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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
May 24, 2017 4:09 AM CST
Nice ones all, but Dracula's Kiss has me drooling!
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
May 24, 2017 4:14 AM CST
Just curious--how do you all decide which ones to buy/plant/keep/reproduce?
Keep going!
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
May 24, 2017 5:24 AM CST
Dracula's Kiss is a stunner! I also like Rustic Dance. That one is worth waiting for a bloom. Smiling
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
May 24, 2017 7:53 AM CST
Great images, Pam! Thumbs up That first one of Bottle Rocket! Lovey dubby
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
May 24, 2017 9:23 AM CST
Jai, I think everyone has different criteria for making those choices, so I don't know that there is any hard and fast set of rules anyone could apply. Smiling

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Pam, I like Rustic Dance...but I love Patch. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 24, 2017 11:19 AM CST
Jai_Ganesha said:Just curious--how do you all decide which ones to buy/plant/keep/reproduce?


It is a disease process known around here as the "Iris Virus" Hilarious! Lovey dubby
Everyone has their own tastes and preferences as to color, height, type and hybridizers. Space, time and $ put occasional limits on our collections. But then all the pictures and trading generosity tend to help support the addiction.

Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
May 24, 2017 12:52 PM CST
The pictures! Definitely the pictures!!! Hurray! Big Grin
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South central PA (Zone 6a)
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DaveinPA
May 24, 2017 12:55 PM CST
Pam, thanks for posting these. I lost several markers when I moved back in 2015 and you just "found" Dracula's Kiss for me.
Weird weather has certainly changed how the blooms show up, some faster and some slower. But looking good.
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 24, 2017 5:16 PM CST
DaveinPA said:Pam, thanks for posting these. I lost several markers when I moved back in 2015 and you just "found" Dracula's Kiss for me.
Weird weather has certainly changed how the blooms show up, some faster and some slower. But looking good.


Glad to be of assistance!
I tip my hat to you.

Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
May 24, 2017 5:19 PM CST
Jai_Ganesha said:Just curious--how do you all decide which ones to buy/plant/keep/reproduce?


I buy the ones with the flower colours and patterns that appeal to me. If it blooms every year and it increases quickly, that is an added bonus.
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iciris
May 24, 2017 5:32 PM CST
I agree with Robin.
I've recieved some bonus iris that I may or may not keep.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
May 24, 2017 9:48 PM CST
It never occurred to me that some wouldn't bloom every year--is this trait common?
Keep going!
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 24, 2017 10:13 PM CST
Jai it varies. It is not uncommon for an iris to 'take a year off'. A lot of things can influence regularity in blooming - weather, soil conditions, overcrowding, amount of sunlight received, and the amount of growth the previous year. We all hope for blooms every year from all of our plants!
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 24, 2017 10:44 PM CST
Here are a few 'different ' blooms. I enjoy the oddities as well the beauties!

Awesome Alex
Such fun!

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Just Crazy
Does this one bloom oddly for everyone, or just me?

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There was one normal one in the bunch.....
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One of a Kind
This still scares me a bit Crying

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Power Point
This is the first time that it has ever had horns!

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Plastic Money
I bought this simply because of the name.
Fits the group well!

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Vibrato
This came in a Ghio Surprise box.....
It was....

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And finally, my favorite fugly iris of the season so far...
I have waited three years for this to bloom.

Dewuc Whatic


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Calvin and Hobbes approve!

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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
May 24, 2017 10:53 PM CST
Snork said:Jai it varies. It is not uncommon for an iris to 'take a year off'. A lot of things can influence regularity in blooming - weather, soil conditions, overcrowding, amount of sunlight received, and the amount of growth the previous year. We all hope for blooms every year from all of our plants!


Thank you. This makes sense. I'm used to growing things (annuals, perennials, and bushes) that bloom every year. If an iris didn't bloom for a year or two I might chuck it. That makes me feel superficial. Haha.

I've interacted with irises a lot throughout my life both at work and in arranging but I've never actually grown them. I'm learning a lot on this forum and this thread. I really appreciate how helpful everybody is!
Keep going!
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
May 25, 2017 3:29 AM CST
Pam you have more and more blooms coming and some nice ones too. Just Crazy has had some really unusual forms for me too. Wonder if that's why it got that name?
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
May 25, 2017 3:29 AM CST
Snork said:
Calvin and Hobbes approve!

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May I ask what the blue and white iris is?

I thought Dewuc Whatic would be prettier than that.
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
May 25, 2017 7:49 AM CST
I got Just Crazy from Bianco last fall and it has a stalk, so I'll soon know if it looks crazy too...

Pam, I love the dogs! Lovey dubby Why is One of a Kind scary?? Never heard of a scary iris before, I'm intrigued! I'm all ears!
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 25, 2017 7:55 AM CST

Robin ,I would not describe Dewuc Whatic as pretty, but it sure is interesting - and no two blooms are completely alike. I enjoy Burseen's sense of humor mixed with color! Lovey dubby

The really pretty blue and white plicata is appropriately named Palace Beauty. It is stunning in person!

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Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 25, 2017 8:26 AM CST
IrisLilli said:I got Just Crazy from Bianco last fall and it has a stalk, so I'll soon know if it looks crazy too...

Pam, I love the dogs! Lovey dubby Why is One of a Kind scary?? Never heard of a scary iris before, I'm intrigued! I'm all ears!


Lilli I find that most of the iris in the garden lend a very peaceful and relaxing feeling to the area around them. (That is to say, when I have the time to just enjoy them and am not busy pulling weeds and swatting bugs.)

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One of a Kind, however, does not give me the warm, fuzzy vibe! I guess because it is huge - tall and imposing. The coloring is distinctive - the heavy veining in the standards sorta reminds me of an angry person's throbbing temple vessles. It is a gorgeous flower.....but I don't want to sit too close to it.

Or maybe I am just a little weird! Rolling on the floor laughing




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