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Dec 8, 2019 3:34 PM CST
Name: Lyndylu
Oregon's high desert (Zone 5b)
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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Dec 8, 2019 3:53 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
My favourite medium size irises are:


I don't have any MTBs (minature tall bearded)
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Dec 8, 2019 4:20 PM CST
Name: Lyndylu
Oregon's high desert (Zone 5b)
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."
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Dec 9, 2019 7:23 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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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.
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Dec 9, 2019 2:30 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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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!
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Dec 9, 2019 6:42 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
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Oooh. Tic Tac Toe is a pretty one, Dirt!
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Dec 9, 2019 9:35 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Dec 9, 2019 10:06 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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Ooh! I got a itty bitty Frosted Velvet. It didn't bloom last year but grew well so hopefully Crossing Fingers! next year Smiling
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Dec 10, 2019 1:01 AM CST
Name: Lyndylu
Oregon's high desert (Zone 5b)
Thank you, Leslie, for the link and Dirt, Leslie, and Jan for the great suggestions. I'm already building my shopping list.
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Dec 10, 2019 3:11 AM CST
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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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!
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Dec 10, 2019 7:41 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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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.
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Dec 10, 2019 10:28 AM CST
Name: Lyndylu
Oregon's high desert (Zone 5b)
One I've had on my want list is Dividing Line -- and now a lot more that you all have shared. Thank you!
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Dec 10, 2019 11:28 AM CST
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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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.



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Dec 10, 2019 2:28 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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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
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Dec 10, 2019 4:13 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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Enjoys or suffers cold winters
grows like a weed.
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Dec 10, 2019 9:47 PM CST
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Irises Region: New Mexico Region: Southwest Gardening Region: United States of America
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 get bored easy and Irises Don’t Bore Me!!!
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Dec 11, 2019 7:45 PM CST
Name: Lyndylu
Oregon's high desert (Zone 5b)
irisarian said:grows like a weed.


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

Thanks!
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Dec 11, 2019 9:30 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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iris Dividing Line which was mentioned.
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Dec 13, 2019 1:42 PM CST
Name: Darrell
Piketon, Ohio (Zone 6b)
Irises Organic Gardener
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).
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Dec 13, 2019 5:57 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Region: Utah Bee Lover Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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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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