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Apr 30, 2020 9:50 PM CST
Name: LOUISE LARSON
N Santa Barbara Co, Central Co (Zone 9b)
Here are a couple more I can't identify and hope someone can. Thank you!
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This last one has some distinctive spoons
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Apr 30, 2020 10:37 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Maybe : For the second photo.
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May 1, 2020 11:21 AM CST
Name: LOUISE LARSON
N Santa Barbara Co, Central Co (Zone 9b)
Mine seems so "ruffled". Would it be considered a "bubble ruffled" ?
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May 1, 2020 11:27 AM CST
Name: LOUISE LARSON
N Santa Barbara Co, Central Co (Zone 9b)
Barbara - It does look very much like Persian Berry though!
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May 1, 2020 3:49 PM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2015
'Persian Berry' is pretty distinctive.. It was my thought too... Here's a picture with ruffles to compare..
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May 1, 2020 4:02 PM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Your Space Ager may be 'Wing Commander'


Another source for searching that I've found useful from time to time is BlueJ Iris's website.. You can do some specific searches by color or type (space age, plicata, etc)..
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May 1, 2020 4:45 PM CST
Name: LOUISE LARSON
N Santa Barbara Co, Central Co (Zone 9b)
Thank you. I will look further on those recommendations. I also just came across a really nice commercial FB page called Scott's Iris Gardens. When you click on them there are several videos that run separately showing irises alphabetically. I watched about 4 of them. The music and photos are lovely.
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May 1, 2020 4:54 PM CST
Name: LOUISE LARSON
N Santa Barbara Co, Central Co (Zone 9b)
And in response to "Wing Commander", Sherry. I had looked at that one, but I think the beard and "wing" is just too different as you might see in these closeups.
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Update: Look how different the appendage on this same plant looks a week or so later @sherry
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May 1, 2020 6:54 PM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Space agers are variable with their appendages.. You can get one flower with horns, spoons and flounces.. sometimes all horns, sometimes all spoons.. This one tends to be one of the more consistent at putting out spoons (or are they flounces?).. But here it is with just horns..

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May 1, 2020 8:26 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
Hellebores Growing under artificial light Container Gardener Cat Lover Garden Photography Bulbs
Where do spoons end and flounces begin, anyway? I have been asking myself that question lately. Can anyone explain it?
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May 1, 2020 8:28 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
spoons are usually round on the end like cereal spoons.
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May 1, 2020 11:04 PM CST
Name: LOUISE LARSON
N Santa Barbara Co, Central Co (Zone 9b)
Oh geeze...and here I thought those appendages would be a certain way of identifying which variety it was. Now, it seems that part is variable, too! Give e a break, LOL!!
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May 2, 2020 10:07 AM CST
Name: LOUISE LARSON
N Santa Barbara Co, Central Co (Zone 9b)
You are soooo right @henhouse about "Wing Commander". Here's a photo I took just this morning from the same plant as the one I originally posted. Not only is the color much paler, but the appendages are totally different and more like yours! I'm going with that!
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May 2, 2020 9:26 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Vermiculture Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
i was going to suggest wing commander, too but thought as you did, that my photos were different enough that i didn't offer an opinion. here are photos of my 'wing commander' this year, and several photos from several years.
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thought i'd throw in a curved ball (lol) Rolling on the floor laughing accidentally selected this watermelon (yes a watermelon) photo while choosing 'wc' pics. was going to erase it , but kept it. an acquaintance carves these melons as gifts, or sales. this was a gift for my friend's b'day.
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May 2, 2020 11:10 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
shizen said:
thought i'd throw in a curved ball (lol) Rolling on the floor laughing accidentally selected this watermelon (yes a watermelon) photo while choosing 'wc' pics. was going to erase it , but kept it. an acquaintance carves these melons as gifts, or sales. this was a gift for my friend's b'day.
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Yes - that's amazing. I wonder how long it takes your friend to do it.
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May 3, 2020 1:17 AM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Vermiculture Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
this acquaintance says, it takes about 1-2 hr. depending on the size of the melon. Hilarious!
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May 4, 2020 1:27 PM CST
Name: LOUISE LARSON
N Santa Barbara Co, Central Co (Zone 9b)
And....here are some additional ones that popped up today, May 4...who knew it was International Star Wars Day? May the 4th be with you!!!

The first is just a really good example of Wing Commander from the "other side" of the garden. It's weird to me how different the appendages can appear (and intensity of the color) from one bloom to another a week or so apart even on the same plant! The one on the right is a second stalk of bloom from a plant on the opposite side of the garden. The first time it bloomed, it looked more like the new bloom on the left.
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Then there is Thornbird. Last year, this same variety was pretty boring in color. I relocated some and I think this one has beautiful colors.
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Another one that came out for the first time this year is one that I had previously identified as "Carnival in Rio". But when it came out today I'm wondering if I've got that right. Any help appreciated. The left photo is from the web. The right is mine.
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And, lastly...can anyone identify this one that seems to be popping up all over my garden. The intensity of its color seems to be fairly variable.
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Jun 6, 2020 8:43 AM CST
Name: LOUISE LARSON
N Santa Barbara Co, Central Co (Zone 9b)
Here is a late arrival in my garden that is NOID. I'm hoping someone can identify it for me. At least can someone tells me something about the characteristics you see that might help me key it out.

Would you call it a "late season" bloomer or something else?
I believe it would be identified as a "self" because the falls and the standards are the same color.
But what form is it? I know it's NOT ruffled but how do you describe the bloom?
I said the beard is "white", how do you describe the pattern beneath the beard?

Thanks for any help. I'm in California (Central coast), so I will also post this in CA Dreaming.

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Jun 6, 2020 1:56 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Vermiculture Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
your iris reminds me of 'eleanor roosevelt' but the standards are the wrong color. the beard isn't white in your photos, to my mind's eye. it's more lavender and yellow. (lol, but i have cataracts Sticking tongue out ) i don't know what your iris might be, but the form is more historic than modern.

is your iris an 'ib'? how tall is the flower stalk, from the base to the top of the flower?
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Jun 6, 2020 8:22 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
looks like an historic TB to me. Although if smaller, Eleanor Roosevelt is a good chance.

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