CULT:Survey List - Favorites
Now, Donald wants more data to compile, so we would
like to hear from even
We have been away for a few days, but am heeding Anner's call to send in
more folks, if you would please be so kind.
In lieu of groveling, I leave you with this high-toned motivational
"It is the duty of every man to endeavor that something maybe added
industry to the hereditary aggregate of knowledge and happiness.
To add much
can indeed be the lot of few, but to add something, however little,
Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, June 11, 1751
We live in southeastern Nebraska, a land of temperature extremes.
In the summer, we can have well over 50 days with temps over 90F, and in
the winter, temps can drop to 20 degrees below zero with wind chill of
50 or 60 degrees below zero. Rainfall is equally as variable.
We may have a very wet spring and early summer, to be followed by bone-dry
late summer and fall. The soil here is heavy black clay, but
very fertile also. There is, however, a strange low area in our "back-40"
that is very sandy - don't know what thats all about, maybe was
an old stream bed in ancient times when Imperial Mammoths roamed
the Great Plains. We are located on the boundary of zones 4 and 5.
We sometimes feel that the front yard (north of the house) is in zone 4
and south of the house is zone 5. Anyway, here are 25 of my favorites.
1) Dark Aura - species cross - Striking
black stems in the spring. Beautiful !
2) Mysterious Monique - Iris versicolor cultivar
- Very dark color.
3) Sonja's Selah - BB - Beautiful shrimp-pink
flower and very floriferous here.
4) Jesse's Song - TB - VERY dependable,
so much taken for granted; but if it weren't there we would greatly miss
5) Special Feature - TB - Flounces!
Tall, blue and beautiful. Won best specimen of show for me in '98
6) Roaring Jelly - SIB - This siberian
has become my favorite. Lovely mottled flowers and an absolutely
great clump presence. It won (and very much deserved, IMHO) the Morgan-Wood
Medal this year.
7) Cheery Lynn - SIB - A wonderful pink
sib. with bluish lines.- had some repeat bloom this year. Also very
nice in a clump.
8) Dirigo Debutante - JI - was in bloom
for 6 weeks in my garden this year. It was like the energizer bunny.
9) Kalamazoo - JI - Tall, stately and
wonderful. It was fun watching the bloom grow to immense size after
10) Mad Magenta - SIB - The bright magenta
color of this siberian, together with its early bloom, has made this a
11) Shall We Dance - SIB - Striking blue
bicolor! It's a definite keeper. Very good clump effect.
12) Chanted - SDB - Unusual color - very nice.
13) Calico Kid - BB - A variegated (or
broken color) Ensminger iris. Grabs my attention every year.
14) Interpol - TB - An older black
iris that I think is darker than many of the others. A sentimental
15) Red Heart - SDB - This one is a grower!
Plant, then jump back.
16) Sand Princess - MTB - Delicate,
lovely and floriferous. Well named.
17) Clyde Redmond - LI - A very hardy, cornflower
blue Louisiana iris
18) Supreme Sultan - TB - I love bicolors
and this one fills the bill magnificently.
19) Mission Ridge - TB - Historic.
Another great bicolor.
20) Pele - SDB - Chose this one for the
color. Reminds me of volcanic fire when I see it or hear the name.
21) Omar's Gold - AB - Interesting small
plant with beautiful gold flowers. Floriferous.
22) Dewful - SIB - Historic siberian.
Blue with much lighter blue stylearms. Very nice contrast.
23) Batik - BB - What more can I say about
Batik? Its a great iris.
24) Ranman - SIB - a 6-falls siberian
by Shidara - spectacular in a clump. Reminiscent of a
small japanese iris.
25) Brighten The Corner - BB - This iris
is BRIGHT and will indeed brighten any corner. Yellow!!
This was a very difficult (but fun) exercise for me. I will probably
think of several more that should have made this list when I re-read it
a few days from now. Its great to see everyone's choices and I will
probably look through the various lists before I buy new irises next year.