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May 23, 2018 2:03 PM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
DH and I drove north to spend a few days in Salem, Oregon. DD went to Willamette University there and we would visit Schreiner's every spring when we picked her up. She graduated about ten years ago, but we still go up there every few years because we love to visit the iris growers there.

Our first stop was Adelman's Peony Garden. Adelman's has a gorgeous display garden that was planted in 2008. It has beautifully grown irises in it as well as peonies; unfortunately, none of the irises are named. But here are some pictures anyway:

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The picture above is best if enlarged.

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I would love to know the name of this iris:

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Second stop was Mid-America. We saw three different iris beds there, one just for seedlings, one for named varieties, and one for the 2018 introductions. Tom Johnson and a few other people were pollen daubing in the seedling bed. We would have liked to chat but they were busy. There was also a young man with an Australian accent daubing (I wondered if his last name was Blyth, but he was too young to be Barry). So we moved on to the named varieties bed to see the irises that we liked "in person".

Each year I seem to be attracted to a certain color or pattern; one year it was blues, one year it was something else. This year peach colored iris were the favorites. So the irises that caught my eye were:

Bashful Princess

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Emblematic

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These two iris are similar in height, they were introduced the same year, have the same bloom season, but Emblematic has considerably darker falls. I love them both; which to choose?

Luscious Lace (a parent of Bashful Princess)

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I also looked at Pumpkin Pie ala Mode, but the falls of that iris are really bright,
brighter than I had realized from the pictures and too bright for my taste. That's why it is good to see these iris in person.

Pastels with veining were also a constant theme:

Call Me Maybe

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Escape from Boredom

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Gallic Softness

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Some that were unusual caught my attention:

The aptly named One of a Kind. Love the veining in the standards.

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Gilt by Association

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Some I just liked:

Midnight Velvet

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Shake It Up

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Obsessed

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Other Side of Heaven

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Here is a picture of the named variety bed at Mid-America.

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I only have one picture of an introduction because the introductions are too expensive for me, but this one was just a knockout.

Song of Silence

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The next stop was Keppel's. Keppel's iris are beyond my budget, but I noted down
some I like and will wait til they get a little less expensive.

Mayan Dusk



Quaffable



When in Love (really liked this one)



Border Skirmish (this BB is very bright)



Magic Mirror (hm, back to the peach and coral colors)



Heavenly Host (this is not-quite white, I like the pink flush).



Thought about going across the street to Iris Sisters Farm, but at this
point we were pooped and decided to call it a day. The next day we went
to Schreiner's.
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May 23, 2018 2:43 PM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
Schreiner's is a big enterprise, quite overwhelming. We spent three and a half hours there.

The first stop was a barn-like structure in which they have stalks of practically all the iris they grow in jars, three to a jar.

Enlarge it for the full impact:

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It is fun to see the irises whose names are familiar, but from just seeing the stalk, you can't tell qualities of height, branching, stem, etc. For that you go into the display gardens:

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As well as irises, the beds have delphiniums, which I love:


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Some people were walking among the iris fields, but we were too tired. This picture just shows some of the fields. They go on for quite a ways:

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Some irises that caught my eye were:

Blueberry Parfait

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Country Kisses. I like the violet blaze on the falls.

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Flame Amber

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Heaven and Earth

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Legerdemain

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Lip Service (this was marked not for sale. It is not a new iris, so it isn't a guest iris
maybe they're growing it for next year? Anyway, I liked it.)

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Llama Mama

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Moonlit Water (this is a definite buy)

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Overjoyed

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Padded Shoulders (back to coral)

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Petticoat Shuffle

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Rare Find

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Redneck Girl



Rings True

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Silken Trim

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Twist of Sheree

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Whale's Tale

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Finally, after three and a half hours, we decided we were 'irissed out' (didn't believe it was possible) and went back to our hotel.

It was a lovely two days.
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May 23, 2018 3:03 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
Andrea. Lovey dubby What a lovely tour you have presented for us. Lovey dubby Thank you for posting. 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?
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May 23, 2018 3:18 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Excellent photography, Andrea! Thanks!
When you went to Keppel's, did you get to meet Keith?
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May 23, 2018 3:21 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Thanks for taking us along !!
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May 23, 2018 4:20 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I was planning to go up this year but with the family emergency a couple of weeks ago it's not possible this year! Sighing!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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May 23, 2018 5:07 PM CST
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
Birds Butterflies Dog Lover Canning and food preservation Region: Illinois Irises
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant and/or Seed Trader
Andrea, wonderful photos! What a sight to experience. Thank You!
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” --John Muir (1838-1914)
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May 23, 2018 5:53 PM CST
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 7a)
genealogist specializing in French
Butterflies Bulbs Heucheras Hostas Irises Region: Utah
AndreaD said:

I would love to know the name of this iris:

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Could it be Belgian Princess?
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May 23, 2018 5:55 PM CST
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 7a)
genealogist specializing in French
Butterflies Bulbs Heucheras Hostas Irises Region: Utah
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May 23, 2018 6:35 PM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
Jan, Yes, Keith Keppel was there. He came over to say hello and shake hands, but then excused himself, saying he had to pick up Barry Blyth at Mid-America but would be back. We hung around a bit hoping to talk with these two iris heroes but they didn't return and after 45 minutes we left.

Barbara, I'm sorry you were prevented from going to Oregon this year. I hope your family emergency has been resolved satisfactorily and you will be able to go next year. Smiling

Charlotte, I think you might be right. Belgian Princess was one we saw and liked. I lost the labels on some of my photos. D'Oh!
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May 23, 2018 6:50 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
Thank You! Andrea for all these beautiful photos.
There are a couple of Australian iris growers posting photos from Mid America on their facebook. I hope they are purchasing some of the beautiful Thomas Johnson seedlings that Brad posted in his thread
The thread "A Record Year" in Irises forum
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May 23, 2018 7:31 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Thank You! for the great photos and the tour. your photos and commentary made me feel as tho' i was actually along for the ride. 😃
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May 26, 2018 10:53 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
crowrita1 said:Thanks for taking us along !!


I agree Thank You! so much for taking the pictures and taking the time to share them with us! Thumbs up
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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May 27, 2018 10:15 AM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Thank you, Andrea.!
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May 27, 2018 11:05 AM CST
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
Keeps Horses Irises Region: Oklahoma Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
Looks like it was lots of fun! Truthfully I might be a bit jelouse. I really like the look of Emblematic, Magic Mirror, Whale's Tail and Shake it Up! Thanks for sharing your adventure Hurray!
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May 29, 2018 11:37 PM CST

Region: Australia Irises
Totally_Amazing said: Thank You! Andrea for all these beautiful photos.
There are a couple of Australian iris growers posting photos from Mid America on their facebook. I hope they are purchasing some of the beautiful Thomas Johnson seedlings that Brad posted in his thread
The thread "A Record Year" in Irises forum


Depends on whether or not the Australian public support the purchasers.
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May 30, 2018 12:21 AM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
Crossing Fingers! you will get the support you need.
I've already picked out two of your beautiful imports from last year's catalog and I am very keen to see your new introductions for this year.
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