Irises forum: Favorite Dark Tops

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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Mar 17, 2012 12:05 PM CST
It's a rainy day today and I can't get outside until later, so I thought I'd post pictures of some Dark Tops.

LA SCALA
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SECRET RITES - Temperatures can really affect the colors on this beauty!
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TEMPESTO
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SECRET PARTNER
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CANTINA
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KAH-NEE-TA - Pictures taken at Cooley's in 2009
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BROOME SUNSET
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DANDY CANDY
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BEWITCHMENT
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CHIANTI CLASSIC
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HIGHLAND GAMES - Saw this one at Schreiner's
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DANCING WITH IRENE
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IVORY GHOST
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STRUT YOUR STUFF
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BEACH DANCE
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FLAME AMBER and NOUVEAU RICHE
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Does anyone else have pictures of Dark Tops you'd like to share?

Betty
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Mar 17, 2012 1:21 PM CST
Some real beauties, I love strut your stuff, one of my favorite Paul Black iris, I can't get pics that do it justice though. Here's a few that I can add to the mix.

Wintery Sky
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Eagle Control and Coastal Mist
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Crowned Heads and New Face
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Right of Spring and Tanner
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Before The Storm and Chicksaw Sue
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Tom
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Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
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ARUBA1334
Mar 19, 2012 4:39 PM CST
Betty I really like Beach Dance and Flame Amber the colors are beautiful in both of them and I really like Chicksaw Sue as well Thanks for posting these.
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Mar 19, 2012 5:53 PM CST
I have "Flame Amber" and I would call it a dud. It grows well and blooms well; but not much to look at (just my two cents).
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Mar 20, 2012 10:37 AM CST

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Wintry Sky - such a great iris, should win the Dykes Medal, but I kind of doubt it will at this point


Royal Sterling - another ethereal creation from Keith Keppel


Magical - my current favorite of Joe Ghio's many beauties


Classicana - gloriously ruffled and a good grower. Great pedigree coming from Wintry Sky and Louisa's Song
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Sunset Storm - really poor pictures of a really nice iris


Brussels - very nice, my only complaint is that I can't get a successful cross from it.


Waterline - to me, it is by far the prettiest of the "reverse blue amoenas with red/tangerine beards"


Nouveau Riche
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Mar 20, 2012 10:44 AM CST
Beautiful, Tom and Kent! I just got WINTRY SKY last year, and I sure hope it blooms this year. And I really love WATERLINE. I didn't order it, but I included it in my list of suggestions for bonus plants from Keith, so maybe... I'll get it by next year for sure, though! And NEW FACE is really a favorite here...

Betty
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Mar 20, 2012 12:28 PM CST
Kent I think you mentioned that the picture in your header is of one of your seedlings? I wish you would include that among these pics as I think it's as good as many of these. Are you going to register it? I think it's really beautiful. Tom
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Mar 20, 2012 3:53 PM CST

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It is one of my seedlings, Tom, thank you for the compliment. I really like it, but it is difficult to be objective about your own plants. LOL

Last year was its maiden bloom, so it will be awhile yet before I decide to register it or not. Should get a better feel for its qualities when it blooms again in the next month or two (knock on wood). So far, it looks good this spring, growing well, nice amount of increase. It also has purple based foliage which is a bit of a bonus, at least to me.

I kept a couple of its siblings. I really like the form and especially the substance (and, of course, the ruffles!) of this one:

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The color of the flower itself is a bit more subdued than the seedling in my avatar, though.


Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Mar 20, 2012 6:23 PM CST
Sometimes our concerns about not being able to be objective makes us over critical. I think it's a beauty, and and merits your stong consideration for registration. This year will be critical to see if it continues being this good, but I'm sure it will be. Good Luck!
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
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
Mar 20, 2012 7:17 PM CST
I agree I agree Hurray!

Betty
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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ARUBA1334
Mar 21, 2012 9:20 AM CST
Those are great pictures of WIntry Sky it is a really good grower here as well and I will be adding Waterline to the want list I just have to wait a year or two until its a little less expensive.

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