Irises forum: Can you tell me anything about these irises?

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meslgh
Aug 31, 2014 6:49 PM CST
The Iris Society of Dallas is going to be having a sale next Saturday. I've been looking at their proposed offerings and I found ATP and the iris database when I was trying to find more information about the irises. For my first post here, I'd love it if you could give me some more information (or pictures!) for:

Absolute Treasure
Aleutian Islands
Baltic Sea
Barbara Jean
Cool Mist
Deep Purple Dream
Doctor Who
Polka
Psychic
Rum and Coke
Sing to Me
Soft Side
Strut
Sunny Butter
Toronto
Uncle Jim
Water of Life
Wicked Good

Unfortunately, my eyes are bigger than my available space, so I'd appreciate any feedback y'all could provide about any of these irises. Just FYI, I garden in Dallas (8a, alkaline clay). And for those of you who also love roses, could you suggest which ones you think would look best with my roses (Abraham Darby, Francis Dubreuil/Barcelona, Belinda's Dream, Thomas Affleck, Souvenir de la Malmaison, Hermosa, and Kronprinzessin Viktoria)?
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Aug 31, 2014 7:10 PM CST
Welcome Meslgh. I have grown Polka, Absolute Treasure, Baltic Seas and Rum and Coke and would recommend them. Have you went to the data base here on ATP and looked at pictures that may be available there? May help you in deciding.....
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 31, 2014 9:19 PM CST
Absolute Treasure is great if you like blue iris. At 42" it is taller than I like.
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Aug 31, 2014 9:45 PM CST
Hi meslgh! Welcome!

I can't help you with photos -- I don't have any of those on your list. But if you can't find them on the database here at ATP, try the database at [url=www.davesgarden.com]www.davesgarden.com[/url]. And if you can't find them there, Google each Iris by name -- most of them will come up there. Good luck -- and have fun at the sale!!
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Sep 1, 2014 12:51 AM CST
Here's Absolute Treasure in my garden. My pictures do not convey how lovely this really is. I think it would look lovely with many of your roses.
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Sep 1, 2014 3:46 AM CST
Welcome! I have Toronto and Wicked Good. Both are really beautiful. Toronto is a stronger grower then Wicked Good, but I wouldn't say that Wicked Good is a slow one. If you click on the button for the Data Base on the left side of your screen, you can type in the names and you should be able to see most of these pictures, along with a lot of information about them, like the season that they bloom in (Early, Mid-season, or late season) Height, etc. If you click on the pictures they will enlarge. I looked up a couple I didn't know, and found pictures. Uncle Jim has no picture though, but a discription. They all are rather new varieties, and you should be able to get a nice collection started.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Sep 1, 2014 7:27 AM CST
Welcome! With regard to companion planting with the roses, do you want complementary colors or contrasting colors? Do you like pinks, browns, blues, purples, yellows? There are so many choices, narrowing the selection criteria will be helpful.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
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DaveinPA
Sep 1, 2014 3:33 PM CST
Welcome. There are pictures and some info on each at the Dallas sale on their website:
http://www.irises-dallas.org/september-6th-iris-sale.aspx
Enjoy drooling over them!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Sep 1, 2014 3:45 PM CST
Oh, gosh, aren't those all beautiful...
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
Sep 1, 2014 5:33 PM CST
Gorgeous selection! And very well presented. (I'd be camped outside the night before.....)
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Sep 1, 2014 6:32 PM CST
OMG They have All Smiles, one I have wanted for a while, but couldn't find! Also Soft side, but I could get that one later if need be. OH, Wish I is was closer. Any one going who could buy All Smiles for me?????? I'll reimburse you and pay postage. Heck I'll send you a box of irises. I need those two Lovey dubby *Blush* Crying
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
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
Sep 1, 2014 8:04 PM CST
Tom, hop over to Cubits and ask Judy if she is going.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Sep 1, 2014 8:47 PM CST
All Smiles is a Sutton Iris isn't it? Their iris farm was back on line this year in a small way but growing fast. I emailed him to get the variety I wanted and he sent it. You can email him to see if he is growing it now. I got the little ones listed under SDB's Golden Apricot and Naples Syrup (supposed to rebloom several times a year).
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Sep 1, 2014 9:02 PM CST
I must have AAAH! It is a Sutton too.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Sep 1, 2014 11:07 PM CST
OMG! All Smiles is Divine!
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Sep 2, 2014 6:50 AM CST
It certainly is!!
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Sep 2, 2014 8:04 AM CST
I am supremely happy I will not be anywhere near Texas this weekend because there are waaaayyyyy too many I would want to pick up.
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Sep 2, 2014 8:15 AM CST
I looked over their "sale bill", and there are some nice ones !.......several "Indians", and even a historic, or two !............Arlyn
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
Sep 2, 2014 9:08 AM CST
I am safe--don't drive and sister is out of town. Big Grin I really want King of the Road (my favorite Roger Miller song) and Lest We Forget, but I can plan on getting them next year. Smiling
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
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
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grannysgarden
Sep 2, 2014 9:42 AM CST
Waaaaaa.... I wanna go where I don't need to be, buy more than I can afford, bring home more than I can plant.......
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......

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