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Name: Marilyn
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Moiris
Sep 30, 2014 9:38 PM CST
Here's a thread for sharing pictures and talking about our favorite Luminatas. This is a continuation of the 'off-topic' comments that got started on the Re-bloom thread.

Which are your favorite luminatas? Which ones grow best for you?

I was re-potting Montmartre today (still waiting for it's permanent home) and noticed that it is a monster. I bought 2 rhizomes. One has 5 increases and the other looks like it might end up with 8 or 9. There are 7 flags on it right now and 2 more 'nubs'. This will be one of the first ones I put in the ground once I start planting...so I can have a nice clump and possibly a couple to trade! ( I know it doesn't make sense to some of you to keep them in pots...but this is the only way I could get the irises started while I continue on the bermuda grass eradication. Shrug! )

Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
Sep 30, 2014 10:02 PM CST
Marilyn, I started all my new iris in pots this year. I still have a couple in them as the last new bed is not ready yet. For my yard, I think they get a better start if left in the pots foe a month ...or two or three..

Looking over the luminata thread - I have seven that fall into that category - and they are some of my favorites in the garden!

Blackcurrant
Clarence
Daughter of Stars
Invitation Only -Thanks Tom!
Montmartre
Pep Rally
Teeny Bopper

I have another that is listed as a Bi-color, but I am wondering if it is mis- labeled. It sure has a center glow!

Let's Boogie



Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Oct 1, 2014 12:00 AM CST
I added many this year..
Aladdin's Wish
Bertha Gersdorff
Fancy Ideas
Montmartre
Secret Recipe
Spirit World
Vapor

Already had:
Clarence
Moonlit Sea
Pep Rally
Pretty Pansy

I'm skeptical about Pep Rally.. Seems more like a plicata to me.. And there are a few I have that I suspect are Luminatas that didn't come up in the database search.
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Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
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Moiris
Oct 1, 2014 12:07 AM CST
They are my favorites too! nodding

I don't know a lot about luminatas but I believe the pattern is a recessive trait passed on by both parents. Since Let's Boogie has no luminata parents or children I think it's just a pattern that is light in the center...but not genetically a luminata. Maybe someone with more knowledge and experience could add more or correct this if it is not accurate. Sticking tongue out
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Oct 1, 2014 1:50 AM CST
This is interesting.
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Oct 1, 2014 3:28 AM CST
These are the luminatas that I have: (I moved them from the other thread)
Fancy Idea
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Flights Of Fancy

Fancy Dress
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Montmartre
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Moonlit Water
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Invitation Only
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Dialect
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New Leaf
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Some others I have that haven't bloomed for me yet are:
Teeny Bopper
Volcanic Glow
Boy Genious
Vapor
Spendthrift
Artistic Web
This would have been a good idea for a new thread!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Oct 1, 2014 4:02 AM CST
I don't have very many luminatas.

Clarence
Daughter of Stars
Fancy Dress - thanx to Tom
Sheer Excitement - added this year
and one SDB Looney

I have several on my wish list however. One is Moonlit Water and a few little guys Aurora Sea, Crystal Ship, My Cher and Glint.
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Oct 1, 2014 5:19 AM CST
Ok,

Here is what I posted yesterday on the re-bloom thread before this one was created.

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I have 16 Luminata's.

Go to the database. Click the "search by Characteristics". Go to the "flower Pattern" category and click "Luminata". Then go to the bottom of the page and click "only plants form your list". Than hit search.!

I have:

Action Adventure
Boy Genius
Concerto for Lloyd
Daughter of Stars
Delirium
Elizabethan Age
Fancy Dress
High Master
Indigo Seas
Pep Rally
Sheer Excitement
Silent Wings
Synergy
Telepathy
Vapor

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Anyone see an issue? That dang math thingie again. I say I have 16, but only list 15! Gheeezz!

