Please help me narrow down my list

suzie29October 8, 2012

Hi, my name is suzie & I live near sacramento ca. I am going to be buying iris for the first time next season. I have a large list & need to get it down by at least half. Can anyone recommend what to get, or what to avoid! I sure would appreciate it. I dont want to buy them & have them not grow well here.

Here is my list, all comments welcome!

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Ozark Rebounder

Plum poodle

Romantic Evening

Rosalie Figge

Pagan Dance

Select Circle

Snowed in

Who's Your Daddy

Waiting 4 October

Apricot Frost

Anon

Beverly Sill

Betty Dunn

Cloudless

Sunrise

Candy Floss

Celebration Song

Exhilaration

Frappe

Fortunata

Marriage Vows

Millennium Sunrise

Savannah Sunset

Robusto

Minneola

Orange Empire

Caracas

Fresno Frolic

Fresno Flash

Cajun Rhythm

Bride's Blush

Gigolo

Jumping

Liaison

Return address

Rustler

Ruth Black

Whispering Spirits

Ziggy

Bernice's Legacy

Solar fire

Latin Hideaway

Tomorrow's Child

Wine & Roses

Acoma

Abstract Art

Birthday Surprise

Double Shot

Edith Wolford

Heavenly Encor

Innocent Star

Spiced Custard

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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Hi Suzie,
The tall beardeds should be fine in your zone. High temps. around bloom time is always the thing I fear - shortens the life of the flower.
Always go for your heart's desire --- if orange speaks to you, you'll love an orange that others dislike.
I have noticed that awards are meaningful. Doesn't mean I like every iris that achieves an AM (Award of Merit) but I've found I've been more disappointed with iris that didn't win at least an HM (Honorable Mention). The exception being with rebloomers. And with foreign hybridizers whose iris may not be entered for US competition. If I have to trim a list this is one criteria I use.

Listed are the ones I'm acquainted with.

Beverly Sills a very pretty peachy pink.
Birthday Surprise was a wonderful warm apricot and raspberry here.
Cloudless Sunrise - not the greatest form but I loved the particular shades of color combo.
Double Shot is more violet than purple here.
Edith Wolford has not been a reliable bloomer here.
Fortunata looked better in pics than in my garden.
Gigolo did not resemble the Cooley's catalog pic at all - the apricot color was a surprise - unusual.
Innocent Star colors didn't do anything for me - beet with pale mustard background on falls.
Liason had beige standards and the fall edge was tinged lav-purp. which disappointed me but overall good looking.
Pagan Dance left me a bit disappointed ?? purple here, uninteresting.
Rosalie Figge was cool purple here unlike the pic I saw - just didn't want that color, uninteresting.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 9:10PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Rosalie Figge is a good bloomer and grower, but I don't care for solid purple, so I found it kind of blah.

Ozark Rebounder I have heard good things

Pagan Dance I prefer Violet Turner
Select Circle a good rebloomer, eye-catching.
Beverly Sills a great grower and pretty peachy pink. Reblooms sometimes.
Betty Dunn a wonderful flower.

Celebration Song too subtle for my taste

Cajun Rhythm My prettiest iris.
Liaison I like it.
Rustler Wonderful iris!
Ruth Black I just bought it. We'll see how it does.
Whispering Spirits- Gorgeous.

Double Shot- I prefer Mariposa Autumn.
Edith Wolford- can be gorgeous.

Spiced Custard- very interesting.

Those are the only ones I am familiar with.
Renee

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 12:04AM
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suzie29

Wow! I didnt expect such great detailed responses. Thank you both so much, your information really helps. Many of the ones you say are good were my favorites!

The ones I need info on now is on this smaller list.

Abstract Art
Acoma
Apricot Frost
Anon
Bernice's Legacy
Bride's Blush
Cajun Rhythm
Caracas
Cloudless
Candy Floss
Exhilaration
Frappe
Fortunata
Fresno Frolic
Fresno Flash
Heavenly Encor
Jumping
Latin Hideaway
Logo
Marriage Vows
Millennium Sunrise
Minneola
Orange Empire
Plum poodle
Return address
Robusto
Romantic Evening
Ruth Black
Savannah Sunset
Snowed in
Solar fire
Sunrise
Tomorrow's Child
Waiting 4 October
Who's Your Daddy
Wine & Roses
Ziggy

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 8:17PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

For sure get Cajun Rhythm.

Here is a link that might be useful: Cajun Rhythm Pics

    Bookmark   October 13, 2012 at 11:23PM
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suzie29

Cajun Rhythm was one of the top 5 that I wanted. It made it on the revised list by mistake. Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! I am definitely getting this one.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2012 at 12:25PM
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