Irises forum: How many of Joseph Ghio's irises do you have?

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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
Mar 2, 2019 8:53 PM CST
I'll start off with my list - but, wait!...his catalog just arrived! Whistling

Accessible
Act of Kindness
Aloha Spirit
Amiable
Applause Line
Beauty Within
Bejewelled
Bewitchment
Birthday Bash
Bowled Over
Bravery
Bubble Bubble
Cardinal rule
Center Ice
Chivalrous
Civility
Close to my Heart
Cupid's Arrow ( Want)
Day on the Bay
Dazzle
Double Platinum
Dressed to Impress
Emblematic (need to replace)
Entice
Expect Wonders
Expose'
Exploding Galaxy
Feudalism
Forever Blowing Bubbles
Front of the Line
Heavenly Host (Want)
Hollywood Star
Inside Job
Love of Life
Magic Happens
Magic Mirror (want)
Magical ***
Marriage Vows
Montevideo
Musicality (Want!!)
My Beloved
Natural Blond
Novel Idea
Oil Painting
Other side of Heaven
Path to Heaven (want
Pep Rally
Photogenic
Picture Book **
Platinum Jubilee
Rare Find
Red-Handed
Red Skies
Role Reversal
Star Appeal
Star Turn **
Starring
Superhero
That's All Folks
Through the Clouds
Treasured
let the mystery be
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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
Mar 2, 2019 9:47 PM CST
Jan ~ OMG!!! 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: 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
Mar 2, 2019 10:28 PM CST
Evelyn, I've always loved his irises. Such lush pinks and lovely form. Ruffles! Since he's closing his business and will be devoting his time to hybridizing, I just placed a small order with him. The availability may decrease in the future.
let the mystery be
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
Mar 2, 2019 11:47 PM CST
I've got a few too... Thumbs up

All By Design
Aloha Spirit
Beautiful People
Birthday Bash
Blonde Bombshell
Border Skirmish
Breaking the Ice
Bravery
Brouhaha
Bubble Bubble
Bullet Point
Celebratory
Center Ice
Close to My Heart
Dawning
Day on the Bay
Dazzle
Double Click
Double Platinum
Dressed to Impress
Drum Circle
Emblematic
Engagement Ring
Epicenter
Expect Wonders
Explicit
Exploding Galaxies
Expose
Famous Last Words
Fan Club
Feudalism
Filibuster
Folies Bergere
Forever Blowing Bubbles
Front of the line
Gentle Soul
Gilt Trip
Gold Country
Got the Picture
Higher Calling
In the Loop
Lady Friend
Lanai
Layer Cake
Liason
Lip Service
Magical
Magic Mirror
Managua
Mandolin
Marching Band
Montevideo
My Beloved
Mystique
New Leaf
Notorious
Oil Painting
Osaka
Ostentatious
Other Side of Heaven
Path to Heaven
Pep Rally
Platinum Jubilee
Plot Line
Polite Applause
Power Surge
Puccini
Rare Coin
Revere
Role Reversal
Romantic Evening
Secret Recipe
Silent Screen Star
Smart Money
Soul Mate
Spiral Galaxy
Star maker
Star Turn
Superhero
Unconditional Love
Vapor
Visiting Royalty
Vizier
Wait A Minute
Wedding Night
What A Beauty
When In Love
Who Did It
Yours Truly


Removed or died:
Act of Kindness
Be Original
Chivalrous
Comfortable
Perception
Red Skies
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
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
Mar 3, 2019 12:09 AM CST
Sherry!!! WOW!!! 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: 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
Mar 3, 2019 12:14 AM CST
Great group, Sheri! Hurray! Hurray! I may have lost a few more. I'll know after I get them all mapped and a few Noids are i.d.ed.

Sheri, I've always been a little envious of your friendship with Joe! Living in the same area and seeing his irises up close. You've been lucky.
let the mystery be
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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
Mar 3, 2019 12:29 AM CST
janwax said:Great group, Sheri! Hurray! Hurray! I may have lost a few more. I'll know after I get them all mapped and a few Noids are i.d.ed.

Sheri, I've always been a little envious of your friendship with Joe! Living in the same area and seeing his irises up close. You've been lucky.


I agree, I've always wanted to go to his end of year sale, but I would have to camp out the night before to be first in line. I've heard the sales he has sale out in an hour.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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
Mar 3, 2019 12:33 AM CST
Since this is my third year of "iris collecting"...I only have a few.












