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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 5, 2019 4:19 PM CST
This would check all the categories..color, patterns, height, weather resilience, buds, shape, overall health and beauty.

Pictures, please....πŸ™‚
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hippie
Feb 5, 2019 5:29 PM CST
I will post mine tomorrow. Too busy now getting ready for the SOTU!
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 5, 2019 5:34 PM CST
hippie said:I will post mine tomorrow. Too busy now getting ready for the SOTU!


SOTU?? Confused Blinking
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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Feb 5, 2019 5:38 PM CST
State of the Union.
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Name: Diana
Southeast Missouri (Zone 6a)
Region: Missouri Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Cat Lover Hibiscus Daylilies
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DraDiana
Feb 5, 2019 7:20 PM CST
10 favorite 2018 Intros?
10 best performers in my garden for 2018?
Top 10 favorite irises on my wishlist?
I'm clueless... Confused
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Feb 5, 2019 8:12 PM CST
10 favorite irises from 2018 (I have time. Not watching SOTU)

Foreign Agent

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Patchwork Puzzle
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Hollywood Star

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Star Turn

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Roaring Twenties



Strawberry Shake



My Beloved



Royal storm

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Oui Madame



Lakota
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Cool Charlotte

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Ginger Spice

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Whoops.I think that's 12, and I'm just getting started! Need to add
Volcanic Glow! Just Witchery! More! (some other time...)

let the mystery be
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Feb 5, 2019 9:01 PM CST
I am not watching the temporary resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue either, Jan.

I love the combination of Foreign Agent and Patchwork Puzzle.

Right now I cannot access my iris photos Sad , but as soon as this technical issue is resolved Crossing Fingers! , I will post my favorites.
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
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UndyingLight
Feb 5, 2019 10:28 PM CST
Hey! Not fair!.... I've never nad more than five different irises bloom for me. I've planted only a handful, and those I did plant either had stalks and bloomed, but not again, or non-stalked rhizomes who simply have refused to put up a stalk. Now with what, 95+ more varieties added, my 2019 list may be wildly different!

I'll do the noids I have.

1 - Purple/white Helen Collingwood lookalike:
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This is a close battle between this noid and my tan noids. Both, since our move in 2004 haven't been well kept and left to either propegate or die, and both have very much so propegated!

I love this noid because of three things -
1: Vigorousness
2: Colours
3: Blooms.

For one, the vigor of this noid is superb. In the 3/4 beds it was left in since 2004, in all three does the noid bloom, and prolifically in the fourth bed as seen here:
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This noid seems to produce anywhere from 5-10 blooms, often giving me three blooms on one stalk at any given day. The photo above was at peak bloom, and the colours were stunning. It is pretty quick at multiplying, but not as fast as the tan noid.

I prefer this noid over the tan because of its colour; it is much more vibrant than the tan noids, but both together pose a very good contrast. Whenever I figure out the actual ID on these, I highly suggest them, if you can stand for an old historic.

Best show: 2018 season. There were just so many....

2 - Tan Sandalwood lookalike:
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This noid is slightly more vigorous than the bitone counterpart above, but the colour is not as...showy.

Despite this, this iris sports strong stalks that can send up anywhere from 5-10 blooms per stalk, and in rare cases, 1-4. The noid multiplies rapidly, and it is the most common bloom in all four beds left in disrepair. I also appreciate the sort-of short, but powerful bloomtime. In 2018, the first bloom appeared on May 2nd(?) and ran to mid May (May 17th), with still a few stalks of this noid beginning to bloom. The 17th was the cut-off date because of a trip, but I suspect this noid bloomed until the 20th, or even later.
The form can be wonky at certain times, but I digress. I do highly suggest this iris too, especially if you pair it with the bitone above. Sharp contrast:


Best show: Five or six stalks from two rhizomes. Earlier than 2014.

3 - Lavender iris Pallida clone:
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This is the only iris on this list that didn't come from the four beds. They came from two more, smaller beds strewn under trees. Even under the trees, they tried their best to bloom every year. They stopped one time, and haven't bloomed in those beds again, but, once I transplanted them, they've been a staple ever since. In a mixed tire bed with the tan and lavender irises, the lavenders put up a show. Seven-nine stalks in one tire. The tan irises even put up five themselves!
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This iris usually lasts a long time. This season, the first bloom was April 28th, and into May 15th, they were just finishing blooming, with ONLY three stalks. This Pallida clone has smaller stems and tend to be a bit weaker, but the blooms go on forever. One unique thing that I've not seen on any other iris but a pallida, the bud sockets don't have the fleshy-green pouch. They have an almost papery/plasticy feel that is white.

