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Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Wes
May 15, 2014 6:51 PM CST
We've got a scattering of irises bringing some life to the backyard. All but one were named varieties until the recipe card they were saved to disappeared. The light blue noid pictured below was harvested from a tree line between two properties and hadn't appeared to have bloomed for quite some time. It gave me a few blooms last year but it's really taken off. I wasn't terribly impressed but it does put on a show.

The only known iris currently in the landscape, "Best Bet"



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And the rescue plant:



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Should be at least two more varieties coming very, very soon. At least the 2014 season is officially starting! Smiling

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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
May 15, 2014 6:56 PM CST
Hurray! ...Arlyn
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
May 15, 2014 7:06 PM CST
Looks like a good start!
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Name: Vi
Ocean Springs, MS (Zone 8b)
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stetchworth
May 16, 2014 4:46 AM CST
I agree
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
May 16, 2014 6:59 AM CST
The rescue is a lovely Iris!!
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 16, 2014 8:53 AM CST
I agree Nice rescue!
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Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Wes
May 16, 2014 2:39 PM CST
Mary Ann and Leslie, I most certainly agree! Last year my thought was that it was a little bland but with the increase in blooms and overall size and presence I'm very pleased. Smiling

The chain link fence should be a bit of an indicator but the strong stalks are reaching upwards of 4' (I measured 46" on the tallest).
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
May 16, 2014 7:50 PM CST
I love Best Bet. It was my first named Iris. Lovey dubby
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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
May 18, 2014 7:32 AM CST
Love, love, love the rescued iris!
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
May 18, 2014 7:49 AM CST
I agree, the rescue plant is beautiful and rewarding you for your efforts.
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
May 18, 2014 11:28 PM CST
Nice to see Iris just starting as mine are finishing.. Extending the season!!

Take a look at 'Great Lakes' to see if that matches your rescue.
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Name: Brett Barney
(Zone 5b)
Irises Region: Nebraska
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brettbarney73
May 19, 2014 12:19 AM CST
I need to get to bed, but I wanted to post a couple of my favorite maiden blooms from this weekend.


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Ma Mie                                                         William A. Setchell

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Black and Gold                                          Floridor

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Red Chieftain                                              Finest Hour
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Brett Barney
Rural SE Nebraska
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
May 19, 2014 6:21 AM CST
oh Brett, lovely blooms. Thanks for posting them.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
May 19, 2014 6:27 AM CST
Beautiful, Brett -- every one of them!! I'm really impressed with Black & Gold!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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grannysgarden
May 19, 2014 6:30 AM CST
That was my favorite too, Mary Ann. Such deep vibrant colors!
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Wes
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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Wes
May 19, 2014 6:48 AM CST
Nice variety Brett, I have to say I favor "Ma Mie" as it's rather different than any I've grown. I purchased Red Chieftain a few years back and gifted it off and haven't seen it in bloom. (LOL, happens frequently, I'm a sucker for sale pricing whether I have room or not!)

Sherry, I have noticed the resemblance of the noid to "Great Lakes" and I might attribute it's height to being in the absolute sunniest location in the whole yard. I have another yet to bloom that's a good foot shorter. Owners of one of the properties where I found it at one time had rows of historic irises. There are still a few but I was told the kids did so much damage with lawn mowers that they scrapped the bulk of the plantings.

Only new bloom over the weekend was a favorite white. Usually a prolific bloomer but never a rebloom. Getting an extended bloom here with 2 beds, one bed almost done and the other just starting to fill out. Looks like we might have some blooms left for Memorial Day this year. This time last year the irises were all but done.

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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 19, 2014 7:42 AM CST
Nice, Brett ! Thumbs up So THAT'S what Red Chieftain looks like ! Mine MAY be big enough to bloom this year, I hope! .......Wes, I've found the height of LOTS of the "oldies" to vary greatly from their "registered height" (maybe yard sticks were made differently, back in the day Confused ), even more than the more "modern" iris, but, I agree, location in the garden can really affect it, and flower size, also.......Arlyn
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 19, 2014 11:32 AM CST
Love Finest Hour and Black & Gold. Lovey dubby Nice pics!!
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Name: Brett Barney
(Zone 5b)
Irises Region: Nebraska
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brettbarney73
May 19, 2014 11:57 AM CST
Thanks, all, for the nice comments. And I apologize, Wes, for posting my pictures in the wrong thread. I was in a hurry and thought I was still looking at the "favorite historics" thread. Back on topic: I have heard sort of vague criticisms about Best Bet, but I'm not sure whether the problem is supposed to be poor substance, lack of growth, or what. I planted it last year and it hasn't bloomed yet, so I'd be interested in hearing your firsthand impressions.

Brett
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Brett Barney
Rural SE Nebraska
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
May 19, 2014 11:57 AM CST
Finest Hour is my favorite of that group. Lovey dubby
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