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Name: Celia
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Zencat
May 22, 2014 11:34 AM CST
Me too!
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Jun 29, 2014 8:55 PM CST
Schreiners has their summer sale going on! I got a few including Captain's Choice which has very deep blue falls, if the pics are accurate.
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jun 30, 2014 4:15 AM CST
There are a couple of pictures in the data base by Betty, You should look at them, as her pictures run pretty true to color. I have been fooled a few times by Schreiner's pictures so now I always check them out with other sources before I buy from them.
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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Jun 30, 2014 7:49 AM CST
I agree with Tom. I always check the database now to narrow down my buy list, because the bloom can look a lot different from a vendor picture.
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jun 30, 2014 7:53 AM CST
I have been blessed this year by receiving many gorgeous blues from the generous Iris folk here and on Cubits, so I won't be buying any anytime soon. But I did skim through the site and saw some beauties. Thank you for posting the sale notice, Celia. Smiling
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Jun 30, 2014 9:12 AM CST
I took your advice and the colors appear the same. My tablet shows the colors a bit darker than the desktop but still...a gorgeous iris.
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Jun 30, 2014 9:20 AM CST
tveguy3 said:There are a couple of pictures in the data base by Betty, You should look at them, as her pictures run pretty true to color. I have been fooled a few times by Schreiner's pictures so now I always check them out with other sources before I buy from them.


Tom - Thanks for reminding me to double check. I was looking at this iris on Scheiners: http://www.schreinersgardens.c...
And the DB shows something close, but not quite: Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Dakota Smoke')
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Jun 30, 2014 9:52 AM CST
It is the same plant. They just put out the "most Fancy" picture of it that they had.
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Jun 30, 2014 9:55 AM CST
Greg - Yea, but it looks so much different.. Scheiners shows it a lot more red whereas it's not, more purply. But it is the same plant. Glad that rose companies aren't the only ones to do that!!
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Name: Valerie
Northern Utah (Zone 4b)
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Val1
Jun 30, 2014 10:14 AM CST
I am a little late to this post, but here are some of my favorites.

Rare Treat TB
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Victoria Falls TB
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Sapphire Gem SDB
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jun 30, 2014 10:16 AM CST
The first year I saw Dakota Smoke advertiesed I though how nice, I better get that one, but then when I saw it in real life at an Iris garden, I hardly recognized it, and wouldn't want it.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jun 30, 2014 10:22 AM CST
Val, I really like Sapphire Gem. Thank you for posting the photographs. Smiling Thumbs up
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
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Lestv
Jun 30, 2014 11:47 AM CST
Funny that you chose Dakota Smoke as an example, because the database pictures are exactly why I didn't end up buying that exact same iris!
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
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Zencat
Jun 30, 2014 8:08 PM CST
It's so nice to have a place to look at the real flowers, not a touched up glamorous pic in the catalogs.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Jul 1, 2014 12:38 AM CST
I'll also vote for 'Absolute Treasure' and I. pallida. I've heard many good things about 'Clarence', but I'm waiting another year or two to decide. It's maiden bloom was ok..
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Jul 1, 2014 5:46 AM CST
I love Sapphire Gem. I must have that little one. smiles
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Name: Valerie
Northern Utah (Zone 4b)
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Val1
Jul 1, 2014 11:22 AM CST
I was so excited when Sapphire Gem bloomed. That was it's very first bloom for me. I received it in a trade in 2012 and thought I might have lost it over the winter. I hope it increases quickly since I would love to see it in a clump.
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
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Linneaj
Jul 1, 2014 11:37 AM CST
Sapphire Gem is stunning!
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