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Name: Cleta
Idaho Falls Idaho (Zone 4a)
Region: Idaho Lilies Irises
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cbelt1
Mar 21, 2016 6:05 PM CST
What flower pattern is most prevalent in your iris garden

For those of us whose iris won’t bloom until June, I thought I would give incite a bit of mathematical activity to keep the rest of us busy. My iris are just peeking through the earth and I have almost 3 months of enviously looking at other people’s blooms before mine erupt in long-awaited glorious color. I was curious what was the most prevalent flower pattern in your garden? After looking at the ATP plant database and documenting the flower pattern of each bloom, I discovered the following about my iris:

Amoena 10% Favorite
Bicolor 7% Favorite
Bitone 8% Favorite
Blend 17% Favorite
Broken color 4% Favorite
Emma Cook 2% Favorite
Luminata 2% Favorite
Neglecta 2% Favorite
Plicata 26% Favorite
Self 15% Favorite
Variegata 6% Favorite

For those of us who do not have 100’S or 1000's of iris, I did my compilations in percentages so we will all be on the same platform. I am sure that my list does not have all of the possibilities of flower pattern; in fact I did not know I had an Emma Cook or a Neglecta until I checked my plant information from ATP. It will be interesting to see the propensity for flower patterns in our gardens. Enjoy doing a bit of mind-opening math.

Cleta
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Mar 21, 2016 6:25 PM CST
I don't think Competitive Edge should be classed as a variegata. .......just my half cents worth.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 21, 2016 9:28 PM CST
We have everything but the kitchen sink. However seedlings I am working on the red amoena SDBs & not getting very far. Not sure what you would classify my MTBs.
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Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
Mar 21, 2016 11:46 PM CST
I think I have one (and just one) of everything!!!
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Mar 22, 2016 2:38 AM CST
Wow, calculating this would be harder then doing my taxes. Hilarious! I'd have to add this detail to all 600+ cultivars in my data base first and then I could calculate it. I would estimate that my largest percentages would fall to the Selfs, Blends and Omoenas. Then I have a lot of plicatas, and Emma Cooks. A few luminatas and broken colors. But this is just a rough estimate, not real data.
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Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Mar 22, 2016 9:27 AM CST
Sorry to say I agree with Tom about the taxes. I didn't add the pattern type to my database so this question would take a lot of research to answer.
Then I remembered how to search the database (I think Debra posted how to do this in the Keppel thread???)

Checking the database it shows I have 216 selfs... Still need to look at the other pattern types and then do math... Sticking tongue out
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 22, 2016 10:03 AM CST
Guess what I don't have a data base. Most of it is in my head. then add seedlings. Comes from learning to use a computer in my 70s.
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
Mar 22, 2016 10:56 AM CST
Barbara - if you added a named iris to your database, then you can let the search feature in the iris database find the results for you!

Just go to Iris Database

Click Search by characteristics, then scroll down

Check the box of one of the "Flower Patterns" (first box is Self)

then scroll down to bottom, and under "Limit Options", check the box "Only show plants that are in my personal Plant Lists"

click search and voila!
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UndertheSun
Mar 22, 2016 11:02 AM CST
There isn't an option to remove the "wants" from your personal plants lists. So the numbers will be off on your selections. Unless you go through and count the "haves", or count up and subtract the "wants".
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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
Mar 22, 2016 11:08 AM CST
Why this pattern of yellow standards and white falls rimmed yellow is called Debby Rairdon is beyond me but I have 3 of them (0.5% of my garden):

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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
Mar 22, 2016 11:09 AM CST
Which I did Rob - but then I don't have too many wants listed in my list. I forget to check it before I buy so it holds only the really really wants.
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UndertheSun
Mar 22, 2016 11:34 AM CST
There's over 400 in my want list and over 500 in my have list. So it would take some time for me. Hilarious!

I'm sure the photos this Spring will push my want list back up to 500. Glare .... Sticking tongue out
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
Mar 22, 2016 11:43 AM CST
Amoena 4.7%

Reverse Amoena 0.5%

BiColor 10.64%

BiTone 13.17%

Reverse BiTone 2.2%

Blend 14.87%

Broken Color 3.2%

Debby Rairdon - 0.5% see post above

Emma Cook 2.5%

Glaciata 0.34%

Lines & Spreckles 2.5%

Luminata 3.89%

Neglecta 2.36%

Plicata 9.62%

Self 10.64%

Variegata 2.87%


I would agree I really like blends and bitones. The Plicata category is skewed because they have iris like Spiderman in Plicatas, and I think it should be in Lines and Spreckles...

I tried to see the various Space Age varieties, but by all 4 categories (horns, spoons, flounces, pom poms) it says I only have 51 iris (8.2%) which I believe is too low.

I haven't updated my Plant List completely with this year's orders but can say that the majority are bitones like Cow Patty, and blends like Skip A Beat.

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)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Mar 22, 2016 11:48 AM CST
By the way that only came out to 84.5% of my iris. So the other 15.5% must be undefined in the database?
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
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
Mar 22, 2016 12:37 PM CST
Some of the newest and oldest do not have a lot of information or photos. You will be able to add that when yours blooms. smiles......
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Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
Mar 22, 2016 12:57 PM CST
Hmmmmm, my categories seem to run a little different...

rabbit eaten: 7%
rotted: 10%
dried and shriveled: 2%
just plain disappeared: 1%
signs of life: 80%

Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Mar 22, 2016 1:06 PM CST
UndertheSun said:There isn't an option to remove the "wants" from your personal plants lists. So the numbers will be off on your selections. Unless you go through and count the "haves", or count up and subtract the "wants".

I forgot about that Rob so my "self" number is wrong. Glare

Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Mar 22, 2016 1:14 PM CST
djinnevada said:Hmmmmm, my categories seem to run a little different...

rabbit eaten: 7%
rotted: 10%
dried and shriveled: 2%
just plain disappeared: 1%
signs of life: 80%


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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
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Henhouse
Mar 22, 2016 1:36 PM CST
I agree too
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Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
Mar 22, 2016 1:58 PM CST
Darcy:
You are just too funny! Love your categories! Rolling on the floor laughing

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