I did lose one, I have more in my want list, and I have a few more coming in. Since there were only 10 here, I hope you don't mind if I post the pictures so others can see the beauties that he has created. 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: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
Mar 3, 2019 2:22 AM CST
Oh, add 'Treasured' to my list too.. That makes it an even 90.. A drop in the bucket to Brad's collection, I'm sure.

I've never been to Joe's sale.. It's too early in the morning for me Thumbs down I've heard that everyone lines up, and it's a feeding frenzy when he opens the gate. From all reports, he does sell out within an hour. Blinking By the time he has his sale, I've always over-ordered and wonder where they will all go anyway *Blush* Hilarious!

I'll probably only be ordering from Joe this year. My bathroom remodel from hell has drained my bank account.. My accountant warned me last year that I'll be owing taxes this year w/ the changes in tax law. Oh well, there's always next year..
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Mar 3, 2019 2:27 AM CST
I heard his one hours sale sells out in 10-18 minutes. I've been wanting to go to it, but it's too long of a drive for something that's over that quickly.

Those are some great collections! Thumbs up
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Mar 3, 2019 6:04 AM CST
I used to be able to go to my excel spread sheet and sort by hybridizer and just copy and past all of that info on to a thread like this and be done. But like the dummy I am I didn't save an updated list on a thumb drive. The lightning storm took care of that, so now I would have to go through all my paper bed maps and list them. Too much work. Just have to take my word that I have a bunch of his, and looking at his catalog that came last week, I guess I'll probably be having a few more. Whistling
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Sweden
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William
Mar 3, 2019 6:39 AM CST
Some gorgeous irises in this thread. Lovey dubby

I only have two Ghio's. Not that I wouldn't like to have more, but I try to be a bit careful adding irises hybridized in a climate that is very unlike my own. Certainly some will work, but I think that the success rate will be lower.

'Superhero' that I bought...


... and 'Inside Job' that I got as a gift


These are both new to me. Unfortunately 'Superhero' started to rot severely from the cut end within 2 weeks after potting up. I don't think this has something to do with the cultivar, rather the rhizomes from this particular vendor seems more prone to rot for me. For this reason 'Super Hero' is in the green house and it seems to have fully recovered. I love the looks of 'Super Hero' and it seems a popular iris as everyone in the thread so far has it growing. I bet Tom has it too, as I recall he mentioned it was one that did well for him!!!
Sweden
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William
Mar 3, 2019 6:46 AM CST
I just remembered that I actually saved a list of Tom's Ghio irises from 2017, so I would know which one that worked well for him, as they then would have a decent chance to work for me as well. Smiling

Tom's Ghio's: Dec 9, 2017

These are the Ghio irises I have and how they do here in zone 5.

