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

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(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Feb 9, 2019 3:24 PM CST
The kitty likes to sleep on my chest right under my chin and the big guy likes to sleep on my legs. So while I'm pinned down (and only able to use one hand), I'm going through and cleaning up my photo folder.
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 3:37 PM CST
When I had two Maine Coons that sleeping on the legs trick would get pretty heavy. Shorty was so long that he would stretch out on my chest and cover my whole torso. He always tried to do that while I was sleeping. Had to train him not to do that.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
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 3:48 PM CST
Leslie: They are all pretty special but Sculptired Wild and Chocolate Fountain are amazing!!!! I have Butterfly Baby but it almost bloomed out on me 2 years ago. Hope irt strengthens as I love it too!!!
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
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 3:52 PM CST
Leslie: I would like to see you trying to do eliminations to find your 10 favorite Burseens. I bet your head spins Hilarious!
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
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 3:54 PM CST
Ha!!! Rolling on the floor laughing That is why I am putting it off. Though it will only be my favorite 10 that bloomed last year so I might not lose it completely. Hilarious! Hilarious!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Feb 9, 2019 4:22 PM CST
My kitty inspired top 10, or you can call it "Monty's growing list". Hilarious!

These are all 2018 first time bloomers.

Ring Pop


Tuscan Summer (can't wait to see this year's bloom)
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Winning Hand (photo taken at sunrise, or at sunset)
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Colours of the Wind
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I Must Have It (the name describes us all Hilarious! )
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Enter the Dragon
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Din


No Fear No Peer
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Spectacle
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Electric Candy
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Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Irises Birds Region: United States of America Region: Kentucky Clematis
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janielouy
Feb 9, 2019 4:32 PM CST
From my pictures from 2018, these are some that were great and most prolific.
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Thumb of 2019-02-09/janielouy/7cf7b1 Blue Rising
Thumb of 2019-02-09/janielouy/901453 Fancy Aflutter
Thumb of 2019-02-09/janielouy/4b0a59 Thumb of 2019-02-09/janielouy/95ef3b Strawberry Shake
Thumb of 2019-02-09/janielouy/4aa49f Bottle Rocket
Thumb of 2019-02-09/janielouy/4cd703 Ask a Lady
Thumb of 2019-02-09/janielouy/4475a2 Coralina
Thumb of 2019-02-09/janielouy/d1b98f Dance Recital
Thumb of 2019-02-09/janielouy/25a844 Restless Tide
Thumb of 2019-02-09/janielouy/1809e2 Charmed I'm Sure
Thumb of 2019-02-09/janielouy/26e242 That's All Folks
I have another shot of the plethora of That's All Folks but can't find it now. It is a great bloomer.

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 4:42 PM CST
So, I am holding off on the TB's until tomorrow......spread things out a bit. That includes those B irises too that make my head spin. Hilarious!

I am going to give you the best beardless & species iris of 2018 now. The beardless iris are a great way to extend your bloom season, add variation, and give you some of the truest blues and reds to be found in irisdom. Thumbs up

I will start with the Siberian Chilled Wine. I would like to grow more of these at some point.
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For it's perseverance alone I have to give credit to my sadly neglected species X iris Ally Oops. It keeps on growing.
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The extremely reliable JI Blushing Snowmaiden. Always the last iris standing at the end of bloom time. Wish it would increase faster but I need to better my JI skills to help it. Not it's best looking blooms this year.
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I know what you are thinking - "wait, it has beards, it is a TB" but no, it is a species X! And I love it's beard. Species X Chocobeards:
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I had to hunt this iris down but finally got it. You could say I squealed with joy that LA When Pigs Fly bloomed this year. Whistling
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Possibly the most striking iris in my garden this year was the LA Black Widow. Pictures do not do this one justice!
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A very unusual colored LA, I have several seedlings growing from this one. LA Silver Dollar Smoke:
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The always incredible LA Prix de Elegance. It's blooms are enormous and have great substance.
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Another nice Sib, the dainty little Moon Silk:
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And while I have more nice, fancy LA's, this one is a favorite of mine and it is unregistered. Sold only as Pale Yellow it was one of my first LA's. It's color fades over the days but I really like both it's starting and ending colors quite well. You all probably remember it from all my bumblebee shots. Smiling
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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 4:46 PM CST
Rob - Where did you find Din! "Must have it" indeed!

