Irises forum: Visit to Salem, Oregon May 18 - 19

Views: 709, Replies: 16 » Jump to the end
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises
Image
AndreaD
May 23, 2018 2:03 PM CST
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:

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/66fc1f

The picture above is best if enlarged.

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/a8aa6d

I would love to know the name of this iris:

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/e1f77c

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/955cf5

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

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/2bc7db

Emblematic

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/1f7205

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)

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/59f7a5

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

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/6fbb70

Escape from Boredom

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/5ae14f

Gallic Softness

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/a77b3e

Some that were unusual caught my attention:

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

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/2eb825

Gilt by Association

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/0326c7

Some I just liked:

Midnight Velvet

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/60ef72

Shake It Up

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/7becf3

Obsessed

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/0700c9

Other Side of Heaven

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/077534

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

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/eea65a

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

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/83462e

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.



Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises
Image
AndreaD
May 23, 2018 2:43 PM CST
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:

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/954b71

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:

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/89336e


Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/7e3334


Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/f835d7


Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/a69f9d

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


Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/b3c110

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:

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/c03ffe

Some irises that caught my eye were:

Blueberry Parfait

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/2c437a

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

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/11592e

Flame Amber

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/af2d1f

Heaven and Earth

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/8a8b46

Legerdemain

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/1b08da

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.)

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/7b55f9

Llama Mama

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/47a696

Moonlit Water (this is a definite buy)

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/fa338d

Overjoyed

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/d7b4d0

Padded Shoulders (back to coral)

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/3be3d3

Petticoat Shuffle

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/88e459

Rare Find

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/590f2c

Redneck Girl



Rings True

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/572893

Silken Trim

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/0d35f7

Twist of Sheree

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/97ab2a

Whale's Tale

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/e6bd14

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.



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
Image
grannysgarden
May 23, 2018 3:03 PM CST
Andrea. Lovey dubby What a lovely tour you have presented for us. Lovey dubby Thank you for posting. Smiling
Jesus is coming....... look busy!
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
Image
janwax
May 23, 2018 3:18 PM CST
Excellent photography, Andrea! Thanks!
When you went to Keppel's, did you get to meet Keith?
Auto-correct is my fiend.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 23, 2018 3:21 PM CST
Thanks for taking us along !!
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
Image
iciris
May 23, 2018 4:20 PM CST
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
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Butterflies Canning and food preservation
Region: Illinois Dog Lover
Image
BlueFlagFan
May 23, 2018 5:07 PM CST
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)
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 7a)
genealogist specializing in French
Irises Region: Utah Hostas Bulbs Heucheras Butterflies
cbunny41
May 23, 2018 5:53 PM CST
AndreaD said:

I would love to know the name of this iris:

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/e1f77c

Thumb of 2018-05-23/AndreaD/955cf5




Could it be Belgian Princess?

Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 7a)
genealogist specializing in French
Irises Region: Utah Hostas Bulbs Heucheras Butterflies
cbunny41
May 23, 2018 5:55 PM CST
double posted
[Last edited by cbunny41 - May 23, 2018 5:56 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1716900 (9)
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises
Image
AndreaD
May 23, 2018 6:35 PM CST
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!
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
Image
Totally_Amazing
May 23, 2018 6:50 PM CST
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
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
shizen
May 23, 2018 7:31 PM CST
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. 😃
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Garden Procrastinator Irises Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California
Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals Seed Starter
Image
evelyninthegarden
May 26, 2018 10:53 PM CST
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
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
Image
janwax
May 27, 2018 10:15 AM CST
Thank you, Andrea.!
Auto-correct is my fiend.
WA (Zone 8b)
Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
Image
Rebekah
May 27, 2018 11:05 AM CST
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!

Region: Australia Irises
Riversdale1
May 29, 2018 11:37 PM CST
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.
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
Image
Totally_Amazing
May 30, 2018 12:21 AM CST
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.



« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Irises forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by Baja_Costero and is called "Mounding bromeliad"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.