Irises forum: What's your favorite blue?

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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Mar 24, 2014 8:27 PM CST
I have no true blue irises and want to know YOUR favorite. Mine are yellows and purples and a few pinks and red. Batik is my only blue and I really don't like it all that much.

What do you like and is it a long bloomer, rebloomer in the north, tall or short, bearded or not, early or late?
Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Mar 24, 2014 9:11 PM CST
My favorite blue Iris is one that I bought from Schreiner's in 1977. It's name is Blue Reflection:




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Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Mar 24, 2014 9:13 PM CST
Oh -- it's a tall bearded, not a rebloomer. I think it's a mid-season -- not positive about that. What I like best about this Iris -- besides it's beautiful form and color -- is it's robust nature. It increases and blooms profusely, tolerates weather extremes -- and is just an all-around wonderful Iris.
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Mar 24, 2014 10:46 PM CST
That is very pretty. So delicate. I had a chance to visit Shreiner's last summer. The gardens are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the pic.
Name: Ken
Traverse City, Michigan (Zone 5a)
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bramedog
Mar 24, 2014 10:49 PM CST
Barbara Jean--- I got this one a couple years ago. Nice light blue with dark beard. I measured it's height at about 35 inches. Grows well here.


Name: Ken
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bramedog
Mar 24, 2014 11:22 PM CST
I like 'Inside Job' also. Not a reblooming tall bearded, but it has double flower sockets so it blooms for quite a while. Blooms early and well into mid season. It has an interesting wild grape like smell also.

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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Mar 25, 2014 4:55 AM CST
Oh, I like those, too. Inside job would go with daylilies Innocent Bystander and Substantial Evidence I'm attempting to grow from seed. IB already has one sprouted.

Thanks, Ken. If those will do well in MI, they certainly will do well here.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Mar 25, 2014 5:52 AM CST
If you want a re-bloomer, and can stand a plicata, Earl Of Essex is one that seems to do real well here in zone 5. This pic is from early October, last year....Arlyn
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Mar 25, 2014 7:12 AM CST
I think Brilliant Idea is one of my favorite blues, or it's look alike Revision.
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Rainy River is one I like a lot too
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Mar 25, 2014 8:11 AM CST

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Of light blue iris, I probably like the following the best:

Absolute Treasure -Tasco


Through the Clouds - Ghio


Abiqua Falls - Schreiner


None rebloom, but they all bloom over a nice long period in the spring. Absolute Treasure is a little taller than I like (42 inches), but it seems to stand up to wind a lot better than you'd expect for an iris that tall. Through the Clouds has a reputation for being a fussy grower, but it's always done great in my garden.

It is hard to find a true blue dark blue iris, most have at least some violet. Lake Taneycomo is probably the closest to true blue I've seen but, to my surprise, I found I didn't like the color very much.



These three, which all have at least a bit of violet in them, are my favorites:

Donaghcloney - Richardson


Adriatic Waves - Keppel


Rippling River - Schreiner


None of these are rebloomers either, but they all put on a nice show over a relatively long period in the spring


Name: Celia
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Zencat
Mar 25, 2014 9:25 AM CST
Thank you all for the great suggestions. Earl of Essex and Rainy River both instantly caught my eye. I have to look for both of those.

I saw one in Shriener's catalog I like called Willamette Mist. Anyone have that one?
Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Mar 25, 2014 9:56 AM CST
Best Bet
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NOID. I suspect it was part of a co-op sale of historic iris, but don't remember.
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Mar 25, 2014 10:24 AM CST

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I had Willamette Mist for several years, but gave it away last summer. It's a nice iris, but there are similar irises that I like better. That's obviously a personal thing, though. What, in particular, do you like about Willamette Mist?
Name: Celia
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Zencat
Mar 25, 2014 11:09 AM CST
The name caught me first. I have a brother who lives in the Willamette valley. It's such a soft color and would show up well against the darker colors of other flowers I have.
Name: Brett Barney
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brettbarney73
Mar 25, 2014 11:36 AM CST
A lot of blue irises lean toward violet, which is a color I like. But I also appreciate those that are more nearly true blue. One of my favorites there is Queen's Circle:


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One of my favorite horned irises is Blue Fin:

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There are also some nice historic blue irises. Here's Tango:

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And Tyrolean Blue:

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All are tall bearded. Tango is a midseason bloomer, and the other three are mid to late season bloomers. Blue Fin is listed as a rebloomer, but I don't know how dependably or how far north it reblooms.
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UndertheSun
Mar 25, 2014 12:04 PM CST
Thanks for sharing the photos, there are some real beauties shown here.
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lovemyhouse
Mar 25, 2014 12:12 PM CST
Iris pallida. Really like it because it smells like grape Koolaid.

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Name: Arlyn
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crowrita1
Mar 25, 2014 12:56 PM CST
I've got a NOID that I'm sure is one of the I. pallida types, and like you say, the aroma of grapes is really great.....Arlyn
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Mar 25, 2014 2:20 PM CST
I'm with underthesun. So, so beautiful.
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Mar 25, 2014 3:21 PM CST

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Zencat said:The name caught me first. I have a brother who lives in the Willamette valley. It's such a soft color and would show up well against the darker colors of other flowers I have.


Ah, that's as good a reason as any. Smiling Like I said, it's a nice iris. Grows well, blooms well, flowers have good substance and pretty good form. If you want to see other varieties that are similar, say the word. It's a color and pattern that I love, so I have more than a few like it.

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