Irises forum: which mail order company would you reconmend

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Name: Richard
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creativeclover
Aug 24, 2015 6:29 PM CST
Hi everyone. I know its getting to late to order this year. What would be your top 3 to 5 places to order irises from. Is there any you would kind of stay away from at all. I have seen mixed reviews about getting them on eBay, so I will stay away that route. Thanks for the input.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Aug 24, 2015 6:49 PM CST
There are many I haven't ordered from that I've heard good things about..
My favorites are:
Superstition, Napa Iris, Sisters Iris, Mid-America, Bluebird Haven.

I've also received nice Iris from:
Exline, & Iris city

There are a couple that I'm not inclined to order from again based on the number of wrongly named rhizomes I've received. Other folks have had good luck with them, but that wasn't my experience.
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Aug 24, 2015 6:57 PM CST
Mid-America is top-notch. Schreiner's is an old, established respected grower and vendor.
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Name: Lynn Golovich
Wyandotte, mi (Zone 6b)
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LynnG
Aug 24, 2015 6:58 PM CST
Mid American and blue j iris.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Aug 24, 2015 7:07 PM CST
The thread "Vendor list" in Irises forum most of these are pretty good suppliers, and were all recommended by folks on the forum. As to "personal favorites", a lot depends on what "type" of iris you are looking for....new ? historic ? median ? rebloomers ?....some of these vendors "lean" towards one type, or another, and that can make a lot of difference in where a person wants to shop.
That being said....and all things being equal, I would have to say that if Superstition has what you want.....that's the place I would buy it !
Name: Richard
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creativeclover
Aug 24, 2015 7:17 PM CST
I have mostly historics, but have some newer ones like crocked little.smile, Brazilian art and.lovely senorita. I like some of the schrieners irises. If those help at all.
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Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
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Linneaj
Aug 24, 2015 7:23 PM CST
I was very happy with Iris City Gardens http://www.iriscitygardens.com/frame2.html and Nola's http://www.walking-p-bar.com/shopsite/

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Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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Boxergirl
Aug 24, 2015 7:53 PM CST
My top 4, because to hit 5 I have several that rank just so so. These 4 are my fav by far!

Iris sisters
Superstition
Mid America
Napa country iris

Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 24, 2015 10:20 PM CST
Winterberry Iris Gardens & Rocky Top Iris are good ones in the East.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Aug 24, 2015 10:33 PM CST
I've heard that they're good too Lucy. I haven't had the pleasure of ordering from them.

I forgot to add Joe Ghio's Bayview Gardens. Beautiful rhizomes.
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Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Denman55
Aug 25, 2015 4:09 AM CST
I grow Historical irises, and I have ordered my rhizomes this year from the following vendors:

* Iris City Gardens
* Winterberry Gardens
* Superstition
* Joyful Irises
* Bluebird Haven Iris Gardens
* Williamson Farm Flowers
* Ozark Iris Gardens

I have been very pleased with the rhizomes received this year from the above Vendors.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Aug 25, 2015 7:31 AM CST
My top picks would be

Winterberry
Blue J.
Stout
Superstition
Longs
International
Iris Sisters

So many good ones but the above named seemed to go above and beyond to make sure I was happy with my purchases.


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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Aug 25, 2015 10:22 AM CST
I'd agree with many here, with Iris Sisters first, then Superstition , Napa and Mid-America and Stout and Blue J, Salmon Creek - but I
ordered from Burgard for the first time this year and the rhizomes were huge! Prices were low!
Will buy from them again.
Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Aug 25, 2015 10:45 AM CST
Burgard only grows and sells TB's, right? I usually buy a few TB's but I like to fill out the order with MTB's and dwarfs.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Aug 25, 2015 10:49 AM CST
I second Burgards. I wish she had more than tall bearded iris, but she is great to work with!

I also recommend Stout's, Blue J, Napa, Iris Sisters, Mt. Pleasant Iris Farm, International and Wild Iris Rows. I really like Schreiner's too but I have had one wrong iris out of each of my last 3 orders. I would say the digging crew isn't doing well with their labeling.
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Aug 25, 2015 10:55 AM CST
Schreiner's has gotten to be a very big company and it is impossible to deal with the public on a one-on-one basis when you are that big. They have some beautiful irises and I do order from them every other year but I have gotten to the point where I like to deal with the smaller companies.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Aug 25, 2015 10:57 AM CST
I have to say that in my experience, Schreiner's is great on replacements.
The woman that takes orders or complaints over the phone is very helpful.
Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Aug 25, 2015 10:58 AM CST
As Bonnie and Leslie said... I agree
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Aug 25, 2015 10:59 AM CST
Superstition Iris Gardens
Stoney Creek Irises (added a large number of MTB's which should start showing up in 2016)
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Aug 25, 2015 11:02 AM CST
I have not tried Stoney Creek Irises. I will check it out for next year.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......

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