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Thumb of 2016-08-01/HemNorth/6d2c6f@HemNorth submitted this image in the Specific Plants: Irises category of the The 2016 National Gardening Association Photo Contest.

HemNorth added a caption:Splendidly Awesome!

This image is in the plant database under Japanese Iris (Iris ensata 'Gusto')

Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Dec 4, 2016 7:46 PM CST
Love the color of this iris , great photo Thumbs up
I looked it up and it seems to be an old one, have you had it long? and does it do well for you?
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Dec 4, 2016 8:00 PM CST
I think I voted for this one. Wish they would grow here.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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HemNorth
Dec 5, 2016 8:35 PM CST
Hello @gardengus and @Paul2032, Thanks for your kind comments.
I purchased this gorgeous Japanese Iris six years ago, and have been thrilled with its spectacular blossoms. It would probably prefer more moisture, but has done well in a slightly sheltered spot in the garden. We do get horrendous winds and lots of sun in the summer, but, all in all, it seems to handle it okay.

I notice you are both in the 5b Zone as well, so give it a try. I took a quick peek at your long list of Landscape Photos, Paul, and was amazed! You have a Grand Photo exhibit right there! Such lush and lovely, colourful compositions. Thank you so much for sharing them with us!
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Charter ATP Member Annuals Echinacea Vegetable Grower Hybridizer Tomato Heads
Garden Photography Birds Cut Flowers Foliage Fan Houseplants Plant Lover: Loves 'em all!
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Paul2032
Dec 6, 2016 5:54 AM CST
Nora....thanks for the kind comments. I have tried Japanese Iris in my garden with no success as have others. Our soil is alkaline and so is our water. I tried to deal with this but it didn't work.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Nora
Castlegar, B. C. Canada (Zone 5b)
Region: Canadian Cat Lover Salvias Xeriscape Roses Organic Gardener
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HemNorth
Dec 6, 2016 10:29 AM CST
Sorry to hear that - but you do have so many very beautiful plants.
We live in an area that has a Pulp Mill, and they have modified it now, but for decades, there must have been fall out that has probably affected the acidity of our soil.

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