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Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Feb 3, 2021 6:46 AM CST
Hello, I was gifted with a certificate from Schreiner's and was looking at the pinks. I love the new POP THE QUESTION but will wait until the price drops a little.

Any grow I PINK I CAN and PINKING OF YOU? I was wondering which is best. I added STRAWBERRY SHAKE last Fall. Thanks for any input.
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Name: Wheezy
Cincinnati (Zone 6a)
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MamaFan
Feb 3, 2021 2:13 PM CST
I don't seem to have any pink selfs, but I think Pinking of You is really cute. I do so like Sixtine's Pink Lovey dubby , but I haven't been growing irises long enough to have the confidence to buy a $40 iris *Blush* . (lol *yet*)

You'll have to let us know how Strawberry Shake works out for you this year. Speaking only for myself, from 6a, I'm always interested to know what is doing well in my general neck of the woods.
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Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
Feb 3, 2021 2:15 PM CST
I don't grow I Pink I Can, but I do grow Pinking of You, which is the daughter of I Pink I Can. I would regard Pinking of You and Anna Belle Babson as my two pinkest pinks, but of those two, Anna Belle Babson is the one that really glows vivid pink in the afternoon or morning sun.

I also love Beverly Sills for its floriferous vigor, though it is more apricot. I have Vanity, too, but I accidentally stepped on its bloom stalk last year, so I am eagerly awaiting its bloom this spring.

You can compare my photos on the database for Pinking of You, Anna Belle Babson, and Beverly Sills. In the database page for Pinking of You, scroll down for my two photos of it. The photo to the right, showing it pinker, is the more accurate depiction of is color. These photos were all taken with the same camera.

Beverly Sills: clump shot, backlit



Pinking of You (my picture with the more accurate color)



Anna Belle Babson: this is the one that really glows, as you can see by both my shot and Irislady's.





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Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Feb 3, 2021 2:16 PM CST
Strawberry Shake does well here in my 5b garden.
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Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Feb 4, 2021 9:20 AM CST
Hi, Paul
Thanks for your input. I am looking forward to seeing them bloom.

I love the darker beard on Pinking of You.
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Name: Katy
Clovis, New Mexico, USA (Zone 7a)
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KatyLLL
Feb 4, 2021 7:42 PM CST
My pinks at this moment are a good night kiss, and Pricilla of Corinth, and I have Anaconda Love which is part pink.
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Feb 4, 2021 9:08 PM CST
MamaFan, I am hoping Strawberry Shake is a good grower. I just love the ruffles!

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AndreaD
Feb 7, 2021 4:50 PM CST
'Magical' (Ghio 2008) is a strong growing pink Wister Medal winner. I highly recommend it.

Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
Feb 7, 2021 6:00 PM CST
I planted Magical last summer, as well as Double Platinum, and can hardly wait for them to bloom! Another gorgeous bi-tone pink is Pond Lily

Pond Lily


It won both the Franklin Cook Memorial Medal and the Wister Medal.
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Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
Feb 7, 2021 6:14 PM CST
Here is Double Platinum, which has won both the Award of Merit and the Franklin Cook Memorial Medal:

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Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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GreenIris
Feb 7, 2021 9:01 PM CST
Its hard to go wrong with Ghio Pinks.
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AndreaD
Feb 7, 2021 10:53 PM CST
Daisy, I have been growing 'Pond Lily' for years. It is one of my early blooming iris and a very reliable bloomer, as well as being gorgeous. I love it and have it growing in about three different places in my garden!

Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Feb 8, 2021 5:05 AM CST
Thank you for the input. All very pretty and I look for award winners too.
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Name: Derylin
Louisville ,Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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KyDeltaD
Feb 8, 2021 9:18 AM CST
'Strawberry Shake' is one of my all time favorite pinks.It has not done well for me in Louisville after the first year it bloomed..I bought it again because I love it so much and planted it last summer. Crossing Fingers!
'Magical 'is another one I just love.
I thought about buying' Pinking of You 'because of it's color, but haven't.
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Feb 9, 2021 9:50 AM CST
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Pretty Kitty is my best performing pink, always booms, grows well and has nice form.

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Catch My Breath is a beautiful kind of muted blended color pink, Grows OK here, but not fast.

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Don't stop Believing, Pink with blue highlights and blue beard. Good grower and bloomer, Very tall, and can be blown over if not staked, but a reliable bloomer.

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Fantasy In Pink is a good grower and performer here. Also good parent.

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Marital Bliss is another nice pink that I like a lot.

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My Cher Of Happiness bloomed regularly, but the form wasn't consistently nice, and since I needed the space this one got re-homed.

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Peace Keeper is a nice light pink one, grows well too.

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Picture Book is a consistently good performing pink, lots of ruffles and decent grower here.


Poodle Parade just bloomed for the first time here last year, Did well, haven't had it long enough to see how will it will perform over time.

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I've had Star Turn since a new introduction and it bloomed for the first time last summer. Nearly lost it to rot, but it made a comeback.


Still The One is an amazing flower. A bit more subtle then my picture in the sun shows, but very nicely formed and consistent bloomer here.

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Sugar High is a lovely ruffled flower, some blue blends in the beard, but a nice pink.


Wait A Minute is another very nice pink, bloomed last summer after being planted the year before. I haven't had it long enough to know it's long term growth habits.

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What A Beauty, another spectacular flower, not a fast grower, but sure is a beauty.

I didn't mention other pink irises that I have that have been presented above by other people. Smiling
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Name: Laurie
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lauriemorningglory
Feb 9, 2021 8:22 PM CST
Tom, do you have Pinking of You ? I know it was listed before, but I'm curious to compare your bloom (if you have it) next to your other pinks.
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Feb 10, 2021 3:17 AM CST
No I don't have that one.
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Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
Feb 11, 2021 12:16 PM CST
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These three pinks outdid themselves in 6B last spring. Star Appeal is not as coral as the first picture but it is really beautiful. Strawberry Shake bloomed prolifically last year as did Don't Stop Believing.
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Feb 11, 2021 2:03 PM CST
Jane, thank for posting those pictures. Did you get an ice storm? We did! So I have been working on a puzzle and now looking at flower pics Hurray!

I am so glad that Strawberry Shake is a light baby pink, I love it!
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Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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GreenIris
Feb 11, 2021 11:01 PM CST
Tom/Jane: Beautiful collection of Pinks.
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