Jane - I love Ask A Lady. Reminded me I need to replace it. Blue Rising is really nice.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
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 5:26 PM CST
Thanks Rob... Glare ....for the awesome photos! nodding

There are so many of these I like. Thanks for the awesome photos, Leslie, Jane and Rob!

I am now more excited for Spring than ever!
The iris season has begun with Cat's Eye!
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Feb 9, 2019 5:28 PM CST
Leslie, I had to peek through my fingers on those beardless irises.

You're welcome Monty Hilarious!
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Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
Butterflies Morning Glories Annuals Irises
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ShawnSteve
Feb 9, 2019 6:08 PM CST
Some really great Iris ! What I am trying to figure out, is why it all seems so rather difficult to capture the true essence of an Iris flower. It must not always be easily done.
But, I do think that 'Tuscan Summer" sure does come very close, to seeing it in person ( without having ever having actually seen it!) Just what exactly is it? Being "digital", in format, the camera settings, lighting, or what?
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Feb 9, 2019 6:15 PM CST
Leslie, Your
IBs are beautiful.

Jane, Blue Rising Lovey dubby
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Feb 9, 2019 6:24 PM CST
It's all the above...the camera (mine is a simple digital camera), the time of day (sunrise/sunset, noon, etc..), the weather (sunny, cloudy, overcast), the lighting (where the sun is- behind you, above you, in front of you), plus the time you put into getting a good photo. I simply walk up and take a few photos of each iris that are in bloom at different times of the day....and in different weather conditions. I just point and click and move on to the next bloom. Sometimes the photos come out nice, mostly they don't. That's ok, since I shoot them for my personal database and only upload the better ones into the database here.
Name: Nancy
North Dakota (Zone 4a)
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comgoddess
Feb 9, 2019 6:32 PM CST
Golden Panther, Point of No Return, Tuscan Summer...be still my beating heart. We're experiencing subzero temps throughout the month of February so you can imagine how much I'm enjoying your photos. I just hope my garden (and I) survives this brutal winter. Janwax, I love how your first photo after stating you weren't watching the SOTU was Foreign Agent. Whether subconscious or intentional, I found it hilarious but the bloom is beautiful. Hilarious!
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
Butterflies Morning Glories Annuals Irises
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ShawnSteve
Feb 9, 2019 6:39 PM CST
@UndertheSun Thank you. I wonder if ever the sun is behind the bloom, if it is better to use 'backlit" as a setting.

@Lestv Your 'Prix de Elegance, is great looking, too.

It is a shame, I missed out on my catalogues, during a move..& wished I had been able to get some, ordered before autumn, but this past summer just had to be amongst one of the most inconvenient one, in many years...
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
Butterflies Morning Glories Annuals Irises
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ShawnSteve
Feb 9, 2019 6:44 PM CST
@commgoddess lol I caught that too & had to do a double take on it...Conspiracy theories & all, last one I heard was about a pizza place.
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 7:53 PM CST
Rob: I am crazy about your Ring Pop. I.have to get that!!!

Leslie: Black Widow is stunning!! I hate the spider but love the flower and see the resemblance. Next..Burseens, Burseens, Burseens Hilarious!

Jane: Such a beautiful Strawberry Shake pic.

ShawnSteve: Diamond Dusting and the textured Irises just don't come anywhere close in photos to what you see in person. But there are some great chatters out here that share details, like Bonnie (hey folks, where is Bonnie??)
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 9, 2019 8:05 PM CST
Conspiracy


Foreign Agent


Secret Agent and Pepperoni Pizza do not have pictures in the database... Whistling

“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: 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 8:37 PM CST
Lestv said:
For it's perseverance alone I have to give credit to my sadly neglected species X iris Ally Oops. It keeps on growing.
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My favorite for today. Besides the amazingly intricate patterning, it thrives on neglect! What more can you ask?

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