Irises forum→What is your LEAST favorite dwarf bearded iris (db's)?

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Name: Ian McBeth
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SonoveShakespeare
Oct 14, 2020 2:58 PM CST
I decided to make this after I took a walk around outside this afternoon. It's a bit breezy (in the low 70s) Probably windy now than breezy, as I saw my south gate fly open as I was typing this.

Anyways, I have to say my least favorite dwarf is "Pele". I received it from @stildew a few years back. Planted it by my air conditioner, which get's lots of sun over there (on the south side of the house.) I hate so many things about it. Pele only bloomed twice, and makes 1 scape. Thumbs down It's one of the smallest db's I own. The rhizomes are also very small, and are easy to get burried by dirt when we either have a good rain, or a ton of snow during the previous winter. The bloom color isn't that great either. (Probably had it exposed to too much sun.)


I'm sorry @stildew Susan, it's not your fault. You're still a wonderful garden friend. Smiling I should've been more careful (choosing wisely) before purchasing the right db's at your iris sale. However, I do like "Lime Smoothie" though. It's a great db iris that you don't have to worry about dividing very much. It'll still bloom for you no mater how big or over crowded the clumps get.
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Oct 14, 2020 4:53 PM CST

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Sounds like 'Pele' may be best suited to being in a pot where it's easier to manage?
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Name: Ian McBeth
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SonoveShakespeare
Oct 14, 2020 8:15 PM CST
Australis said:Sounds like 'Pele' may be best suited to being in a pot where it's easier to manage?


I agree Joshua. Pele' would probably be better off in a pot. In fact keeping in it's pot over winter wouldn't be a problem either. It should be fine as long as it's in a garage or shed to keep it protected.
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Name: Laurie
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Oct 14, 2020 9:34 PM CST
Could the hot air of the air conditioner be affecting the clump?
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lauriemorningglory
Oct 14, 2020 9:54 PM CST
I've had a few dwarf bearded iris I didn't like, but I think my biggest disappointment was Golden Eyelet.

The vendor's description and picture showed a bright yellow bloom with yellow to orangish beards. And was described as flowering very early. All characteristics I was looking for.

The blooms ended up yellow with blue beards. I know many people like that combination, but I'm just not drawn to it. As I recall I got a replacement, but same thing.

The iris encyclopedia shows one picture with blue beards, the rest with yellow beards, but also says it blooms late. So I don't know what the true Golden Eyelet looks like or if I got it. Regardless, I ended up getting rid of it.

Golden Eyelet???
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Name: Ian McBeth
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SonoveShakespeare
Oct 15, 2020 10:43 AM CST
Beautiful, Laurie. Lovey dubby

I don't think the hot air from the air conditioner would be affecting the dwarf iris. I have other irises around the AC too. They're tb's, and they are doing excelent. Thumbs up
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irisarian
Oct 16, 2020 7:45 PM CST
I can't remember the name, but it was a Blyth SDB. That is very unusual because his irises are lovely here unlike the TBs which do not always do well in our climate, while his medians are very nice.

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