have sharp contrast here in Oklahoma. It has excellent plant habits and the flowers are very heavily substanced. I noticed small flowers in Kansas, but we have not experienced that problem here. The best of its kind, and certainly outstanding for the first in a class. [Mullin, Ron (1971). Irises I Like, American Iris Society Bulletin 204(January 1972), 14.]
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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.

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-- BobPries - 2011-03-07
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Touche01.JPGJPG Touche01.JPG manage 52 K 08 Dec 2014 - 04:05 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Touche02.JPGJPG Touche02.JPG manage 70 K 14 Apr 2014 - 19:37 TerryLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
ToucheCT.jpgjpg ToucheCT.jpg manage 59 K 04 Nov 2011 - 15:15 BetsyHiggins Photo by C & T Iris Patch
ToucheEI.jpgjpg ToucheEI.jpg manage 24 K 21 Dec 2012 - 15:55 BetsyHiggins Photo by Exline Iris Garden
touche01.jpgjpg touche01.jpg manage 74 K 30 Jun 2015 - 02:26 TerryLaurin Photo by Exline Iris Garden
touche02.JPGJPG touche02.JPG manage 973 K 13 Jan 2017 - 16:28 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the Glenn Corlew slide collection
touche1.jpgjpg touche1.jpg manage 102 K 21 Apr 2016 - 19:43 TerryLaurin Photo by HIPS Archives
touche2.jpgjpg touche2.jpg manage 127 K 21 Apr 2016 - 19:45 TerryLaurin Photo by HIPS Archives
touche3.jpgjpg touche3.jpg manage 99 K 21 Apr 2016 - 19:47 TerryLaurin Photo by HIPS Archives
touche4.jpgjpg touche4.jpg manage 79 K 18 Jan 2017 - 22:45 TerryLaurin Photo by Stoney Creek Iris
touche5.JPGJPG touche5.JPG manage 185 K 30 Jun 2023 - 20:29 TerryLaurin Photo by Verna Laurin-Willowdale-ON-Canada-taken June 1979
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