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UndertheSun
Apr 27, 2015 1:22 PM CST
Beautiful Mary Ann! Thumbs up

Love the clump shot!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 27, 2015 2:22 PM CST
color on the right is great. It got its name in honor of historic 'Moonlit Sea' one of the earlier luminata.
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
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Muddymitts
Apr 27, 2015 3:27 PM CST
Tom -- I really didn't pay attention to the hue of that Iris. I'll be going out to the barn in a bit -- I'll look and see how well the color of the Iris matches up to the color in the photo. I'll get back to you on this.
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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
Apr 27, 2015 6:33 PM CST
tveguy3 said:Mary Ann, Is your Moonlit Water really that rosy colored? Mine is way more blue/violet, or is it a camera thing?
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The color on the right is more accurate.


OK -- I went out and studied Moonlit Water. I would say that my first picture was rosier than the Iris actually is. But it's not real far off -- it is a shade of violet, not blue -- which your pictures look like. For comparison sake, I took another pic of Moonlit Water (different lighting) -- and have a picture from last year of Inside Job, which is closer to the color of your Moonlit Water. I think. Here they are:

Moonlit Water/Inside Job
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What do you think? I was given Moonlit Water by a friend -- it could have been mis-marked................. Shrug!

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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Apr 27, 2015 6:40 PM CST
I see some of the pics in the data base shows one similar in color, so maybe it's just the difference in soil. Mine has a very slight yellow at the base of the standards, your's seems to be some what more yellow. The picture on the left of mine is too blue, the one on the right is more accurate.
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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
Apr 27, 2015 7:04 PM CST
Well -- I think you're probably right -- that it's a difference in environment. For whatever it's worth -- I like yours better!!

As long as I had my camera out there, I went ahead and took a couple more pics. Smiling So here we go:

Burgundy Party is looking especially pretty this spring:


I just love Tennison Ridge. I know -- I know -- I love all of them, right? But this one stops me in my tracks every single year:
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And here's another one that makes me run over to see it close up -- and it always brings a smile to my face -- Bengal Tiger:


Here is Strozzapreti -- the colors are wonderful, the form always leaves me unsatisfied:


This is a bud of World of Color -- with the promise of a bloom tomorrow:
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Fancy Woman is working on a clump. Look at the difference in intensity of color between the bloom on the far right and the one on the far left:
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They're two feet apart!! Shrug!

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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
Apr 27, 2015 7:29 PM CST
I wanted to make a separate post on this.

Tom -- your NOID red opened its first bloom today. My picture does not do it justice -- it's gorgeous and looks like red velvet.
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But more than that -- wouldja look at what's coming?
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In a couple of days, that will be wall-to-wall red Irises!!! Lovey dubby

And -- I have five clumps just like that!!! Thumbs up Lovey dubby Thumbs up Green Grin!

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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Apr 27, 2015 7:31 PM CST
Did the one on the left open a day or so before the one on the right? I notice that some of mine are darker when they first open, then fade a little.
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Apr 27, 2015 7:34 PM CST
Tom - is that the same red Noid you sent me that may be Dynamite? I planted your Noid right next to my known Dynamite, and so far the leaves, and buds are identical. Will have both in bloom together within a week....

That said, mine are nowhere as glorious as that clump of your Mary Ann! Wow that is going to be beautiful in full bloom.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
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
Apr 27, 2015 7:35 PM CST
You could be right, Leslie -- I haven't monitored them that closely. It makes sense that the newer blooms would be more intense in color.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 27, 2015 9:57 PM CST
Remember: Moonlit Water is a luminata.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Apr 28, 2015 2:33 AM CST
I was thinking the same thing as Leslie, that the ones on the left were older blooms that had faded some.

Mary Ann, are your white peonies going to bloom at the same time as the reds? If so that will be a nice show!

Leslie, Yes, that's the same one I sent you. It will be interesting to see if that one is Dynamite. It has a nice fragrance as well.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
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
Apr 28, 2015 7:26 AM CST
I hope so Tom -- but this year is so crazy, can't know for certain. The peony buds don't look far enough along to open yet -- the Irises are raring to go. But I've been wrong about that before -- so we'll see! Shrug!
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Apr 28, 2015 7:30 AM CST
It's funny that a lot of irises opened before the peonies did. Blinking
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Apr 28, 2015 9:07 AM CST
I have most of my peonies bloom after the iris are done here. A few are early though. I planted a bunch of them last summer so we'll see if any of these new ones bloom with the iris.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Apr 28, 2015 9:15 AM CST
I see a nice big bud on the "Coral Charm" peony we planted last year. Rita had seen one ,when we were at Breezeway Iris, and found out from them where they got it.....and the rest is history Sticking tongue out . I would like to get one of those 'yellow" peonies.........but they are still sort of "pricey" for me.......Although..... I DID just order a $40 iris ! I said I'd never spend that much on an iris....so I must be in "Never Land" now Rolling on the floor laughing !
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
Apr 28, 2015 9:18 AM CST
Don't keep me in suspense -- which Iris did you spend forty dollars on??????????????
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder Plant Identifier
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Zencat
Apr 28, 2015 9:20 AM CST
Arlyn, I would love a yellow tree peony. The price is way beyond my means. Shrug!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Apr 28, 2015 9:32 AM CST
Mamajack has offered the Itoh and Tree Peonies at really good prices and always when I am...deficient in funds. Would love a Bartzella, or High Noon, or Garden Treasure. Lovey dubby
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Apr 28, 2015 11:05 AM CST
Wampanog Warrior....it's '14 intro from Jim Hedgecock, at Comanche Acres....it's red (1st thing in it's favor !), it has an "Indian" name (2nd), and it has re bloom in it's genes (3rd), and it was $10 cheaper than it was LAST year (4th).

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