Name: Paul Smith Pleasant Grove Utah Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Boy, picking just one I'll have to think about that but Haunted Heart is a contender, Haunted Heart But what about Reckless Abandon? Or Ghost Writer...a sib of HH Or Tuscan Summer or...........................................................................
Some of my favorites this year were Rio, Last Laugh, Brilliant Idea, Rainbow High, Starship Enterprise, Gypsy Lord, Undercurrent, Arctic Fox, Brazillian Art. There's some Keppel in this list for sure.
The One that not only was stunning but also performed the best was Brilliant Idea.
It lives up to its name for me and is a spoiler to the eyes. So much so that it is changing the standard of beauty in the garden when it is in bloom. I also have a couple of crosses from it this year and that makes me very happy.
I had so many new ones this year -- and every one of them was beautiful in some way: richness of color, subtle variations in the falls or standards, ruffles. It was a great Iris year for me.
I just went through my photographs, many of which I never got around to posting here, and took another walk through my Iris gardens. I have to say that the one that probably *stopped* me for a long look -- and frequent returns for another look -- was *Arthouse*.
I love the color, the form, the lines on the falls, and the ruffles. I also love the way the color of the beard sort of spills down the center of the falls. This Iris just enchants me.
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
I don't think really that I could ever decide which one I like best. I might have my 5 or 6 favorites from each hybridizer, I could go crazy trying to pick one. BUT, if someone put a gun to my head and said pick one, or you'll never see another iris, I think I'd go with Carnival Capers. It just takes my breath away every time I see it, and it didn't bloom this year, and I sure missed it. Right up next to that one is Enchanter. That one didn't bloom for me this year either. I have to stop now, or I'll have all of them listed. It's like picking which one of your children you want to keep.
Ok, I will chime in too! Arlyn, so true....I love the suspense of waiting for my new iris to bloom for the first time. The Novelty of it is what we all crave. I think about how fun it must be for the hybridizers to see what new characteristics show up in their seedlings.
So hard for me to pick a favorite as well, but I go with what Tom said..... if someone said I had to only take one with me to heaven it would have to be my I. variegata. The blooms are not exotic but they have the beautiful foliage for the time they are not blooming. But what is most wonderful is their amazing smell of grape bubble gum that just fills my senses. The sense of smell is so gratifying!
I have two pit bulls to protect my irises. Don't they look fierce? Here they are doing what they do best. Getting ready to sleep on the recliner. There next best act is being the most loveable dogs you could have.
That is so funny and cute! They look so happy. My granddaughter has a pit bull that she got at the animal shelter and it is really a loveable little thing. My dog weighs over 100 pounds and turned 9 in February. She loves the couch and my bed. She is getting old and I don't have the heart to make her get down.