Irises forum: Black irises...show me yours!

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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
May 13, 2015 9:26 PM CST
Black Lightning is in bloom here.
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
May 14, 2015 5:39 AM CST
Bonnie-Before The Storm is a Red hue Black as well!
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
May 14, 2015 6:39 AM CST
Thanks Greg. It looks like a plum/black to me which I prefer over the purple/black ones.
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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?
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 14, 2015 8:52 AM CST
How do you rate the growth and habits of Black Lightning. Lucy ? So many of the "black" SDB's are kind of "lazy" here, and just never make a very big clump. Chapman's have several that I would kind of like to order, and being bred "in the north country" I imagine they do well (and probably WILL order, when all is said and done Sticking tongue out ), but with the beardless he has, that I would like to add to the order (quite a few !), "double " shipping costs, and the sanitary permit.....well, Rita would kill me if she saw the check !
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
May 14, 2015 10:19 AM CST
Two small checks don't look as bad as one large one, Hilarious!
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
May 14, 2015 10:32 AM CST
Tooooo funny, Tom!
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?
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 14, 2015 10:59 AM CST
You're wrong ,Tom ! I can tell you lack the "experience" of being married ! With ONE check, you get one "Scolding" (not exactly the word I think best fits here, but ....), and with TWO checks.....you get TWO 'scoldings"......and believe me.....ONE is too many, I DARN sure couldn't handle two !
Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK (Zone 6b)
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enidcandles
May 14, 2015 11:19 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing That's why you have the babysitter hide the boxes in the shed and plant the irises when Mike is gone...that way no one notices, right??
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
May 14, 2015 3:10 PM CST
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I am not usually fond of black irises so I lean toward the dark purple but this one is really large and very black.
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Muddymitts
May 14, 2015 3:25 PM CST
I like the beard on that one, Janie!! Looks cool next to the dark petals.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
May 14, 2015 3:30 PM CST
Black Lightning grows quite well. It gets a little tall for an SDB but we have it in a bed which get shaded. It doesn't rebloom here, but it does at Superstition gardens so much that they have trouble digging it for sale as bloomstalks keep appearing. I am well acquainted with Chuck & we have been in an international 'paper robin'. I must get a photo of the clump. The photo of the flower is Chuck's. He ships in Aug. & accompanies his shipments across the border so it doesn't get hung up.
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 14, 2015 7:40 PM CST
Good to know Lucy. I really love several of his iris.
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Name: Ken
Traverse City, Michigan (Zone 5a)
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bramedog
May 15, 2015 8:10 AM CST
Only have one black iris. Hasn't bloomed yet this year.
Spades


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Spades with Guinevere's Kiss

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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
May 15, 2015 10:24 AM CST
Nice combination Ken. I recently saw a very dark iris planted with pink ones. It was lovely but the pink irises enhanced the purple in the dark irises. I think yellow irises planted with a very dark one would be a nice contrast.
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?
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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TBGDN
May 15, 2015 11:07 AM CST
Ken, I see some nice asparagus ready to pick in the left background.
(2nd Photo) We started cutting ours in the last two weeks.
Even a fool, when he shuts his mouth, is counted (as being) wise.Proverbs 17:28
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
May 15, 2015 11:09 AM CST
I've been binge eating asparagus for a week now! Sticking tongue out
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: United States of America Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
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TBGDN
May 15, 2015 11:11 AM CST
tveguy3 said:I've been binge eating asparagus for a week now! Sticking tongue out


Good stuff! Healthy for you too. Smiling
Even a fool, when he shuts his mouth, is counted (as being) wise.Proverbs 17:28
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Name: Ken
Traverse City, Michigan (Zone 5a)
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bramedog
May 15, 2015 11:14 AM CST
Just like Tom, I have been eating asparagus and morels for over a week now. Drooling
Name: Ken
Traverse City, Michigan (Zone 5a)
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bramedog
May 15, 2015 11:39 AM CST
Funny you should mention that Bonnie. I moved 'In Love Again and Spades to the center of my pale lavender NOID circle. We will have to see what that looks like when it blooms.If I don't like it...I can always change it.Thumb of 2015-05-15/bramedog/d5fc6c Thumb of 2015-05-15/bramedog/d17882
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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
May 15, 2015 12:20 PM CST
That is another thing I like about irises, Ken. You can plant an entire area and leave it for five years and then dig it all up without killing the irises. That is much harder to do with almost any other garden plant I own.
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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