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Aug 13, 2018 11:53 PM CST
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Daylilies Irises Vegetable Grower Moon Gardener Dog Lover
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Can someone please explain to me what "CA Honorable Mention" (or "CA Award of Merit") mean? Does that mean the H.M.s and A.M.s for Pacific Coast Irises? Confused

I guess I'll have to keep the Dykes winner around... give it a second chance...
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Aug 14, 2018 12:39 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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Marilyn, yes, CA represents the Pacific Coast type of Iris, sometimes called California Iris.

Keith Keppel got the Dykes for Haunted Heart. Smiling


@Lestv
Check out all the Burseens that have awards. Thumbs up
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Aug 14, 2018 1:13 AM CST
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Daylilies Irises Vegetable Grower Moon Gardener Dog Lover
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Thanks, Debra. I thought that might be the case.
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Aug 14, 2018 1:58 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
Smiling
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Aug 14, 2018 7:16 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Well dang, even the LA When Pigs Fly made it!

I love seeing love given to Go Beserka and all the other Burseens. I am surprised that Cow Patty did so well but that Maggie Beth isn't even on the list. Happy to see he won the Wister medal, but ironically I haven't had much luck growing Notta Lemon. Maybe I need a new rhizome of it.

Chad Harris' MTB's got love, and I see Hi Buddy in there Lucy!

I would have thought there would be more of Rick's arils on the lists, and am surprised Morning Hues isn't higher up. But yay for Sheer Excitement! I just finished planting many of the Paul Black and Tom Johnson SDB's. It bodes well that they did so well in the voting.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Aug 14, 2018 9:09 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I just did a "survey" of those irises on the list, and, of the 17 that I grow in my garden....the only one I'm not "overly impressed" with...Is Haunted Heart ! I guess I'm a poor "judge" Shrug! .
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Aug 14, 2018 9:17 AM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Region: Japan Region: Pennsylvania
I was somewhat unimpressed too on this cultivar.
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Aug 14, 2018 9:54 AM CST
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1 said:I just did a "survey" of those irises on the list, and, of the 17 that I grow in my garden....the only one I'm not "overly impressed" with...Is Haunted Heart ! I guess I'm a poor "judge" Shrug! .

Me either. Guess I'm too old for all this new stuff! My thoughts remain stuck in the 70's, 80's & 90's. Dusky Challenger, Vanity, Song Of Norway, Celebration Song, etc. etc............

I know it's just me; I can't seem to adapt. Sad
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Aug 14, 2018 12:58 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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of course one of the Hi Buddy votes is mine. I am grateful to Winterberry Irises for getting it distributed
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Aug 15, 2018 6:34 AM CST
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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Congratulations to Keith Keppel! Of his eight(!) irises that have won the Dykes Medal, Haunted Heart may be the most deserving, which is saying a lot. The first time I saw it in person, I said "if this iris doesn't win the Dykes Medal, AIS should do away with its award system". It is a spectacular iris, perfect flower form, great branching, high bud count, vigorous grower, reliable bloomer, and it's beautiful. Imagine that, a basically grey flower yet to me it is one of the most beautiful irises ever created. And, it's distinctive. People talk about how 'new intros look just like existing ones'. Not Haunted Heart, if you could somehow line up all 60,000+ irises that AIS has ever granted a name (wouldn't that be cool Smiling ), you'd have no problem picking Haunted Heart out of the crowd. There have been some head scratchers with the Dykes, especially in the last decade or so, but they got it right this year.
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Aug 15, 2018 10:45 AM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
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I couldn't agree more, Kent. He broke new ground with Haunted Heart. Innovation counts for a lot.
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Aug 15, 2018 10:58 AM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
I love HH and all of it's children.

HH blooms look more faded in color here, so I'm going to a move a piece of it to a bed that gets afternoon shade.
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Aug 15, 2018 11:29 AM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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I guess that we love or hate it. I haven't grown it yet, but I am thinking that I will love it. I will be growing it this year.

"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Aug 15, 2018 11:35 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I love it too. And it's children that carry on those lovely stripes.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Aug 15, 2018 11:43 AM 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
Lestv said:I love it too. And it's children that carry on those lovely stripes.


I have to admit, I am excited to see this iris grow here!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Aug 15, 2018 1:26 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
I'm in the group that love Haunted Heart and all it's children.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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Aug 15, 2018 1:26 PM CST
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Daylilies Irises Vegetable Grower Moon Gardener Dog Lover
Bookworm Garden Photography Birds Pollen collector Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 1
I do agree that distinctiveness plays a part in major awards (sometimes this makes sense to me, other times not Glare ), but given its good plant habits (per Kent), and the fact that so many people find it hauntingly beautiful Hilarious! , it probably deserved the Dykes. (I'm still a newbie, hence the "probably"... what do I know, after all? Whistling )

I wouldn't say that I "hate" it. It's just... Shrug!

I'd have to find a suitable spot (as if) and pair it with something special. Maybe that would make me love it.
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Aug 15, 2018 1:29 PM CST
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Daylilies Irises Vegetable Grower Moon Gardener Dog Lover
Bookworm Garden Photography Birds Pollen collector Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 1
I'm going to add that I have 'Friendly Advice', and I'm not sure how I feel about that one, either.

But I decided to keep the recently received 'Ocean Liner'. I like blue (there are no blue daylilies), and this one I might actually love.

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Aug 15, 2018 5:08 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
Congratulations Mr Keppel I tip my hat to you.
I'm joining Poly as part of the minority on this one. I've never seen Haunted Heart in person and it is just one of the crowd for me. I like its child Quaffable for colour and pattern but its fall are a bit narrow.
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Aug 15, 2018 5:30 PM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
Robin, Thank you for your comment on Quaffable's narrow falls. I've been yearning for it but now I can take it off my wishlist, since I'm getting picky about form. :smily
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