Irises forum→searching for Magnifica

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TessaNoel
Jul 23, 2020 8:18 AM CST
I am looking for this tall bearded variety. I was for sale through Green mountain Roses not so long ago but no longer. Also from Adam Grove nursery but they seem to be gone also.
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 23, 2020 9:35 AM CST
Tessa ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum! Hurray!

Unfortunately, nurseries are "dropping like flies"! We had about 10 nurseries in our county, and now there is only Home Depot and Walmart!

I hope you can find Magnifica! TB Finder does not list it.

@BlueFlagFan?
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
Jul 23, 2020 1:10 PM CST
Evelyn, in Maryland our biggest perennials nurseries were Carroll Gardens and Bhenke's. Now we've lost them both.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Garden Procrastinator Irises Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California
Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 23, 2020 2:17 PM CST
I know how to run a nursery, but I'm too old now...not physically able. Not sure I would give up the savings to do it either. What are all these wonderful nursery people doing now? Sad
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson

JosephGhio
Jul 23, 2020 2:33 PM CST
I have found some amazing cutting edge plants at Home Depot, so I can't complain at very reasonable prices. This year they had an amazing variety of European originated bare root roses and was able to reget a few I've liked like Annsley Dickson and Kardinal. The last 2 January's they had blue orchids that looked for real. Orchid people never heard of such a thing. Quest lead to China and a remote area. Appears they develop method of injecting a substance that only they know the formula into the very immature buds, This year Home Depot had them again but also in a wide range of colors from different shades of blue to almost black purple.
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Garden Procrastinator Irises Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California
Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 23, 2020 2:40 PM CST
Joe ~ When I was a child, I died our garden flowers with food coloring...but that was in a vase. Some day, it will be by genetic manipulation of the various genes for colors.

When looking at some of the bedding plants at Dome Depot...annuals...I saw labels that gave a warning for cancer. Why do they buy from people that use those chemicals? I worry about the bees, in that case.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Jul 23, 2020 5:52 PM CST
I've seen those blue orchids at Walmart and the Safeway grocery store in my town.

Our one large nursery in town has been for sale for a couple of years. Sad
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Garden Procrastinator Irises Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California
Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 23, 2020 5:59 PM CST
I must have missed the blue orchids. Sounds pretty! Barbara, did you buy any?
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Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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lauriemorningglory
Jul 23, 2020 6:53 PM CST
There are genetically modified blue roses and orange petunias. The roses aren't really that blue--more like a mauve color.
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Jul 23, 2020 9:45 PM CST
evelyninthegarden said:I must have missed the blue orchids. Sounds pretty! Barbara, did you buy any?

no, I saved my $$. I texted a picture to my friend and asked her to look them up on the internet. After she told me that they wouldn't come back that blue color next year I didn't buy one.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous

JosephGhio
Jul 23, 2020 11:32 PM CST
Yes, the story behind both the genetic engineered blue rose & orange petunia & red iris are very long to go into them here. Simply there is more going on in color of a genius and is more complex then simply inserting a gene in the sequence. The Orange petunia was successful but notice you don't see it on the market anymore. It all has to do with gov't red tape and requirements.

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