Irises forum: Blooming Today, March 31, 2012

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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Mar 31, 2012 11:52 AM CST
HAWAIIAN RAIN - TB, Randy Squires - One of my very favorite irises, but it normally blooms mid-season. Amazing -- It's practically the only one out there! And the deeper blue color is more correct than the others -- hard to capture with my camera.
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FOREVER GOLD - TB, George Sutton
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LINE DRIVE - IB, Mike Sutton


HOT GLOW - IB, Rick Tasco


ROZ and DUMBLEDORE - IB's by Sterling Innerst
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DELIRIUM - IB, Marky Smith; and CACHE OF GOLD - SDB, George Sutton
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PINKSTER - SDB, Mike Sutton


SPIRITED - SDB, George Sutton


Betty
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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Mar 31, 2012 11:57 AM CST
I ordered Hawaiian Rain because of your pictures. I'm glad to see that it was a good choice. I may have to check into Line Drive but I've already ordered to many.
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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Mar 31, 2012 12:14 PM CST
Paul, the only negative about HAWAIIAN RAIN that I can think of is that there are probably not that many buds per stalk, and maybe it's a stingy bloomer compared to other irises, but the gorgeous flowers with fantastic substance and bright beards totally make up for that in my eyes. Also, I believe Randy Squires lists it at something like 35" tall, but when my two plants really took off the stalks turned out to be about the tallest I have -- taller than THAT'S ALL FOLKS, which is right next to it. So keep in mind that it will probably end up a tall one if it grows for you like it does for me. I think it is one breathtaking iris and I wouldn't give it up for anything!

And wouldn't you know they're predicting WIND for this afternoon, so I'm having to go out and stake all my taller stalks before I leave in a couple of hours. This always seems to happen to me every year now when I get some tall beauties about to open!

Betty
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Mar 31, 2012 12:45 PM CST
Betty- That is not "Roxanne". Roxanne is a TB by Merle Roberts and has mulberry coloration. Your picture seems to be "Roz"; which is indeed an IB of Sterlings! Still pretty though.

I got Roz last year and hope it will bloom this year. Still don't have Dumbledore yet, but expect to get it this year.
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Mar 31, 2012 12:47 PM CST
Must say as well that "Line Drive" is fantastic. I have seen this cultivar in person and it is very distinct.
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Mar 31, 2012 1:29 PM CST
Thank you, Greg! I guess I just have that Sting song "Roxanne" on the brain today, or something. I went back and changed it. And I love the striping on LINE DRIVE -- it's become one of my very favorite IB's now.

Betty
Name: Dot or Dorothy Parker
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Ladylovingdove
Mar 31, 2012 4:00 PM CST
LOVE Hawaiian Rain, keep them coming.

Dot
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Apr 4, 2012 9:17 PM CST
They are all beautiful. I am really liking HAWAIIAN RAIN and FOREVER GOLD.
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
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Hemophobic
Apr 6, 2012 2:22 PM CST
I'm with Rita on HR and FG. Love those.

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