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UndertheSun
Jul 9, 2020 10:52 AM CST
Since the forums have slowed down....

What are the top 15 irises that are on your most wanted, must have list?

I say 15, because we seem to never stop at 10. Let's exclude this years new releases from the list.
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jul 9, 2020 11:01 AM CST
The things that I wanted I ordered. Not the expensive new ones but beauties that are a little older such as Baltimore, Just Witchery, My Beloved, Starring, Asian Plum, Blue Bird of Happiness, and more......quite a few more.......
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Name: Derylin
Louisville ,Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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KyDeltaD
Jul 9, 2020 9:28 PM CST
I agree pretty much the iris I wanted ,I ordered .I still want What A Party and When Dove's Cry, (Thank you,Tom) , Make My Heart Sing, Gem Trader ,Cinderella's Secret ,Absolute Treasure(replacement),and the rest would be new intros for this year.
I might get some of these during Mid America's sale+ some new intro's.Other intro's like Ghio new pink is sold out.
Don't know ,I am pretty broke with the iris and daylilies already ordered.
Plus Mid America rhizomes were small that I just got.
Name: Laurie
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lauriemorningglory
Jul 9, 2020 10:47 PM CST
I, too, will be getting many on my want list this year. But I'll list several that still remain. There are alot of new intros (and future intros) on my want list, but I'll stick to the rules! Some on my want list I have been unable to find. Any leads would be appreciated!

FYI: I like the mid-height irises. And fragrant ones! Smiling

1. BB Truant
Growing in Iowa Arboretum. Haven't found a vendor.


2. IB Novia
https://wiki.irises.org/Ib/IbN...

3. BB Eramosa Blue Bonnet
https://wiki.irises.org/Bb/BbE...

4. BB Freehand
Vendor?


5. BB Petite Ballet
Haven't found found a vendor. Has a pronounce sweet fragrance Smiling
https://wiki.irises.org/Bb/BbP...

6. BB Whipped Topping
I would love to find this one. Created by a local hybridizer, Opal Wulf, who passed away not too long ago. Described as having pronounced sweet fragrance, snow-white and ruffled domed standards. Falls are deep blue-purple with white radiating out from red-orange beard. Flared and neatly edged with 1/4" of near white.

7. TB Aubigny Auld Alliance
Beautiful!! Richard Cayeux. Where to buy?


8. TB Barbe Noire
Another Cayeux that I can't find.


9. Ascent of Angels
So pretty with a pronounced sweet fragrance! Smiling


10. BB Sorbet Swirl


11. TB Illuminati


12. BB Bonanza Stream
Vendor?
https://wiki.irises.org/Bb/BbB...

13. BB Cartouche
Yet another Cayeux. Very pretty with a sweet fragrance. Would love to have!


14. BB Drum Solo
An older award-winning purple-black.
https://wiki.irises.org/Bb/BbD...

15. TB Expose'






Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
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bluegrassmom
Jul 9, 2020 11:44 PM CST
Oh, wow those are all nice ones. I will add those to the Wish List.

Beryline,when you say small how small from Mid America? I have 2 orders not shipped yet from Schreiners. I missed the sale apparently.
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Name: Derylin
Louisville ,Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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KyDeltaD
Jul 10, 2020 7:39 AM CST
These are two from Mid America I just got when you ask about the size.
Thumb of 2020-07-10/KyDeltaD/454da7

The sale I believe is in August.

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UndertheSun
Jul 10, 2020 10:12 AM CST
In this list, I stuck to listing only TB's and non over the seas irises. (Which are currently unattainable here in the US.)

Caramel Macchiato


Catch My Breath


Don't Doubt Dalton


Dual Function


Foreign Agent


Haunted


Imperial Guard


Jubilant Song


Mayan Sunrise


Mood Ring


Ocean Liner


Panjandrum


Space Signal


Truth or Dare


#15 is left blank and can easily be filled with 100's of other irises I love. *Blush*

Name: Laurie
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lauriemorningglory
Jul 10, 2020 3:20 PM CST
Mayan Sunrise: so pretty! Smiling
Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Jul 10, 2020 5:11 PM CST
If you found those Mid -America rhizomes small then I want to live in your world. Many many many vendors who aren't blessed with the ideal growing conditions of the Pacific Northwest and California have much smaller rhizomes! And size is NOT a good indicator of their future growth. I have had many of those big fat rhizomes rot in the humid heat of July and August. And several little skinny rhizomes increase and bloom year after year.
Sorry for the rant Rob, but want people to quit being hung up on the rhizome size.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Darrell
Piketon, Ohio (Zone 6b)
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Hybridizer
Jul 10, 2020 7:35 PM CST
Lestv said:If you found those Mid -America rhizomes small then I want to live in your world. Many many many vendors who aren't blessed with the ideal growing conditions of the Pacific Northwest and California have much smaller rhizomes! And size is NOT a good indicator of their future growth. I have had many of those big fat rhizomes rot in the humid heat of July and August. And several little skinny rhizomes increase and bloom year after year.
Sorry for the rant Rob, but want people to quit being hung up on the rhizome size.


