Irises forum: Iris international competition

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Name: Teresa Cole
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ttkc4704
Jun 7, 2019 5:09 PM CST
Saw a post on Facebook about an international competition in France this year. Irises were judged by fragrance and they listed the top ten winners. (U.S. A. Won first place). I cannot seem, to find the post or an article on it now. I am very interested in irises for their fragrance, so if anyone is familiar with this competition and can tell me where to find the info, that would be great. Also which irises do you think are the most fragrant in your garden?
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Name: Shawn S.
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ShawnSteve
Jun 7, 2019 5:47 PM CST
I think I was just doing some research on that very topic, recently & it may have been by NGA member, Serjio. Some fragrant Iris, may be noted as such, in the Database. Other members may help to recommend some named cultivars , with various fragrance, such as grape.
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jun 7, 2019 7:52 PM CST
Blue Indigo is a very fragrant iris, just noticed it tonight.
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Name: DaisyDo
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DaisyDo
Jun 7, 2019 8:27 PM CST
I seem to recall, like you, a post about the winners of the international iris show for 2019, in Paris. But now I can only find an article saying the competition was held in Florence Italy. And the winners there are not what I remember reading. Here's what I find now : https://theamericanirissociety... .
Name: Shawn S.
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ShawnSteve
Jun 7, 2019 9:12 PM CST
I must have come across a similar page & clicked on another name & noticed his, on the left hand side. There was another page, at least, that went into the judging & had photos, with mention of fragrance, considered in the judging of the show.. You may want to click on the names, on the left side , of that page.
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Jun 7, 2019 10:35 PM CST
Here is the one in France:

https://theamericanirissociety...
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Name: DaisyDo
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DaisyDo
Jun 7, 2019 10:45 PM CST
Thank you, Evelyn. That's the one I remembered. In fact, the second place winner there, "Marry the Night," has now been added to my "want" list. I don't usually go for picotees, but that one is a stunner!

I guess there is more than one international show in a year.
Name: Shawn S.
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ShawnSteve
Jun 8, 2019 6:35 AM CST
Yes, Evelyn found the page & that was thoughtful of you to be so kind as to provide the link, to that page I'd seen. I knew, when I saw what looked like a newer ruffled version of 'Stepping Out', which was the first one I bought, when I began collecting those bearded Iris & other species, shortly thereafter.Now, it seems to be rather more than half a lifetime , ago !
Name: DaisyDo
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DaisyDo
Jun 8, 2019 8:04 AM CST
ShawnSteve, yes, that "Marry the Night" is an improvement on "Stepping Out," I think. It was the one on the list of Paris awards that really called out to me, and apparently it did to you also.
Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Jun 8, 2019 8:31 AM CST
I was surprised by the number of Burseens and that Hugh Stout's Luminager made it to the show as many of those are hard to find in Europe. But one of the judges, Lorena Montanari of Italy, has her iris distributed by Hugh here in the states, and Hugh will ship to Europe so I am glad to see they are getting around. The iris that won for best scent is a stunner to look at too.
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Name: Teresa Cole
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ttkc4704
Jun 8, 2019 8:36 AM CST
Thanks so much to all of you! 7 out of 10 winners from USA! Also looked at the Florence competition where 3rd place went to Enraptured by Schreiners, USA.
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BTW, reading that Stepping Out was the 1st iris for a collector, made me think about mine. Years ago, I pretty much thought of all irises being just purple as seen in my Grandmothers garden. I saw Edith Wolford and Beverly Sills In 2 different yards and had to knock on the door to ask about them. One Beautiful against a blue spruce, and the other backed by evergreens. I have never had luck with either one but my failure started my search for info and I found I had been color blind for most of my adult life! Lol Anybody else remember their "first love"?
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Name: Shawn S.
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ShawnSteve
Jun 8, 2019 8:58 AM CST
ttkc, funny thing was, I ended up with 'Stepping Out, as it was oviously ( to me) a mixup,while attempting to get a solid purple, to go along with a tall yellow, that I was going to soon get from a friend' yard. Later, tended to buy blue tall bearded & purples, also. One, was from the ("Shuttle" series?) other than 'Dusky Challenger' & can't think of the name, off hand. But had quite a few, such as 'Mary Francis' , 'Victoria Falls', etc... & then started on broken colors & back into them again, now they've improved so much, since then !
Name: DaisyDo
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DaisyDo
Jun 8, 2019 3:18 PM CST
Shuttle? Do you mean Dykes? or Wister?
Name: Shawn S.
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ShawnSteve
Jun 8, 2019 4:36 PM CST
@DaisyDo As in Space Shuttle, name. I couldn't recall the cultivar name,. For example, like the cultivar name ,''Dusky Challenger' & thought there was another, similarly named Iris & it still hasn't come to mind.
Name: Shawn S.
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ShawnSteve
Jun 8, 2019 5:09 PM CST
The name of the Iris, I had difficulty remembering, was 'Titan's Glory' by Schreiner & was used in crossing, to create quite a number of others,.. I had grown it & always had a problem with recalling the name & thought it may have been fragrant.
Name: DaisyDo
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DaisyDo
Jun 8, 2019 10:04 PM CST
Oh, I understand now, I guess. But according to the garden.org database, Dusky Challenger's parentage is unknown. That's what it says, too, in the American Iris Society Encyclopedia. However, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if Titan's Glory was one of its parents.

