Irises forum: Some new favorites blooming this year (so far)

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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Apr 14, 2014 10:32 AM CST
A few first-timers in my garden. Do you have some new favorites?
'Expect Wonders' (Ghio 2009)- I need to find a place in the garden where this one's subtle beauty is highlighted



'Reckless Abandon' (Keppel 2010)- How can you not smile looking at this?

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'That's All Folks' (Maryott by Ghio 2004)- This one had me gob-smacked when it opened. 2013 Dykes medal. Took the last flower off yesterday : (


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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Apr 14, 2014 10:48 AM CST
Beautiful blooms Sherry! and Reckless Abandon is gorgeous!
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Apr 14, 2014 10:51 AM CST
Thumbs up ...Arlyn
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Apr 14, 2014 11:11 AM CST
All three look GREAT!
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Apr 14, 2014 11:24 AM CST
Reckless Abandon is just such a nice one, and a good grower for me here too. Love it. That's All Folks is on my wish list for sure.
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Apr 14, 2014 2:29 PM CST
I hope to smile at Reckless Abandon next year!!! Green Grin!
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Apr 14, 2014 3:24 PM CST
Great looking garden behind Reckless Abandon. Smiling
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Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
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ARUBA1334
Apr 14, 2014 7:24 PM CST
Awesome !!! Great pictures
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 15, 2014 9:37 AM CST
Like your gardener.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Jun 4, 2014 9:57 PM CST
My season is done until I get some rebloomers.. So going through some pictures of the later first-year bloomers, here are some more of my favorites this year. I'm choosing these, not just based on the beauty of the flower, but also on form, number of blooms, plant vigor and length of bloom. I was surprised that close to 50% of all that I planted last year didn't bloom.. So, next year should be phenominal... right?

Paul Black ............................................................ Conjuration
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Fall Fiesta .......................................................... Edgefield Brilliant
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Spooned Blaze
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jun 5, 2014 4:01 AM CST
Gotta love Paul Black!
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Jun 5, 2014 5:49 AM CST
Nice, Sherry! And you're right -- next year should be a wonderful bloom season!!
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Jun 5, 2014 6:13 AM CST
I have three of these (Paul Black, Conjuration, & Fall Fiesta) and I really like Spooned Blaze!

Neither Paul or fall bloomed this year though Crying
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Jun 5, 2014 6:17 AM CST
I ordered Reckless Abandon a few days ago. Thanks for the nice picture of it!!!!
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Jun 5, 2014 6:29 AM CST
Sherry, what is the shorter flower behind Fall Fiesta?
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jun 5, 2014 10:21 AM CST
Love Spooned Blaze! Really like the edging and subtle colors of Expect Wonders as well. I was fortunately that most of my new ones all bloomed this year. I suppose this means my front garden will be a bit thin on bloom next year.....
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Jun 5, 2014 10:40 AM CST
Beautiful irises and photos, Sherry. Next year should be just wonderful.
(note to self: No,you CAN'T order any more irises! CAN'T ! - Not even Reckless Abandon ! )
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jun 5, 2014 1:38 PM CST
Hilarious! Jan! Have I said that same thing a lot in the last month!!! Hope your resolve is stronger than mine has been with this enabler group! Whistling
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
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Henhouse
Jun 5, 2014 10:35 PM CST
Debra.. that's just a shorter growing snapdragon out of a 6 pack... They wintered over nicely, and came back gangbusters. I thought they'd be a little taller when I bought them, but oh well...

Jan & Cindy- 'Reckless Abandon' is *really* nice... I've got 'Kathy Chilton', which is similar, and I like RA tons more.. Must be that little picotee edge on the STD's..

Leslie- 'Spooned Blaze' really made me smile a lot.. It just has such a cheerful whimsy about it.

So no one else has any first time bloomers that they liked .. What's up with that?
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Jun 6, 2014 6:05 AM CST
Only had one new bloomer this year and that one only got half a bloom out of when I acquired it from the neighbor's side yard. But this photo is of one blooming in their yard.

Rancho Rose
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