They do have a slight scent, and send up anywhere from 6-12 buds per stalk.

Best show: Tire(s), 2016. I don't know how 11 or 12 stalks came up from a tire of that size.

4 - Yellow Sherwin-Wright lookalike:
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All but one year did this noid send up a stalk in only bed four. They're extremely fast at multiplying. I can get two or three rhizomes from the small plot they're planted in and still have enough to get blooms the next season. Though the flower, for a possible TB is small, they give out a lot of blooms, which makes them worth it. The size feels more like a BB, or even IB, but they bloom right with the other TBs.

One thing: They're resiliant! There were a few iris rhizomes that got misplaced in near the woods, and since, they've grown and despite thorns and briars surrounding them, the variety tried, AND bloomed even after being subject to the thorns, and being transplanted prior bloom to a sunny and hot area. Bed four, where they also are, is filled with thorns and briars, and even rhizomes from other noids...and he still blooms anyways.

Best show: 2018. Four stalks, in three different places. One of which, at the woodside, and surrounded by thorns and even transplanted before bloom, and still bloomed!!

5 - White/tannish undertone Gay Paree lookalike:
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Unlike the rest on my list, this iris isn't that vigorous and even then, is still indestructable it seems. I have only found one area where it blooms, and that is in bed four, and is very inconsistent at so, but this year, after a transplant of these many years ago, where there was a burst of three or four stalks, and a three year gap, they came back with two strong and sturdy stems bearing 6-8 blooms which lasted A LONG time. I attempted a cross with both, and one took, but got destroyed sadly, but it is at least fertile one way. I look to place it in a sunny spot and see if it becomes more consistent, if so, the noid portion of my list might be shuffled!

Best show: Several years ago, where there were three or four stalks in a relatively shady spot.

Honourable mention:
6 - Pink noid Cherie lookalike.

This is the last of seven noids that have ever bloomed in my yard on record, and bloomed again. There was this orange iris that bloomed many years ago, and has not yet since. This noid is considerably more fussy to bloom it seems. It is in all four beds, and years ago, it bloomed so much, but the tan and bitone noids above outperformed and multiplied by it, shrinking the number out. There have even been a few non-bloom seasons from it, but this year, it only sent up two stalks and was the last of my irises to bloom. It has less of a bud number, from 5-7, but the pink is still pretty.

I have moved it several times (with where I could find the rhizomes) and despite the transplants, I've not yet seen a bloom from this cultivar other than the four beds.

Best show: When we first moved here, a good season of stalks from this noid was upwards of 20.

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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 5, 2019 10:50 PM CST
DraDiana said:10 favorite 2018 Intros?
10 best performers in my garden for 2018?
Top 10 favorite irises on my wishlist?
I'm clueless... Confused


Top 10 best performers, and of course, your favorites. The ones that you like the best and did well.
"June is busting out all over!"πŸŽΌπŸŽΆπŸŽ΅πŸ¦‹πŸŒΉπŸŒΈπŸŒΎ
Name: Diana
Southeast Missouri (Zone 6a)
Region: Missouri Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Cat Lover Hibiscus Daylilies
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DraDiana
Feb 6, 2019 12:09 AM CST
#10 Eleanor Roosevelt -
Blooms over a month earlier than the TBI's - a true heirloom survivor:
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#9 Iris cristata - same bloom time - came with property - absolutely no care required - just remember not to weed it out:
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#8 Penny A Pinch - l was supposed to have Kevin's Theme, but apparently this was the prolific neighbor:
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#7 Stellar Lights - super rapid increaser:
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#6 Cherokee Nation - labeled as something else, but was a nice surprise:
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#5 Fiesta Time - showy and consistent bloomer, vigorous:
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#4 Titan's Glory - huge, prolific and beautiful - definitely deserves the awards it has received:
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#3 Magical - it is:
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#2 Grape Expectations - exceeded mine:
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#1 On Edge - another surprise of mapping and migration - really put on a show this year:
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Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
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IrisLilli
Feb 6, 2019 8:52 AM CST
Most of mine did not bloom, because of the badly timed move and the fact that they had to endure the drought in their pots, but I would like to pay tribute to some of the doers, which decided to bloom anyway:






















