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May 17, 2018 1:53 PM CST

In your opinion which tall bearded iris(s) is/are the closest to a true blue. It is okay if it is pastel/powder blue.

Preferably will bloom approximately the same time as "Dusky Challenger"
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May 17, 2018 5:29 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Dodger Blue is one of my favorite blues, of course some people on here won't have it in their garden cause they don't like the Dodgers, Rolling on the floor laughing We won't say who that might be, but he lives in California and wears a pink Tu Tu. Hilarious!
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May 17, 2018 5:34 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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I lost my Dodger Blue in the fence failure and never got to see it bloom. Sad Grumbling I had Blue Trill planted in that area too. It was my second Blue Trill......
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May 17, 2018 7:49 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Tom, Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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May 17, 2018 8:00 PM CST
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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I think we need an RHS color guide to decide what true blue is Sticking tongue out . The bluest blue I have seen this year is Blenheim Royal. If you want royal blue, then La Iris, 'Lake Sylvia' is definitely royal blue.
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May 17, 2018 8:19 PM CST
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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We will of course all see slightly different colors on our screens, but here is the RHS color guide, free version online: http://rhscf.orgfree.com/b.htm

Have at it, which blue is true blue to you?😊😊😊
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May 17, 2018 9:37 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Tom Glare
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May 17, 2018 9:46 PM CST
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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Since we are on the subject of blue, I want to find a blue iris the color of Missouri or Blue Rhythm that has a long bloom season ... kind of like my purple NoIDs. This iris should also have the look of Missouri or Blue Rhythm. And have a really long bloom season. Suggestions?
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May 18, 2018 4:09 AM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
My bluest tall bearded iris is Merchant Marine.
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May 18, 2018 1:36 PM CST
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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Here is Restless Tide. I also agree that Dodger Blue is very blue. My Dodger Blue just bloomed so have not taken a picture yet.
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May 18, 2018 10:19 PM CST
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Restless Tide does look very blue!
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May 19, 2018 9:46 AM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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tveguy3 said:Dodger Blue is one of my favorite blues, of course some people on here won't have it in their garden cause they don't like the Dodgers, Rolling on the floor laughing We won't say who that might be, but he lives in California and wears a pink Tu Tu. Hilarious!
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That is absolutely shameful!

When I was growing up in southern CA, my family, mainly my mother and sister, we're avid Dodger fans. I wasn't that interested in baseball. Now that my sister's husband recently passed away, I thought that she needed some irises. (Dodger Blue and Line Drive to start.) Maybe Poppa John, too, to give some contrast. I have already ordered DB and LD.


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May 19, 2018 9:53 AM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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grannysgarden said:I lost my Dodger Blue in the fence failure and never got to see it bloom. Sad Grumbling I had Blue Trill planted in that area too. It was my second Blue Trill......


Bonnie ~ What is worse...having the blues or losing the blues? Well, in your case, the latter! Sorry about that storm and fence! Is it repaired now? Do you have those awful storms every year?
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May 19, 2018 10:08 AM CST
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
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My vote is for Bubbling Waves -- (Ghio '06)
I love its delphinium blue tone
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May 20, 2018 9:17 AM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Timothy, do you have Bubbling Waves for sale?
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May 20, 2018 11:19 AM CST
Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
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This is my closest to true blue.
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May 20, 2018 12:16 PM CST
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
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iciris said:Timothy, do you have Bubbling Waves for sale?

sent you a TM Smiling I tip my hat to you.
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May 20, 2018 2:22 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
This is a blurry bad photo of it, but Sea Power is a nice blue.
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May 20, 2018 2:26 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Crowned heads is a nice blue too.

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May 20, 2018 8:35 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
Whilst we are on the topic of blues, may I ask what is the closest to blue Emma Cook pattern iris that people would recommend? Is Brilliant Idea one of the best blues?

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