Irises forum: AIS Awards are up

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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
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Polymerous
Aug 13, 2018 11:53 PM CST
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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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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Aug 14, 2018 12:39 AM CST
Marilyn, yes, CA represents the Pacific Coast type of Iris, sometimes called California Iris.

Keith Keppel got the Dykes for Haunted Heart. Smiling


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Check out all the Burseens that have awards. Thumbs up
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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Polymerous
Aug 14, 2018 1:13 AM CST
Thanks, Debra. I thought that might be the case.
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Aug 14, 2018 1:58 AM CST
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Aug 14, 2018 7:16 AM CST
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.
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Aug 14, 2018 9:09 AM CST
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! .
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
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Misawa77
Aug 14, 2018 9:17 AM CST
I was somewhat unimpressed too on this cultivar.
Name: Leon
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TBGDN
Aug 14, 2018 9:54 AM CST
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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Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Aug 14, 2018 12:58 PM CST
of course one of the Hi Buddy votes is mine. I am grateful to Winterberry Irises for getting it distributed


Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Aug 15, 2018 6:34 AM CST

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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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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Aug 15, 2018 10:45 AM CST
I couldn't agree more, Kent. He broke new ground with Haunted Heart. Innovation counts for a lot.
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UndertheSun
Aug 15, 2018 10:58 AM CST
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.
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Aug 15, 2018 11:29 AM CST
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.



“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
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Aug 15, 2018 11:35 AM CST
I love it too. And it's children that carry on those lovely stripes.
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Aug 15, 2018 11:43 AM CST
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!

“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
Name: Barbara
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iciris
Aug 15, 2018 1:26 PM CST
I'm in the group that love Haunted Heart and all it's children.
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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
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Polymerous
Aug 15, 2018 1:26 PM CST
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.
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Pollen collector Dog Lover
Moon Gardener Irises Heucheras Vegetable Grower Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Polymerous
Aug 15, 2018 1:29 PM CST
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.

A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Aug 15, 2018 5:08 PM CST
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.

Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Aug 15, 2018 5:30 PM CST
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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