Irises forum: which purples make you drool?

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Name: DaisyDo
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
Jul 7, 2018 8:52 PM CST
Pictures please- either yours or from the database.
Name: Richard or Shawn
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Jul 7, 2018 9:30 PM CST
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Autumn rain.


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Deep dark space.

Both pictures are from Sutton iris website.
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Name: DaisyDo
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
Jul 7, 2018 9:48 PM CST
Do you mean "Deep Dark Space?"
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
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TBMan
Jul 7, 2018 10:24 PM CST
..... Oh boy, where do I start??

London Walk


Magnificent Masterpiece
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Blueberry Fudge
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Midnight Seas


Noble Gesture
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Serena Louisa
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Sweet Serenade
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Trick of the Light
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Boldly Go
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Name: Richard or Shawn
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Jul 7, 2018 10:24 PM CST
Yes. Darn auto correc.
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
Jul 9, 2018 1:10 PM CST
Thumb of 2018-07-09/janielouy/a8068e Ghost Train
Thumb of 2018-07-09/janielouy/5a0d91 Dusky Challenger
Thumb of 2018-07-09/janielouy/d59fa5
Thumb of 2018-07-09/janielouy/e2f1b9 Here Comes the Night
Won Best in Show with Ghost Train. Dusky Challenger is so reliable and great form and color. Here Comes the Night is more black than purple but it is a late beauty. I love Serena Louisa but has already been pictured.
My favorite is Hollywood Lights.

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Name: DaisyDo
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
Jul 9, 2018 1:34 PM CST
Do you mean "Hollywood Nights?"

The database shows "Hollywood Lights" as having peach standards.

So many pretty ones in this thread! More, more! Drooling
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
Jul 9, 2018 3:01 PM CST
Yes! I did mean Nights. When I posted my pic of Hollywood Lights, I called it Nights so I am really mixed up on those names.
Name: DaisyDo
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
Jul 9, 2018 3:31 PM CST
At any rate, Hollywood Nights (above) is super pretty!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 9, 2018 11:37 PM CST
DaisyDo said:At any rate, Hollywood Nights (above) is super pretty!


I agree
“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: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jul 10, 2018 12:13 AM CST
Jane, I have both Hollywoods, too, and always mix them up. Big Grin

In order to free up planting spaces, I am winnowing out purples that, while nice, I don't like as well as others. That said, these three are keepers:

Patricia Claire TB
Thumb of 2018-07-10/lovemyhouse/94112b


Grape Expectations TB. The photographs do not convey how spectacular the color actually is, but here you go.
Thumb of 2018-07-10/lovemyhouse/2f939c


Dark Crystal SDB
Thumb of 2018-07-10/lovemyhouse/9b2539 Thumb of 2018-07-10/lovemyhouse/22576e

It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Jul 10, 2018 8:15 AM CST
I just got Adriatic Noble as a bonus yesterday.It's from two of my favorites -
Adriatic Waves x Noble Gesture. No wonder I like it already!














let the mystery be
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Name: DaisyDo
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
Jul 10, 2018 9:16 AM CST
Gorgeous!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 10, 2018 9:53 AM CST
lovemyhouse said:Jane, I have both Hollywoods, too, and always mix them up. Big Grin

In order to free up planting spaces, I am winnowing out purples that, while nice, I don't like as well as others. That said, these three are keepers:

Patricia Claire TB
Thumb of 2018-07-10/lovemyhouse/94112b
Grape Expectations TB. The photographs do not convey how spectacular the color actually is, but here you go.
Thumb of 2018-07-10/lovemyhouse/2f939c
Dark Crystal SDB
Thumb of 2018-07-10/lovemyhouse/9b2539 Thumb of 2018-07-10/lovemyhouse/22576e


Debra ~ I love those blue beards! The irises, too! 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: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Polymerous
Jul 10, 2018 2:49 PM CST
Glad to see that GRAPE EXPECTATIONS is so good - I've got one on order! nodding
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shizen
Jul 10, 2018 5:55 PM CST
Thumb of 2018-07-10/shizen/97b166. 'blackbirdlanding' e/m burseen 2010



Thumb of 2018-07-10/shizen/609731 'midnight seas'. e/m sutton 2008


m/l schreiner 1997



m/l/re sutton 2007


love these four dark purple irises in my garden.
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Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Jul 10, 2018 5:56 PM CST
I saw Adriatic Noble in person this spring and it IS stunning.

I am partial to Purple Serenade (Schreiner 2005).


Name: DaisyDo
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
Jul 10, 2018 9:20 PM CST
Is Midnight seas really that color como? The pictures in the database show it as more violet - more reddish tones. Which is right?
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
Jul 10, 2018 9:46 PM CST
I just got Purple Serenade in an order. Glad it is a good one. Fit for Royalty is a very tall mulberry purple but I do not have a picture of mine from this year.
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William
Jul 10, 2018 10:09 PM CST
Purple Serenade has been a very strong iris here, so I believe it is a particularly good choice for those of us that sometimes are plagued by bacterial soft rot because of wet weather. Last year was so bad that I had a bed that even the foliage started to rot during the summer and later on, every TB in that bed showed some degree of rhizome rot during the winter, except Purple Serenade. It was completely unharmed. Of course this doesn't mean it is immune to rot, but it certainly impressed me.

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