My thoughts exactly.
Name: Barbara
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iciris
Jul 10, 2020 8:49 PM CST
I'll have to go back to edit my post since I'm on the I pad to add more.
I had this one on order when Napa closed and refunded everyone's money.
I sure wish I could find Lemon Zing for sale somewhere!
https://garden.org/pics/2019-0... here another picture :

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Oops, I posted 16. But I can certainly see a pattern going here. Plus I only made it through a portion of '"F"
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Name: Derylin
Louisville ,Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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KyDeltaD
Jul 10, 2020 10:38 PM CST
Rob,
There are definitely some in your group that could be on my list " of just one more" My yet to arrive orders include your last 3.

Barbara, there are some of yours that I might add as well.
That is the problem with seeing pictures.
Then I want, I want, I want MORE nodding
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 10, 2020 11:52 PM CST
1. I have been wanting Mayan Sunrise for a long time.



2. Ocean Liner



3. Act Surprised



4. Again and Again



5. Another Suggestion



6. Are We in Love



7. Eyes Alert



8. Beauty Within



9. Bliss Bomb



10. Bohemian



11. Bubble Bubble



12. Buongiorno



13. Catch the Fever



14. Chocolates and Silk



15. Copper Bubble Bath


"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Jan Wax
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janwax
Jul 11, 2020 8:49 AM CST
Interesting comments in this thread. I have to say that my recent order from Mid-America was excellent, with good-sized rhizomes and roots.
I agree that the west coast has a lot to recommend it regarding iris-growing...with one exception. We lack sufficient rain here in California!
What I wouldn't give for the lovely summer rains of other parts of the country! Oregon has California beat in that regard.

...and I must add, I'm not making a "wanted" list because I think I've got enough colors in my paintbox to play with my hybridizing urges for now. My focus is on improving soil conditions to grow the healthiest irises I can.
(Although I'll probably participate in the August sales! Did someone say Caramel Macchiato ???)
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TBManOR
Jul 11, 2020 10:53 AM CST
great thread, and interesting comments -- although i'd like to dispel the artful misconception that all bearded irises grow to perfection here in the Western USA. I can assure you that irises of all types, and yes, including bearded, can handily fail/perform poorly here even with ideal growing conditions. My graveyard list of failed varieties can rival any large cemetery.
Although large rhizomes aren't a bellwether to future performance in anyone's garden, the occurrence of them in an order package should, at least, give the recipient a clue as to either the natural vigor of the variety, and or the fact that the grower was providing optimal growing conditions and sending their very best.
Just my humble opinion
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AndreaD
Jul 11, 2020 1:55 PM CST
I really don't have room for 15 more irises, but if I did...these have caught my eye:

1. TIJUANA TAXI



2. GLADIATORS GET OUCHIES (I love that name)

Darn, no photo in the database.

3. HOWLA PENA



4. GEORGETTE SILK



5. NEVER BEEN KISSED



6. ROLE REVERSAL



7. BELGIAN PRINCESS



8. ADRIATIC WAVES



9. SEA FOR MILES



10. WEARING RUBIES



11. TORONTO



12. TOUR DE FRANCE



13. EMBLEMATIC



14. HINT OF DANGER



15. PLATINUM PASSION






Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
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Polymerous
Jul 12, 2020 1:07 AM CST
Some gorgeous irises posted by you all. Lovey dubby
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jul 12, 2020 1:55 PM CST
I think many of the iris I want now are replacements for ones I lost because of rains and rot. Our weather has not been kind to bearded iris of late so I have some trepidation on buying more. (Says the girl who does have plenty on the way).

If I could find a vendor these three top my list as I need to replace them.
1) Cry Me A River - Sort of obvious why I want it again. Big Grin

2) Scary - growing so nicely until the rains took it out.

3) Pieces of April -

Now some that have vendors:
4) Dark Universe -

5) Gentle Manner -

6) Shockaholic -

7) Autumn Tease -

Does this one still have a vendor - another to replace -
8) Ask A Lady -

I won't even go on about the SDB's, BB's and IB's because I always find way too many of those I want.

The LA's have no photos, nor many of the spuria or JI's.

So I will leave it at these 8 TB's.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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lauriemorningglory
Jul 17, 2020 6:46 PM CST
Leslie, I just got Dark Universe and Autumn Tease! I sure hope they do well Smiling
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jul 17, 2020 9:22 PM CST
Laurie, saw both out in the PNW and they are very beautiful. Hope they bloom well for you!
"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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