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Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Denman55
Aug 3, 2015 4:37 AM CST
In looking over my list of rhizomes this year, I've noticed a pattern of sorts, and I have many irises that are very similar looking, which says that I am drawn to that type/style/color pattern of those particular iris. For example, I have a lot of Reds::
* Solid Mahogany
* Ida Red
* Indian Chief
* Rosy Wings
* Dauntless
* Tickfaw (LA)
* Red Echo (LA)
* Caliente
* Maroon Damask
* The Red Douglas

Does anyone else find themselves drawn to a particular color of Iris? I also seem to have a lot of "Purples" this year. Confused
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Aug 3, 2015 5:20 AM CST
I kinda find my self drawn to the purples (solid colored ones), blues, and some reds. Most of them regardless of color are bearded irises and historicals. Also they all basically have the same or pretty similar leave pattern.
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Denman55
Aug 3, 2015 5:33 AM CST
Yep, I have a lot of Purples too, Richard. I don't own any blues. And all of my iris, of course, are Historicals. I'm kinda delighted with my selection of Iris this year. Smiling
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Aug 3, 2015 6:40 AM CST
I have years where I ordered mostly plicatas, or I find that I'm lacking a certain color, and I go overboard buying that color. Then I want lacy ones, then I want ruffly ones, then I need more selfs, pinks, whites, or reds. It's a crazy cycle for me.
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Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Denman55
Aug 3, 2015 6:43 AM CST
I just found that I was attracted to Historics, and to the ones like "Dauntless" and "Indian Chief" and "Alcazar" and "Rameses", and "Quaker Lady". Then I began really wanting Brown Iris, like
"Brown Turban" and "Argus Pheasant" and "Bryce Canyon". I think now I have all the ones I want,
and all I will really have to do is just replace the ones I'm going to plant if they don't perform, but
I'll end up ordering the same Iris all over again. Yeah, it's crazy !
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Aug 3, 2015 1:43 PM CST
For me it was the dwarfs. They come in more colors than the larger irises and the blooms come in all sizes. I have a little less than four hundred of them now so I feel like I can slow down a bit. Last year I became enthralled with luminatas and I want to collect enough to fill a luminata bed..... about a dozen or so not counting dwarf luminatas. I love pinks but true blues just call my name. This last spring for the first time I started looking at the lack of orange irises I grow and noticing the ones that bloomed and really want some more. sigh.....

What I really, really want now, besides my ever wishing for a turquoise TB, is a blue with a pink beard.
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Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Denman55
Aug 3, 2015 1:47 PM CST
What Irises are considered the "Dwarfs" ? . . . . Confused
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Aug 3, 2015 2:13 PM CST
Standard Dwarf Bearded irises I call dwarfs. They are classed as medians and the MTB's (miniature dwarf bearded) are classed as dwarfs. I have about 30 MTB's but they require potting and extra care due to my climate. It is too hot here for most of them to thrive and not cold enough during the winter. However, the SDB's, nine to sixteen inches tall, require the same growing conditions as any other bearded iris and seem to be able to tolerate more shade and more water than the big boys do. I really, really like the 'little guys'.
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Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Denman55
Aug 3, 2015 2:18 PM CST
Thanks for the clarification. I do have one "dwarf" planted on my property. It has probably been there long before I bought the home. It is a species Iris germanica. It is quite lovely. My Avatar is a photo of it this year when it was in bloom.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 3, 2015 2:18 PM CST
MTBs are also medians as are IBs & BBs. The SDBs are our favorites as well. John's grandmother grew them, but they were the pre pumila XTB type. Now known as I. lutesens they are more limited in color.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Aug 3, 2015 2:49 PM CST
Lucy and husband John are hybridizers, Patrick. Lucy's little avatar is one of her creations called Reddy Set. it is an SDB. She knows of what she speaks.
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UndertheSun
Aug 3, 2015 2:54 PM CST
I have a pattern too.

I want everything I don't have. Whistling
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Aug 3, 2015 8:03 PM CST
I think I followed Rob's pattern too well this year!!! I never had any pinks but now I have several, I also have more whites. I ordered more browns last year while this year I appear to have many reds and creams, though lots of brown medians. I did not order many purple. I ended up with several last year but I am attracted to other colors more than purple.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Aug 4, 2015 4:23 AM CST
Note to self: "No Purple!"
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Denman55
Aug 4, 2015 4:27 AM CST
No, I don't want everything I don't have ..... there are a lot of Iris I definitely DON'T want. I'll leave it at that. I have exactly the iris I want, and my Wish List is now down to only 5. As for "Purples", Yes, I have to many of those. What I don't have is a YELLOW Iris. I posted something on one of the threads
asking for assistance with getting a good YELLOW Iris, but I didn't get the response I was hoping for,
so I will continue to look for that elusive Yellow and see which one pokes my interest for next year.
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Aug 4, 2015 4:37 AM CST
Patrick - try "Ola Kala" for your Yellow. (my previous post was not directed at you but at the "Dukie" who posted before me) Whistling
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Denman55
Aug 4, 2015 4:52 AM CST
I have "looked" at 'Ola Kala' and also 'Coronation'. But I'm still not able to make a decision . . . . . . Confused
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Aug 4, 2015 4:57 AM CST
Coronation is shorter and is not a bright yellow. It also has pronounced PBF. It is a better grower than Ola Kala, but you can't go wrong with either. Get both!
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Dog Lover Irises Orchids Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Lilies
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Denman55
Aug 4, 2015 5:22 AM CST
How Short is Short for a TB Iris ? I so dislike TB Irises that are Short. I do like my nice and Tall Irises!
I think 'Ola Kala' is a darker, deeper Yellow than 'Coronation'. I'm thinking that I'm more attracted to
a lighter yellow. 'Ola Kala' may be to bold. Like 'Southland' which is really deep and dark Yellow.
My favorite yellow, which is on my Wish List, is "Mystic Melody".
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
Aug 4, 2015 5:53 AM CST
in my garden it stayed in the 30" range. The AIS wiki lists it at 40 inches. Seems like an issue to me. You might as well test drive it for a few years and if you don't like it, then get rid of it.

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