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Feb 17, 2015 6:53 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
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
Alrighty -- let's see if we can take the top two spots in thread activity this week. Green Grin!

First of all -- if I've missed a color that anyone thinks we should include -- please say so. For instance -- I was wondering if we should have Wine/Burgundy as a separate color?

For today: I have noticed, as I've gone through my Irises over the past ten days or so, that I keep passing up certain cultivars because their color *didn't quite fit* into the category of each day. I'm guessing that others have experienced the same thing.

So -- today is Oddball Day. Show us your Oddball Irises -- even if you showed them in another color category trying to fit them in.

I'll start off with Thornbird. Thornbird is a color all by itself -- mine is a greeny-grey.
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Byers, 1989
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Feb 17, 2015 7:26 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
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
Another oddball is Trade Secret.

Seen from a distance, it looks yellow -- sort of:
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Up close -- it's closer to chartreuse:


It's so chartreusey that that's the descriptive color I use in my database. Blinking
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Feb 17, 2015 7:42 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
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
Another one I have difficulty with is Role Model. In the database, it's described as "melon rosy tan with peach influence" -- what?????
Thumb of 2015-02-17/Muddymitts/e15db7 Uh-huh -- tell me what color group that belongs in.............
McWhirter, 1988
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Feb 17, 2015 7:44 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
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It belongs in the 'Love it!' category!
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Feb 17, 2015 7:46 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
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
Clump shot of Role Model:


Even the Iris itself can't decide what color it is. Look at all the varieties of color in the clump....................
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Feb 17, 2015 7:52 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Micro micro-climate? Micro soil?

I have Black Gamecock. Is it purple or black?
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Feb 17, 2015 7:57 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
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
Another Iris that I have difficulty in describing is World of Color:

Christopherson, 2003

When someone asks me what color that is -- my answer is "I dunno -- kinda rosy peachy lavendery................"
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Feb 17, 2015 8:04 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
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
Exxxxxxxactly Celia! It's *sort of* both. On any given day it can look more like one color or the other -- and sometimes during the same day depending on the time of day and the light.
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Feb 17, 2015 8:12 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
The ones I have a hard time describing, too are purples. For instance...

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These are the same but what color would you call it?
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Feb 17, 2015 8:18 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
Do you want us to use this for the multi colored ones, like 3 or more colors in a bloom, or just the odd colors we aren't sure of?
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Feb 17, 2015 8:19 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
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's where shade makes all the difference, Celia. Sunlight changes everything!
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Feb 17, 2015 8:19 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
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
tveguy3 said:Do you want us to use this for the multi colored ones, like 3 or more colors in a bloom, or just the odd colors we aren't sure of?


Any and all, Tom -- whatever you think belongs here! Smiling
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Feb 17, 2015 8:40 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
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(Photograph from Breezeway Iris)
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Feb 17, 2015 8:42 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Feb 17, 2015 8:43 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Feb 17, 2015 8:43 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Feb 17, 2015 8:44 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Feb 17, 2015 8:45 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Feb 17, 2015 8:45 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
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
American Maid is another oddball. I used it in the lavender/violet category because it has those colors in it.


But it's not really a lavender Iris, is it?
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Feb 17, 2015 8:45 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
It’s okay to not know all the answers.

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