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

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Name: Jim
Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Wisconsin
Apr 7, 2018 8:55 PM CST
Ohh and in regards to the thread at hand, my favorite (so far, as I only started growing iris 3 years ago, and most were acquired in the past 2 seasons so have yet to bloom):

Jonnye's Magic (AB)

Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
Apr 7, 2018 9:47 PM CST
Oh, that is beautiful! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
“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: Carol H. Sandt
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Peonies Butterflies Region: Mid-Atlantic Hibiscus Daylilies Xeriscape
Hostas Roses Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Apr 8, 2018 5:08 AM CST
brozeus said:

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


U.S. sources:

White Flower Farm:

Wild Ginger Farm:

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
Clairton, PA Zone 6(USDA has c
Apr 8, 2018 8:26 AM CST
also zimmerman and Van Engelen and Oydyssy Bulbs
Oxford UK (Zone 8a)
Apr 8, 2018 9:35 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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Yes, I think that it is time to add some species Juno Iris to the collection Thumbs up
Iris magnifica is certainly on my list...............
Thumb of 2018-04-08/longk/092e7dIris magnifica by longk48, on Flickr

Thumb of 2018-04-08/longk/0229c3Iris magnifica by longk48, on Flickr

If I could be so cheeky I'll add a couple of members of the larger Iridaceae family that are must have!
Dietes iridioides................
Thumb of 2018-04-08/longk/aa14f6Dietes iridioides by longk48, on Flickr

And Diplarrena morea................
Thumb of 2018-04-08/longk/8e784bDiplarrena morea by longk48, on Flickr
Salvia and anything unusual
Name: Bea Kimball
Little Rock, Arkansas; (Zone 7b)
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Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Apr 8, 2018 10:44 AM CST
I have several Tall Bearded and Louisiana irises but like Border Bearded and Intermediate Bearded irises because they have large blooms on sturdy stalks. My garden is very small, so I prefer irises with color contrasts, plicatas like Jesse's Edition, amoenae like Stairway to Heaven and Wild Sharon, and bitones like Honey Glazed.

Honey Glazed

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Jesse's Edition

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Wild Sharon
Name: Dot or Dorothy Parker
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Daylilies Irises Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Apr 8, 2018 12:06 PM CST
Thanks so much Neal for posting intermediates. I LOVE them but typically they need more cold than I get here. My most reliable and cutest hands down IB is Furioso by Barry Blyth. I got it directly from him a long time ago and most of his didn't do well but this one took off. It is usually the first one to bloom for me also.
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My best performing and increasing tall bearded is Beat the Heat an older one by Tom Burseen. I used to sell or give it to everyone because it increased so well and always bloomed for me even in mild winters here in north Texas. Needless to say it went into my new garden when I moved having less space. Here it is blooming among the weeds in my old garden.
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Another one by Tom Burseen that took off and bloomed well in my weedy garden was Sailor's Warning. It did well when I lost others and was a gift plant.

Another fabulous intermediate didn't bloom often for me and I couldn't find it when I moved is Laser Print. I WILL get it again.
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One intermediate that looks fabulous beside Furioso is Pour It On by Paul Black. I didn't find much of it when I moved and if anyone knows where I could get more please let me know. Thanks in advance.
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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
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Apr 8, 2018 12:52 PM CST
Dot, your Furioso is absolutely stunning! I think I need that one!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Apr 8, 2018 7:32 PM CST
My Furioso is about to bloom. I think it has amazing colors. Dot, there are some new Burseens that are real dependable bloomers that you might like. Cow Palace is stellar, Maggie Beth is gorgeous, and Blackbird Landing is dependable for really large black and purple blooms. Awesome Alex is a space ager that never quits. I have a garden full of Burseens and they just love to grow. Personal favorites of newer ones are Smiles At Mdnight, Getta Gander, Gasper and the previously mentioned Maggie Beth. I am away from my computer so can't post the pics but you will find them all in the database. Of TB's close to bloom here right now all but 4 are Burseens.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Apr 9, 2018 9:46 AM CST
I'm liking the Burseens that have bloomed for me. Curtsy Queen is so lovely. Have a dozen or more of this hybridist's planted, Leslie, and more on order, and this year should tell the tale of how Burseens do in my CA garden. During the drought I was buying mostly earlies, because I was concerned about lack of water in the hot dry summer - but with our rainy spring, I'm hopeful that the later-bloomers will do well also.
let the mystery be
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DC (Zone 7a)
Apr 15, 2018 1:30 PM CST
Oh, I do love the IB's and SDB's. I'm just beginning to discover them and all your photos and making me want to do another order of just IB and SDB iris.

