The new year brings no less than twenty new floral entries into the Archive, all of them open editions introduced during the mid- to late 1980s. Many of these were part of a named series, such as the Garden Blossoms, the International Wildflower Collection, or the European Wildflower Collection.
Part of the Garden Blossoms series, the Cherry appeared in 1983 at $250 and sold for $295 by 1987. It is 4.5″ (about 11.5 cm) high. This represents the familiar double flowering Japanese cherry, probably ‘Kwanzan.’
Also part of that series and from 1983 is the Flowering Crab by Diane Lewis. It is 4″ (10 cm) high. Opening at the same pricepoint as the Cherry Blossom, this rose to $395 by 1987.
Plum Blossom is likewise a Diane Lewis Garden Blossoms design and is 6″ (15.25 cm) high. The issue price of $250 had risen to $315 by 1987.
The vibrant Hibiscus single bloom is larger at 7.5″ (19 cm) and dates from 1984. The initial price is unknown but it was $395 in 1987.
This is one of several different iris studies by Connoisseur. Titled simply Iris (although in an accompanying price list it is “Bearded Iris”), it is 9.5″ (24 cm) high and was available in four colorways according to the studio’s brochure. This was priced at $850 initially.
This piece may have been reissued by the post-sale studio during the late 1990s in a peach-pink-blushed colorway, so careful examination of the backstamp of any but the original four colorways is essential; this Archive post discusses how to distinguish original-studio from post-sale-studio pieces.
The single orchid bloom studies were deservedly popular and the Green Orchid was no exception. This study opened in 1985 at $240 and is 6″ (15.25″) high.
Two open blooms plus a bud are shown in the Pink Phalaenopsis Orchid study from the mid 1980s. It is 6.5″ (16.5cm) high but pricing details are unknown at present
Another springtime classic, the Dogwood, is another that was available in two colorways. It is 5″ (about 13 cm) high overall. The limited edition counterpart to this piece is shown in Flowers, Part Four and that one was also produced in both white and pink.
Potomac Princess depicts the single flowering Yoshino cherry; the name references the famous cherry blossoms along the Potomac River in Washington D.C. which bloom in early April. This dainty 1988 study is only 3.25″ (8.25 cm) high. Pricing details are currently unknown.
Rather than being single-flower studies, the next four open editions combine three different perennials. A fifth study that was also part of this series is Valley Stream, shown in Flowers Part One. All were issued in 1988.
Violets, primula and the always-welcome snowdrops are combined in Masefield. Standing 4.5″ (11.5 cm) high, this is the smallest of the group. Designed by Aileen Burton.
Eastervale contains bluebells, cowslips, and a single yellow daffodil. It is the tallest at 8″ (20.25 cm) high.
The charmingly named Pinkney’s Green by Aileen Burton sports the Cheddar pink (dianthus), cyclamen and periwinkle. It is 5.75″ (14.5 cm) high and its issue price was $525.
And lastly we have Avondale at 6.5″ (16.5 cm) high, with marsh gentian, kingcups and frogbit. The gentian and kingcup are wetlands plants but the frogbit is a true aquatic, Hydrocharis morsus-ranae.
The six-piece International Wildflowers Collection was a result of Diane Lewis’ study trip to the mountain regions of the USA (the Rocky Mountains of the west coast and the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.) Shown elsewhere in the Archive are the Wild Columbine and the Rocky Mountain Iris (both in Flowers Part One), and Blue Columbine (in Part Two.) The other three studies appear below.
Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) is a lovely spring ephemeral that I have been embarassingly unable to keep going in my own American garden. Diane Lewis’s study from the mid 1980s is about 5.5″ (14 cm) high. Originally introduced at $375, its last known retail pricing was $795.
The delicate Harebell is a porcelain poem of simple grace, standing 6.25″ (16 cm) high. Initial pricing was $375.
Evening Primrose also debuted at $375 and is 5″ (13 cm) high. This is Oenethera pallida, the white evening primrose that opens white during the sunset hours and fades to pink the next day. This is not the same piece as the Evening Primrose that forms part of the American Wildflower Collection; the plant in that study is Oenethera speciosa which – despite its common name – blooms during the daytime and has pink blossoms.
The European Wildflower Collection likewise comprised six open edition studies. Four are shown below, and the other two appear elsewhere in the Archive: the purple Crocus in Flowers Part One and Hop and Hip in Part Four. All of the European Wildflower studies were designed by Aileen Burton and were priced at $275 at introduction. Closing prices are unknown.
Wild Geranium is the tallest at 5.5″ (14 cm) high. This is the true geranium, not the summer bedding plants which are Pelargoniums.
Wild Pansy is the lovable Viola tricolor, also known as Johnny-jump-up… properly diminutive at only 3″ (7.6 cm) high.
Two berrying plants were including in the collection; this is the Blackberry at 3″ high as well.
And of course the dainty but oh so delicious Wild Strawberry, shown in various stages of ripening, also 3″ high.
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