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The Lena Lothrop | erica 18th Sisat @ Sin Bernarding, Inises and Daffodils :

1946 IJnises

Please note my new address. Because my irises were planted late in this location they have not bloomed normally but they are growing well and next year should be better than ever before. This soil is the best I have worked, in more than twenty years of gardening.

I have stock, with which to fill orders, growing in Oregon and only good rhizomes will be sold. :

Last year in my foreword I stressed reliability in irises; this year let us add quality in irises.

It requires no more work, water or fertilizer to grow a good iris and it is cheapér in the long run for a good iris will give lasting satisfaction ‘while a poor one will be thrown over the fence.

Often I am asked to define a good iris. Not long ago I heard a lecture on flower arrangement. The speaker wrote on a blackboard “Elements of Art,”” and under this the words ‘‘Line,”’ “Form,” “Color,” ‘“‘Texture.” She then wrote “Principals of Art,’? followed by ‘‘Proportion,” “Balance,” “Symmetry,” etc. Immediately I thought ‘“‘She is naming the good points of an iris.” We who love irises will notice the line, form, color and texture of an iris flower and whether it has proportion. We will see if the stalk is in proportion to the flower, if it has balance in its branches, and if the whole flower is symmetrical. On my own I would add the word, substance. The lecturer thought texture embraced substance, but my understanding is that the grain of the flower indicates texture whether it be course or fine. Substance, to me, means thickness, or firmness of the petals. Substance keeps the flowers from collapsing—helps to protect them from the depre- dations of wind, sun and rain. Thickness of petals (substance) improves the color because layer upon layer of color particles could not help but deepen and intensify color. Fine texture produces a sheen like satin’ or the appearance of velvet. One of the most important things to remember is that color is not everything.

Most irises have faults; the one that has few is a joy forever.

“Tf thou of fortune be bereft And in thy store there be but left Two loaves, sell one and with the dole Buy daffodils to feed thy soul.”


T have discontinued selling daffodils except those which originated in the

Reynolds garden. These are tops in qual- Before introducing any irises I want

ity. There is no need for importing daf- fodils when such superior varieties are produced here at home—varieties that are tested and suitable for our climate and conditions. The time was when our finest irises came from England and France, but not now, and the tide has turned for daffodils.

to test them carefully. Several were being grown with the expectation of passing them on to you this spring but the change in their living quarters was so upsetting to most of them that I am holding them for another year. Butter- fly Wings bloomed nicely for me here and I have been admiring it all season in Mr. White’s garden so I have no hesi- tation in offering it to you.


BUTTERFLY WINGS (White). The color in this iris is a definite departure from the usual. The standards are trans- lucent, reminding one of old, translucent glass. The color is pale lilac, blending to deeper at the tops of the petals. The falls are yellow on the under side with green ribs but on the upper side the ground is white heavily straited all the way from the beard to the edge of the petals, hence its name. This striation is golden. brown except for the veins which start near the point of the beard. These are red-lilac, carrying the color harmony from the lower part of the falls to the top of the standards. The standards are charmingly ruffled and the whole flower is extremely graceful on slender, but rigid, well-branched stalks 36 inches tall. It is a very attractive and appeal- ing iris. Each $15.00.


Acropolis—A good, tall, purple bicolor.

Reliable in warm climates. SEs eta $ .50

Aida—Tall, with large bronze-yellow PIG WOES: Goh pee eel ble BG alate we $ .50

Arctic—A fine white with gold in the CHET OMEN 56 bic sole hg bi niet aihtee ot .-+ $2.00

Balmung—yYellow ground plicata. $2.00

Berkeley Gold—Short stalks with me but it is a good bright yellow. Considered one of the brightest at the moment $5.00

Babs—Remarkably large and remark- ably clear red-purple of finest texture. Too large for the height of the stalk.

