Irises forum: A Few Pictures Before The Big Cold Comes

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Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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Avedon
May 3, 2013 2:12 PM CST
We could possibly have a frost or freeze tonight, know there must be a lot of people out there like us scrambling to try to protect as many plants as possible. The NOID white iris we have is blooming beautifully, and there is another NOID purple that we would like to know the name, as it's a beauty. I used to have a planting plan of the irises but I guess it has disappeared into the mists of time. Well, hope these few pics brightens someone's day today.

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All the NOID white irises (maybe Immortality) bloomed four flowers on each stalk--lovely.


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NOID Purple--any guesses? This would have been purchased in the mid 90's from Schreiner


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These are just old yellow irises that were on the property when we moved here. They are making a nice cheerful show of color.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
May 3, 2013 3:15 PM CST
You need to put some of that purple next to that old yellow ! That would be a good combo ,( to my eye, anyway!)...Arlyn
Name: Mona
Guntown, Ms (Zone 7b)
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monalisa18
May 3, 2013 4:21 PM CST
They are all so pretty. I have that same white and I THINK(this is based on memory) that mine is Immortality. I know alot of folks grow this one, so maybe someone else can tell if she's close to that. Mine is blooming now also and I'm in a zone 7a.

I love purple and yellow mixed together, too.
Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
May 3, 2013 6:08 PM CST
Me too! Arlyn's suggestion is a great one!! nodding
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Name: Avedon
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Avedon
May 3, 2013 7:02 PM CST
I know that I have never told people on this forum the story of the irises. When we moved here in 1999, we bought along nearly all our irises. We didn't have a huge collection, but we liked all the ones we had. At our former house, we gardened on black amended clay and the irises thrived, at least most of them. Here, we have lean, sandy soil, so a special bed was made for the irises. Alas, they did not thrive. The first couple of years, they did okay, and then we found iris borers. All the irises were dug up, dunked in bleach, dusted in sulphur and replanted in new soil. Even this didn't work, and they steadily declined. We just got tired of fooling with them, so the few that were left were "kicked to the curb"--in this case, the west fence line of our property. Several years went by, the irises produced foliage, no flowers, so we ignored them and they received no care at all, not even supplemental water from us. In 2011, we had that terrible drought and a number of large trees along the fence line died, plus other trees died in the woods on that side. This year, we were astonished with the best iris bloom we have seen since we moved here. All we can figure is the sun finally reached them enough to produce blooms. True, only the strongest have survived, but that's okay. We love the ones we have, and maybe I will move the dark purple ones over next to the yellows. They will make a beautiful picture if they bloom together. Thanks for all the kind comments.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
May 3, 2013 10:13 PM CST
Immortality does have yellow beards. Purple & yellow does make a good combination if they bloom at the same time.
Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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Avedon
May 4, 2013 9:45 AM CST
It's amazing, but I found my iris list from way back when and I am wondering if my NOID purple could be Master Touch? Anybody think this could be right?
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
May 4, 2013 11:35 AM CST
Check the database here on ATP and see if there are pictures of Master Touch -- that'd give you something to go on! nodding
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