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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
Nov 3, 2014 9:48 PM CST
Have you bought any Iris specifically for the beards?
Or do you have some that have surprised you with how beautiful the combination of beard color and flower color are together?
Do you love horns, spoons or flounces?

I'm waiting for several I got this year to bloom. I have high expectations for several to be "beardalicious" next Spring.

Here are a few of my favorites from this year that are completely different.

'Concertina' is an IB with beautiful, horned blue beards.
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'Paul Black' just wowed me with it's fat orange beards that contrasted so nicely with the dark purple flowers.
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The spoons on 'Spooned Blaze' just make me smile. I think there's so much whimsy in it.
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Which ones do you like?

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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
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Muddymitts
Nov 3, 2014 9:59 PM CST
I bought Tobacco Chew expressly for the beards. Just got it this year, so haven't seen it bloom here yet.

One of my best surprises this past spring was when Alien Mist bloomed -- first time in my garden. The beards made the flower, and it instantly became a favorite of mine.

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Another Iris that bloomed for the first time last spring, and whose beard made the flower was Holly Lane:



That lavender beard against the delicate shell pink of the flower was just enchanting! My pictures don't do it justice.

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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
Nov 3, 2014 10:29 PM CST
Alien Mist is beautiful!
I got Tobacco Chew this year too. A couple of SDB's from Mid-America look like they're going to be fun.
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Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
Region: California Bee Lover Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Composter
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Moiris
Nov 4, 2014 12:43 AM CST
Ok...here's my list of my favorite beards and horns:
Some of my pictures don't do justice to the flowers...

These ones have horns, spoons, or flounces:

Blue Fin
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Dauber's Surprise
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Fuzzy Wuzzy Rocket
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Goldfinger
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Snow Spoon
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...and these have nice, prominent beards:

Cranberry Sauce
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Crete
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Downtown Man
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Revision
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Holy Night
(I like this one because it is subtle...but nice and bushy. I love the blue color.)
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These are new ones with really pronounced or interesting beards/horns/flounces. Maybe I can attach photos later in a separate post.

( Note: I don't know how to get it to automatically post the database photo of these...since they are new and have not bloomed yet. Maybe one of you can explain how to do that? I also don't know if it's OK to post a photo from another site as long as you give credit to the source?)

Londonderry
Bertha Brownlee
Sharp Dressed Man
Bluebird Of Happiness
Chenille
Giorgio
Stolen Sweets
Cosmic Celebration
Black Magic Woman
A Star Is Born
Head Games
Who Needs A Prince
Swoosh
Game Plan
Nucleur Nancy
Desert Moth


















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iciris
Nov 4, 2014 1:17 AM CST
Love Snow Spoon and Holy Night enough that they are going on my must have list. I would love to have all the others too, but Snow Spoon and Holy Night just knocked a lot of them down a notch or two. Alien Mist and Crete are others I have to get. Been looking at Alien Mist and Crete for awhile but these pictures just put me over the edge. I just got Revision this last summer and will be looking forward to it blooming it's little beards off. Hurray!
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
Nov 4, 2014 2:29 AM CST
Getting out the wish list to make additions.
I love almost every picture you posted Marilyn!! Hurray!
I'm going to look up pictures of your list tomorrow.
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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
Nov 4, 2014 6:54 AM CST
Here's a really poor picture of a really nice Iris with awesome coloration and a great beard.

Sharpshooter!
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Nov 4, 2014 9:03 AM CST
I ordered Witch's Wand this year because of the purple falls and orange beard. So pretty together. All the ones mentioned above are gorgeous. But then, I never met an Iris I didn't like. Big Grin
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Nov 4, 2014 9:32 AM CST
Marilyn, each photograph in the database has a 'number' attached to it.

Using Londonderry as the example, go to the DB and find the Iris.
Click on the photograph you like best.

Just above that photograph will be a string of characters looking like this:
[db_photo]12003[/db_photo (I took the last square bracket off so you could see the string)

Copy that string in its entirety and paste into your thread/reply.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
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
Nov 4, 2014 9:32 AM CST
No kidding Celia -- no kidding...................... Rolling my eyes.
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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
Nov 4, 2014 9:35 AM CST
Leave it to Debra to know the answer. She's our *whiz kid*!! Thanks for sharing that Deb -- I didn't know how to do it either. Rolling my eyes.

