Irises forum: Blue iris

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Name: Bonnie Harris
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho (Zone 5a)
Dog Lover Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader
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TiaLee
Sep 21, 2014 10:24 AM CST
Blue is my favorite, but I only have a few.

Two favorites:

Sea Power (of course) and
Forever Blue, a SDB that reblooms like crazy here in 5a.

What are some of the bluest iris you know?
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Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
Sep 21, 2014 4:13 PM CST
'Sea Power' is on my list to get someday. Most of my blues are Noids..

'Judy Mogil' was pretty stunning this year.
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'Absolute Treasure' took my breath away when it bloomed.
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Some NOIDS:
(the first two are reliable re-bloomers in the fall)
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When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Sep 21, 2014 5:55 PM CST
Absolute Treasure is one of my favorites and this year I added Ice Capades, another light blue. I have tried for several years to get some really blue irises but a lot of them that are described as blue are really a shade of lavender/blue. I also added Fantastic Blue and Blue Satin Ruffles and I hope to see them bloom this spring. I saw a photo of Ty Blue and thought it was blue and white. I planted it last year and although it is a lovely big bloom, very light with very dark beards and horns it is not a true blue.
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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
Sep 21, 2014 6:13 PM CST
Absolute Treasure seemed to be pretty close to sky blue, but I agree.. most of the darker shades are some sort of purple..
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Sep 21, 2014 6:26 PM CST
A blue that was new to me this year, and absolutely enchanted me, is Alien Mist:
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Another great blue is Big Boss:




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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Sep 21, 2014 6:29 PM CST
Chime in here folks. What is your truest blue iris. Mary Ann I know you have one I have coveted but I don't remember the name. I think you said it was a real blue.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
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 21, 2014 6:30 PM CST
OOps, cross posted and that's the one!
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Sep 21, 2014 6:32 PM CST
And my oldest and favoritest blue is Blue Reflection -- which is a true sky-blue and is just beautiful!!
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Can't overlook Sea Power:
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Or Merchant Marine:


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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Sep 21, 2014 6:33 PM CST
lol -- which one Bonnie? Alient Mist?
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Sep 21, 2014 6:49 PM CST
Sea Cruise is close to blue

Sun and Sky is pretty blue too

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Blue Eyed Baby

Brilliant Idea

Easter Candy
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Open Sea (one I really like)

Rainy River
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My NOID from Suttons
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All I have time for right now.
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Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
Region: California Bee Lover Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Composter
Annuals Dog Lover Cat Lover Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Moiris
Sep 21, 2014 7:15 PM CST
Lost my message twice! Urrg! Angry I'll try again.

I bought 2 new blues this year and I can't wait to see them bloom:

Bluebird Of Happiness and Waterline
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Other Blues that I have not seen listed include:

Blue Fin (not a good picture...but all I've got)
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Blutique
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Breakers
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Bye Bye Blues (also not the best picture)
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Revision
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Thar She Blue
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Breakers and Thar She Blue are similar in color to Sea Power.
Blutique and Bye Bye Blues have a little more purple in them (IMHO)
Blue Fin is similar to Alien Mist (except mine has spoons/long horns on them...which I have not seen in other pictures of Blue Fin)
The blue edge on Revision is probably the closest to true blue.

Whew...I think I got it all in! Sticking tongue out










Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Sep 21, 2014 8:16 PM CST
Those are beautiful. I especially like Breakers.
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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
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grannysgarden
Sep 21, 2014 8:33 PM CST
Yes, Mary Ann, Alien Mist. it wowed me when you first posted a picture of it and still does. Tom, what beauties you have!!! Is Rainy River really blue and not purpleish blue?
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
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irisarian
Sep 21, 2014 8:34 PM CST
Breakers is a wonderful grower. Schreiners Blue suade shoes is good.
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Sep 21, 2014 8:45 PM CST
Bonnie -- remind me to send you a rhizome next year.
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Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
Region: California Bee Lover Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Composter
Annuals Dog Lover Cat Lover Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Moiris
Sep 21, 2014 8:49 PM CST
The other nice thing about Breakers that I forgot to mention is that it is supposed to be a re-bloomer. Mine has not re-bloomed yet... but I'm hoping it will soon before the cold weather gets here.
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
Region: California Bee Lover Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Composter
Annuals Dog Lover Cat Lover Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Moiris
Sep 21, 2014 8:55 PM CST
Blue Fin is a re-bloomer too. Here are two better pictures:

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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
Sep 21, 2014 8:59 PM CST
I will Mary Ann, thank you. Marilyn, does Blue Fin have a purple influence?
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......

Region: California
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UndertheSun
Sep 21, 2014 9:21 PM CST
So far, just my NoIDs. But I'm looking forward to that changing this Spring. Thumbs up
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All of you have post some blue beauties. Drooling Great, I'm drooling again...
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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ARUBA1334
Sep 21, 2014 10:09 PM CST
My Favorites this year in blue were Baltic Sea and Cosmic Connection both were really Impressive in Oregon.
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A few runner ups that were really neat as well were Sterling Trader... Blued Indigo...Dancing Blue Koi all had unique colors too them in different ranges of Blue

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I think here at home in a normal bloom year I would have to agree with Mary Ann and Tom (Merchant Marine, Sea Power, Open Sea) are all wonderful Blues and the last 2 of those always close out the season for me.

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