Irises forum: Show Us your "Dark Top" irises

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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Dec 18, 2016 5:38 AM CST
I am becoming increasingly interested in the "dark top" irises. These can be the reverse amoena, or like some of the newer ones Keppel is working on like Desert Moth.

These can be what you have or what you want to add to your collection. Smiling I know there are some new ones that I want to add. nodding
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Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Dec 18, 2016 10:40 AM CST
Love Desert Moth! But must not order any more from Tempo Two! Must not! Blinking

I have this 'dark top' classic on my list for 2017 though:


(Keppel 2002)
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Dec 18, 2016 11:10 AM CST
Wintry Sky is a good grower here, and very pretty.
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Name: Barbara
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iciris
Dec 18, 2016 11:15 AM CST
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Name: Barbara
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iciris
Dec 18, 2016 11:18 AM CST
: new to me and hoping to see it bloom in 2017.
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Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Dec 18, 2016 11:18 AM CST

Thinking about maybe getting these from Cayeux:


(Keppel 2005)


(Schreiner 1990)
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Dec 18, 2016 11:21 AM CST
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Another new one I bought this year.
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Name: Barbara
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iciris
Dec 18, 2016 11:28 AM CST
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The database said this is a "blend" but I think it works here too.
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Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Dec 18, 2016 11:32 AM CST
Absolutely! Pretty too! Thumbs up
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Dec 18, 2016 11:49 AM CST
Most of my dark topped irises are plicatas. I guess most plics have darker tops than falls so maybe this is cheating a bit but I do love them. Smiling

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SDB Honeylove
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SDB Quicken
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SDB Wizard Of Hope (not a plic)
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SDB Ultima Neve
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Dec 18, 2016 11:57 AM CST
For IB's I have

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Name: Barbara
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iciris
Dec 18, 2016 12:09 PM CST
Always has been a favorite

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Name: Barbara
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iciris
Dec 18, 2016 12:15 PM CST
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I've had this one a long time.
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Name: Barbara
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iciris
Dec 18, 2016 12:26 PM CST
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I haven't seen this one bloom yet. Maybe in 2017.
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shizen
Dec 18, 2016 12:46 PM CST
Lovey dubby the lavender horns on that pink!
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Dec 18, 2016 1:42 PM CST
The only BB's I have with darker tops are




and Parquet Lady is a plic but with almost solid color on the standards.
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Dec 18, 2016 2:05 PM CST
Great ones!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Dec 18, 2016 2:11 PM CST
For TB's here are a few that bloom for me. I am gonna be like Rob and just borrow other peoples photos which are better than mine are anyway. Smiling



Well, this was an interesting exercise. I did not realize how many yellows that I grow that are so much alike. Even Total Recall has lighter falls than standards. Hmmmmm.......

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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Dec 18, 2016 2:32 PM CST
grannysgarden said:
Well, this was an interesting exercise. I did not realize how many yellows that I grow that are so much alike.

I agree, with the blended thread and this thread I didn't realize how many blue iris that I have that are so much alike.

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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Dec 18, 2016 2:43 PM CST
I was thinking that you an awful nice collection of yellow and whites going there Bonnie!
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