CTO) MMe ae IM (kW ebm ee SEP AO pa $1.50 Betsy Ross—A good very large lilac-blue OIL TG. 47s, wie oi cyte ee oe uy Means nae $2.00

Blue Clay—Sometimes has six flowers on a stalk at one time. A lovely pale blue. Probably tender. .......... $1.00

Brown Betty—This will always have ap- peal for it is so graceful. Blended BPO Wises ee CR Ss oc ae $ .50

California Peach—When it opens it is a lovely peach blend but it fades badly. The older flowers can be kept picked

"Ce BIEL Soares pel Gi SRS ARE ARN YAR yb. eens $5.00 California Trek—An aristocrat always. A super-duper lemon yellow. .... $5.00

Cheerio—A standard velvety red. A par- ent of many SOOd ITISeS.: Cie ek ood

China Lady—Good and reliable. Blooms and increases like mad. White with yel- LOW I GRE HAE oe ranean cys $2.50

China Maid—wWe all know and love this

pink even when her standards droop.. Tall and lovely, she is a yard-stick by which other pinks are measured. . $1.00.

_Christable—A good red iris. Each $ .75

petals. The falls are neconeed by a ric orange beard. The best cream iris I have SOOM airy isis. ot oa eae nae meee an pe $1. 50

City of Lincoln—Until we ee the new variegata from England, High Command (or make one ourselves) this will have 102 dO cee ee Po Cae eae $1.50

Copper Cascade—Not so reliable as Bt wish but rich and lovely and dinstinct in COLOL: COPDETY a sine te oe ee $1.50

Daybreak is hesitant, so far, about yield- ing to the charms of Southern California but it has a good reputation as a pink ~ blend. I am hoping some day to see what it: really islike.(. ofa He shee $6.00 Del Rosa—This has been good enough to s catch the eye of supposedly critical iris- ians such as Carl Milliken and Carl Tay- lor. They thought it was good and so do I. Standards are blended rose and gold and falls are red velvet from the throa =o the extreme edge. Well branched, good size, good height, good substance.

Deep Velvet—lIt is a good rich velvety iris but it sometimes forgets to bring its branches with it.) occa) ees $2.00 i

Dogrose—Pink. Each........... $ .40 E

Dorothy Dietz—Not new, but where can you find one in this color more depend- able? Light standards ae dark velvety if Faltss us Sits ira leenes aia eae eee ‘2 pr OO

Dubyov wea: bold flower in gold and : plum: colors. Vere ae oe ee ae $1.00 ai

Due West—I can still praise this as be- ing one of the best and most dependable _ white irises. Heavy substance with shin-— The '‘SUrEace res aol ee ee $ .50

Easter Morn—This large white has been © i particularly lovely this year an iris hard ta beat. . i wasoks eee meee $ 40 5 a

E. B. Williamson—This is the famouse :

terra cotta red. (3G oleic acne ew) 15% Elan—A crisp, ruffled whe Tall and reliables cee De ele eee $ -50

Elena Choosing—This metalic, bronze- ie gee gold iris with lilac in the shadows is a2 favorite of mine. Tall, large and distinct in color. It is a reliable performer. $6. 00 |

Elmohr—Everyone wants this stunning iris and asI have a good stock I am mak- is ing a special price. When ordered with other irises the price will be $3:50 —_

Pi alone it will be ....7.-..--.--.. $4.00

Pidedelon 2 & very dark iris which 7 ae rick and velvety. There is a black sheen on the falls. It grows 30 inches tall with

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Esquire—This is my own dark iris of _ which I am not in the least ashamed. It is, as I have said, the tallest, best branch- ed, dark iris I have seen. Without stretching it grows 45 inches tall with three or four branches. The dark flowers ‘are crisp and firm, but not velvety, which gives it great distinction, . $20.00

Fair Elaine—A classic by now—a good one, with pale cream standards and light yellow falls. Perfect form. ...... $1.50

Fair Enough Lovely blue iris that seems to have been made especially for MSLCOr TS COT MOL oe de daha pe ebat es $ .50

Farcross—A very dark oncobred with black sheen. Attractive and a good DLOOMLET I Wranun Hel Cars ois face aie Ore Wied $1.00

Florentine—There is no lovelier blue and white plicata than this and it was once of the very few irises that remained unharmed and beautiful after a full day ‘otesealdine® wind... 0 eee: $2.00

Fort Knox—ZJust about perfect. A lovely medium-toned yellow. .......... $3.50

Fortune—Well formed, well branched but short. Uniform old-gold color. $3.00

Frank Adams—Surprisingly good for an iris of this type. Yellow standards, BUMS AIS ies Cas ade iecg ela thy $ .75

Full Measure—Precise in form on slen- der, branched’ stalks. Not large but at- tractive. Dark yellow. .......... $4.00

