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Posted by shannon2009 (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 25, 09 at 1:51

Thanks for the info.

I have a peach iris, that has already bloomed Beverly Sills(?) that has some very warped foliage, its crinkled and bent--the flower was fine but shorter than last year. Any ideas as to what can cause this?

I am totally new to this and just wondered what would happen if I tweaked them a bit myself. I'm not a breeder and don't have the time, space, or attention to detail required to do it seriously, but I know I'll dabble a bit.

I just got my Swerti this year and am waiting impatiently for it to bloom. Its not frilly but supposedly smells great so we'll see. Most of mine are the fragrant ones. A friend has one that smells heavenly, "just a purple iris" is what she calls it, and its ready to divide this year so I can't wait to get some of those in the fall. Most of the fragrant ones seems to be purple or blue, is that an accurate observation or are there pinks, reds, & bicolours that smell also?

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RE: iris creating

Here's an old thread on fragrance. Your warped foliage could be due to temperatures or Round-Up drift.

Fragrant Irises - The List
Posted by Phantomfyre z5b NE Ohio (My Page) on Mon, May 17, 04 at 7:59

The question of which irises are fragrant is often asked, so it has been suggested that we have an ongoing Fragrance thread that is periodically bumped to the top of the forum, and that can be continually added to as we find varieties to add.

A note: If you are an AIS member, there is a Fragrance Robin. To join, contact the Robin Chairperson, listed in the front of your AIS Bulletins.

Many irises are fragrant to some extent, but some are especially so. So, as your irises bloom, please post your fragrant varieties here.

CELESTE (Lemn 1858)
CREATIVE STITCHERY - like a birthday cake
Death By Chocolate an SDB carried by SnowPeak.
DEVIL'S LAKE very fragrant
ELECTRIQUE remember as having a nice fragrance when you're near them
ENGLISH COTTAGE smells like line-dried laundry
FANCY WOMAN remember as having a nice fragrance when you're near them
FINALIST was very fragrant tonight
FRAGRANT CLOUD is a TB that's taupe/gray colored. Originially listed only as a gray iris from my local supplier but blooms for me closer to tan. Smells like a floral perfume.
FRAGRABT LILAC a TB carried by just about everybody.
FRENCH PERFUME, TB, strong sweet/perfumy scent
I. pallida, sweet scent - often like grapes, grape Kool-Aid or grape bubble gum
GAY PARASOL (Schreiner 1974)
GYPSY WOMAN - lovely anise candy fragrance
IDOL'S DREAM, TB, lemon meringue scent
LAST KNIGHT, which smells like some daffodils. It is a large very ruffly deep magenta.
LIME MIST, SDB, lime scent
MAKES SCENTS, TB, strong sweet scent
PEKING SUMMER, TB, orange scent
PETITE POLKA, SDB, hot chocolate/cocoa scent
POCAHONTAS, historic TB, sweet grape scent
RADIENT APOGEE is fragrant.
RIPPLING RIVER has a definite and pleasant fragrance.
SCOTTISH WARRIOR (Sutton '02) Strong what I would call a male's cologne musky scent!!
Scottie smelled so strongly he found a new home on the porch!
SNEEZY (Keppel '96) Same kind of scent as above, only tolerable!
SOUTHLAND GRAPE fragrant from quite a distance
SUGARTIME fragrant
SUPERSTITION (Schreiner 1977)

I agree with you, Walter. Not only do older blooms seem to lose their fragrance, I think sometimes they get downright stinky! I think humidity and temperature (and probably other factors, too) also play a role in how fragrant blooms appear to be.

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