Irises forum: What are your top ten irises from 2018?

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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Feb 11, 2019 11:05 AM CST
ShawnSteve - We had lots of heavy rain here starting in May with a 6 inch downpour and continuing the rest of the year. The two hurricanes added to that total. We had the wettest year on record when it was all said and done. Since January we have been more normal precipitation-wise, but the year is young!

I had Gnus Flash too at one point, but it diminished over the years. Bewilderbeast is a stronger grower for me. Batik never really took off in my garden. I would say the second best broken color grower for me would be Burseen's Holy Kosmoly.

Elainelope also does well. It's parent Maria Tormena grows like crazy in Thelma's garden so Elainelope must be one of those iris better suited for warm area.

Overall, my second favorite broken color is Tiger Honey.
Guess I like the tighter patterned broken colors.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Nancy
West Valley, Utah
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Bloomers
Feb 11, 2019 11:30 AM CST
Boy..tough to pick just 10. I took over 2000 photos last year so picked a few of my favorite iris. Not going thru all pics..LOL
Thumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/5f925b Double Bubble


Thumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/1ef234 Chocolatte


Thumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/41865f Care To Dance


Thumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/34a368 Trumped


Thumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/f0ba97 Screen Play


Thumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/0f2a9e Tuscan Summer


Thumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/846a62 Quaffable


Thumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/b73fc5 Winning Edge


Thumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/bf809a Early Encounter


Thumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/407ac4 Smokin Hot

(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Feb 11, 2019 11:38 AM CST
Look at that healthy clump of Tuscan Summer! Lovey dubby
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 11, 2019 11:39 AM CST
Nancy ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum! Hurray!

Your pictures are beautiful! Thank you for taking the time to share your photos with us.
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Southern Ohio (Zone 6b)
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hippie
Feb 11, 2019 12:13 PM CST
incredible pics Nancy! Welcome!
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 11, 2019 12:27 PM CST
Bloomers said:Boy..tough to pick just 10. I took over 2000 photos last year so picked a few of my favorite iris. Not going thru all pics..LOL
Thumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/5f925b Double Bubble Thumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/1ef234 Chocolatte
Thumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/41865f Care To DanceThumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/34a368 Trumped
Thumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/f0ba97 Screen Play
Thumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/0f2a9e Tuscan SummerThumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/846a62 Quaffable
Thumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/b73fc5 Winning EdgeThumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/bf809a Early EncounterThumb of 2019-02-11/Bloomers/407ac4 Smokin Hot


Nancy ~ Have you put any of your pictures into the database? (Wintertime is a good time to do it!)
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Nancy
West Valley, Utah
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Bloomers
Feb 11, 2019 12:30 PM CST
Thx everyone. I actually joined several years ago and posted a few times. Then life went haywire and....now I'm getting back to something that resembles normalcy. Ha. I'm in the Salt Lake City area and as of today have approx. 14" of snow still on the ground. Iris are loving it..not me so much! I love going thru the iris topics on the forum...makes me hungry for Spring.
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Feb 11, 2019 12:30 PM CST
I agree Great photos! Thumbs up
Name: Nancy
West Valley, Utah
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Bloomers
Feb 11, 2019 12:32 PM CST
Yes evelyninthegarden..I have a few in the database. Will try to find some time to add more. Smiling
Name: Nancy
West Valley, Utah
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Bloomers
Feb 11, 2019 12:34 PM CST
Thank You! Everyone is so nice here. Fun people
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 11, 2019 12:59 PM CST
Bloomers said: Thank You! Everyone is so nice here. Fun people


Nancy ~ And *sometimes* funny! Hilarious!
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Feb 11, 2019 1:07 PM CST
Nancy - Does Double Bubble have thicker substance to it's standards and falls? (Which is a plus in my book) It looked that way in your picture. Really a pretty iris.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Feb 11, 2019 1:29 PM CST
Beautiful pics, Nancy!
let the mystery be
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
Feb 11, 2019 1:48 PM CST
@Lestv I'm with you on that 'Double Bubble', particularly that shade of blue, I agree, about 'Tiger Honey'. Isn't there are darker, similar version?
@UndertheSun That 'Tuscan Summer' of Nancy's, is really a great looking stand. I didn't look back to check for certain, but was it yours that was 'Tuscan Sun' I liked ? Or, is it 'Summer", also, or was it a photo by Leslie, & I got confused?
@Bloomers Nancy, I noticed that three of the Iris grouped nearby, 'Tuscan Summer' are the very three same colors I tend to use with my 'Rocket' snapdragons ! In(pink, white & yellow. (Except they haven't a blue,) That 'Smokin Hot', sure is really a stunner !
Name: Nancy
West Valley, Utah
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Bloomers
Feb 11, 2019 1:56 PM CST
Lestv said:Nancy - Does Double Bubble have thicker substance to it's standards and falls? (Which is a plus in my book) It looked that way in your picture. Really a pretty iris.
Yes..I think it's substance is thicker hence sturdy. I had to move it several times before I found a spot it liked. Since then it's a glorious clump! I almost got rid of it because I couldn't get it to bloom or give increases.
Southern Ohio (Zone 6b)
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hippie
Feb 11, 2019 1:58 PM CST
Bloomers said: Yes..I think it's substance is thicker hence sturdy. I had to move it several times before I found a spot it liked. Since then it's a glorious clump! I almost got rid of it because I couldn't get it to bloom or give increases.


Can you describe its former and present conditions? That info would be valuable to me. Thanks!!!
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Name: Nancy
West Valley, Utah
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Bloomers
Feb 11, 2019 2:07 PM CST
hippie said:

Can you describe its former and present conditions? That info would be valuable to me. Thanks!!!
I'll try. I have approx. 600 varieties of iris, a few hundred daylilies and other perenials..all mixed together. Trees and bushes thruout. Mostly my soil tends to be clay in nature..changes thruout the yard. I'd say the biggest factor with Double Bubble was it needed as much sun as possible. I have a lot of areas that get only 4 to 6 hrs of sun during blooming season. Several iris do well with that but DB was stubborn and insisted on more light.

Southern Ohio (Zone 6b)
Save the cows
Irises Organic Gardener
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hippie
Feb 11, 2019 2:23 PM CST
Bloomers said: I'll try. I have approx. 600 varieties of iris, a few hundred daylilies and other perenials..all mixed together. Trees and bushes thruout. Mostly my soil tends to be clay in nature..changes thruout the yard. I'd say the biggest factor with Double Bubble was it needed as much sun as possible. I have a lot of areas that get only 4 to 6 hrs of sun during blooming season. Several iris do well with that but DB was stubborn and insisted on more light.



Thanks and gotcha. Yep, irises love the sun, for sure!!
Iris Grower and Hippie Lives Matter
Southern Ohio (Zone 6b)
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hippie
Feb 11, 2019 2:24 PM CST
and that's quite a collection btw!!
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (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 11, 2019 3:09 PM CST
hippie said:and that's quite a collection btw!!


I agree Lovey dubby
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)

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