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  • By ldenton9 on Jan 22, 2023 7:26 PM concerning plant: Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Bloodspot')
    I love this iris even though it's older. It's beautiful and grows well
  • By Duke44 on Jan 21, 2023 12:56 PM concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Caribou Trail')
    Caribou Trail along with its sibling Butterscotch Kiss were very popular in the late 1950's and early 60's, but by today's standards they would be discarded in a seedling patch. For us old timers I would love to have them in my garden now, but they are not available through commercial nuseries,
  • By KentPfeiffer (Southeast Nebraska - Zone 5b) on Dec 18, 2022 7:43 AM concerning plant: Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'I Dreamed a Dream')
  • By KentPfeiffer (Southeast Nebraska - Zone 5b) on Dec 18, 2022 7:42 AM concerning plant: Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Outrageous Vision')
  • By KentPfeiffer (Southeast Nebraska - Zone 5b) on Dec 18, 2022 7:40 AM concerning plant: Miniature Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Perfectly Composed')
  • By KentPfeiffer (Southeast Nebraska - Zone 5b) on Dec 18, 2022 7:39 AM concerning plant: Species X Iris (Iris 'Out of the Ordinary')
  • By KentPfeiffer (Southeast Nebraska - Zone 5b) on Dec 17, 2022 12:06 PM concerning plant: Miniature Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Fairy King')
  • By KentPfeiffer (Southeast Nebraska - Zone 5b) on Dec 17, 2022 12:06 PM concerning plant: Miniature Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Paper Tiger')
  • By Polymerous (South San Francisco Bay Area - Zone 9b) on Dec 2, 2022 4:08 PM concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Doubleday')
    Per an email from Mike Sutton, in response to my query as to (unexpected) white on the falls:

    "Yes, it is 'Doubleday'...fall rebloom can vary a little from spring bloom. 'Doubleday' actually had white showing in the falls when we grew it in CA, especially on rebloom flowers."

    (Re)blooming in early December 2022 in Saratoga CA (zone 9), with noticeable white on the falls.
  • By KentPfeiffer (Southeast Nebraska - Zone 5b) on Nov 19, 2022 5:30 PM concerning plant: Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'White Elf')
  • By KentPfeiffer (Southeast Nebraska - Zone 5b) on Nov 19, 2022 5:29 PM concerning plant: Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Blue Frost')
  • By Australis (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Zone 10b) on Nov 11, 2022 3:29 AM concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Darcy's Choice')
    This Iris is at least a plicata carrier, as evidenced by Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Lavender Stardust'). Both its parents are plicata carriers based on their other offspring.

    My personal hunch is that this is actually a plicata (and possibly a luminata-plicata), but crosses with other members of the plicata group are required to confirm this.
  • By Australis (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Zone 10b) on Nov 9, 2022 4:14 AM concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Reckless Abandon')
    This is a known plicata carrier.
  • By BlueRidgeGardener23 (Bassett, Virginia - Zone 7a) on Nov 8, 2022 10:12 PM concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Faithful and True')
    Notes on Faithful and True in my experience:
    ~Very vigorous, 15 rhizomes out of one initial start in 2018.
    ~8-10 buds on a rebloom stalk averaged.
    ~Zone 7a dependable rebloom, four reblooms as of 2022.
    ~Has NOT spring bloomed for me.
    ~Light scent
    ~Strong and sturdy rebloom stalks

    Highly recommend this iris for its reliable rebloom and vigorous growth. To boot, a very pretty sight.

  • By Australis (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Zone 10b) on Oct 28, 2022 2:37 AM concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Saffron Drift')
    I have found 'Saffron Drift' to be a strong grower, although intriguingly it seems that its offspring can be more vigorous than it!

    I have used it in a couple of crosses as a pod parent, as unfortunately it never produces pollen for me (a trait that seems to be consistently inherited by its progeny as well). The other trait I have observed appear in most of its offspring is strong veining on the hafts/shoulders.
  • By Australis (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Zone 10b) on Oct 28, 2022 2:34 AM concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Frostfall')
    In my opinion, 'Frostfall' is probably best suited to being a cut flower. It has a high bud count but very short branches, so all the blooms are held close to the stem (somewhat reminiscent of gladioli). The bloom stem is quite sturdy as well and is more likely to blow over in wild weather than to break. The flower form is pleasing and resistant to collapse under light to moderate rainfall.
  • By Australis (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Zone 10b) on Oct 26, 2022 1:58 AM concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Ring Around Rosie')
    According to Iris hybridiser Chuck Chapman, 'Ring Around Rosie' is a complicated mix of genes but particularly:

    - a recessive ground halo (carotene pigment pattern) gene (distinct to the plicata and anthocyanin control genes)
    - a luminata-plicata pattern (combination of pl, lu and gl alleles)
  • By Australis (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Zone 10b) on Oct 25, 2022 1:32 AM concerning plant: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Laced Cotton')
    Despite looking like a white self, 'Laced Cotton' is actually a plicata with most of the anthocyanin suppressed. Keith Keppel has verified that it is a plicata and the existence of plicata offspring such as Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Rhonda Fleming') proves that it must carry at least 50% plicata genes (since the plicata group are recessive).
  • By Gretchenlasater on Oct 23, 2022 8:59 AM concerning plant: Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Winkin'')
    this plant blooms a second time in late October, although not classified as a re-bloomer.
  • By Australis (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia - Zone 10b) on Oct 8, 2022 6:25 AM concerning plant: Intermediate Bearded Iris (Iris 'Storm Song')
    Although this is classified as an Intermediate, it is marketed in Australia mostly as a Standard Dwarf and is comparable to other SDBs in my garden. I can only assume that it requires certain conditions to reach its registered height.
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