Irises forum: Favorite Irises- Any Color, Any Class

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Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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TBGDN
Sep 9, 2011 12:49 PM CST
It has been raining here today, and I seem to be gravitating to iris pictures to pass my "indoor" time. After reviewing yellow irises in Betty's thread I am asking for pictures of your favorite irises: TB's, SDB's, IB's Or Whatever. I think we all need a boost right now.

I'll start off with a few of my favorites, then return later with some others. Please join in! Smiling

Probably my all-time #1 favorite "Silverado"
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This is most likely my #2 favorite "Song Of Norway"
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This is an iris to die for: "Mary Frances"; She's gorgeous!
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This is my favorite black "Black Suited" next to "Hello Darkness"
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This is Blyth's English Charm: It's just a top favorite!
(And my wife's top favorite!)
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This is Blyth's "Imprimis": A great iris!
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"Spirit Of Caleb" AB (McGrath 2002)
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Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
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TBGDN
Sep 9, 2011 1:12 PM CST
Another look at Spirit Of Caleb. This is the only AB I seem to be able
to grow successfully. These are later pictures than the previous post.

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Lux Umbra Dei
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Region: United States of America Roses
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Betja
Sep 9, 2011 2:59 PM CST
Fantastic blooms! I really love your IMPRIMIS, and are the standards really that icy blue color? And your Arilbred is gorgeous! I recently posted my top favorites over on Cubits, so I think I need to broaden my horizons and put in some different stuff... I'll have to think a bit... hmmm.......
Betty
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: United States of America Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
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TBGDN
Sep 9, 2011 3:48 PM CST
No, the stds of Imprimis are not that blue. I took these pictures in full sunlight, and got some color distortion. All of the bright sun photos seem to look that way. Also I think the camera has some color distortion too. I would not ordinarily post off-color pictures, but I must admit the "icy blue" color is not accurate. Hope this helps. It is nonetheless a gorgeous iris, and I have three clumps. The first picture is more accurate.

It's too bad we don't have the Iris forum in just one place. But I would hate to lose the database! Everyone has worked too hard and long. I'm hoping for a good outcome.

Here's one with a Kodak Z650 in 2010:
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These are with a Canon SX20-IS in blazing sun.
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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Region: United States of America Roses
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Betja
Sep 9, 2011 3:58 PM CST
Leon, it's my understanding that the Irises Cubit database will be copied over here very shortly, if it hasn't been already, to become part of the ATP plant database; but after that they will be separate databases. So what we already have in the Cubits database will also become part of the one here. I just wish there was a way to have a copy made here in the iris database whenever we post a picture to the Cubits database so we don't have to do it twice. I really want ATP to succeed, and the Iris Forum here is a little less technical than the Irises Cubit, which is perhaps why I really like it. But they have worked long and hard to make the Irises Cubit such a special place and they really want to keep it that way. There are some different people in each place, which I do think is healthy, and we'll just have to do the best we can with what we've got, eh? But I do hate duplication of effort...

Betty
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Region: United States of America Roses
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Betja
Sep 9, 2011 4:16 PM CST
Bummer -- I was posting my pictures and suddenly it said I was no longer connected to the internet! I HATE that!

Anyway, my top 10 favorite irises (and my top 10 runners-up) are posted in the thread listed below if you would like to see them, and I think they're all tall bearded. So I guess I'll have to do something different here.

http://cubits.org/irisforum/thread/view/60945/


My favorite Arilbreds:

EYE TO EYE and SHABAZA


ONLOOKER



And one more picture of my favorite, EYE TO EYE, an ArilMed.

Betty
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Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: United States of America Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
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TBGDN
Sep 9, 2011 5:46 PM CST
Shabaza is gorgeous: I like the colors, and I see it is a Sutton iris. And the link to the Cubits thread has some outstanding irises. I can see that I will have to be doing some more ordering in the spring. I think I can see the Ghio and Keppel touch in some of these without checking for details. I am especially taken with Foreign Scandal and Adoree! And I can see Ghio's work in Applause Line which is stunning!

