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

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(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Feb 7, 2019 11:28 PM CST
Great choices! Thumbs up

Here's "some" 10 top choices that were first time bloomers for me in 2018.

Winter rebloom of Molokini
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Espionage


Point of No Return


Read Between the Lines


Having A Party


Dragon Dance


Uncharted Waters


Haunted Heart


Sights Unlimited


Mulberry Magic


Born This Way


Seems I can't count to 10 either. Sticking tongue out
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 11:32 PM CST
Ooh. Lovely picks, y'all! I so want Dragon Dance...actually, all of the Dragon named irises, I've liked and wanted.

Haunted Heart is growing on me, as is so many others...ah. I need pictures like this when were all in the midst of spring fever!
The iris season has begun with Cat's Eye!
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 8, 2019 9:09 PM CST
Beauties, Rob!
let the mystery be
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 8, 2019 10:41 PM CST
janwax said:Beauties, Rob!


I agree Lovey dubby Lovey dubby 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
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
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GreenIris
Feb 8, 2019 11:11 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! I don't even know where to start!!! Collectively You all have very good taste. And yes it sure does fuel the Spring Fever Smiling
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
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 8, 2019 11:20 PM CST
Elsa ~ Just share the healthiest, prettiest, strongest, nicest...irises that you grew last year. Which ones were outstanding, in your mind?

“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
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
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GreenIris
Feb 8, 2019 11:32 PM CST
This was a Really Hard but fun task (just 10). I planted somewhere around 176 Irises in 2017 and we had good weather in 2018 so I had a bounty of blooms. And I think I loved them all but here goes...Not my Top 10 ever but my Top 2018:

Maya Mint: Can't remember whether it's been 3 years or 4 but this little MDB finally arrived and it was so tiny and also, yep, green:


Sweet Pink: The sheen finish on this was unreal. It was a Mid America gift.


Aqua: Another that had an unreal sheen and my dream colors...


Finding out my 2016 Seedling was a Rebloomer and Winter Rebloomer at that:
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Dewuc Whatic: Wildly Beautiful!!!

Butterfly Affair: It was such a unique green (gas light green) and so green for a TB that I literally ran across the yard mumbling to myself It's green! It's green! I would walk around that first bloom over and over eyeing every last detail.


Don't Doubt Dalton: Polka dotted wonder:

Beauty Within: Truly an unreal beauty that no picture can capture

Easter Lace: This hinted 4 or 5 different pastel colors. Very beautiful lace too. It just keeps growing on me by the year.

Glorious Sunshine: Remember this song....Because I'm Happy...that's how it feels to look at this rubber ducky of an Iris.

I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
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(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Feb 9, 2019 12:42 AM CST
I planted a lot of irises in that time span too Elsa. That's why I said "some" of my top 10....it leaves the door open to post another top 10. nodding
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
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GreenIris
Feb 9, 2019 1:14 AM CST
Hilarious! : Very True Rob. You have some absolute stunners in your top 10 by the way!!!
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Butterflies Canning and food preservation
Region: Illinois Dog Lover
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BlueFlagFan
Feb 9, 2019 6:53 AM CST
My top ten were all new to me in 2018. I picked these mostly based on appearance of the bloom.

TB 'Golden Panther'
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this color!
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TB 'Pumpkin Cheesecake' Lovey dubby
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TB 'Tennessee Woman'
Love the intricacy in the standards.
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MTB 'Merit'
A fun little surprise. I'm a sucker for plicatas.
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IB 'Nickel'
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IB 'Dude'
I'm a sucker for coppers too.
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SDB 'Gizmo the Gremlin'
Great color combo!
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TB 'Spreckles'
Fell in love with this one the first time I saw a photo. Equally impressive in person.
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TB 'Margaret Inez'
The name has special meaning for me. So glad I was able to acquire it and that it has done well.


TB 'Ardent Arlene'
The hybridizer is a friend.





“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” -Aldo Leopold
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 9, 2019 7:15 AM CST
Scott, if you are ever in North Carolina in bloom time you really need to go to Thelma's garden near Winston Salem. There are more copper colored and plicata iris there than you would ever think imaginable. Gabe and I have jokes about "oh look, another copper iris" and "another purple and white plicata.". The garden has a wonderful clump of Speckles. First place I ever saw it.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Butterflies Canning and food preservation
Region: Illinois Dog Lover
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BlueFlagFan
Feb 9, 2019 7:26 AM CST
Leslie, sounds like heaven. Big Grin Thanks for the tip! Would love to visit any of big iris gardens during peak bloom. I bet it's overstimulating.
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” -Aldo Leopold
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Butterflies Canning and food preservation
Region: Illinois Dog Lover
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BlueFlagFan
Feb 9, 2019 7:31 AM CST
evelyninthegarden said:Hippie ~ Oh Carol is a pretty one. I am looking forward to getting Rosalie Figge, as it seems to do well for everyone!


Evelyn, if you remind me in June or July, I'm sure I can share a rhizome of 'Rosalie Figge' with you.
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” -Aldo Leopold
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 9, 2019 8:16 AM CST
Scott - it's sort of like a treasure hunt. You keep going on down the rows to see the next one, and the one after that, because it could be even better! Hilarious!

It will be good that I have had that experience, since I will be visiting some hybridizers in the PNW in May! Going to focus on only 4 places so you all will get to see pictures galore. Big Grin Sure to be overwhelmed, like a kid in a candy store.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
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 9, 2019 8:19 AM CST
As for top ten, how in the world? I can do 10 dwarfs, 10 Burseens, 10 other TB's, 10 LA's/JI's/Species, 10 IB/BB/MTB's. Even if I stick to new bloomers I am not sure I can pick only 20....
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
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IrisLilli
Feb 9, 2019 9:19 AM CST
Not the worst situation to be in - as dilemmas go... Big Grin
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
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 9, 2019 9:20 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! True!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Diana
Southeast Missouri (Zone 6a)
Region: Missouri Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Cat Lover Hibiscus Daylilies
Irises Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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DraDiana
Feb 9, 2019 9:25 AM CST
Leslie,
It's February, and I'm in zone 6A with a stick garden to look at right now. I'm up for the best 10 in each category! nodding
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 9, 2019 9:26 AM CST
Hoooold up. Thelma's Iris Gardens is in/near Winston Salem? Oh, that is much more managable of a distance for me. I was thinking Durham, and that's quite a bit further away.

45 minutes (roughly) versus 2 and 1/2 hours!
The iris season has begun with Cat's Eye!
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 9, 2019 9:30 AM CST
Yes Monty, Winston Salem, but I thought you were near the coast? Thelma's is an hour+ west of me.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield

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