Mary Frances' parentage is listed as: Town and Country X (Marie Phillips x Sterling Silver) .

Victoria Falls' parentage is listed as: D1146-A: (White Pride x Y 163B) X Violet Favor .

Titan's Glory's parentage is listed as: Navy Strut X H 201-2: ((Y 54-A x Y 240-B) x (Rococo x Prince Indigo))

So, I'm not really seeing a series connection between them. But gosh, they are all gorgeous favorites for sure!
Name: DaisyDo
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DaisyDo
Jun 9, 2019 10:57 AM CST
ShawnSteve, do you mean you are really and truly color blind? Because, if so, that would be from birth, not just adulthood. Or were you just speaking figuratively?

Retired optometrist here, so I find it interesting how this would affect iris flower perception. Supposedly the magentas and greens all get confused as neutral grays.
I can imagine those magenta flowers camoflaged against normally green foliage, but maybe standing out against the bluish background of a blue spruce. So I can also imagine a person with red-green color blindness finding it advantageous to use a backdrop of blue spruce or a groundcover of "blue spruce" sedum between the iris plants as a backdrop for their bloom colors.
Name: Teresa Cole
Bayfield, Colorado S.W. Rockie (Zone 4b)
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ttkc4704
Jun 9, 2019 1:22 PM CST
DaisyDo: I believe I was the one that called myself color blind and it was figurative. I just grew up only seeing the common purple irises, not having any idea how vast the ranges were. Now, I am hooked and cannot afford my addiction! lol
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Name: Shawn S.
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
Jun 9, 2019 2:11 PM CST
@DaisyDo. I think my problem, is more along the lines of some sort of dyslexia ! My dad didn't ever mention, he had it, until he was well into his 70's. So, at times, unless I type very slowly, it may get noticed in my posts. I think the only "problem", that came up in forums over any particular color, was having possibly had mixed up puce. Though, others seemed to think of the color, the same away just as, like I do. ( Being a yellowish green.)
But looked online & others seemed to have actual discussions about that color puce & I forgot the other color, in question oh, mauve. But puce may have been used differently, according to heritage, (I'm partly French, at that. ) You may look up discussions, about the colors, that took place in forums elsewhere, about the color & having possibly confused that, with mauve. Except, I knew what mauve looks like.
One of the early references to use of color puce, had to do with French clothing.

As for Titan, in 'Titan's Glory,' that had to do with a rocket & not really as such, the space shuttle.'s names

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