Irises forum: Need suggestions for memorial garden

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SJButler
Jan 16, 2017 9:01 AM CST
I am creating an iris bed in our local park to honor our local police, volunteer firefighters, emt's
I need some suggestions (Iris cultivar names & possible vendors)
So far I've found "Thin Blue Line", "9-11", "Lest We Forget" and "Volunteer Fireman"
I like them but if anyone has additional ideas, please let me know.
Suzanne Butler
Chillicothe TX
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grannysgarden
Jan 16, 2017 9:12 AM CST
TB Police Stories is a lovely iris.


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Name: Susan
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MileHighGardner
Jan 16, 2017 9:25 AM CST
Others that you might consider depending on your interpretation of course:

Allegiance
Broad Shoulders
Codicil
Credible Justification
Crimson Lights
Dauntless
Fantastic Blue
Osay Canuc
Patriotic Heart
True Spirit

Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jan 16, 2017 9:33 AM CST
Debra @lovemyhouse has a similar memorial bed, and I'd bet she will have lots of suggestions.

This one, Pledge Allegiance comes to mind.
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HighdesertNiki
Jan 16, 2017 9:50 AM CST
Maybe they don't all need to have names relating to law enforcement. Just having a bed dedicated to them that is beautiful will be quite pleasing. It seems like it's going to be a blue bed for the most part. I'm saying this knowing my husband is a deputy who's favorite Iris is 'Millennium Falcon' now keeping to the name theme I like 'Stars and stripes forever' The Shady Spot under vendors would be a local vendor for your area and the irises grown there should do better with your climate.
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iciris
Jan 16, 2017 10:11 AM CST
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iciris
Jan 16, 2017 10:14 AM CST

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Polymerous
Jan 16, 2017 10:15 AM CST




Might be hard to mix with the blues for the police, but could go with the reds for the firemen and EMTs.
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Name: Barbara
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iciris
Jan 16, 2017 10:18 AM CST
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Maybe create a red white and blue bed...
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lovemyhouse
Jan 16, 2017 10:32 AM CST
And, thank you, Tom, for sending it to me. Smiling

Suzanne, one of my memory beds is specific to two police officers who were also Marines, and a lot of what I used was on hand, then shaped to fit a theme or story rather than searching out names directly reflective of law enforcement or fire fighting. Tom's generosity in sending me Pledge Allegiance and also Stars and Stripes Forever were perfect for that purpose. Lovey dubby As was Superhero. Smiling

Have these, as well:




I did look for plants that were directly reflective of law enforcement--Police Stories was one. Even before Judy Schneider was selling Iris (The Shady Spot Iris), she went to a lot of trouble to locate and have this one delivered to me. Would be my honor to pay that thoughtfulness forward and send a rhizome of Police Stories to you later this year, just treemail me an address. This Iris was hybridized by Tom Burseen, who lives in Grand Prairie, so it is at home in Texas weather.

Are you considering adding non-plant items? I had a small metal sign custom made for that memory bed and the two officers. Had another sign made in memory of an Arlington officer to go in front of a Japanese Maple planted for her. The photograph below shows some generic signs I got through a mail order catalog several years back. A couple of streets over, the wife of a Garland officer has a small Norman Rockwell-type statue of a little boy in police uniform standing in her sidewalk bed. Just some ideas...

Hope you let us know how the bed develops and post photographs. Lots of photographs. I like photographs. The more, the better. Hilarious!

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janwax
Jan 16, 2017 11:28 AM CST
SJ Butler, if you need a beautiful white, My Beloved, is outstanding.
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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Jan 18, 2017 12:25 PM CST
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JLKelley
Mar 28, 2017 2:46 PM CST
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Barbalee
Mar 28, 2017 4:00 PM CST
Nice to meet you, Jess! Welcome!

This is a lovely plan, SJ!! I tip my hat to you.
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shizen
Mar 28, 2017 5:43 PM CST
Welcome! to iris forum, jess.
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iciris
Mar 28, 2017 5:55 PM CST
Welcome! Jess.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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JLKelley
Mar 28, 2017 8:04 PM CST
Haha it took me a minute to realize how you knew I was new to the forum.... Rolling my eyes. but thanks!
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lovemyhouse
Mar 28, 2017 8:40 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome!
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Name: Barbara
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iciris
Mar 28, 2017 8:49 PM CST
JLKelley said:Haha it took me a minute to realize how you knew I was new to the forum.... Rolling my eyes. but thanks!

Rolling on the floor laughing I think the "New Member" sign goes away in about a week.

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Name: Arlyn
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crowrita1
Mar 29, 2017 4:28 AM CST
Welcome!

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