Irises forum: Your best performing irises for 2016 are??

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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Aug 10, 2016 4:07 AM CST
I am not a newbie to iris but adding very carefully. I would love to hear from you about what has done the best in a garden setting Hurray! I looked at the Dykes winners, but would love to hear more suggestions about your modern TB iris. Thanks!

Teresa in KY
Name: Lyn Gerry
Watkins Glen, NY (Zone 6a)
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LynNY
Aug 10, 2016 5:49 AM CST
Teresa, here are some of the iris that went like gangbusters for me here in Upstate New York






Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Aug 10, 2016 6:33 AM CST
Thanks Lyn, each of those are beautiful. I am thinking my favorite of the group would be JAZZ BAND. I love it when the beard is a good contrast. The artsy side of me coming thru I guess.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Aug 10, 2016 6:36 AM CST
I think the one that surprised me the most was Poster Girl. I planted one rhizome last year and hoped for a bloom stalk this year. These are not great photos but they will give you an idea of its performance in my garden this spring.


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This one bloomed for a long period of time and the blooms did not fade. Despite having a lot of substance it held up well when soaked with rain.
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Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Aug 10, 2016 6:39 AM CST
What a lot of beauties, Lyn! Hurray!

In fact, I think 'Stan Coates' and 'Smoke and Thunder' need to go on my want list... Whistling
Oh! Turns out 'SaT' is on there already! Hilarious!

I had a good bloom season this year, but the ones that stood out for me were:

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TBI 'Guatemala' (Thomas Johnson 2005) with TBI 'Eugenia King' and other friends. (It's 'Guatemala' on the right and the picture was taken in full sun.)

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TBI 'Lenten Prayer' (Schreiner 1998) (Picture was taken in shade)

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IBI 'Langport Storm' (Kelways 1995) (Also in shade)

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SDB 'Lilli White' (W. Welch 1958) I realise that historics often grow better than modern irises and SDBs are usually good growers here, but I still think that is pretty good for a first year bloom! Thumbs up
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Aug 10, 2016 6:39 AM CST
Bonnie, that is all from one rhizome?? Holy Moly!
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Aug 10, 2016 6:43 AM CST
@grannysgarden

Very impressive! Thumbs up

... and I think I've seen that blue sign of yours before in another picture? It's hilarious! Rolling on the floor laughing
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Aug 10, 2016 6:44 AM CST
Yes, one rhizome, planted in 2015. New bed made especially for new TB irises. It was the most colorful new one I had planted.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Aug 10, 2016 6:53 AM CST
Thanks Lilli. Smiling

Another iris that I expected to see bloom and go was SDB Rainbow Rim. I took a lot of photos of it because it just kept making blooms. It is a small clump but over the course of a few weeks it looked like a grand bouquet.

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And IB Snow Blink did very well for its second year.
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I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Aug 10, 2016 7:01 AM CST
I received a couple of rhizomes from an ATP friend of Fantastic Blue. I have never heard of anyone having a problem growing this one and it is a gorgeous little IB. It did very well.

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And who could leave out an iris that grows like a weed. TB Thornbird. Here is a photo that I took this spring of it after thinning it last year to only three rhizomes. Look at the potential blooms on those stalks.
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I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Aug 10, 2016 7:08 AM CST
'Rainbow Rim' Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Yes, TBI 'Thornbird' grows well for me too, even if it is in a slightly shady spot.
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Aug 10, 2016 7:18 AM CST
Is Thornbirds kinda beige?? I like the horn.
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Aug 10, 2016 7:32 AM CST
Teresa -- Daughter of Stars is a super-performing Iris in our neck of the woods. And so is High Master.

D of S:
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HM:
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And for a deep, luscious red, Rio Rojo cannot be beat!
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Smiling

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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Aug 10, 2016 7:32 AM CST
Yes -- ditto on Thornbird -- grows well here!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Aug 10, 2016 7:37 AM CST
Rio Rojo.......... beautiful!
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Aug 10, 2016 7:45 AM CST
Love 'Rio Rojo'! Lovey dubby

Yes, my 'Thornbird' is kind of beige with purple veining and horns and yellow style crest:
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Love the gold sprinkle on the purple beards!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Lyn Gerry
Watkins Glen, NY (Zone 6a)
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LynNY
Aug 10, 2016 7:46 AM CST
Muddymitts said:Teresa -- Daughter of Stars is a super-performing Iris in our neck of the woods. And so is High Master.

D of S:
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HM:
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Smiling

High Master is another one that grew well for me. It's artistic, Teresa!



Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Aug 10, 2016 10:02 AM CST
Thornbird grows very well here too. As does all Burseen's in general. They were hybridized to take on Texas heat so they don't mind Carolina heat one bit.
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Aug 10, 2016 12:16 PM CST
These irises were some of the best performers this year:

Center Line

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My Beloved




Noble Gesture




Friendly Advice






Montevideo




Oil Painting
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Oui Madame




Patchwork Puzzle


Rio Rojo
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...and so many more!

Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Aug 10, 2016 12:27 PM CST
I'd have to list most of my garden Hilarious! But I second Bonnie's Rainbow Ridge. It's a blooming work of art, just keeps sending out bloom for a long time.

One of the more recent ones that is doing well is Gambling Man. I have had to thin it already and it's in it's second year. Good grower and lots of bloom.


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