Irises forum: Blue iris

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Name: Bonnie Harris
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader
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TiaLee
Sep 21, 2014 10:24 AM CST
Blue is my favorite, but I only have a few.

Two favorites:

Sea Power (of course) and
Forever Blue, a SDB that reblooms like crazy here in 5a.

What are some of the bluest iris you know?
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Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
Sep 21, 2014 4:13 PM CST
'Sea Power' is on my list to get someday. Most of my blues are Noids..

'Judy Mogil' was pretty stunning this year.
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'Absolute Treasure' took my breath away when it bloomed.
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Some NOIDS:
(the first two are reliable re-bloomers in the fall)
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When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
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grannysgarden
Sep 21, 2014 5:55 PM CST
Absolute Treasure is one of my favorites and this year I added Ice Capades, another light blue. I have tried for several years to get some really blue irises but a lot of them that are described as blue are really a shade of lavender/blue. I also added Fantastic Blue and Blue Satin Ruffles and I hope to see them bloom this spring. I saw a photo of Ty Blue and thought it was blue and white. I planted it last year and although it is a lovely big bloom, very light with very dark beards and horns it is not a true blue.
My mind is made up, don't confuse me with facts.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
Sep 21, 2014 6:13 PM CST
Absolute Treasure seemed to be pretty close to sky blue, but I agree.. most of the darker shades are some sort of purple..
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Sep 21, 2014 6:26 PM CST
A blue that was new to me this year, and absolutely enchanted me, is Alien Mist:
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Another great blue is Big Boss:




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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
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grannysgarden
Sep 21, 2014 6:29 PM CST
Chime in here folks. What is your truest blue iris. Mary Ann I know you have one I have coveted but I don't remember the name. I think you said it was a real blue.
My mind is made up, don't confuse me with facts.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
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grannysgarden
Sep 21, 2014 6:30 PM CST
OOps, cross posted and that's the one!
My mind is made up, don't confuse me with facts.
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Sep 21, 2014 6:32 PM CST
And my oldest and favoritest blue is Blue Reflection -- which is a true sky-blue and is just beautiful!!
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Can't overlook Sea Power:
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Or Merchant Marine:


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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Sep 21, 2014 6:33 PM CST
lol -- which one Bonnie? Alient Mist?
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Sep 21, 2014 6:49 PM CST
Sea Cruise is close to blue

Sun and Sky is pretty blue too

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Blue Eyed Baby

Brilliant Idea

Easter Candy
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Open Sea (one I really like)

Rainy River
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My NOID from Suttons
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All I have time for right now.
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Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
Region: California Bee Lover Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Composter
Annuals Dog Lover Cat Lover Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Moiris
Sep 21, 2014 7:15 PM CST
Lost my message twice! Urrg! Angry I'll try again.

I bought 2 new blues this year and I can't wait to see them bloom:

Bluebird Of Happiness and Waterline
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Other Blues that I have not seen listed include:

Blue Fin (not a good picture...but all I've got)
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Blutique
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Breakers
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Bye Bye Blues (also not the best picture)
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Revision
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Thar She Blue
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Breakers and Thar She Blue are similar in color to Sea Power.
Blutique and Bye Bye Blues have a little more purple in them (IMHO)
Blue Fin is similar to Alien Mist (except mine has spoons/long horns on them...which I have not seen in other pictures of Blue Fin)
The blue edge on Revision is probably the closest to true blue.

Whew...I think I got it all in! Sticking tongue out










Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Sep 21, 2014 8:16 PM CST
Those are beautiful. I especially like Breakers.
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
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grannysgarden
Sep 21, 2014 8:33 PM CST
Yes, Mary Ann, Alien Mist. it wowed me when you first posted a picture of it and still does. Tom, what beauties you have!!! Is Rainy River really blue and not purpleish blue?
My mind is made up, don't confuse me with facts.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
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irisarian
Sep 21, 2014 8:34 PM CST
Breakers is a wonderful grower. Schreiners Blue suade shoes is good.
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Sep 21, 2014 8:45 PM CST
Bonnie -- remind me to send you a rhizome next year.
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Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
Region: California Bee Lover Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Composter
Annuals Dog Lover Cat Lover Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Moiris
Sep 21, 2014 8:49 PM CST
The other nice thing about Breakers that I forgot to mention is that it is supposed to be a re-bloomer. Mine has not re-bloomed yet... but I'm hoping it will soon before the cold weather gets here.
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
Region: California Bee Lover Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Composter
Annuals Dog Lover Cat Lover Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Moiris
Sep 21, 2014 8:55 PM CST
Blue Fin is a re-bloomer too. Here are two better pictures:

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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
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grannysgarden
Sep 21, 2014 8:59 PM CST
I will Mary Ann, thank you. Marilyn, does Blue Fin have a purple influence?
My mind is made up, don't confuse me with facts.
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Sep 21, 2014 9:21 PM CST
So far, just my NoIDs. But I'm looking forward to that changing this Spring. Thumbs up
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All of you have post some blue beauties. Drooling Great, I'm drooling again...
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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ARUBA1334
Sep 21, 2014 10:09 PM CST
My Favorites this year in blue were Baltic Sea and Cosmic Connection both were really Impressive in Oregon.
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A few runner ups that were really neat as well were Sterling Trader... Blued Indigo...Dancing Blue Koi all had unique colors too them in different ranges of Blue

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I think here at home in a normal bloom year I would have to agree with Mary Ann and Tom (Merchant Marine, Sea Power, Open Sea) are all wonderful Blues and the last 2 of those always close out the season for me.

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