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Apr 22, 2017 11:23 PM CST

I was sent 3 of these from what I believe to be a reputable grower, they were labeled as 'Fine Mess' by Sutton
I think I was sent the wrong Iris? Confused
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Apr 22, 2017 11:38 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
Hello Drjess09,
I think there is a chance but I really don't know. I've seen broken colour irises look very different at times. When I compare your photo to the ones on Twiki the beards and the veining around the beards look similar. It will be interesting to see what the other two look like. I would ask the vendor you purchased it from.
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Apr 22, 2017 11:47 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
"(Michael Sutton, R. 2008) Sdlg. S-97. TB, 33" (84 cm), MS. white ground, erratic yellow splotches, purple and magenta streaks; style arms yellow streaked purple; F. white ground, streaked and splashed magenta and purple violet, gold wire edge; beards gold, flounces and horns, white ground streaked magenta and violet; 3 to 5 F. and S., usually 4; slight sweet fragrance. Q-112: (Gnu Blues x Fancy Dress) X Momentous Occasion. Sutton 2009."

this is supposed to be a note from the hybridizer about 'fine mess'.
the description doesn't match your pictures Confused but i don't know what it is?

however, i would ask the vendor, and send the pictures you posted here. if that helps?
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Apr 23, 2017 5:27 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I have had one broken color iris that had one rhizome revert back to a solid color. Since the broken color can be the result of a virus, perhaps one is grown that doesn't have it from time to time. Shrug!
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Apr 23, 2017 9:29 AM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
If you go to the database and look up "Ziggy" you can see what Robin is talking about. Lots of variety in those pictures.
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Apr 23, 2017 10:23 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
If more blooms open, and none of them are broken color then I would get ahold of the vendor and tell them you were sent the wrong iris. Most all vendors will send you one to correct their mistake.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Apr 23, 2017 6:00 PM CST

That is the 3rd bloom and is representative of all so far.
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Apr 23, 2017 8:30 PM CST
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 7a)
genealogist specializing in French
Butterflies Bulbs Heucheras Hostas Irises Region: Utah
Welcome! Drjess09. Looks like all the blooms were on the one plant. Are the others going to bloom? I'd wait to contact the growers until I had bloom from more than one if they will bloom this year.
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Apr 24, 2017 9:20 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I disagree. I have never had a broken color iris that has no broken color blooms.

The number you ordered doesn't change the fact that the one blooming is not correct. I have ordered multiples before and had one correct and another incorrect. I would not wait too long to contact the vendor as many only replace within the first year.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Apr 26, 2017 10:18 PM CST

I contacted the vendor (blue j Iris) 5 days ago and sent them the same pictures. No response yet.
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Apr 27, 2017 2:32 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Don't give up. They are often slow to respond.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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