Gypsy King—A large and tall red onco- bred. Broad petals, blocky form, reli-

able bloomer. Outstanding, ..... $4.00 Glowport Small, compact, dark red. WV CTY MICAS Maes Wise etme ee aad en $ .50

Golden Cataract—A good sized : bright yellow on a short stalk. One of the most truly every-bloomers in the gar- CET ys ihre eretgitilorel aid Sal 'G $ .40

Golden Majesty—Will be among the best yellows for a long time to come because it is tall with broad petaled flowers and is reliable. ......... $1.00

blend. Not happy in my garden, Possi- bly requires cold winters. ....... $2.00

- Great Lakes—This, too, is better in - Oregon than I have seen it in Califor- nia. It is a fine, majestic blue from + Canada. DM eR nets in Weyer yO sO

- Goldbeater—A lovely yellow from Ore- gon that is a good performer here. Very smooth finish; prolific of bloom and in- Xt _crease, a BEB Asa aieigl at teiPhy a We 4)°= ba $10.00

Grand Canyon—Plum, copper and gold

Harmonetta—Has less purple in its blue color than any iris I have seen and I doubt if there is an iris with thicker petals. There is a manner of blending of the blue with paler blue on the falls that is very charming. The flowers are large, the falls flaring. The stalks are well branched and sturdy they will never blow over. It is about the same height as well-grown Lake George and I think the two would be impressive planted together for Harmonetta is many shades lighter and has the class necessary to stand up to Lake George. $20.00.

Her Grace—I do not care much for blends (there are too many of them) but this iris I love. It is a blending of gray-blues with pinkinsh lights. ..$1.00

Hills of Gold—A medium toned yellow with gracefully flaring, flat falls that are slightly ruffled at their extreme edge. The large flowers are on 40-inch well branched stalks. Flat falls on a yellow iris are rare. Everyone likes it. $3.00.

Jineen—Medium toned blue. Very large BUANCH Pele Wet l cs teCaeitth alata: wrk kote F< $ .75

Jack of Diamonds—Faulty form but

' surprisingly red. Cannot keep any stock

when the blooms are left on the plants. It was created by the late Commander DLGHTOGURE sia ars aie Wale alee d Woks $1.00

Janice Irene—The standards are light lavender-blue above falls of a medium shade of lilac. There is no blending of the two colors—each is a cut out of its owr. piece of cloth. The combination of blue and lilac is lovely. A clump of the tall stalks is something to dream about. $8.00.

Jean Cayeux That smallish brown blend that has been the papa of so many (too many) blends since it came to America, Still attractive. .:....... $i.600

Lady Grace—Tall graceful white with flat, flaring falls. Suede-like texture. $1.00.

Lady Mohr—Probably the tallest of the Wm. Mohr hybrids. The “‘Lady’”’ has two or three rather high branches. The _ standards are a clear pale, bluish tint

and the falls are a dull greenish yellow covered with fine, dark veins. The broad beard is sparse. It is an iris that grows on one—is quite appealing. ..... $25.00

Lori: May—-A pinkish biend. ....$6.00

Los Angeles—This is that hoary iris that was belatedly given an H. M. not long ago. Are there better plicates now? $ .40

Louvois <A rich, very late, velvety brown-purple with lighter margin. $1.00

Luéerne—A popular blue that fails to increase as fast as it sells. None for sale,

Marquita A short but large cream flower. The falls are marked with bold rose veins, Late.) ve ci ew sk $ .50

Mauna Loa—For Southern California this is a must. It is very early, bloom- ing with San Gabriel and Purissima and the rest of those lovely early-blooming irises. This is a red-purple and it has along blooming season. ....... BDO.

Melitza—Not much for color but it cer- tainly does give plenty of what it has— blooms and increase. Mr. Gersdorff says he selected it from the seedling garden for its tangerine beard. ........ : $2.00

Melanie—A tall orchid pink. ....$3.00

Mexico—Bright light red with velvety falls that are very flat and slightly crimped at the edges. Unusual color and would be strictly stunning if it should decide to grow up. (It is short.) . . $7.50

Miss California—Tall, light purple —a rosy purple tint. A color that has value inl there@arden:: Guages Goa) dog vo $ .60

Miss Sally—Large rose flowers on 36- inch well branched stalks. A good per- FONMON Ue aC NE aed ag aan ck $2.00

