Irises forum: Our favorite Space Age

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Name: Dot or Dorothy Parker
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Feb 22, 2012 2:34 PM CST
OK here goes the second time to post this. My cat decided it would be a good idea to get in my lap, the post disappeared Rolling on the floor laughing


Hook Shot and Announcement
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It's Magic

Godsend older but still beautiful

Awesome Alex
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Clown Around

you can see the horns better on this one

I found more colorful pictures of Awesome Alex, it is awesome.

Conjuration, another oldie but goody.


Finally Betty

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Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
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Feb 22, 2012 6:45 PM CST
Mine would be Beneath your Wings
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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Feb 22, 2012 6:55 PM CST
I only have four pictures, and I ended up not being so fond of the Space Agers so now I have none left. But here are my pictures:

CONJURATION - My favorite
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MIST ARISING - Picture taken at Keith Keppel's
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STRAIGHT UP - Instead of horns at the tips of the beards, this one has big flounces
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Feb 23, 2012 6:03 AM CST
I only have a few, and I don't have any pics good enough to share here. I just got Awesome Alex last year, and I have Petal Pushers, and Star Dock that are supposed to have these huge flounces, but only had small ones here. I also have Cross Examined, which is my favorite of this type. I'll have to try to get better pictures next year.
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May 27, 2012 9:15 PM CST
Hi, Are you aware of "Thornbird"? I think it was a Dykes Medalist one year. It has some unusual colors, which I fancy. Just a thought. Am thoroughly enjoying your many, beautiful photographs. Thank you.
Name: Mary Ann
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May 27, 2012 10:15 PM CST
Really cool pictures, Dot!!
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Name: Jan
Hustisford, WI
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May 28, 2012 6:12 AM CST
I only have one Space Ager, and I just love it. It is Liquid Crystal Compass and a fellow forum member sent me a clump last year. In fact, until it bloomed this year and I asked, I had no clue what Space Age meant! I will post a photo after I get home from the long weekend, I posted a photo on one of the threads a few weeks ago. The colors in it are so subtle. ~ Jan
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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May 28, 2012 5:54 PM CST
Bloomed here as well. Quite nice.
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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May 29, 2012 6:12 PM CST


Here is my Praetorian Guard.

Thornbird at Schrieners
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Oasis Kelly

Inky Icon at Napa Iris gardens
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Westpointer at Napa Iris

and Yuppy Puppy at Napa Iris

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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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May 29, 2012 8:24 PM CST
IB 'Liquid Crystal Compass' has long horns. I didn't get a picture as must first year plants were on the short side.
Name: Sharon
McGregor IA (Zone 4b)
Jun 10, 2012 5:01 AM CST
Wonderful pictures of irises that will be going on my endless list...Awesome Alex is, well, awesome!
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
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May 6, 2017 12:25 AM CST
Best of the space agers is a no-brainer for me and my wife: 'Westpointer'

The others we have include Byer's 'Thornbird':

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Another very well liked cultivar: Tasco's 'Solar Fire'

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And also cherished is another Monty Byers: Conjuration

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Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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May 6, 2017 10:03 AM CST
My favorite is - as always - Thornbird!! Lovey dubby

I also have Mesmerizer, Alabaster Unicorn and Wings of Peace. [Edit: Alien Mist too! ]
I have a few more on order this year, including Solar Fire.
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
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Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
May 6, 2017 7:45 PM CST
I vote for Mesmerizer, for its vigorous growth habit, big blooms, and length of bloom season.
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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May 7, 2017 2:12 AM CST

Bright white and it can (almost) hold its own against attention hog 'That's All Folks'

Flounces and spoons, oh my... For fancy, what more can you want?

My first year with this; the horn length seems to be variable, but at its longest, it's a wowzer.

I'm in love! Lovey dubby

I picked this up at our club's plant sale at our recent show... silly me, I picked the weakest pot (leaving the best for the public)... it's blooming half-heartedly, but I expect a better show next year!

A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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May 7, 2017 8:35 AM CST
Oh my. I have soooooo many to choose from in this department. Will have to get them rounded up.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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May 7, 2017 8:52 AM CST
I dislike horns on Iris, and am 'meh' on most other Space Agers, but, if I had an Iris that gave me blooms just like this one ALL the time...well... Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

A Space Ager I do really like, and many thanks to Suzanne for sending it to me. Lovey dubby

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