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Sep 5, 2018 3:27 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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What is your best blue iris? Is it really blue? Does it rebloom, have strong stems, grow healthy rhizomes??? What other good qualities does it have?
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Sep 5, 2018 5:55 PM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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I have some blues but they are fairly new to me. Have to answer In a year.
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Sep 6, 2018 12:21 AM CST
Sweden
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Absolute Treasure is my favorite, but I have only been growing it one season, so who knows?
Colors are fairly accurate in this photo, but it can be paler too.

A newly planted rhizome pushed out a huge bloom stalk and still managed 3 very good increases in a spot where some of its neighbors had partial rots during winter. The mother rhizome has given me 2 more increases this summer and this is despite of me moving the whole clump (without trimming the fans)to a prime location in the middle of the worst drought I ever experienced during the sunniest summer on record here in Sweden.
So a bit early to tell perhaps, but I do love this iris a lot. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Sep 6, 2018 12:32 AM CST
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Thanks for the glowing review, William! I'm looking forward to getting mine!
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
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Sep 6, 2018 5:31 AM CST
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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I don't have a lot of truly blue irises, but I'm with William - Absolute Treasure is great looking and a good grower. Thumbs up
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Sep 6, 2018 8:39 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Absolute Treasure is my bluest too. I had a NoID that was suppose to be Sky and Sun but wasn't. It was a pretty mid blue. Darker than Ab. Treasure.
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Sep 6, 2018 10:39 AM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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I just received Absolute Treasure this season. 3 small rhizomes instead of one good size one. I think it was from Shady Spot

I am looking forward to seeing them grow big and strong!

Elegance in Blue is a very strong grower that I got last year. We will see what happens in its second year. So far, it is the best grower, and *almost* blue.

"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Sep 6, 2018 10:57 AM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
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Cool Charlotte is another good light blue.
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Sep 6, 2018 12:55 PM CST
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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I have several lighter blues and some "icy", blues, but right now, of those that I have seen, I'd say that the "very best" blue iris I have is 'Platinum Passion'.

Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
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Sep 6, 2018 3:00 PM CST
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7b)
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I actually do not have a blue iris that has bloomed yet for me. I'm *that* new to irises. I believe 'Full Tide' is blue, but it hasn't bloomed and could easily be false-advertising from Walmart, so who knows.

If I had to pick an iris that is blue, or primarily blue that I love, it's Blueberry Boat. Golly! It is soooooo pretty! (Okay, yeah, I know, it's more purple-y, but c'mon! Anybody got any spares? Rolling on the floor laughing )
TB 'Starting Fresh' blooming for me in May of 2022. It bloomed for a week and a half with nine buds.
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Sep 6, 2018 6:07 PM CST
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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I will definitely second Absolute Treasure for its vigor and healthy increases rather quickly, Mine was much paler this year than last but so prolific. I have a beautiful blue called Miah Jane which is lovely and also Restless Tide.
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Thumb of 2018-09-07/janielouy/ddc080 Restless Tide in sun
Yaquina Blue
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Thumb of 2018-09-07/janielouy/98d559 Miah Jane
These all perform well for me and are blue, not purple.
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Sep 6, 2018 6:27 PM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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The blue iris I'm most anticipating to see bloom is Yosemite star.

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Sep 6, 2018 6:40 PM CST
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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Actually my last picture is Aaron's Rod because now I see the horns on it. I will look for another Miah Jane picture.
Thumb of 2018-09-07/janielouy/b93779 Miah Jane by Parkhill
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Sep 6, 2018 8:16 PM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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I'm also very fond of 'Absolute Treasure'.

I also like some old blues.


'Feed Back' has been a reliable re-bloomer and strong grower.


'Sugar Blues', likewise


I've had this blue NOID for around 20 years.. Still love it. I've bought many blues over the years.. so far, no match.
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Sep 6, 2018 8:44 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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Henhouse said:
I also like some old blues.

I've had this blue NOID for around 20 years.. Still love it. I've bought many blues over the years.. so far, no match.
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Lovey dubby lovely
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Sep 6, 2018 9:27 PM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
Sherry, love the noid blue.
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Sep 6, 2018 9:32 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Sep 6, 2018 9:58 PM CST
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
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Nice NOID blue!

I got a NOID blue bloom this season... it blooms the same time as 'Navajo Jewel', has similar colors and height, but I don't think that's it. (I could be wrong, though...)

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INOID4 for Iris NOID #4

Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
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Sep 6, 2018 10:25 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
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Cool Charlotte is actually more clear blue than this photo

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Sep 6, 2018 11:23 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Sea Power (bloomed out this year and is now shriveled up and dead)
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