The missing one is:

Spendthrift
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Oct 1, 2014 5:23 AM CST
I like Dialect, Tom. You have some beauties!
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Oct 1, 2014 5:24 AM CST
Tom has a whole lot of "Fancy" going on there!!!!!!!!!!!

I see three or four I would love to add; like

Fancy Idea
Teeny Bopper
Volcanic Glow
Montmartre
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Oct 1, 2014 5:27 AM CST
Tom is the envy of the neighborhood Sticking tongue out *Blush*

I like all of his "E Loom i knot eh" cultivars
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Oct 1, 2014 5:41 AM CST
Yes, Mr. Sawyer is quite the envy of iris lovers.
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Oct 1, 2014 7:33 AM CST
Oh yes, I suppose I should have posted a pic of Pinka Plastica, ha? Oh well.
Luminatas are not the fasted growers ususally. I have had Montmartre for 4 years, and it's still only about 4 rhizomes. Fancy Dress is a pretty fast grower compared to the others. I have had Fancy Idea, Teeny bopper and Volcanic glow 2 years, only Fancy Idea has bloomed of these three. Moonlit Water is growing slowly, and I might have one or two to share next year if I don't get a spell of rot to ruin things. I culled out New Leaf, as it's too much like some others. Flights of Fancy is really a nice one, grows pretty well, and really is bright, almost fluoresces.
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Oct 1, 2014 7:36 AM CST
All of my Luminatas have been poor performers as well. I got a bunch this year, so the jury is out on them.

I lost Action Adventure and need to replace.
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
Oct 1, 2014 8:01 AM CST
Most of the luminatas that I have grow very well here. Clarence, Teeny Bopper and Blackcurrant have only been in a couple of years and have increased respectfully. Hope the newer ones do as well.
Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Oct 1, 2014 8:03 AM CST
My Montmartre isn't a fast grower either, but has bloomed every year. I love Moonlit Water so think of me next year Tom!

All my other luminatas are new this year. Telepathy started slow, but seems to be growing pretty well now. Pep Rally, Clarence and Delirium are small, but have new growth. Quench came as a pretty big rhizome, but too soon to tell. And Silent Wings is doing really well.

I plan to pick up Vapor and Elizabethan Age next year. Assuming I get another bed built.... (like that is not going to happen!) Hilarious!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Oct 1, 2014 8:06 AM CST
I did not know Quench was a Luminata. It is a lovely blue.
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Oct 1, 2014 8:56 AM CST
Yes. I was pretty excited to get it as a bonus. Not sure, but are there many other luminata dwarfs?
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Oct 1, 2014 9:43 AM CST
No MTB's are.

Only one MDB

Aurora Sea

And 11 SDB's are:

Crystal Ship
Glint
Ice Etching
Looney
My Cher
Oddbod
Quench
trajectory
Troubadour's Song
White Accent
Yippy Skippy
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
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Moiris
Oct 1, 2014 9:50 AM CST
Re-posted from re-bloom discussion:

Here are the Luminatas I have (though most are still small and I have only seen five of them bloom)

Artistic Web
Clarence
Daughter Of Stars
Dialect
Entangled
Fancy Woman
Glo-Ray Hallelujah
High Master
Let’s Be Friends
Montmartre
Teeny Bopper
Volcanic Glow


Of these Artistic Web, Clarence, Montmartre, Glo-Ray Hallelujah, and High Master bloomed this year. Let's Be Friends (thanks Mary Ann! Smiling ), Teeny Bopper and Volcanic Glow are new this year. As I said, Montmartre is growing really well...but I bought 2 and they were very big to begin with. Montmartre and Glo-Ray Hallelujah both had very impressive blooms. The others that bloomed only had a few blooms each...but this is only their first year.

Glo-Ray Hallelujah also has 5 mature increases and an additional 8 flags on it...all from 1 rhizome purchased last year! So far I'd have to say Glo-Ray Hallelujah has been remarkable. It is clearly the winner in the Luminata race so far!

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