Monodnock—Tall rose-red. Late.. .$2.00

Molasses—The standards are about the color of dark molasses. The falls are red-brown velvet of super quality. Form could be better but it is an iris that catehes the Geyer eis ye $3.00

Morocco Rose—A large flower too large for its height—but a very smooth textured flower and a very lovely shade of pink. Rios hs pie ibyelar aay vate webilaD)

Mount Cloud—This is another super iris, One of the most satisfactory of all white irises. It increases fast so the price is LO Wears iss. 4 ce aes ee $. 35

Mountain Sky—Another good increaser and a lovely and distinct blue with good BY DStne er tis..'p/Uae emer era $1.00

Mount Washington—A very white, white Ona tal stalk “Good. Vga eer $1.50

Mrs. Hvdwas valley standards and truly. we brown falls, It sells well. 022i.) $1.00

_ Narada—A large medium blue. A well- _ grown cllmp is an impressive sight. $1.00


Narain—A lush grower giving many stalks of nice blue flowers, ......$ .35

Old Parchment—A tall creamy tan. $2.00

Painted Desert—A beautifully formed blend on a tall well branched stalk. $15.00.

Persia—Silvery lavender standards and blue ‘purple false ok eee $ .385

Polly—An exceptionally pure blue with exceptionally wide branching. Tall and lovely ie os ko aN sia webhee aka tees $1.00

Purissima—An old, early white that still has not been excelled for warm climates. TS Gale Ne ene od ee ee el rk eat $ .35

Purple Prince Neat compact. flowers bourne on slender, wiry stalks with sev- eral branches. It is a rich purple color, with dark beard. It should be valuable for flower arrangements on account of the type of stalk. Supposed to be an “ever-bloomer” but is only a “twice- bloomer?’ for merece $2.00

Quinque Tall, large, soft rose red. Barkly. ao aie a Bey en ne $2.00

Regal Beauty—Light violet standards and dark purple falls. .......... $1.00

Ric—Very late, rich, dark blend out of: Brown Betty. Reliable. ........ . $1.00

Ruth Pollock—Yellow ground plicata. Not so'tall as Balmung but brighter in COLO wie Veep enim oe a ee ee $2.50

Salar—Peachy-cream blend. Tall. $1.00

_ San Gabriel—Our lovely, tall, and very

early, orchid-pink iris. ......... $ .35

San Francisco—One of the best of the plicatas. Tall and well branched. Lav- ender’ stitching: (.4:))/, «er see Brg wi a $ .35

Seduction—Pinkish stitching on this ex-

quisite plicata. Lots of value for your money in this iris. Late. 41/7, .0% $ .50

Sheriffa A striking flower in mul- berry-red with blue below the beard. Ansoncobreds i). Cy steers ee ae $2.00

Shining Waters—A, blue that is beauti- ful in every way. Still at the’ head of its CLASS. asta dl Vase veya sce aot ee ae ae $ .85

Sierra Bloc igeter than the above. A, well-formed flower on a fine stalk. $ .35

Sky Maid—Clear, medium blue on tall stalks. Lovely flaring falls and firm standards. Beautiful singly or in clumps. $2.00.

Snow Flurry—Crisp, ruffled petals that make a beautiful flower but the stalks are often ugly. ..... sip Sos sei ee POLO,

Snowqualmie—Smooth cream color. $1

Spring Secretary—A warm bright blend of gold and LILACS i eiete iio seb ikleee’ 8 $1.00

Sungold—Large, tall, light yellow. May bloom almost ANY HINES eiewie sie os $ .75

Summer Tan—An early blend of tan, brown and orange. Small. ...... $ .35

Sundart—Tall and large. An early blend of white and lemon yellow. Vigorous PEO WEN, is eis ie Suey ave Gia ew. skis uel ats $1.00

Sunbonnet Girl—Not large but a de- lightful iris with globular white stand- ards and yellow falls. .......... $1.00

Sunset Haze—Smooth, grayed, rose self, with fine finish on a well branched stalk. Nothing wrong with this. $2.50

Spindrift—Something different in pinks. $15.00.

