Irises forum: How About Our Favorite Reds?

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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Feb 8, 2012 10:38 AM CST
Oh, how I wish there was a truly red iris! The ones we have are beautiful, but it seems like they're always really dark and often have purple or orange in them -- but I love them anyway. I've come up with ten that I've grown, but I must confess that I've already gotten rid of some of them in order to make room for new introductions. But the ones I still have are definite keepers!

MARCHING ORDERS - Ghio, 2010 - This one is now my absolute favorite - love that strikingly bright gold beard!
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NEBRASKA BIG RED - From the Jedlickas - My second favorite. Just love the ruffles on this one!
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CHIANTI CLASSIC by Terry Aitken - My third favorite -- This was a very pleasing color combination!
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DOUBLE DOWN - Mike Sutton
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HOUSE AFIRE - Ghio
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RED HANDED - Ghio
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RED SKIES - Ghio
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DYNAMITE - Schreiner's, I believe
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GRAND CLASSIC - Tasco
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POPSTAR - Barry Blyth - I didn't care for the form on this one, but the color was unusual and bright.
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OK, who would like to share your reds?

Betty
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Feb 8, 2012 2:08 PM CST
I don't have a picture but our best red is BB 'Cranapple'.
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
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ARUBA1334
Feb 8, 2012 8:02 PM CST
Those are beautiful Betty I don't have a lot of reds but I have a few I really Love the colors on Marching Orders I ordered quite a few last year and after looking at your pics I will have to have a few more Smiling
Name: Brad
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ARUBA1334
Feb 8, 2012 8:28 PM CST
Fortunate Son

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Rustler

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Saturday Night Live

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Rio Rojo


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Wearing Rubies


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Name: Annette
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Cem9165
Feb 8, 2012 8:38 PM CST
Just gorgeous.
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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Feb 8, 2012 9:33 PM CST
FORTUNATE SON has the most beautiful blue-violet beards! Just love it!

Betty
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Feb 8, 2012 9:56 PM CST
You have beautiful clumps, Aruba, and the rest of your garden looks just great.

Beautiful pictures Betty, love that Marching Orders!
Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Feb 8, 2012 10:59 PM CST
As close to a red as I have. Don't know the name, it was one of the very few things already growing here when I bought the house, but I love it.


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Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
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ARUBA1334
Feb 8, 2012 11:02 PM CST
I found a few more reds that I thought had great color this first picture was taken at Keppels and labeled Vintage Port I can't seem to find any info on it but its a great color
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Lentin Prayer

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Company Red


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Drinks at Sunset My Favorite the color is Outstanding and the flowers are Huge


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Name: Jan
Hustisford, WI
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philljm
Feb 9, 2012 9:12 AM CST
LOVE that Rustler! It glows! Nebraska Big Red is on my wish list - I already have the order filled out, just need to figure out how to pay for it!!

I only have one red so far, and it has been pretty nice. I got it from Schreiners a couple of years ago, and grew like crazy and I have already had to split it: Indian Chief


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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Feb 9, 2012 9:23 AM CST

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Vintage Port was registered by Marky Smith in 2005. It may not have been introduced yet. I think she mostly introduces through Aitken's, so you might check their site.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Feb 9, 2012 10:18 AM CST
Beautiful red, Debra, you sure don't have to know the name to love that one!

And Aruba, I love those wine colored ones.

Nice pic, Jan!!!
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
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ARUBA1334
Feb 9, 2012 5:49 PM CST
Kent thanks for the info I have been trying to find it for sale since I seen it but no luck I will check out there site when they update it
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Feb 10, 2012 6:00 AM CST
Their printed catalog will be out in about a month. Evidently just off to the printers.
Name: Jan
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philljm
Feb 11, 2012 9:54 PM CST
Thanks Polly, it's even prettier in real life
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
May 21, 2012 3:31 PM CST
I'm commenting here to bring this thread current so Julia can look at the red iris.
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Name: Julia
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JuliaNY
May 21, 2012 6:03 PM CST
Paul2032 said:I'm commenting here to bring this thread current so Julia can look at the red iris.


Thank you Paul.
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Calif_Sue
May 24, 2012 10:43 AM CST

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Oh missed this thread first time around, love them all!
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Name: Betsy
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piksihk
Jun 3, 2012 2:10 PM CST
Love those reds! Gotta find me some...
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tveguy3
Feb 10, 2013 7:05 PM CST
I've been looking for Nebraska Big Red since I saw Betty's picture last year. I wonder if anyone knows where it can be found? I'd sure like to get it.
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