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Jun 5, 2021 6:05 PM CST

I'm searching for an old 1950's variety called Happy Birthday. My Grandma and Mom had it, and I remember it well and would love to add it to my garden. I can't find it at any of the retail sellers, and it's not on the HIPS guardian gardens list, so not sure if it exists anymore or not- is it known by anyone here? Thanks for any help, happy to be here!
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Jun 7, 2021 3:38 AM CST
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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Sounds like a question for someone who's into historic irises. Let's see if maybe @blueflagfan or @crowrita1 has time to drop in this time of year? Crossing Fingers!
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Jun 7, 2021 4:59 AM CST
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
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I grow an iris I received as 'Happy Birthday'. It's a good grower here. However, years after I received it (and after I've shared it with a few people and entered a photo into the database), someone told me they thought 'Happy Birthday' had more pink tones, while my iris is more peachy. It may be 'Happy Birthday', but I stopped sharing it "just in case" its not. Envoybt6, do you remember your Mom's 'Happy Birthday' to be more peach or more pink?

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Jun 7, 2021 9:35 AM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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The database says, "peach".
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Jun 15, 2021 11:03 AM CST

Hi! I'm sorry I missed your kind reply! I recall it as a pale pink toned flower, but it's been so long I couldn't say exactly. I do know the descriptions are for a more peachy color, so yours may well be correct. But definitely the orange beard.

BlueFlagFan said:I grow an iris I received as 'Happy Birthday'. It's a good grower here. However, years after I received it (and after I've shared it with a few people and entered a photo into the database), someone told me they thought 'Happy Birthday' had more pink tones, while my iris is more peachy. It may be 'Happy Birthday', but I stopped sharing it "just in case" its not. Envoybt6, do you remember your Mom's 'Happy Birthday' to be more peach or more pink?

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