All By Design Barely alive
Border Skirmish Died after a 4 year struggle
Bowled Over Has not bloomed yet, slow grower
Boy Genius Tood 4 years to bloom, slow grower
Bravery Bloomed second year, and once since, growing nicely now though
Brouhaha Hasn't bloomed yet in 2 years. Growing slow
Bubble Bubble Doing well blooms most years
Cardinal Rule Doing Well
Celebratory Struggling, bloomed once.
Chivalrous Struggling, hasn't bloomed yet.
Chuckles Does well here.
Chutney Slow grower, took 8 years to bloom.
Comedy Has bloomed twice, after 6 years, it's still only one rhizome.
Day On The Bay Does well here.
Dazzle Slow grower, but has bloomed once in 4 years.
Double Wedding Hasn't bloomed yet in 3 years.
Down To The Wire Doing well here.
Emblematic Barely alive after 4 years.
Engagement Ring struggling, hasn't bloomed yet in 3 years.
Epicenter Bloomed once in 7 years, think it's gone.
Exploding Galaxy Hasn't bloomed yet, not growing fast
Expose Slow grower, but blooms every year.
Front Of The Line have had it one year, hasn't bloomed yet, but doing well.
Gentle Soul Hasn't bloomed yet.
Going Big Time Grows steady but slow. Has bloomed and is fertile.
Got The Picture Got it last year, and it bloomed this summer. Doing well.
Hospitality Got 2 rhizomes when new, one left, not growing very fast.
House Afire Have my second planting of it. 4 years still waiting to see it.
Iconic OK grower, has bloomed 2 times in 4 years.
Illusionist Good grower and bloomer. Is fertile.
Liaison (Historic) Excellent grower and bloomer.
Magic Mirror decent grower and bloomer.
Magical Great grower here and steady bloomer.
My Beloved poor grower, hasn't bloomed yet in 4 years.
Mystique Good grower and bloomer.
Novel Idea Poor grower and bloomer.
Oil Painting good grower here, and finally bloomed this year after 3 years.
Ostentatious Older one, grows slow but steady, blooms every once in a while.
Other Side Of Heaven Fair grower and good parent.
Path To Heaven Got 2, one died, the other is struggling.
Picture Book Growing well, but hasn't bloomed yet in 2 years.
Platinum Jubilee Bloomed this year after waiting 4 years. Grows well.
Plot Line Got 3 rhizomes, still have about that many, one weak bloom.
Rare Coin fair grower and bloomer here.
Rogue Fair grower here.
Role Reversal Grows well, blooms well, fertile both ways.
Smart Money Does well here.
Snowed In Older one, grows well.
Soul Mate Great grower and steady bloomer here.
Spiral Galaxy Has not bloomed in 4 years, hanging on.
Splurge Second try here, still alive.
Star Turn Barely alive. Had one SDB sized bloom once. used it's pollen and it worked.
Starring Slow grower here, but steady.
Super Hero Good grower here and good bloomer.
Uninhibited struggling.
Vapor fair grower, bloomed once sofar.
Vow Of Silence Bloomed once, struggles here.
Wedding Night did well here, but ditched it as blooms always fell over.
Well Endowed Died.
What A Beauty Average grower, good bloomer. fertile.
Winning Hand Don't think it will make the winter.
Your's Truly good grower and bloomer.

Cyberstalking at its finest. Green Grin! I just knew he grew Superhero!
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
Mar 3, 2019 7:18 AM CST
Helpful list, William!

I have three Ghio's, which is one more than I have of Keppel irises. My want list from Ghio seems a lot smaller than from Keppel. Not to compare either hybridizer - something I noticed is all....maybe have to fix that soon.. Whistling

Anyways, here are my Ghio's:
Epicenter


Managua


Oil Painting

Looks like I have two of his 1993 intros. Rolling my eyes.
The iris season has begun with Cat's Eye!
Sweden
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William
Mar 3, 2019 9:31 AM CST
UndyingLight said:Helpful list, William!

Monty, Tom made a very good list. While I thank you for the acorn, I passed it along to Tom as it is his list, not mine.

Thanks Tom, for the list. I tip my hat to you.

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
Mar 3, 2019 9:38 AM CST
Interesting to see how his irises do in different zones. For instance, My Beloved bloomed memorably in 2017, bloomed in 2018, and produced increases.I divided and potted an increase and planted another in the garden for back-up. I'm glad I did, because the original may have bloomed out.
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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
Mar 3, 2019 10:19 AM CST
Tom: Speaking of William... Now that's a friend. He just saved you lots of work...:smily:
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Mar 3, 2019 10:19 AM CST
Thanks William for posting my old list, and for the acorn. Smiling
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
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
Mar 3, 2019 10:38 AM CST
I stayed up until 1AM working on my list because literally I have so many of his irises on my wish list and look at the online pictures of his Irises so much; I had to double check my garden list and make sure of whether I have them or am just dreaming I have them.

Here's my list:

Starring
Role Reversal
Boy Guinous
Ponderosa
Bravery
Designer Gown
Double Platinum
Drifting Bubbles
Expose
Expect Wonders
Gentle Soul
Heavenly Host
Hollywood Star
In the Loop
Lady Friend
Layer Cake
Magnanimous
Picture Book
Plot Line
Rare Find
San Jose
Star Appeal (have a seedling from this also Smiling )
Novel Idea
Splurge
Wedding Night
Super Herro
Double Vision
Beauty Within
Engaging
Spectacle??? Though my list says I have it, I can't find it in my garden maps but I believe it will show up soon.

And the wishlist goes on and on. I have been searching for Pistachio for 7 years. I have ordered Star Turn 3 times only to be told it was sold out. Does that deter me...Never Smiling


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
Mar 3, 2019 11:38 AM CST
My list isn't updated, but it currently shows that I have 99 Ghio's in my have/want list. *Blush*

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