Irises forum: What iris made you love them

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Name: Liz
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Dachsylady86
Mar 18, 2016 6:39 PM CST
My mom has this really beautiful lavender iris that I have always loved. She gave me 4 rhizomes of it last summer so I'm hoping to see it bloom in my own garden for the first time this season! Lovey dubby
Name: Richard
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creativeclover
Mar 18, 2016 6:42 PM CST
For me, They have been in the yard growing up. I have been in the same house for 40 years now. So the one my mom planted are historic and attentively id as crimson king. They are very fast growers here.
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Name: Linnea
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Linneaj
Mar 18, 2016 6:43 PM CST
Iris versicolor I found in an old cow field.
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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Mar 18, 2016 6:45 PM CST
Welcome! Alan and Mary Anne! Haven't seen you here before but love that you have come to join us in the love of iris. Please stick around to post your spring blooms. We all love seeing new iris, and old iris, and very old iris!
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Name: Jolana
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froggardener
Mar 18, 2016 7:08 PM CST
So Crimson King made a few people fall in love with Iris Lovey dubby
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Name: Richard
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creativeclover
Mar 18, 2016 7:36 PM CST
It's a beautiful deep purple flower, grows well, performs good, etc. I like em.
Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Mar 18, 2016 8:06 PM CST
The people who have been on this thread a long time already know this story. But for the newbies:

When I was a young girl (elevenish), we moved from an established suburb of Chicago to the nether-regions of suburban-land. Our new home was the first street in a sub-division to be -- out in the middle of what had been a meadow. My brother and I packed our lunch of PBJ sandwiches and a Skippy peanut-butter jar of milk every day, and took off on our bikes to explore the area surrounding our new home. On one trip, we found the foundation of an old home -- right in the middle of tall waving grass. And peeking through the grass was some color -- what was that???? Investigation provided the answer -- it was Irises. Irises of a color I had never seen before. I grew up with the standard purples -- but this was different -- tan standards, maroon falls. I was enchanted. That evening, after my Dad got home from work, I told him about the beautiful Irises growing out in the waving grass. Bless his heart -- he grabbed a shovel and off we went to find them. We did -- and he dug them up and brought them home, and planted them right in our garden. *My Iris* -- right there in our garden. I was very proud.

Years later -- more than twenty years later -- I opened a Schreiner's catalog for the very first time -- and there was a picture of *Suave*. The closest I've ever seen to the Irises growing in the waving grass of my childhood. I ordered it, of course -- and it grows in my Iris bed today, more than forty years later.

I never learned the identity of the Iris growing in the waving grasses of a meadow of my childhood -- but that unknown Iris sparked a love that lives to this day.

And that's my story. Smiling
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Name: Patrick Alan
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AlanJ
Mar 19, 2016 2:51 AM CST
Lestv said: Welcome! Alan and Mary Anne! Haven't seen you here before but love that you have come to join us in the love of iris. Please stick around to post your spring blooms. We all love seeing new iris, and old iris, and very old iris!


I have a new Digital camera this year, so I am very much looking forward to taking photo's of all
of my Iris that bloom (and they better not disappoint me, or they get the 'heave-ho'!). Hilarious!
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Name: Mary Anne Jay
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Raven
Mar 19, 2016 4:11 AM CST
Lestv said: Welcome! Alan and Mary Anne! Haven't seen you here before but love that you have come to join us in the love of iris. Please stick around to post your spring blooms. We all love seeing new iris, and old iris, and very old iris!


I was heart sick last spring when the mountains or snow and ice had melted, I had lost 24 irises and then, most of the remainder didn't bloom. First time I had lost any in 6 years. They were all purchased so quite a bit of money gone. I didn't buy after that. When I found you folks and followed along here, I see it is not uncommon. Now, I feel I can get back in the game! The love is back on!
Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Mar 19, 2016 5:22 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Mar 19, 2016 8:19 AM CST
Thumbs up
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Mar 19, 2016 3:43 PM CST
You will find the iris that love you and your climate in no time. There will be those that reward you and those that disappoint you, but trust me the trying is very worthwhile! I love seeing those that prosper keeping putting up increases and fans no matter what. Smiling
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Name: Niki
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HighdesertNiki
Mar 19, 2016 4:34 PM CST
My mom had wild Siberian Iris growing faithfully in her yard in the shade that bloomed well. I loved them, but my first TB was a peachy pink with crinkled edges. I just got married and my husband knew what it was when I asked him. He planted ditch bearded Iris in his mom's yard as a kid. Their leaves are bordered bearded, but I have never seen them bloom because she has them planted in full shade. This needs to be remedied soon.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 19, 2016 9:25 PM CST
What are 'ditch irises'? I. versicolor is purple. There are no native bearded irises to the USA.
Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Mar 19, 2016 9:46 PM CST
Mary Anne, I love your story! My mom had the older purples and yellow historic iris when I was a child. I don't think she ever bought an iris. The first iris that just blew me away was Dusky Challenger at an Iris show years ago.

Name: Niki
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HighdesertNiki
Mar 19, 2016 10:59 PM CST
Lucy they were just bearded iris someone threw away in a ditch.
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Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Mar 20, 2016 7:34 AM CST
Well -- to me, ditch Iris are Irises of unknown variety and generally of historic origins. I received six bags of ditch Iris rhizomes several years ago, when I thought I was buying six named cultivars from a seller on Ebay. She was a fraud and a thief -- and I did not know it until two years later when the Irises finally bloomed -- and revealed their true identity. They were pale lavender in color, and grew on spindly stems.

Thank you Teresa. My Dad is directly responsible for my love of nature and gardens and flowers. It was a quiet gift that has lasted all my life. Lovey dubby

Dusky Challenger is indeed a *blow away* Iris. And I only just got it in my garden a couple of years ago.............. Whistling
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 20, 2016 8:33 AM CST
Dusky Challenger has been the favorate iris of AIS members all over the country for a good number of years.
Name: Jolana
Seguin, Tx (Zone 8b)
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froggardener
Mar 20, 2016 9:23 AM CST
Dusky Challenger is so beautiful, The gophers ate mine a long time ago where we used to live. If I'm thinking of the same one y'all are talking about. I ordered it because it was introduced the year our baby was born, '86? and because of its beauty
It's on my new list
Mary Ann, I hope the ebay seller got it back on her tenfold!!!
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Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
Mar 20, 2016 9:34 AM CST
Both of my parents were avid gardeners. My Dad grew the veggies and my Mom grew all sorts of flowers. Over the years I have taken tons of pictures of my daughter next to her beautiful garden and specifically by a tall white iris which I now have in my garden (NOID) that just increases and blooms without fail. She had all colors of irises lining the 2 acre lot and the veggie garden wherever there was a sunny spot. I wish I had kept more of her different colored irises. I still have the photos though. The person who bought her house dug them all up!!! Crazy people.. Grumbling But I have always loved irises.
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