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Dec 29, 2014 5:03 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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Bonnie, is GCS a good grower for you?
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Dec 29, 2014 5:05 PM CST
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Thank you Bonnie! Thumbs up
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Dec 29, 2014 5:37 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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Yes, Neal, it seems to be one that can stand on its own. I would have to say it is better than average.
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Dec 29, 2014 6:14 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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gemini_sage said:Any of you growing Starship Enterprise, how well does it perform in the garden?


Neal -- I have had Starship Enterprise in my Iris garden for years. It's a little bit tempermental -- as in it sulks if you move it -- but it gets over it and does just fine. Mine bloomed and increased last year when many other Irises caved to the bad winter and wet spring. I love this Iris -- and it is so beautiful, it's worth its little vagaries. Smiling
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Dec 29, 2014 6:51 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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I had Starship Enterprise in one bed, and it wasn't doing too well, so I moved it, and it seems to like it's new spot better as it's doing much better. Light Shines, a sib, is a nice one too, and is a much better growing iris.
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Dec 29, 2014 10:12 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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I will have to check out Lightshine. I think my Starship is doing better since I parked it in a new spot. (Wink).
I agree with Mary Ann (what a surprise...not) that it is a very beautiful bloom. Stands out in the garden.
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Dec 29, 2014 11:43 PM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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I wonder what it is that Starship wants... I've heard that it's difficult in California, but I wanted to try it anyway. I've got mine in a wine barrel at the moment, and will move it into the ground this summer. It didn't bloom last year, so I'm hoping it will this spring.
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Dec 29, 2014 11:48 PM CST
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
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Starship is a slow increaser here as well, it looked great at it's home in Salem but blooms every other year for me. I much prefer Kieth's improved version it does much better and command's attention in the garden Smiling

Rainbow High
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Dec 30, 2014 12:23 AM CST
Name: Ken
Traverse City, Michigan (Zone 5a)
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Rainbow High is beautiful. I just got it last summer and seems to be doing well. Hope to see it bloom in the spring. Winter hasn't been cooperating this year. No snow on the ground and now we are getting 10 degree nights. Thumbs down Guess I shouldn't complain, last year I was already begging for it to stop.
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Dec 30, 2014 2:21 AM CST
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
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Wow Brad! That photo just made me move Rainbow High up to the top of the list among the Absolutely Must Haves!! ...and I noticed in my notes that it's one that Superstition Gardens grows, so I hope to see it in bloom this spring! Big Grin
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Dec 30, 2014 2:22 AM CST
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
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I've been out of town...just got back tonight. I have been enjoying your posts, all the lists and photos! I'll try to get my list posted tomorrow! Smiling
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Dec 30, 2014 4:18 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Liking Rainbow High. 0 degrees out this morning. Not liking having to go out into it though! Crying
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Dec 30, 2014 8:29 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Rainbow High is lovely -- but I wouldn't trade my Starship for it.............

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Dec 30, 2014 8:59 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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Sighing! .....guess I just need them both...LOL
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Dec 30, 2014 9:02 AM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Here is a picture of "Rainbow High" taken at Superstition Iris Garden.

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Dec 30, 2014 10:39 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
Hmmm. Lightshine

vs Starship Enterprise

I just really like the white standards and bolder yellow on Starship better. I may have to keep babying it so it blooms more often. Smiling

Rainbow High looks like a brighter version of Lightshine to me.
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Dec 30, 2014 11:07 AM CST
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Best shot of Starship Enterprise I have ever seen, had to import it even though we already have tons of images! nodding
I have yet to see mine and I lost the tag so until it blooms, I won't know if I even still have it.
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Dec 30, 2014 11:29 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Bulbs Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Roses
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2
The white of the standards really does shine like a beacon- I'm loving any I see with that quality of playing with light! The brighter beards really pop too.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Dec 30, 2014 11:44 AM CST
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
Do you grow many luminatas, Neal? Some of them look like they glow. I grow a few but I want to add some more to my garden.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Dec 30, 2014 11:45 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
That is a gorgeous shot of Starship, Leslie. There's no comparison, for me............. Smiling
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