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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. 


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 
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Arctic—A fine white with gold in the 
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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 —_ 

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 

close pranenine ona mae eee ie 00 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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 

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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San Bernardino, California 

up- — 

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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