General Discussion forum: So which one was your favorite this year?

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Jun 27, 2013 6:58 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

If you could only pick one.

I'm going to have to pick Haunted Heart. Can't really say why, I just love it.

And I bet none of us pick the same one.

Jun 27, 2013 7:31 PM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Boy, picking just one Confused I'll have to think about that but Haunted Heart is a contender,
Thumb of 2013-06-28/Paul2032/ff6dba Haunted Heart
Thumb of 2013-06-28/Paul2032/478c25 But what about Reckless Abandon?
Thumb of 2013-06-28/Paul2032/77c4ad Or Ghost Writer...a sib of HH
Thumb of 2013-06-28/Paul2032/87276b Or Tuscan Summer or...........................................................................
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Jun 27, 2013 8:36 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
I'll pick a NOID....historic, of course!.....ArlynThumb of 2013-06-28/crowrita1/167e45
Jun 28, 2013 5:53 AM CST
Name: Neil
Nashville, TN
I'd also pick Haunted Heart.

I'm so disgusted by my lack of blooms this year that I'm not buying any new ones, but if I were to weaken, it would be Haunted Heart.
Jun 28, 2013 7:57 AM CST
Name: Katherine Howe
Raytown(Kansas City) MO
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.

Jun 28, 2013 8:13 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
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*.

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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. Lovey dubby
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Jun 28, 2013 11:37 AM CST
Name: Tom
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.

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Lovey dubby
Jun 28, 2013 6:01 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Great pics, everyone, and I am surprised Haunted Heart was picked more than once.

Neil, I will gladly save you my first division of Haunted Heart. Why do you think you had a poor bloom year?
Jun 28, 2013 9:23 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
MTB 'Billie the Brownie' It is John's & just love it.Thumb of 2013-06-29/irisarian/a0c7c6
Jun 29, 2013 4:46 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

That is a sweet one, Lucy.
Jun 29, 2013 8:38 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
My Haunted Heart didn't bloom this year. Sad

Lucy, Billie the Brownie is really a nice one!

I agree with Tom, I could make a list, but here are a few. Thumbs up

Masai Warrior
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Roper's Revenge
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Holy Cow
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Strawberry Freeze
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Pretty Kitty
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Town Flirt
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Ask a Lady
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Okay, guess I had better stop here. Rolling on the floor laughing
Jun 29, 2013 9:37 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
I think most of us would say our favorite is the NEXT one we're going to plant!...Arlyn
Jun 30, 2013 8:11 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
I agree
Jun 30, 2013 8:16 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
And for some of us -- our favorite Iris is growing in someone else's garden!! Drooling
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Jun 30, 2013 8:25 AM CST
Name: Lana
West Michigan
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!
Jun 30, 2013 8:37 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Those are really nice, Lana. I have some of he straight pallidas, and some of the variegata, and I just love the smell. My idea of heaven would be fields of irises, with great perfume.

Mary Ann, shall we set booby traps. Although you have so many nice ones it would probably be us theifing from you!
Jun 30, 2013 12:34 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
You're very kind, Polly -- but I think it would be Paul and Brad and Tom who would be in danger!! And Marilyn for that gorgeous Masai Warrior!! Lovey dubby
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Jul 1, 2013 3:57 AM CST
Name: Tom
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.

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Jul 1, 2013 10:18 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
Hilarious! 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.

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