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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
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gemini_sage
Jan 18, 2015 4:55 PM CST
I've collected so many from roadsides, abandoned home sites, and from friends who often knew them as "grandma's blue Iris" or "white cemetery Iris". Often the story behind an Iris makes it all the more meaningful. Some of these are old historics, others more modern, but I'm pretty sure most are over 30 years old (since introduction).
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"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Jan 18, 2015 5:06 PM CST
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"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Jan 18, 2015 6:09 PM CST
Beautiful irises, Neal! Of course my first irises were hand-me-downs, or as they say today passalong plants. I cherished them not only because they grew and bloomed for someone special before me but also because someone wanted to share that beauty with me. My first little guy.

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This has never had any health problems and grows and blooms in all kinds of conditions. It is bright and about ten inches tall. I have bought six lookalikes trying to ID this one but now I have given up. It is so pretty and makes a nice clump.

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Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
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Moiris
Jan 18, 2015 6:22 PM CST
Bonnie, even if it never gets a name it is gorgeous in it's own right! I love it!!!

Beautiful collection of 'hand-me-down' irises Neal! I can't help but notice that you seem to be drawn to the lavenders. Which came first...the irises or the house color? Hilarious!
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Jan 18, 2015 6:24 PM CST
Just call it Miss Teree, Bonnie -- and don't worry about it anymore!! Green Grin! It's a beauty!!

Neal -- the last picture in your first group is a space ager -- and with that coloration, shouldn't be too difficult to identify!! You have some beautiful NOID's -- I especially like your #3!! Lovey dubby

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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jan 18, 2015 6:31 PM CST
That last one on the left of the first group looks a lot like Color Tart, one I used to have a while back.
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Jan 19, 2015 2:07 AM CST
Love my blues...
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This one reblooms around Thanksgiving.
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I was lucky to have this on the property when I moved here.
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Big box store mis-named lovely..
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From a rose grower who said it was in his grandmother's garden at least as far back as the 30's... Early and reblooms.
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When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Jan 19, 2015 4:56 AM CST
Bonnie, I love that bright little guy! It looks unique to me, extra clean form and coloring.

Marilyn, the Irises came first, then I chose the house color to show them off! LOL

Mary Ann and Tom, thanks for the clues! That one was sent to me as an extra "thank you" for hosting an historic Iris swap several years ago, by one of the participants. That horned beard makes it a space ager, right?

A couple more I found:
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"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Jan 19, 2015 5:25 AM CST
You might watch for Ghio's 'Lady Friend' on that last clump. That's a pretty distinctive color in iris and LF is the only one I know of in that shade of garnet red. I know photos can be deceptive, but here's a photo of 'Lady Friend' for comparison.
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Donald
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Jan 19, 2015 5:32 AM CST
Donald, I believe you found it! I had thought maybe Cranberry Ice, but Lady Friend does look more accurate. I will get better close up shots this spring to compare. It is such a great, distinctive color!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Jan 19, 2015 6:20 AM CST
It may be too old now, but along with 'Skating Party' you used to hear of 'Lady Friend' that it "should've won the Dykes medal". It's always been a quality iris plant. Your photo shows all the qualities of why. If you can obtain one and plant it side x side you'll know if what you have is 'Lady Friend'.
Donald
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Jan 19, 2015 6:30 AM CST
I was thinking that too, Donald, and that I could send rhizomes to others to compare. I was just thinking yesterday I'd like to send out some boxes of noids this year to heirloom enthusiasts for comparison. I've never been very concerned with names, but it would be nice to narrow some down for sharing purposes.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jan 19, 2015 7:10 AM CST
I posted my NOID's on the Cubit's thread, but I'll repeat it here. This one I call my Historic Purple NOID.

This is my "famous" red NOID, I am getting it checked out as possibly Dynamite
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I call this one "Instructor Wannabe" Getting it checked out as possibly Instructor. It's early, and has PBF
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This is my "Sutton NOID" Got it from Suttons, was supposed to be King Tush, Sent them a picture and they said they couldn't ID it. Love it though!
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I call this my Mauve NOID got it from a friend
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This is my Yellow NOID, got it from a friend in NM.
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I call this my Unknown #1 Nice lacy edge and probably a BB Slight fragrance.
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Got this from Kerr's was supposed to be Chocolate Halo
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There's a couple more mini's but running out of time.
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: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Jan 19, 2015 7:33 AM CST
Such beauties Tom! The first looks like Amas, is that a possibility? Love that red, especially nice with the red/gold bicolor there!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jan 19, 2015 7:43 AM CST
Boy, It sure looks like Amas! Would you like to do a test with some of this? It has been one that will bloom on the second year after moving, at least it did that twice for me in the past, but then it takes off.
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: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Jan 19, 2015 7:49 AM CST
Like Tom, I have already posted my lovely NoID's on CUBITS iris thread but since we can do it here to ...... what fun!

I call this one NOT Lemon Puff, reordered LP last summer
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and this one NOT Zipper, reordered Z last summer
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and this one is NOT Honky Tonky Hussy which I have re-ordered this year. I so like the velvet texture and the warm brown/gold beards
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This is one I call brick/rust. It is an excellent bloom but only puts on one increase a year.
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I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Jan 19, 2015 8:07 AM CST
Sure Tom Thumbs up Sounds like it behaves like Amas too, I've had rhizomes I lost in the grass take root and bloom the next spring!

Bonnie, some beauties there! I love "not lemon puff", and that brick/rust has gorgeous ruffles.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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
Jan 19, 2015 8:37 AM CST
These were left in a sack by my gate last summer. They were in dirt and continued to bloom for a week. I really like them.

This is a little MTB
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and this is either a BB or TB. I will not know until I grow it and see.
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Both have warmer tones than shown in the photos.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
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
Jan 19, 2015 8:41 AM CST
Okay, in the last two pics you posted Neil, I am thinking that the one on the left is Acoma. It is certainly old enough, and has the two color beard. My Acoma has darker purple, but a lot of the database pictures are lighter like yours. Mine had 15 years of hiding under clay soils, so the soil has definitely influenced my coloration.
and for comparison.
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
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tveguy3
Jan 19, 2015 8:55 AM CST
That one came to my mind when I saw it too, but since I don't grow it didn't know for sure.
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

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