Irises forum: Our Favorite Dark Irises

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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Apr 1, 2012 2:01 PM CST
This is the last group I had picked out pictures for and I just haven't had time to post them until now. All are tall bearded except as otherwise noted. I hope others will post pictures of their darks too!

CRIMSON LIGHTS - My favorite dark!
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MIDNIGHT COWBOY - My second favorite
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BLACK MAGIC WOMAN - Third favorite
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HERE COMES THE NIGHT
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BLACK SUITED
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OZARK REBOUNDER
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HOO DOO
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SHARP DRESSED MAN
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FADE TO BLACK
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BLACK TIE AFFAIR and DRACULA'S KISS
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BLACK IS BLACK (TB) and CHIMNEY SOOT (Border Bearded)
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LADY OF THE NIGHT (Border Bearded)
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STAR IN THE NIGHT (Intermediate Bearded)
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Betty
Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
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Oldgardenrose
Apr 1, 2012 6:41 PM CST
All those should pass muster in any garden. I love the solid rugged colors with contrasting beards or any sharply contrasting standards and falls.
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
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ARUBA1334
Apr 1, 2012 7:24 PM CST
I really like Lady of the night it really jumps out at you and Black Magic Woman is very nice as well great pictures Betty
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 1, 2012 8:10 PM CST
OK try an
SDB 'Black Lightning'.
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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Apr 1, 2012 8:17 PM CST
Absolutely beautiful, Lucy! I love it!

Betty
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Apr 1, 2012 9:08 PM CST
Thumbs up
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Apr 2, 2012 4:55 AM CST
Here is my NoID #23.


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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
Apr 2, 2012 4:57 AM CST
Sooner Serenade


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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Apr 2, 2012 5:01 AM CST
There are others that have yet to bloom for me or that the blooms were messed up due to rain/wind and I did not get good pictures of them.

Like:

Before the Storm
Anvil of Darkness
Night Ruler
Star in the Night

My all time favorite though, is Night Game by Keith Keppel.

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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
Apr 2, 2012 9:15 AM CST
Beautiful darks, Greg, and they all have wonderful beards! And the beards on your NOID are fantastic -- what great color!

Betty
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Apr 2, 2012 9:54 AM CST
Some nice dark ones. I only have a few, and one called Back in Black that has never bloomed.

Midnight Treat also in a clump
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Before the storm and Dark Vader
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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
Apr 2, 2012 10:09 AM CST
Very nice, Tom! Love that clump shot! And one thing I really love about the SDB's is the fantastic beard colors. I just wish I could grow more, because I really love them. But most of them won't bloom for me -- only one of Barry Blyth's and a few from Sutton's bloom for me each year. Did you see that BLACK LIGHTNING SDB that Lucy posted? Aren't those beards fantastic?





Betty
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
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tveguy3
Apr 2, 2012 1:18 PM CST
Yes, I really love that Black Lightning, I hadn't seen it before. Lucy did you create that one? I have another one called Dark Crystal, but don't have a good pic of it. I see that it's sending out a bloom, so should be opening in a few days. It's been cooler here, so things have slowed down some. I planted Sharp dressed Man last year, so should see it this year, I also planted Tunnel Vision, a very dark plicata last year. Greg, I have Night games too, and like it. Keppel sure has some bright orange bearded iris.
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: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
Apr 2, 2012 1:25 PM CST
Tom-I also like the Prominent PBF on Night Games. It is VERY striking at the moment.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 2, 2012 5:25 PM CST
Black Lightning is a Chuck Chapman iris (from Ontario, Canada).
Name: olgaflowers
Mckinney Texas (Zone 8a)
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Olgaflowers
Apr 2, 2012 5:45 PM CST
Really like the Chimney Soot one, in my bucket list Smiling
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
Apr 2, 2012 7:28 PM CST
It was originated at Malevil Iris Garden, I believe also in Texas. But I think someone said they are not going to be selling this year because of the drought. It's a border bearded, so not as expensive as the TB's.

Betty
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Apr 2, 2012 9:01 PM CST
What a cutecutebabyavatar!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

Charter ATP Member Region: United States of America I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Lilies
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PollyK
Apr 3, 2012 7:41 AM CST
I know, don't you just love these kids on the avatars!
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
Apr 3, 2012 9:19 AM CST
Lucy that is beautiful I dont have any smaller ones yet but I would buy that one I really like it great contrast.

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