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Nov 4, 2021 4:43 PM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
Which iris is your favorite historic iris? Mine is Crimson king.
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Nov 4, 2021 11:41 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
Too many to pick just one. How about if I try to pick one form each decade?
20's:

'Rheingauperle' (and there is an american mis-named version- which I think this is- and a German version)


30's:
'Sable'


ok... too hard to pick one.. I also love 'Rhapsody', and 'Michelangelo'


oh, and 'The Red Douglas' and 'Serenite'


I think I'd be up 'til 3 or 4 in the morning posting my favorites from the 40's... so I'll stop here for now..

You honestly didn't expect me to pick just one did you? Hilarious!
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Nov 5, 2021 1:52 AM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
Sherry, I know it's hard, picking one. It can be a bakers dozen. Those are some pretty ones. There's just something about these older one that the newer one can't beat.
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Nov 5, 2021 9:58 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Our family pet is 'The Black Douglas'. John's grandmother grew it.
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Nov 5, 2021 3:15 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
Oh, I just got the Black Douglas this year.. It's one I've wanted for awhile, so I'm really looking forward to it.

While I'm icing my knee.. here come the 50's.. This is my favorite era.. I think of this as an era of change.. the flowers were becoming more tailored, but there were breakthroughs in size and ruffling..

'Father Rigney' was sent as an extra to an order I got years ago, and it's just gorgeous!


'Blue Sapphire' must have been a sensation in 1953.. I associate this form more with the late 60's or 70's.. Small surprise that it won the Dykes in '58
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'Mary Randall' was also an amazing Iris for it's time.. Also received the Dykes in '54.. You'll probably find her DNA in a lot of modern Iris, as there were over 350 registered offspring... That's a lot of kids! Blinking
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I can't believe that 'Persian Robe' didn't win any awards, as it is stunning!


'Tropical Butterfly' delights me when it blooms. Love the almost perfectly round falls, and that striping is fantastic.


'Painted Doll' almost looks to me like a precursor to Starship Enterprise (with a little more drama) in a neat little package..


'Jungle Shadows' in in a class of it's own, in my opinion.. There hasn't been anything quite like it since..


My also rans:


Just starting to get the gardening bug in the early 50's...
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Nov 5, 2021 5:01 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
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There's that Tropical Butterfly again! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Gotta get that one.
I got Painted Doll this year, and have had Jungle Shadows for a while and love it.
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Nov 5, 2021 5:15 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
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You skipped the the lovely Wabash introduced in 1936 and won the Dykes award in 1940.
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Nov 5, 2021 5:37 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
Well, we know what Daisy's favorite is! I like Wabash, but was *trying* to pare down my list Hilarious!
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Nov 5, 2021 6:36 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I had Tropical butterfly about a year. Those darn rains did it in. This year I saw the first bloom on Painted Doll. What a lovely iris!
"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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Nov 6, 2021 4:51 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
That's quite a cute baby picture, Sherry!
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Nov 6, 2021 5:09 AM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
Sherry, my list of most wanted is growing. I have 95 on the list here I think and about 25 more written down in a notebook.
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Nov 6, 2021 8:30 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I can never fault Quaker Lady. Incredible grower.

I really like Striped Butterfly:

Of a more modern historic period, I adore my MTB Frosted Velvet:

Magnolia is so graceful: Thumb of 2021-11-06/Lestv/9ebb71

Wyomissing is so dainty:

And for reds both Spartan
and Sultan's Palace
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This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are SOOOOO many incredible historic iris!
"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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Nov 6, 2021 10:25 AM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
Sultons place and spartan are great and quaker lady is also beautiful.

To me, the two best things about the historics is that they have withstand the ages and their simple forms.
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Nov 6, 2021 2:20 PM CST
Name: Karin
Masterton New Zealand
Oh it just has to be Kings Jester.
The years it took to acquire this historic iris was rabid haha


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Nov 6, 2021 2:44 PM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
Kahumingi said:Oh it just has to be Kings Jester.
The years it took to acquire this historic iris was rabid haha


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It's beautiful.
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Nov 6, 2021 5:53 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
Henhouse said:
Just starting to get the gardening bug in the early 50's...
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I love this photo Lovey dubby
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Nov 6, 2021 7:01 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
Totally_Amazing said:
I love this photo Lovey dubby


Thank-you! I was in my Grandma's garden.. all kinds of treasures there for a toddler. Apparently, I hadn't missed many meals at that stage of my life either Hilarious!
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Nov 6, 2021 10:17 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Oh my. King's Jester is striped! I am a sucker for stripes......
"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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Nov 7, 2021 7:34 AM CST
Name: Ed
Upstate SC (Zone 8a)
I'm a sucker for stripes too.

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Nov 7, 2021 8:13 AM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
Ed, who doesn't love some stripes.

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