Irises forum: Show us your Colors - Part 12

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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Feb 27, 2015 7:55 AM CST
Well -- it's the last day of the week -- and our last chance this week to get high volume recognition for every day of the week!!!

So for today let's switch things up a little bit. Today let's do Your Favorite Iris. Of course, heavy hitters like us don't have just ONE favorite, do we? So I think we can list up to 10 of our favorite Irises. Green Grin!

Don't forget -- put each Iris in a separate post!!

My first favorite is a long-time favorite -- Chasing Rainbows:

Hager, 1998

I bought this Iris in a pot, from a local nursery in 2008, not knowing what the flower looked like. Planted it when I got home. A couple weeks later it bloomed -- and the flowers were verrry tiny. I thought that I had purchased a miniature. The following year it bloomed normally, though -- and the blending of colors just mesmerized me. Still does.

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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
Feb 27, 2015 8:27 AM CST
Second favorite is Blue Reflection:
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Introduced by Schreiner's in 1974, I bought this in 1977 -- it was one of my first-ever purchased Irises. I didn't know, prior to that, that Irises could be purchased from a company. I thought you could only get them from people who had them growing in their gardens. When I opened that first Schreiner's catalog -- my mind was blown.
I had no idea such beautiful Irises existed. I've been an Iris Addict ever since, although for the first ten years or so I was able to purchase only one or two per year -- and some years none! Things sure have changed. Rolling my eyes.

Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. ([url=www.tut.com]www.tut.com[/url])
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
Feb 27, 2015 8:48 AM CST
Third favorite has to be Suave:
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Schreiner's, 1980

Another beauty picked from the Schreiner's catalog sometime between introduction and 1985 when we moved to Kentucky. I bought this one when we lived in northern Illinois, and brought it with me when we moved.

This one is a favorite for a sentimental reason -- it reminded me of an Iris that I found growing around the foundation of a long-gone house in the middle of a prairie, when I was a child. I talked my Dad into going to see it with me -- he did, and brought a shovel. Pretty soon that Iris was growing in my Dad's Iris garden. I wish I had that Iris today -- this is as close as I can get.
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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
Feb 27, 2015 8:57 AM CST
Fourth would have to be Copper Mountain:

Schreiner's, 1978

This is another of my very early purchases -- again from Schreiner's -- and moved to Kentucky with me.

I just love the color of this Iris, and its elegant form. It's possible that I have lost it -- it was in the section of Iris Lane that suffered a lot of rhizome loss last winter, and it didn't bloom last spring. I'm praying that there's one or two little rhizomes out there that survived but were too small to bloom.

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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Feb 27, 2015 9:16 AM CST
ok My favorite has to be John's 'Billie The Brownie.' there is no other MTB like it. Besides the name came from a radio program which I listened to as a child.
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Feb 27, 2015 9:17 AM CST
I thought we did favorites on a thread Jan posted last month. ???? Have I completely gone round the bend?
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Feb 27, 2015 9:18 AM CST
I don't have a photo so go to the iris encyclopedia. SDB 'Soft Air'.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Feb 27, 2015 9:27 AM CST
Since I added soooooooooooooooooo many last year, I have a feeling my favorites may not yet have bloomed.

That said I think most of you already know what are my favorites because you have seen them plenty of times by now. Hilarious!

Might as well start with my very favorite red: Grateful Red (Schreiner)



Until last year, almost all of my iris had come from Schreiners. This one was sent as a bonus. It stood out in the garden from the moment it first bloomed. Really large, really red blooms. Love it.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Feb 27, 2015 9:32 AM CST
And yes, Bonnie, I think we did do favorites at some point. I know we did What Are Your 10 Favorite iris from 2014 growing season.

And since Schreiner's has come up a lot in this thread, I am sure you have all gotten the email that their site is open for the year.

So is Mt. Pleasant which has spectacular Japanese, and other non-bearded as well as bearded.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Feb 27, 2015 10:00 AM CST
I have so few irises, they're ALL my favorites but I wil restrict myself to just 10. Unless I don't... Whistling

From least to most? Naw, I don't have a least favorite. My babies are all equal in my eyes.

Ola Kala, reliable, increases and was a gift.
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Feb 27, 2015 10:03 AM CST
Ambroisie was purchased as Pink Attraction but was later identified correctly. I so love this one and have it scattered about both yards.
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
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Zencat
Feb 27, 2015 10:18 AM CST
This NOID purple came as a gift, as well. We think it is Dark Dragon but it could be a lot of things, too. Excuse this bad photo. The good ones are on my phone. LOL

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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Feb 27, 2015 10:22 AM CST
Elizabethan Age was also misidentified but later correctly IDed. I will not part with this one. It is scattered about both yards, too.

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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
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Zencat
Feb 27, 2015 10:31 AM CST
Black Gamecock is my only Louisiana and I don't know why. I love them. This one was sent in a trade with another gardener. I almost lost it to some inept fence installers who completely ignored my instructions to steer clear or die hard. It was trampled and then buried. Shesh! I divided it and spread it around. Two years later, it bloomed better than ever.

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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Feb 27, 2015 10:31 AM CST
Elizabethan Age looks like a luminata. I only have about six luminatas but I have several ordered. I would like to add a dozen more but the ones I want are a bit hard to find.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder Plant Identifier
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Zencat
Feb 27, 2015 10:33 AM CST
War Chief. What can I say about War Chief? I fell in love the moment I saw it in bloom. It was a gift from a man who used to live up the street from me.

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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Feb 27, 2015 10:36 AM CST
Celia - That does not look like "Elizabethan Age" to me based on how it has bloomed for me and the flower size (especially in the Falls). - Greg
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder Plant Identifier
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Zencat
Feb 27, 2015 10:41 AM CST
EA is a luminata and my only one. I had never heard the term before getting this one. I can see if some have increased enough to share, if you'd like.

I. germanica, increases tremendously and has been scattered about the neighborhood. LOL
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Feb 27, 2015 10:43 AM CST
This time, only going to list the ones that have actually bloomed for me.

Best Bet. Might have lost it, but I love the blues
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If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
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
Feb 27, 2015 10:44 AM CST
Tentative Copper Classic. Tom is growing test plant and should have comparison data this year or next.
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If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'

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