Thanks for sharing!
Yes, I trade iris!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Apr 15, 2018 1:45 PM CST
I find that I buy a lot of IB's. They are so pretty, and fill the space between the talls so well.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Sharon
McGregor IA (Zone 4b)
Jun 7, 2018 10:06 AM CST
tveguy3 said:Beautiful Longk!

For Vigor

All-around beautiful


for Form


All grown in Zone 5B

I could have listed many for each hybridizer and for each class, I'm sure on another day I'd list different ones, It's really hard to limit this. Smiling

How does "I'm All Shook Up" do for you?
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
Irises Region: Virginia Keeper of Poultry Cat Lover Garden Procrastinator
Aug 30, 2018 5:44 AM CST
I am a wee bit late, but I am star-struck with just about every iris I have seen in this thread. They're just so gorgeous!

I have some new varieties to look forward to, and most are rebloomers that came from Winterberry - I've seen some good things in this thread about certain irises from there. Perhaps that means I may see a first year bloom, or maybe even a rebloom out of them? I am stoked!

I have two noids in my garden that are just unbelievable with how vigorous they are. Y'all have seen a fair chunk at the state of my gardens, but somehow, some way, there is quite the abundance of blooms (and fans and rhizomes! Don't even get me started Rolling my eyes. Whistling ).

I was completely stunned when I saw that the fourth bed was going to have what it was seeming like 10 stalks....and then that grew.....and then that grew...and by the time it was all said and done, the blooms were here, and there were still some coming up. I didn't count, but pictures say enough. This is the best bloom I have EVER seen from this bed, and just look at the state of it. Thumb of 2018-08-30/UndyingLight/4cb231 Thumb of 2018-08-30/UndyingLight/addf17 Thumb of 2018-08-30/UndyingLight/e4d98c Thumb of 2018-08-30/UndyingLight/838d36 Thumb of 2018-08-30/UndyingLight/529322 Thumb of 2018-08-30/UndyingLight/91cdc8 Thumb of 2018-08-30/UndyingLight/b91683
I cannot believe how this bed left in wear and tear by so much....junk that they even multiplied to this nature to make such a prolific bloom. The tan noids are the most prolific iris we have. There has not been a single year where there wasn't at least one bloomstalk (or more!) rising up to bloom in all four beds, and all the transplants too. The purple/white noid are less vigorous, but leaps and bounds over some of the other thinning and dying out varieties due to the sheer abundance of these two noids taking over....and the weeds too, of course. Hilarious! Amazing really.

Now that I am done with the spouting....I am very curious as to how the irises I purchased from Winterberry will do. They gave me two extra varieties and they are also rebloomers.

I purchased one of each, but some I figure came from a split rhizome (or were gracious gifts!)

TB Mariposa Autumn:

TB Kind Candace (Gift):

TB Deborah Dances:

TB Faithful and True:

IB Lucy Doodle - I am very excited for this one. I hear it is pretty prolific, and a yellow/red or maroon... Lovey dubby

SDB Cara

SDB Anne Lowe (gift)

I have a lot to look forward to. Do y'all have any ideas? Confused

What a beautiful sunset!

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