I can understand the frustration of having a duplicate database, and also of keeping up with what is going on at both sites. I was among the first to join Cubits, and I was hoping for a long term membership there; and also that Dave can come up with some sensible solutions satisfactory to everyone.
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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Region: United States of America Roses
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Betja
Sep 9, 2011 7:06 PM CST
Both ADOREE and FOREIGN SCANDAL, and LORD OF MAYFAIR too, are Blyth irises. And boy do I love the Blyth irises! SMART MONEY, MARCHING ORDERS, APPLAUSE LINE and PICTURE BOOK are all Ghio irises, and I think the only Keppel iris in that first batch is BRAZILIAN ART. INK PATTERNS is by Thomas Johnson at Mid-America, and HAWAIIAN RAIN was hybridized by Randy Squires in the Los Angeles area. And I think each one of them is truly exceptional.

I am resigned to having to double post pictures in the future to help maintain both databases if I have to. Polly says she will inquire as to whether there is something Dave can do, but I really don't think he'll want to get into that. And it's just the iris pictures I'll have to do that with. So I'll quit whining now...


Betty
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Region: United States of America Roses
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Betja
Sep 9, 2011 8:28 PM CST
Here are my favorite orange/orange blend and bright gold/gold blend irises:

BRILLIANCE and FIERY FIGURE


ENCORE LADY and AMBER TAMBOUR


FIXATION and BEACH DANCE


Betty
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Region: United States of America Roses
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Betja
Sep 9, 2011 10:31 PM CST
Favorite near-black irises:

CRIMSON LIGHTS and MIDNIGHT COWBOY


OZARK REBOUNDER and HERE COMES THE NIGHT


BLACK SUITED and CHIMNEY SOOT (BB)


These last two are a little different, but I think of them as dark near-black irises because of the falls.
BLACK MAGIC WOMAN (Early bloomer) and SHARP DRESSED MAN (Late bloomer)
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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Region: United States of America Roses
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Betja
Sep 9, 2011 10:37 PM CST
And how about plicatas?

INK PATTERNS - My favorite
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STEPPING OUT and PSYCHIC READER
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OOPS - I hit "Finished" by mistake! Now I'll have to edit.
DOUBLE DOWN and CHEAP FRILLS


WEDDING NIGHT and BARBARA MAY


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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Region: United States of America Roses
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Betja
Sep 9, 2011 10:54 PM CST
Favorite Purples?

LOUISA'S SONG and BUBBLE BUBBLE


EVENING TIDINGS and PLUM POODLE


NANCY'S LACE and CELESTIAL EXPLOSION


Betty
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Region: United States of America Roses
Irises Cat Lover Daylilies Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Betja
Sep 9, 2011 11:04 PM CST
Blues?

HAWAIIAN RAIN and YAQUINA BLUE - My two favorites!


RIPPLING RIVER and BREAKERS


MARBELLA and JORDAN'S JOY
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ABIQUA FALLS and RAINY RIVER
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OK, I've finally exhausted myself!

Betty
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Sep 10, 2011 6:50 AM CST
Breakers was one of the best growing TBs that we ever had.
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Region: United States of America Roses
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Betja
Sep 10, 2011 9:52 AM CST
And I think it's my strongest grower out of all my irises! Every year I have to give some away now -- my neighbors and friends love it!

Betty
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Sep 10, 2011 11:02 AM CST
Betty, love your CRIMSON LIGHTS. INK PATTERNS is just lovely and I know I tried to order BARBARA MAY but they were sold out. Now I can't remember what I bought instead of it.
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Region: United States of America Roses
Irises Cat Lover Daylilies Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Betja
Sep 10, 2011 11:14 AM CST
Thanks, Rita. I really love all of these plants, and CRIMSON LIGHTS and INK PATTERNS are two of my very favorites. BARBARA MAY has turned out to be more vigorous than I had thought it would be too.
Betty
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Region: United States of America Roses
Irises Cat Lover Daylilies Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Betja
Sep 10, 2011 11:16 AM CST
Leon, I don't know why I've never gotten SILVERADO, because it is an absolutely beautiful iris! I'll have to try to get that one, I think.
Betty
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: United States of America Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
Garden Ideas: Master Level Native Plants and Wildflowers Peonies Hummingbirder Dog Lover Lilies
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TBGDN
Sep 10, 2011 12:16 PM CST
I have extras- LOTS! Let me know! Smiling
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Name: Neil
Nashville, TN (Zone 7a)
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nthurston
Sep 10, 2011 2:52 PM CST
I received Silverado as a bonus one year. It lived a year or two and then died out. I've not tried it again, but I assume it's hardy as so many people have and like it.

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