Four beautiful new gladioluses, including a true green one, have received 1979 All-America awards. They are listed in the catalogues of Burpee Seeds, Warminster, Pa. 18991, and Park Seeds, Greenwood, S.C. 29647, and will be sent free upon request.
The green one, Green Isle, is the most beautiful green glad ever, according to the judges of All-America Gladiolus Selections (AAGS), not chartreuse like many of the other so-called greens, but with purity and clarity of color and very fancy 4-inch florets. It was the top-rated seedling in the 1977 British Gladiolus Society Trials, in competition with 94 other entries from all over the world, and the judges predict it will win many more awards at flower shows in years to come.
Plant habits of Green Isle leave little to be desired, they say, for the foliage is lush and disease-resistant, the spikes do not crook during hot weather, the bulbs are plump little beauties, and it is without doubt one of the finest selections in All-America history.
William Roth Sr., originator of Green Isle, a native of Smithtown, Long Island, N.Y., is now living in Sunapee, N.H., with his wife Sue. He is actively engaged in hybridizing glads and enjoying the rural life with two grandsons who live nearby.
The other three 1979 winners, Black Stallion, Gallery and Prince Indigo, were originated by Carl Fischer, president of Noweta Gardens, Inc., St. Charles, Minn., bringing to 39 the total number of All-America winners for him.
Prince Indigo will majestically stand without peer in the garden, the judges say, with its 32-inch spikes holding 10 open florets on very strong stems, with an additional 12 to 14 buds yet to open. The royal purple 6-inch florets open wide, almost flat, and feature a rich purple throat mark surrounded by white.
Black Stallion is the starkest color ever to win an All-America award, with a pure black-red self, strong-growing 5-to 6-foot stems, and 8 or 9 black velvet-like florets with crisply ruffled and luted petals. It can be used most artistically when arranged with varieties that are a cool shade of pink, lavender, or rose-pink.
Gallery has rose-pink, crystal-clear florets, accentuated by sharp purple blotches on the lip petals of each floret, 3 1/2- to 4-foot stems. One large bulb tends to produce 2 to 4 stems, thus insuring a long blooming season. CAPTION: Picture, no caption.