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Mark McD
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Wow, that's a distinctive dark color form, congratulations on raising such a beauty.  How many years from seed to flowering?

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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RickR
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I am equally impressed with the deep saturated color!

 

I don't know much about these iris, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of foliage there.  Will it still bloom next season?

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Mark McD
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I grew a form of Iris aucheri outside, one of the Junos, for about 5-6 years, until it faded away, I think from being overgrown and lacking sun and space.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Fermi
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Hi Mark,

it was your pics of Juno Iris which encouraged me to grow them outside in the ground!

This one took awhile to get to flowering size as it had been cooped-up in a pot for ages; sown in 2005 with one germination that year, kept potted then planted out last year into a sand-bed in full sun. Pat Toolan in South Australia has posted a pic of a similar plant which appears to be even deeper in colour: http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=9956.135

Rick,

there is more foliage than what appears in the pic, so I'm hopeful it'll flower next year, though I might try to get seed set.

I'm attaching a pic of it when it was in bud a couple of weeks ago.

cheers

fermi

 

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

Fermi
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Here's another "Retic" iris,

Iris histrio ssp aintabensis (MT4501) collected by Mathew and Tomlinson in Turkey.

It doesn't match the usual form of the subspecies but I'm assured by the collector that it still sits within that name!

cheers

fermi

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

RickR
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Boy, if that doesn't visually draw something to the place of pollination, nothing will!

It's like a vortex!

 

I've never noticed the signal spot on a fall of an onco mimicked by the style arm crest before.  Perhaps it's just me.

But this one is quite extraordinary!

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

RickR
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That's funny, 'cause it's the other one that temporarily through me for a loop.

PCI= Pacific Coast Iris

Americans use MDB(=miniature dwarf bearded) and SDB(=standard dwarf bearded), so DBI garnered a second look from me.smiley

Both Hussy and Riveting are classified as SDBs here.

http://www.irises.org/About_Irises/Classifications.html

 

Nice examples, Fermi!

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Fermi
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Hi Lori,

sorry for resorting to acronyms!

Rick,

thanks for pointing out about the MDB and SDB rating. 

Here's another PCI - we got it as 'Big Money' and the seedlings from it are quite similar,

PCI_.Big_.Money

cheers

fermi

 

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

Mark McD
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Beautiful PCI Fermi. It is my goal to one day conquer the challenge of growing Pacific Coast Iris on the East Coast; there isn't an ECI acronym for Iris yet (that I know about), but maybe I could change that cool

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Fermi
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Here's a pic of some of the seedlings from 'Big Money' - i think I should call them the "Small Change" Grouplaugh

Seedlings of PCI Big Money

cheers

fermi

 

Fermi de Sousa,
Central Victoria, Australia
Min: -7C, Max: +40C

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