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Name: Lyndylu
Oregon's high desert (Zone 5b)
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LynnDel
Dec 8, 2019 3:34 PM CST
I've heard Miniature Tall Bearded Irises make especially beautiful cut flowers, so I've decided to collect some in the coming year. What are your favorite MTBs?



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Name: Robin
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Totally_Amazing
Dec 8, 2019 3:53 PM CST
My favourite medium size irises are:


I don't have any MTBs (minature tall bearded)
Name: Lyndylu
Oregon's high desert (Zone 5b)
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LynnDel
Dec 8, 2019 4:20 PM CST
Those are beautiful, Robin. Thanks for correcting my MTB acronymn. I had a brief brain glitch. Smiling When I read the description of them, I decided I must have some:

"What a miniature rose is to a tea rose, Miniature Tall Bearded Iris are to the Tall Bearded Iris class. Once called Table Top Iris, MTB's have many dainty flowers on a slender stem, 16 – 27.5 inches tall. Be sure to plant this small dainty iris close at hand so that you may inspect and enjoy each perfect miniaturized flower."
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Dec 9, 2019 7:23 AM CST
I don't have any photos of MTBs other than our own seedlings as am not a photographer. But love my husbands's award winner Billie the Brownie. Look at Terry Aitken's site for MTBs as well as Mid America which also carries them.
Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Dec 9, 2019 2:30 PM CST
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I planted a few just to try them out and I really enjoyed them last year. I didn't cut them, so I don't know how they do as cut flowers, but in the garden they were spectacular, especially for first year, single rhizomes!
This one, especially, made me smile for days and days--bloomed its fool head off!

tic tac toe

and this one


I'd say find a few in your favorite colors and give 'em a try!
Name: Jan Wax
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janwax
Dec 9, 2019 6:42 PM CST
Oooh. Tic Tac Toe is a pretty one, Dirt!
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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Dec 9, 2019 9:35 PM CST
I love MTB's, and know they are supposed to be great cut flowers, but have still never cut any. I have always enjoyed Bumblebee Deelite, and Frosted Velvet, that are real survivors. Of newer ones Chocolate Fountain and Moose Tracks have been wonderful. Cascade Trails, that Dirt listed, was a very happy grower in every garden I saw in the Northwest last spring.
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Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
Dec 9, 2019 10:06 PM CST
Ooh! I got a itty bitty Frosted Velvet. It didn't bloom last year but grew well so hopefully Crossing Fingers! next year Smiling
Name: Lyndylu
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LynnDel
Dec 10, 2019 1:01 AM CST
Thank you, Leslie, for the link and Dirt, Leslie, and Jan for the great suggestions. I'm already building my shopping list.

Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Dec 10, 2019 3:11 AM CST
According to my plant list, I have 10 MTBs, these two were my favourites this year:



I don't know if you can get Quagga in the US, but Plinko is available from Mid-America.
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Dec 10, 2019 7:41 AM CST
I don't think that we can get Quagga. Any pink MTB is tetraploid, but the majority of them are diploids which is why they are so dainty.
Name: Lyndylu
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LynnDel
Dec 10, 2019 10:28 AM CST
One I've had on my want list is Dividing Line -- and now a lot more that you all have shared. Thank you!

Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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Dec 10, 2019 11:28 AM CST

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Start the Party and Flirtin' Skirts are the favorites of the small number I've grown. I'm hoping Paul Black introduces some new ones again this year.



Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Dec 10, 2019 2:28 PM CST
Kent - looking at all the MTB seedlings he is currently growing, I would say we will see more from Paul Black soon!

Lyndylu - Dividing Line is a cute one. Very petite looking but bright enough to catch your eye.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Dec 10, 2019 4:13 PM CST
grows like a weed.
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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GreenIris
Dec 10, 2019 9:47 PM CST
Joseph's Coat Katkamier. There are much better examples in the database than my pic. But it is a wonderful broken color Iris with a sometimes dotted pattern, that reminds me of Dotted Swiss fabric, on the Standards. The same Standards can also and at the same time include very dramatic blocked broken color patterns. Crow Rita's photos in the database demonstrate this.

I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
Name: Lyndylu
Oregon's high desert (Zone 5b)
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LynnDel
Dec 11, 2019 7:45 PM CST
irisarian said:grows like a weed.


Are you referring to a particular iris -- or all MTBs?

Thanks!



Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Dec 11, 2019 9:30 PM CST
iris Dividing Line which was mentioned.
Name: Darrell
Piketon, Ohio (Zone 6b)
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Hybridizer
Dec 13, 2019 1:42 PM CST
These are my two favorite MTB's:

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'Maslon' ( Donald Spoon, R. 2002).


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'Sari's Dance' (Ginny Spoon, R. 2007).

Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Dec 13, 2019 5:57 PM CST
I would sooooo love Quagga! maybe someday it will get over here

Here is a nice one that is technically a historic TB, but is shorter, small, dainty and prolific like the MTBs...it 'reads' like an MTB anyway

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