This is still one of my all time favourite irises. Lovey dubby

Ooops! Think that was 11? Whistling
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 6, 2019 7:48 PM CST
Lilli ~ Isn't that wonderful? They are all so lovely! Lovey dubby
"June is busting out all over!"πŸŽΌπŸŽΆπŸŽ΅πŸ¦‹πŸŒΉπŸŒΈπŸŒΎ
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Feb 6, 2019 8:02 PM CST
Storm Song - increased well


Open Your Eyes - Increased well. The colour on the falls is the truest dark blue I have seen


Winner's Circle - Increased well


Ring Around Rosie - Flowers for a long period every year


Neon Blue - produces lots of blooms even though it is growing in clay soil that is rock hard in places


Cross Dresser - love the colour and pattern


Toucan Tango - love the colour and pattern


My Tasha - love the colour and pattern.


Squid Squirt - love the colour and pattern. Lots of blooms but a bit too close together
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Absolute Treasure - a lovely blue with excellent branching (photo taken 2017)
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Mer Du Sud - a lovely blue with good branching
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Feb 6, 2019 8:02 PM CST
I couldn't stop at 10 either Whistling
Name: Diana
Southeast Missouri (Zone 6a)
Region: Missouri Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Cat Lover Hibiscus Daylilies
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DraDiana
Feb 6, 2019 9:15 PM CST
Robin,
I have 3 of those favorites of yours that haven't bloomed yet - Crossing Fingers! for this Spring!
Southern Ohio (Zone 6b)
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hippie
Feb 7, 2019 8:59 AM CST
Very vigorous, always reblooms. Love its scent!!


extremely vigorous, seems to always be in bloom.


vigorous, always reblooms.


not vigorous here, but always reblooms. beautiful blooms!!


vigorous, reblooms.


vigorous, always reblooms, makes a beautiful clump.


very vigorous, multiple reblooms. beautiful pink!


vigorous, makes a nice clump. great rebloomer.


not vigorous here and has never rebloomed, but it is beautiful!!!


a very nice iris. still becoming established here. no rebloom yet.











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Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
Irises Region: Virginia Keeper of Poultry Cat Lover Garden Procrastinator
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UndyingLight
Feb 7, 2019 9:37 AM CST
Great top tens, everyone! Hurray! I tip my hat to you.
Dolly the chicken thinks my head is food!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
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janwax
Feb 7, 2019 10:18 AM CST
I'm looking forward to Oh Carol too!

Lilli - nice ones, I especially like your dwarfs!
let the mystery be
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 7, 2019 5:34 PM CST
Hippie ~ Oh Carol is a pretty one. I am looking forward to getting Rosalie Figge, as it seems to do well for everyone!


Besides, I do like purple irises!
"June is busting out all over!"πŸŽΌπŸŽΆπŸŽ΅πŸ¦‹πŸŒΉπŸŒΈπŸŒΎ
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 7, 2019 8:15 PM CST
I haven't really been growing a large number of irises for very long, so even though I started the thread, I am not sure that I could give a proper evaluation on 10 favorites that also perform well.

That being said, I DO have a few from last year that were a surprise, outstanding and vigorous, which bloomed the first year that I planted them. Many others did not bloom...some gave increases and others just died.

The first one is Beverly Sills. She is in part shade once the oaks leaf out.
She is an historic iris by Ben Hager (1979) and a Dykes winner.



The second one is Chasing Rainbows, also by Ben Hager 1998. HM AM

It bloomed quite late, though it was supposed to be a mid-bloomer. The flowers were large and strong , I didn't measure its height, but it was tall and had several branches with several buds per socket.



The third one is Elegance in Blue by Schreiner, 2004, which was well-branched for a first year's bloom



The fourth one is Golden Panther by Richard Tasco, 2000, which is a Dykes, Wister and President's Cup winner, which gets buried every year, but has no problems and is also in part shade.



The fifth one is Samurai Warrior, another historic from 1981 by Schreiner, with an Honorable Mention in 1983. It was supposed to be mid to late blooming, but was the first to bloom. (Maybe I didn't actually have any early ones.... ) Smiling It continued to bloom, even after I (naively) set a pod on it.



And last, but not least, (#6) Thornbird by Monty Byers 1989, a Dykes and Wister Award winner.




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