Oh and by the way? I now have to get Londonderry....................thanks a lot. Drooling
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Nov 4, 2014 9:39 AM CST
like this?



Cooool. I know this was asked about before and was demonstrated before; but no useie no learnie!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Nov 4, 2014 9:52 AM CST
I have a bunch of new iris that have horns and flounces that I am really looking forward to blooming next year (so no pics to post....yet):

A bunch of Burseens:
Awesome Alex
Elvis Dreamer (fat beards on this one)
Glitter Gulch
Kid Power
Sensationalizer
Merci Marci
I Wuv Woses
Pucker Power
Purr Form Mints
Talking Turkey

Other horned/flounced:
Just For Kicks
Petal Pushers
Viper
Swoosh
Durham Dream
Chill Factor
Thornbird

Brilliant Idea has bright yellow beards that make the bloom
as does Green and Gifted's brown beards
and Dancing Spree's bright orange/red beards
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Nov 4, 2014 9:58 AM CST
You are welcome, Mary Ann. Big Grin Big Grin
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
Region: California Bee Lover Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Composter
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Moiris
Nov 4, 2014 11:06 AM CST
Thanks Debra! I knew I had seen someone post the photos...but I couldn't remember who it was. Smiling

Mary Ann - Here's a photo of Sharpshooter, another great beard:

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Leslie- Burseen has some really great beards!! Where did you find them? Sensationalizer is on my wish list, I absolutely love the flounces on that one! I also like Mercy Marci and Kid Power!

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
Nov 4, 2014 11:39 AM CST
Ok...here are the database links and photos imported from other sites. If I'm not supposed to import photos (with appropriate credits, free advertising!) then I'm sure someone will let me know.

These are the ones that are new this year so I am anxiously awaiting their maiden blooms! nodding

Londonderry (photo from Williamson Flower farm)
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Bertha Brownlee


Sharp Dressed Man


Bluebird Of Happiness (photo from Mid-America Gardens)
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Chenille


Giorgio (photo from Mid-America website)
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Stolen Sweets (This one was absolutely stunning in bloom at Superstition Gardens! Lovey dubby )


Cosmic Celebration


Black Magic Woman


A Star Is Born (photo from the Superstition Gardens Facebook page)
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Head Games (photo from Burgard Iris Farm website)
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Who Needs A Prince


Swoosh (photo from Trail's End Iris Garden website)
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Game Plan


Nucleur Nancy (photo from Williamson Flower Farm website)
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Desert Moth


I hope you enjoyed the show! Hurray! Hurray!








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
Nov 4, 2014 2:00 PM CST
Way to go Marilyn!
I got several of those this year... only about 5+ months 'til spring! (but who's counting?)
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Nov 4, 2014 3:14 PM CST
Oh yay! A good picture of Swoosh! I got that one and A Star is born as bonus from the PNW sale. Can't wait to see them in bloom!

Marilyn: I got Sensationalizer, I Wuv Woses, Elvis Dreamer, Merci Marci, and Glitter Gulch from Wild Iris Rows. I got Abby and Me (forgot that one earlier), Pucker Power, Purr Form Mints and Talking Turkey from Stouts. I got Kid Power from Damon Gardens (but Stout's has it too) and Awesome Alex from Tom (thanks!!!). I feel I am still missing a Burseen from this list.......hmmmmm

I have already ordered Osay Canuc from Wild Iris Rows for next year, and hope to also pick up Tobacco Chew and a few others from Stout's.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Nov 4, 2014 4:17 PM CST
I enjoy contrasting beards, horns are ok & dislike flounces. I think that those detract from the form.
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
Nov 4, 2014 4:25 PM CST
'Cowabunga' is another Burseen with a nice contrasting orange beard to blue flowers. It's on my never-ending wish list..

..and just take a look at Space Ager, 'Mercy Marci' on Stout's site:
http://www.stoutgardens.com/servlet/the-1185/Iris-MERCY-MARC...

Leslie, I also got 'Swoosh' as a bonus from the PNW sale... It must increase like crazy... which is good.. 'A Star is Born' sounds lovely!!
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.

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