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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jan 4, 2016 8:25 AM CST
I very seldom buy an iris mostly for it's name, but I did get 2, one is Sammie's Jammies.

I got this one for my dog memorial bed in honor of one of my schnauzers who's name was Sammie. It hasn't boomed yet, but should next spring baring any issues. I like it well enough that I might have gotten it even if it had a different name.

I also got Man's Best Friend for that bed as well. (along with about 80 others that have noting to do with dogs! Hilarious! )


What irises did you get mostly for the name? Would you get it even if it wasn't such a nice one just for the name?
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
Jan 4, 2016 10:35 AM CST
Jurassic Park is the first iris I got for the name. But it's pretty, too!



Blackbeard was the next and I really like it. I hope it blooms for me this Spring.



Silverado and few other country/western names, too.

Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jan 4, 2016 10:38 AM CST
I bought Doctor Who as much for the name as the iris. I grew up watching Dr. Who and still love the series (though not fond of the current Doctor). And in my garden of space agers and iris named for Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter, etc. it seemed a perfect fit. If I really disliked the look of the iris I don't think I would have gotten it though.

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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Jan 4, 2016 10:50 AM CST
I recently ordered a Blyth iris called "She". Simple, name fits easily on a plant marker! (and it's gorgeous! and so feminine!)




Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
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Polymerous
Jan 4, 2016 11:07 AM CST
I have tons of daylilies bought partly, if not entirely, for the name. Irises, not so much. I do presently have:

(we are SF fans here... but also rebloom)
(memorializing visits to Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park (but the images looked beautiful too))
(there are no glaciers at Glacier Point, but the name goes with... and we have also visited Glacier National Park)

I had this one in the past, bought almost entirely for the name, but it died, the replacements look dead, and I may not reacquire:

(I was a big fan of the original trilogy ("prequels" were awful; was disappointed in the current movie))

If the nursery ever responds, I have plans to acquire this year:

(DD graduated from Amherst College)
(my sister's name is Lois)

And this one (from a different nursery):

(DD's best friend Sara is a beautiful young woman (plus rebloom))

Already ordered for this year (the name factored into the decision, but was not the entire reason for the purchase):

(DH interested in space exploration, but this iris also has unusual standards and very clear colors, and is fragrant)
(the name almost says it all (song played on the radio when I was a kid), but this looks beautiful also)
(have driven through Mariposa many times so there are some fond memories associated with that, plus rebloom)

Irises that I am considering getting, in part because of their name:

(another 'Mariposa' memento, and also rebloom)
(have enjoyed 'Star Trek' since I was in high school, when the original series was on TV)
(a memorable kiss.. but also bubble ruffles)
(yes, it's a Dykes medalist - but I am thinking of the opening words of a certain song...)
The current avatar image is that of a volunteer daylily seedling showing cristation.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jan 4, 2016 12:01 PM CST
Never realized how many Iris I got strictly for the name. Hilarious!


Baby Blue Marine -- I like Marines. Smiling



Best Bet - favorite expression of someone I used to know and affectionately remember.



Best Friend - she gave me the gift certificate I used to buy it.



Bullwinkle - still a favorite.



Chicklet - favorite gum as kid.



Dancing Bunnies - I dunno, something about the name tickles me. Smiling



For Patsy Lou - my mother's name was Patricia Lou and her family called her Patsy.



Gizmo the Gremlin - the movie



Killarney Green - reminds me of a trip to Ireland taken in 1992.



Lest We Forget



Loon Lake - okay, don't be startled, but...we have mental illness on my father's side of the family and all of us--even those with the illnesses--look for humor where we can. We figure laughter is healthier than wrung hands. Big Grin



Men in Black - the movie



Mister Roberts - the movie



Murrah Memorial



Have Navajo family.
Navajo Code // Navajo Velvet



Obi-Wan Kenobi



Off to the Races - sister loves horse racing.



Polish Princess - my mother was Polish.



Private Eye - Nick Charles, Boston Blackie, Marlowe, Mannix...lots more, but you get the gist. Hilarious!



Shindig - never missed that show.



Made a memory bed for my sister's daughter Crystal (died 2010) and stepson Tracy (died 2008). Thankful to people like Tom and Arlyn for helping make it beautiful. Smiling Bought a slew of Iris specifically for the names of or associations with Crystal's four children, but not listing here because they are going to my sister when she and her husband buy a house later this year.
Crystal Beauty // Crystal Fountain // Crystalyn

Dark Crystal // Tracy's Sunshine
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IrisHart
Jan 4, 2016 12:56 PM CST
janwax said:I recently ordered a Blyth iris called "She". Simple, name fits easily on a plant marker! (and it's gorgeous! and so feminine!)



There's a very old classic science fiction novel called _She_. I'm thinking possibly the iris gets its name from the novel. It's about a totally knock-em-dead gorgeous femme fatale who is immortal. She's kind of evil, too, but unbelievably beautiful. In the end, they figure out what keeps her immortal -- if I remember rightly, been a long time -- and she crumbles into ashes. It's a compelling story, and the portrait of a woman they draw is powerful.
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IrisHart
Jan 4, 2016 1:01 PM CST
Just looked it up to refresh my memory. The novel is by H. Rider Haggard. That "She" is short for "She Who Must Be Obeyed."

The novel is called _She_, you understand, but in the story they often call her "She Who Must Be Obeyed."
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jan 4, 2016 1:31 PM CST
Multiple movies have been made out of the book, too, from the silent era onward.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jan 4, 2016 1:58 PM CST
My mother was nicknamed She for She Who Must Be Obeyed by close friends who traveled a lot with her and my Dad, but that was in reference to Rumpole Of The Bailey who called his wife She.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jan 4, 2016 2:00 PM CST
Wow, lots of you have irises for their names, at least in part. Keep them coming!
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: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jan 4, 2016 2:02 PM CST
I confess that with this next one, the name really helped me decide to get it. I was looking for a dark purple and how could I pass up one called Mister Three Wiggle? It makes me laugh.

http://pics.davesgarden.com/pics/2008/11/07/Tntigger/6e6ccf....
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jan 4, 2016 2:04 PM CST
Cute name, cute iris. Smiling
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: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jan 4, 2016 2:05 PM CST
I got it from Burgard's for the high price of $4!


I would like to add, that many of my Burseen's have outrageous names, but in their case I got them for the incredible looking blooms and the names are just icing on the cake! And it is pretty humorous icing!!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Jan 4, 2016 2:16 PM CST
Thanks for all the historical info about "She" !! (No crumbling into ashes, I hope) Rolling my eyes.
Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Jan 4, 2016 2:21 PM CST
I'm a word person, and Brad Kasparek's inventive, and often absurd iris names
sometimes pulled me in. Serengeti Spaghetti just had a ring to it! (and I love purple and pink together).
Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jan 4, 2016 3:47 PM CST
Tom Burseen is deaf (he reads lips) & he started the names from practice words he had to learn.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Jan 4, 2016 3:55 PM CST
I knew he was deaf, but did not know about the Iris naming. Smiling
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jan 4, 2016 3:59 PM CST
I think that was his start, once going it was a funny habit. He also likes puns.
Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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Boxergirl
Jan 4, 2016 5:03 PM CST
Here's a starter for me,

I got this one in honor of my grandfathers yo passed away who everyone called uncle Charlie.
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