Name: Dee Stewart Willamette Valley OR Snowpeak Iris
Lucy I have to agree with several people that over on DG people who are stating the correct answers love to argue, that is why I seldom post over there.
Chemicals that I even posted the MSDS site to look, this person said the chemical was toxic and needed a sprayer permit for her state and scared the others. I looked up her restrictions to chemicals and the ones she was stating was toxic was not and did not need a sprayer permit...
Then several people will tell you that you, myself and most hybridizers do not know anything about iris. That ticks me off big time.
The spraying comment was from Blossom Buddy, and I was about ready to throw something large. She preaches no chemicals, and then posts a picture of her 'greenhouse' with a huge container of Sevin, for heavens sake. I have quit going to the iris forum there until she quits being combative with me. She said she's doing away with her irises because they are all rotten from the grass. Well, get off the iris forum then.
I haven't posted here in a while (I lurk in the Roses forum), but can I jump in? I'm getting excited because my irises are started to poke their little green triangles up out of the frozen ground.. yay! I have mostly tall beardies (purple "Grape Koolaid", some light blue, some peach, some white.. and I bought a whole snot-load of different irises last year from the Colorado Iris society (http://coloradoiris.org/) last fall during one of their sales.. I bought, uh.. like 16? different ones, plus a friend in California sent me a TON of yellow irises as I didn't have any!), plus a couple of "Louisiana Irises" in my pond area.. I'm hoping that they didn't die 100% from the cold (I planted them exactly how the nursery told me to plant them.. just stick 'em in my pond!). I also was given some gorgeous "red" irises from a friend (Evey) in Louisiana (Dante's Inferno, Rio something or another, & 1 other.. I can't remember off the top of my head) as I didn't have any red irises.
I just love looking at everyone's pictures here and oogling all the gorgeous irises. I don't have any repeat bloomers (unfortunately) but the ones I have, especially the light blue ones (no idea on name.. here's a picture with one of the odd purples mixed in at the end ) last for a long time, like 2-3 weeks. I have some of my irises (the purples/blues/peach/white) in my front yard along side my house in a rockbed and the mixed batch from the Iris society plus the yellows from Zuzu in California are in my back yard in one of my rose beds alongside the fence line. It was hilarious when I planted them last year.. I used a mini mattock (http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardware-Hand-Tools-Axes/h_d1...) to dig the shallow holes and, when I put the rhizomes in w/the fans against the fence & covered them all up with dirt, it looked like I planted over 60 little mousy-sized coffins w/the fans as the headstones. Pretty funny looking. They're all greening up as well as they were all buried in mulch over the winter as well (I live in zone 5a/4, so I mulched in my entire yard as I don't do grass.. just roses & other plants but mostly roses).
Yay! As soon as I get some blooms, I'll post 'em! Here's some of the purples/blues/whites from last year.
And the "grape koolaid" smelling purple ones.
You can see by the date on the photos that I still have over 2 months before I'll start seeing any blooms. :(
MShadow (Marilyn) - Thanks.. the birdie standing is PurdyBirdy & the bird in the nest is Rose. Rose unfortunately passed away this winter and PurdyBird now lives with a friend in WY, but I still have his son, PurdyBaby. LOL.
Polly - Problem with about 90% of my roses in the front is that I have no idea what they're called. I got most of those (light blue/purple/white/peach) from people on Craigslist/Freecycle. The light blue ones I have TONS of and do trade with people locally for things I don't have (that's how I got some of my yarrow.. that's in the same rock bed as the irises).
Hi Betty! I've seen you on the Roses.. you need to post more! :) If nothing else, to make people who don't live in rose paradise jealous.
here's a picture of the white iris (the shadow shows a purplish tinge, but in sunlight, there's no purple:
And here's the peach iris. Not as good as a performer as the blues/purple/white. The second picture is from '09. I planted almost all of these fall '08, and then in winter '08 I got in about 14 tons of dirt brought in and had to hire a bobcat to move it... he squished a huge line of my irises so my yellows in the front never grew in '09. :
And here's a decent picture showing the purple/black irises (also from '09.. I spent too much time taking pictures of my roses in '10):
Great pictures & the plants have nice clear foliage, Toni. Have you ever thought of joining the Denver iris society (probably Colorado iris society). they would know at the botanic garden. The first nice large blue clump is probably an Iris pallida ID though the papery spaeths. working from that you might be able to find a name if it has one.