Irises forum: You really must grow....(recommend your favourites and why)

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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
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gemini_sage
Apr 5, 2018 4:47 AM CST
Some specific IBs I'm enjoying follow:
Dazzling, a scrumptious Paul Black intro. This will be its 2nd year in my garden and it has grown into an impressive clump that I can't wait to see bloom this spring! It produced a first year bloom and I divided and moved it afterword. All 3 divisions have produced so many fans it looks like 1 large clump now.


Double Overtime, a Richard Tasco intro. Great substance and a heavy bloomer. My plant bloomed a month after planting, so I think it will be a good rebloomer.


Astounded, a Donald Spoon intro. Such a pretty soft orange color, softer than this photo but still more orange than peach. I saw multiple stalks the first spring from mine, and it appears to be a better grower than orange TBs I've tried.


Backlit Beauty, another Tasco intro. It is multiplying like mad and the blooms glow in the garden.


Bold Statement, Tasco. I bought every IB Superstition Gardens offered a couple of years ago, so Tasco intros are a plenty in my garden, and I've found them to perform really well here. This one is bright and an unusual color combo that had multiple first year stalks. It has increased well. It had several blooms with 4 standards and falls last spring and I'll be curious to see if this continues. From the database pics it doesn't seem to be a frequent occurrence.


Starfield, Tasco. This cute little speckled thing produced 3 stalks the first year and is increasing well.


Micro Burst, Tasco. Great colors, growing very well.


Miss Mauve, Tasco. A sweet soft one. I have it growing in a large galvanized tub where I divided it after its first bloom (2 stalks). All 3 divisions are full little clumps now, really excited to see this one this spring!


Bottled Sunshine, Nichols. A bright, happy one I love, and it performed well in spite of my planting it in the middle of a thick clump of daffodils that tried to smother it.


Maui Moonlight, Aitken. Such a soft, pretty shade of yellow and I love the form and substance. I got several IBs from Winterberry in 2016 too, and they often send 2 rhizomes of a variety, so I often got multiple first year bloom stalks as was the case with this one.


Red Zinger, and older Paul Black intro that I've grown for several years. Unbeatable in every way.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Polymerous
Apr 5, 2018 9:39 AM CST
Beautiful irises, thanks to all who posted.

I am not experienced enough or knowledgeable enough about irises to really make any claims or statements about irises... that said... Whistling

I can really recommend 'That's All Folks' as a bright and bold iris, and this from someone who still is not certain how she feels about bright yellows in bearded irises. This iris will command your attention (whether you think you like that color combination or not Hilarious! ).



I love pale silvery blues, and also some Space Agers, so 'Glacier Point' makes the list. (It never got into the ground last season, though it did get up-potted. I can hardly wait for bloom.)



There are other irises that I personally like, but both of these have won at least an Award of Merit ('That's All Folks' has won the Dyke Medal), so I know that the iris world thinks that they are good.
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Apr 5, 2018 9:43 AM CST
Just to throw in a Border Bearded that loves to grow - Aitken's Art Festival:

My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Apr 5, 2018 10:00 AM CST
I really like this one:
Beautiful Iris, grows great, and I've had no problems with it. I'm in zone 9, but Dimson67 posted pictures of it growing in his yard, so it thrives in much colder zones.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous

siberia
Apr 5, 2018 10:17 AM CST

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Magarhee (Blythe 1986) For it's lovely salmon color.
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Just wanted to show off my 86 year old Mom who still raises hundreds of iris in zone 4. She taught me to love gardening.
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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Apr 5, 2018 10:34 AM CST
Welcome! siberia, love your pictures, I have both of the iris you posted, I love both of them, my probably won't bloom this year since we had to dig it up to fix the sprinklers last fall. It's such a beautiful color!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Apr 5, 2018 10:43 AM CST
Neal, Thanks for the great photos of your IBs.
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 5, 2018 11:08 AM CST
Welcome! to the Iris Forum siberia.

And Thank You! for sharing your pictures. Also, Thank You! Neal, Marilyn, Leslie and Barbara for sharing your photos and advice for hardy irises.
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Apr 5, 2018 2:39 PM CST
Barbara, your Chariots of Fire photo made me gasp, how absolutely stunning! Then it sparked a memory, and sure enough it was on my order from Superstition in 2016. Just found it and it has formed a lovely clump! I'm super excited about it now!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Apr 5, 2018 2:51 PM CST
Congrats Neal! I love it!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Apr 5, 2018 6:03 PM CST
Welcome! Siberia.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Apr 6, 2018 6:17 AM CST
Welcome! siberia! Beautiful photo of Magarhee, it just made my want list! Lovey dubby Where do you garden? I'm curious how Magarhee performs in colder climates.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Apr 6, 2018 7:36 AM CST
Magarhee Grows well here, Neal. I've already put it on a list for you. Smiling
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Apr 6, 2018 7:29 PM CST
Ooooh, happy dance! Thank You! so much Tom!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Apr 7, 2018 4:24 AM CST
I'm sure that list will grow. Hilarious!
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Apr 7, 2018 5:05 AM CST
Guess ya don't need a crystal ball to see that one coming! Hilarious!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Clairton, PA Zone 6(USDA has c
lclehman1
Apr 7, 2018 5:13 AM CST
For long k to add to his wondefrful lis. A must grow for iris lovers is species iris Iris cycloglossa. This species has (or was) been found in only one are- Hagar, Afganistan, the site of some of the most vicious fighting in the afghan war. It may be extinct in the wild but fortunately is esily propogated by bulb issue culture. One of the most fragrant of iris
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Name: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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csandt
Apr 7, 2018 7:19 AM CST
lclehman1 said:For long k to add to his wondefrful lis. A must grow for iris lovers is species iris Iris cycloglossa. This species has (or was) been found in only one are- Hagar, Afganistan, the site of some of the most vicious fighting in the afghan war. It may be extinct in the wild but fortunately is esily propogated by bulb issue culture. One of the most fragrant of iris
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It would be great if you would add this photo to the database, especially since there are no other photos of it yet. You could add the photo here:

Juno Iris (Iris cycloglossa)
Carol H. Sandt

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away. — Maya Angelou
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Apr 7, 2018 9:34 AM CST
Welcome! to the Iris Forum Siberia! Hurray!


Iris cycloglossa! Lovey dubby

You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Jim
Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Wisconsin
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brozeus
Apr 7, 2018 8:45 PM CST
csandt said:

It would be great if you would add this photo to the database, especially since there are no other photos of it yet. You could add the photo here:

Juno Iris (Iris cycloglossa)


Any tips on where to source here in the US?

I grow a few other junos, and several arilbreds and this one would be a fantastic addition! Smiling

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