Irises forum: Your very best blue iris?

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Name: Robin
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Totally_Amazing
Sep 12, 2018 5:25 PM CST
I don't know about that Evelyn. I think you can safely take the title of "Queen of Broken Patterned Iris".
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 12, 2018 5:30 PM CST
Totally_Amazing said:I don't know about that Evelyn. I think you can safely take the title of "Queen of Broken Patterned Iris".


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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Sep 12, 2018 5:36 PM CST
I think Robin's right. I bet you have more broken colors than anyone else on the forum.
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 12, 2018 5:46 PM CST
"Broken old lady!" haha... nodding

They will be evaluated. If they are not strong growers or look beautiful in "person"....there will be a "short reign!"

Oh, BTW, there are 239 broken irises in the database. (I have 35.)
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 12, 2018 9:54 PM CST
Evelyn,
If you are going to be queen of the blues then you absolutely need to add Yaquina Blue to your collection. Depending on light conditions it will appear between purple to blue. My wife and I visited Napa Country iris a couple of years ago, and Yaquina Blue wasn't on our buy list, but as we were driving away we found ourselves in conversation about what we saw and liked and this one iris made the greatest impression on both of us out of their entire selection of hundreds of iris. Once we got home, the first thing I did was go on-line and add it to our order.
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Richard ~ Thank You! for sharing your experience. I have been meaning to order it for years, and just got a "round-toit" and ordered it late this year from Joni's.

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Name: Sherry Austin
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Henhouse
Sep 14, 2018 9:05 PM CST
'Some Big Star' was a very nice surprise.. It made quite an impact.
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Here's another blue NOID... This one reblooms around Thanksgiving..
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Name: Timothy
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TBMan
Sep 14, 2018 9:21 PM CST
I really like this big, strongly formed blue.
Endless Ocean Metler '11
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(I apologize for my bias) :rofl:

Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Sep 14, 2018 9:50 PM CST
Just added Endless Ocean to my want list. Some Big Star was already on my want list. Gorgeous iris Timothy. Thumbs up
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Sep 15, 2018 7:54 AM CST
Lovey dubby love them both!

Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Sep 15, 2018 9:04 AM CST
I agree No need for the disclaimer, Timothy! Big Grin
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Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 15, 2018 10:34 AM CST
IrisLilli said: I agree No need for the disclaimer, Timothy! Big Grin


I agree Beautiful iris! Lovey dubby
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Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
Jan 17, 2020 11:37 AM CST
I'm torn between several deep blues, none of which I've seen in person.

How does "Navy Blues" compare with "Blueberry Bliss", "Deep Pacific", and "Devil's Lake"?

I am looking for some deep blue impact.
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 17, 2020 11:57 AM CST



Daisy ~ Maybe it is my eyes, but all of these look violet to me.
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Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
Jan 17, 2020 12:08 PM CST
Ok, maybe so, but I think they are still the bluest of the dark range, so my question still stands. Navy Blues was mentioned in an earlier post in this same thread, so, I'm interested in how these others compare to it as far as massing, form, vigor and color impact in the garden. Has anyone grown more than one of these so they can make comparisons?
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Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
Jan 17, 2020 1:35 PM CST
Sherry, what is that deep blue iris in the background of your photo of Some Big Star? Is that your reblooming blue NOID again?
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Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
Jan 17, 2020 2:12 PM CST
I'm torn between several deep blues, none of which I've seen in person.

How does "Navy Blues" compare with "Blueberry Bliss", "Deep Pacific", and "Devil's Lake"?

I am looking for some deep blue impact.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Jan 17, 2020 2:27 PM CST
Daisy,

I grow both Navy Blues and Blueberry Bliss. Navy Blues blooms much earlier in the season than Blueberry Bliss, so you could grow both of them for the deep blue impact. Blueberry Bliss increased very well and was a beautiful clump its third year.

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My Navy Blues grows a bit more slowly, but two rhizomes of NB grew into this clump in two years.



You can see that BB has more buds than NB, but as I say, they bloom at different times.

Name: Valeria Tishchenko
Ukraine, Zaporizhzhya region (Zone 6a)
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Valery33
Jan 17, 2020 6:20 PM CST
Hello! Hurray!
I looked at the preferences of the participants, so many beautiful blue varieties - eyes run up, they all like it. :)
I would like to add some more favorite variations to the company. :)

Favorite Blue Varieties - Rippling River Schreiner 1995

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Very nice shade in the sun gives the Fiesta in Blue Schreiner 2002
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Fairytale in Shipshape Babson 1969
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Cloud in the Blue Sky - Skywalker Schreiner 1996

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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Jan 17, 2020 6:54 PM CST
Keppel's Ocean Liner pleases me very much.



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Name: Leon
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TBGDN
Jan 17, 2020 7:11 PM CST
@Valery33
A warm welcome to the iris forum & NGA. Thanks for posting the lovely photos. I know you will be happy in our company!
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