Irises forum: Our Favorite Pinks!

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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Feb 23, 2012 12:33 PM CST

How about just straight pinks? I plan to start another thread for the pink/lavender, pink/purple and pink/burgundy combos.

PICTURE BOOK -- My absolute favorite pink!
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CAST OF CHARACTERS - My second favorite - Not exactly just straight pink, but it has no lavender, purple or burgundy in it.
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DRIFTING BUBBLES - Ah, so serene and beautiful!
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LARUE BOSWELL - Check out those beards!
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GUARDIAN ANGEL
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STAR APPEAL - The pinkest one I've found, but it isn't as bubbly ruffly in my garden like the first five are. These three pictures were all taken at Keith Keppel's.
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HAPPENSTANCE
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FOR LOVERS ONLY
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HOLLYWOOD STAR
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UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
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KITTY KAY and OKAPI POPPY
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OK, please share your pinks with us!

Betty
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Feb 24, 2012 1:45 AM CST

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Magical - love love love it.
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Happenstance - one of the best growing pinks I've had


In Love Again - like the flower better than Happenstance, especially the beards, but it isn't as vigorous
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Ballycastle - nice blue tones mixed in with the pink
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Rite Of Passage - regal flower
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Pigs In Space - these pictures aren't very good, but they do show what a bright little iris it is
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The last two might not qualify as pink iris, but they do have some pink on them
Fashionista and Florentine Silk - I like Fashionista the most, but Florentine Silk appears to be the better grower
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Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
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ARUBA1334
Feb 24, 2012 10:25 AM CST
Betty and Kent those are some great pinks I think my favorites of the bunch is Star Appeal and Rite of Passage I also really like Kitty Kay
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Feb 24, 2012 10:26 AM CST
Absolutely beautiful, Kent! I'll be starting a thread of pink/lavender, pink/purple and pink/burgundy bicolors in the next day or so myself, and those last two are just about my favorites!

I sure hope everyone is starting to get jazzed about spring by now -- and by around the end of next month I should be getting my first blooms for the year -- hope hope hope!

Betty
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Feb 24, 2012 2:05 PM CST
It is 37 & drizzle outside. I'm not jazzed. Our snow was under an inch.
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Feb 24, 2012 2:26 PM CST
I'm sorry, Lucy. When do your SDB's usually start blooming up there in Massachusetts?

Betty
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Feb 24, 2012 6:24 PM CST
Depending on the cultivar & place in the garden, they start early May. Our garden has quite a few micro climates for not a very obvious reason. It blooms west to east for some reason.
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Feb 24, 2012 6:48 PM CST
Interesting! My iris beds in the front yard (east side) always seems to start blooming a couple of weeks before those in my back yard on the west side.

Betty
Name: Dot or Dorothy Parker
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Ladylovingdove
Feb 25, 2012 9:08 AM CST
Betty,

LOVE Drifting Bubbles, it is so soft and serene.

Kent, In Love Again has such beautiful beards, and love the color.

I don't have many pinks, guess I'm just not a pink person.

Dot

Fluff Stuff


Alice Goodman
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Falling in Love


Cast of Characters
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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Feb 25, 2012 9:58 AM CST
But the ones you have are truly beautiful!

Betty
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Feb 25, 2012 11:15 AM CST
I'm not a 'pink' person either except when it comes to flowers. I have a peach BB seedling which is great except that it doesn't increase very much. I want to fix that trait & with luck not losing the color.
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The 2nd photo is a first yr. plant & have to study that one.
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
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ARUBA1334
Feb 25, 2012 11:53 AM CST
I dont have many Pinks either most are in my mixed bed but heres a few of them and a couple pics from Oregon

Fashionably Late

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Burst of Joy

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Photogenic

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Jennifer Rebecca

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Unchain My Heart

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Dancing in PInk
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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Feb 25, 2012 12:44 PM CST
I love FASHIONABLY LATE and purchased it last year, and I hope it will bloom this spring -- and I just hope it looks as good here as yours does, Aruba!

And Lucy, I really like both of your medians too. So are you thinking you need to cross the peach one with something else to increase its vigor, thereby increasing the increases on a resulting seedling?

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Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
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ARUBA1334
Feb 25, 2012 4:06 PM CST
Betty its one of the best growers I have it blooms every year here and really stands out in my mixed bed I get a lot of people that come during bloom season stop at that one the color of it is really bright. I was wondering if you had any full pictures of your Iris Beds with all the different varities you have all bet they are spectacular in full bloom.

Dot I like the picture of Cast of Characters pretty flower and good form.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Feb 25, 2012 6:17 PM CST
yes, I like the peach flower, but needs to be crosses onto a more vigorous plant. Good point: it has pollen. Bad point: it usually blooms every other year. When you like the TB irises, remember others had to work to get them. I think about 100 increses of the plant are needed for introduction, that's why the brand new plands each yr are so expensive. As more of them appear then the price can drop as there are more of each one.
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Feb 25, 2012 7:00 PM CST
I don't have a lot of pink selfs, but here's a few, some are duplicates I know, but what the heck, I'm for sure going to get Keppels new Strawberry Shake though.

Brazen Beauty and Wise Wish (Well,it has pink standards anyway.)
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Larue Boswell and Jennifer Rebecca
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Rancho Rose and Raspberry Blush BB
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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Feb 26, 2012 12:04 AM CST
Very nice pinks, Tom! I see you also have LARUE BOSWELL -- I really love those beards and its ruffles . And I've ordered STRAWBERRY SHAKE too!

Betty
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Feb 26, 2012 8:40 AM CST
Does 'Jennifer Rebecca' ever rebloom for you?

Our DA zone changed from 6a to 6b. I think the main thing is to protect iris plants from heavy in the winter.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Feb 26, 2012 10:28 AM CST
Jennifer Rebecca tries to rebloom most years, but it's too late in the season and it gets frozen before it re-blooms. I'm 5b, so it might work in zone 6b.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Feb 26, 2012 10:54 AM CST
Don't have any pinks, but going to have to get Pigs in Space now. Hilarious!
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