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IRIS CHOICE - NEED A HAND FROM THE GANG

Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by ARMANDII, May 24, 2020.

  1. ARMANDII

    ARMANDII Low Flying Administrator Staff Member

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    Hi Caroline, I do apologise, I thought I had replied to you but on viewing the thread found I had not:wallbanging: Quite a few of the Bearded Iris are, as you say, scented and it does play a part in choosing a particular Iris. Having said that it's that "full blown and in your face" size and colours of the flowers that are the real factor in choosing.
    Can I say a real Thank You to everyone for helping me choose from the list and these of the ones I've now ordered in addition to the original 16........

    DEVONSHIRE CREAM
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    FLUFFY PILLOWS
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    BRILLIANT DISGUISE

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    SHARPER IMAGE
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    TRANS ORANGE
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    ALPEN VIEW
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    DANGEROUS MOOD
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    BLACK SUITED
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    LUNE ET SOLEI
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    So, I have in fact ordered 9 rather than 8 but that's because there is another repeat Iris that has just flowered.
    But, again, thank you for your good advice, taste, and help.:love30::thumbsup:
     
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    • Perki

      Perki Total Gardener

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      I do like the black one with a hint of blue - Black suited :blue thumb: they are all nice though .
       
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      • Baalmaiden

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        They all look lovely. The only comment I would make is the very dark colours don't stand out so much in a border. Lovely for cutting though.
         
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        • Goldenlily26

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          A few years ago I spent weeks choosing bearded iris for my garden and some as a present for my daughter. I wanted only scented varieties. Eventually I posted an order to Sarah Raven, forgetting to click No replacements.
          The order took ages to come because of the time of year, when it arrived I had hardly any of my original order. I was so disappointed. The scent from the iris I have can only be described as elusive, delicious, citrusy, honey.
          My favourite colour range is the bronze, lemon, brown ones.
           
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          I bought a 3 types of TBI some years ago.
          Two varieties didn't do well and just faded away.
          However White City for some reason thrived.
          I split them every few years and give the excess away on Freecycle.

          The flowers have a tinge of lavender and as the sun goes down that really stands out and they look like ghostly butterflies dancing down the garden.

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            I have these dwarf Iris @Goldenlily26. These pics were taken in my last garden but they haven't thrived here in my current one, either in the ground or a pot. The colder climate is to blame I think. The perfume from them is quite strong being a sweet heady aroma.

            Iris 'Little Chestnut' (5).JPG

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          • Goldenlily26

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            I was surprised when I discovered some iris are perfumed. I suspect not many people realise how delicious they can smell.
            They definitely need a good hot bake to flower reliably.
             
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            • Tinkerton

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              Aren't they gorgeous? I'd want them all! Good choice!

              And yes, they are beautifully but subtly scented. Orris root powder is made from the ground up roots of the Iris, distilled and used in the perfume industry as a 'fixative'. It smells gorgeous, sweet and powdery. You can buy bags of orris root powder to mix with dried flower petals if you're making your own pot pourri. Worth a try!
               
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              You need them all! I need them all! They're magnificent aren't they?
               
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