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

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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 9, 2019 10:00 PM CST
Lestv said: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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Leslie ~ They are all delightful! Even your Pale Yellow is very pretty! Lovey dubby Silver Dollar Smoke has such subtle beauty. And Black Widow and Chilled Wine are darksome lovelies.

“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: 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 10, 2019 2:26 PM CST
They're all so lovely! I..love that Chocobeards x Species X..or is that Chocobeards? Shrug!
The iris season has begun with Cat's Eye!
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
Feb 10, 2019 2:38 PM CST
@GreenIris Yeah, Elsa. I figured it is just a flower that isn't easy to get a really good photograph, which shows the true nature of the beauty within the petals.
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 10, 2019 3:00 PM CST
ShawnSteve said:@GreenIris Yeah, Elsa. I figured it is just a flower that isn't easy to get a really good photograph, which shows the true nature of the beauty within the petals.


Shawn ~ I agree

I find it nearly impossible to capture the beauty of the iris flowers, though I keep trying....

“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: 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 10, 2019 3:43 PM CST
A few have been able to match the quality of a Brad/Serjio photo...if we can grasp that ideal easily, we'll all have amazing photos.

Even without high tech cameras, I say we all have a magical touch and have taken really beautiful photos!
The iris season has begun with Cat's Eye!
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
Feb 10, 2019 3:52 PM CST
@evelyninthegarden I noticed there is a photography Forum here, though hadn't read very much. At this point, I am uncertain as to where the booklet for my camera is, anymore.
But there must be something to be learned, to figure out how to best capture the aspects of the Iris bloom. For instance, my Sony, the shutter button gets depressed half way, prior to clicking, which helps focus the shot.
On some, for example with white standards, its as if they blend together & can't easily discern there are three petals...
Because the bloom is three dimensional, yet some photos appear more "flat" than others. Although, with the "beards" that seems to be easily done, straightforward, without much problem.

I am just trying to make sense, of how to best take a good photo of the bloom. Of course, at the moment, it isn't exactly available, to do any experiments to try & do any of that!
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 10, 2019 5:03 PM CST
It's probably been mentioned before, but I get my best photos in the early morning - an hour or two after sunrise - or an hour or two before sunset.. Full sun either washes out the colors or makes shadows. I'm no pro, however.
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 10, 2019 6:14 PM CST
@ShawnSteve I am very far from being a pro, so I do not have any tips to give you, except what Jan mentioned. Most, but not all colors fade or look distorted in full sun. (Sorry, no "pearls of wisdom"!)

Ask @dirtdorphins She has won many photo contests here. Thumbs up

“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: 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 10, 2019 6:27 PM CST
Rob - Chocobeards is a Species X, the nominclature for species cross. The Species X class of iris have a huge variety of shapes. Look at Chocobeards vs Ally Oops. One looks like a bearded iris, the other like a Siberian, but both are neither.

The secret to iris pics is to just take a bunch of them. Some will work out well and that will guide your future iris shots. But are they really so hard to take pictures of? If you love the subject it informs the shot to a great degree. Or I must just be crazy about shooting pics of them .... Shrug! Big Grin
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 10, 2019 6:31 PM CST
Monty asked about Chocobeards. Big Grin
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 10, 2019 7:21 PM CST
Oops, sorry Rob. Off that darn phone now so maybe I will learn to read... *Blush*

The ten best TB's, oh my.

First and foremost, I love Cherokee Blaze, and it, like many in this list are all R.I.P. Such a horrid year. Makes it sad to see some of these lovelies that are no more.
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There is no way I could not include Absolute Treasure. It is always gorgeous. I have ordered another of this one from the source.
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You can love or hate broken color iris, and many have strong opinions about them, but I adore Bewilderbeast. It lives btw!
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I really really liked Foggy Morning and am so sad it died because I doubt I can ever replace it. It fades over time but both looks are nice, don't you think?
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Get Back Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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It took some tries to get Grace Upon Grace to grow and bloom but so worth it. Love the thin edge on the standards, the velvet of the falls, and the crisp white and navy color.
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You know a couple of Blyth's are going to show up here! The first is Tuscan Glow. Didn't bloom till it's second year and worth the wait.
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And the incredible Mysterioso. Not sure, but may need to replace.
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There is never a year I haven't loved Tango Amigo. I was surprised that it bloomed this year because it was looking pretty sad before bloom time. You just never know!
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I confess I am leaving some favorites out, but these two Keppels really do deserve praise. One is among my very first iris. Actually it came as an unannounced bonus from Schreiners. The other is a more recent wonder that has been a best growing pink in my garden.

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The much deserved award winning Montmartre:
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And since I am already over the limit, one more. This one took me totally by surprise. Much more impressive than I was expecting.

Snaparazzi
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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: 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 10, 2019 7:35 PM CST
Leslie ~ All beauties! 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
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Feb 10, 2019 7:41 PM CST
I agree Nice list! Thumbs up
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 10, 2019 7:43 PM CST
Great group, Leslie! I think I've lost Mysterioso too. Sad
let the mystery be
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 10, 2019 7:50 PM CST
A friend gave me Get Back last year. Did you lose this one, Les?
You could list the ones you've lost, and maybe some of us could help you out.
let the mystery be
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 10, 2019 7:53 PM CST
Such beautiful Irises and pics as well!!! That group shot of Cherokee Blaze is stunning!!!
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Feb 10, 2019 8:31 PM CST
I got Cherokee Blaze from Timothy this last year. I can't wait to see it bloom.

Great list Leslie, and pictures too. I tip my hat to you.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Utah Bee Lover Garden Photography Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Photo Contest Winner: 2016 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Photo Contest Winner 2018
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dirtdorphins
Feb 10, 2019 9:18 PM CST
*Blush* Blinking Shrug!
Thank you Evelyn!
Wait--What's the question?
Sorry, I haven't been following along and paying attention...just enjoying everyone's favorites and all the photos!
How best to photographically capture the true essence of an iris?
...might depend on personal taste and opinion concerning the true essence...
Personally, I think William does it well, like this one posted already but worth seeing twice or 20 times

That's some magical, low angle backlighting there, in the forest.
I can't get that quality of light here at all because mountains--i.e. the sun is already too high at sunrise when it comes over the mountain. But like others have said, lighting is key. Soft directional light, enough to show colors and depth without harsh washout and deep shadows is generally nice. Perspective, focus, exposure, and backgrounds are important considerations too. How exactly to achieve personal ideals in all of that though, might be worth a thread of its own
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Feb 11, 2019 12:31 AM CST
Leslie, Your pictures are beautiful. I'm sorry that you lost so many of your irises. Crying
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
Feb 11, 2019 10:24 AM CST
Thank you for all the ideas about the photography & the suggestions too.

@Lestv At least you still have 'Bewilderbeast'. I think it is one of the better, if not one of the best broken colors Iris, apart from 'Gnus Flash'. (' Batik' & 'Blutique' , are a toss up) Sorry about your having lost so many Iris. Was that from the Hurricane precipitation, or what? We had two very heavy unusual downpours up here, this autumn & summer seemed to be extremely humid & rainy too, this past year
Hope spring arrives early ! Sooner, to get started on all of this years photos, & an opportunity to try & learn at least a couple photo improvement methods, from each other.... I will have to be busy, out & about, to get many photos...

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