Tawny Pearl—tThe standards are creamy tan and the falls have an overlay of cocoa brown. Nice form, good substance and unusual color. i303. fb. oe $1.50

Tenaya—An old, but still good red-pur- ple with velvet falls, Li ae ew $ .385

Three Sisters—Creamy white standards and red brown falls. ..........-. $3.00

Teal—tTall and large. Lilac tinted, cham- ois colored standards with purple falls. Free blooming and good increaser. $ .50

Val—tThis is one of the loveliest irises in the entire list. In form, in stalk and in poise, it is perfect and the color is exquisite. Standards are smooth, clear, pale lavender—almost white—and the falls are a deeper tint. A near amoena. $3.00.

Wabash—Pure white standards and rich purple falls. Blooms*well and increases well here in California. ......... $1.00

White Spire—tThe tallest and largest white in this list. A good performer and SSCP ATISE. se ibiy ale erate ie cue wares $1.50


Of spuria irises I am unable this year to offer either Bronzspur or Saugatuck. GOLDEN NUGGET is a most satisfac- tory bright yellow self. This I can pro- vide at $1.00 each. OCHRAUREA, a lovely broad petaled yellow with cream margins can be had at 50 cents each.

Of Siberian irises I can still offer Heavenly Blue, Llewellyn and White Dove. The first two are in blue

‘Shades. Each 75. cents.

With the exception of the two new dwarfs, Lagunita and Zia, I am _ un- able to offer any of that class. The late moving seemed to be very dis- tasteful to the dwarfs but I will have them again next year.

Lagunita—tThis is a choice little item growing 8 to 12 inches tall with one or two branches. The stalk and branches are very slender making it ideal for flower arrangements. The firm, flat little petals stay firm and flat with no tucking under or pinching. The color is a warm, rosy purple with tints of TU CHSIAL Hee ts Be ee ae $2.00

Zia This grows 18 inches with no branches but with two flowers at the top of the stalk. It is an oncobred. The color is grayed reddish lilac. Both of these dwarfs are very choice.....$2.00 -

The oncocylus irises in Mr. White’s garden were never so healthy and were never so beautiful as this year. There will be a surplus of stock which I can offer at $8.00 per dozen. They will not be ready to ship until fall but I sug- gest that you order early. Last year I did not have enough stock to fill all orders.

Perhaps you do not know what iris laevigata albopurpurea is. It is an iris that originally came from Japan and now that we are bossing Japan we will not mind having one of their irises that really is a gasper and can be grown with the utmost ease. To be perfectly happy it should and can be grown in muck and when it is happy it will make the grower happy. There are different ways by which muck conditions can be ob- tained. The drip from an ice refrigera- tor; the overflow from a pool (this is ideal) ; grown in a pot which is set in a pool but not so deep. that the water overflows the top of the pot. The pot can be set on another pot in the water to lift it to the proper height. The color of this flower is purple with striking spots of white. It really will

‘create more gasps of admiration than

almost any iris for it does bloom bount- ifully. “Bach 2.4. Veil teehee «++ - $1.50



Comanche—A yellow trumpet of size that is deeper in color than either Prin- cipal or Royalist and the perianth is much flatter than in those varieties. The wide overlapping petals cling to one ancther and the perianth, which shows a tendancy to reflex, exposes the base of the trumpet. The trumpet is quite

narrow at the base and expands grace- |

fully to the crimped edge of the mouth. There is no rolling of the edge of the trumpet, neither is there a flange. The formation of the whole flower is in delightful harmony. The large flower lifts so that one looks into the trumpet Substance and finish are fine... .$15.00

Temecula—This is one of the finest yellow incomparabilis seen. Tall, standing flower with the broad, impri- cated petals as flat as if glued together. The distinct crown is broad and widely flanged. pire is smooth and shin

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Mariposa—A large crowned Leedsii with almost the proportions of a trumpet. The broad overlapping petals taper to a.fine point and the flower lifts so the center of the flower can be seen. Its sub- stance and texture will satisfy the most exacting and it has the ability above any daffodil in my garden to withstand severe weather conditions....... $12.50

Tehachapi Large crowned Leedsii. Large flowers with broad overlapping petals which are stained yellow near the crown. The crown is long and nar- row. A beautifully finished flower. $3.00

Gay Dancer—A superlative daffodil. The large round overlapping petals of lus- trous white make a very large flower that is decorated in the center with a flat yellow cup, or eye, edged red. Each shining petal is slightly waved at the edge. Has marvelous substance and the stalks are tall. A Barrii.......... $5.00

See, 5469 P.L.&R.

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