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Holiday Wishes from Schreiner’s Iris Gardens

 

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Warm wishes from our family to you and yours,

~ The Schreiner Family

P.S. Read up on winter Iris care. Here are few simple tips>>>


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Annual Iris Naming Contest 2017

Our Iris Naming Contest is now closed. Thank you to all who participated. After we sift and sort and double-check and settle upon a winning name, we will make an announcement on all our social media channels. It’s a process. Bear with us. Best of luck!

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Seedling A407-3 Needs a Name

Each October we select one of our seedlings, never before introduced, to be named by you, our fellow Iris enthusiasts. This year’s candidate is a lovely yellow-orange, very logically (although unimaginatively) named A407-3. This newcomers stands 37 inches tall and blooms mid-season.

Contest open to US residents only. Entry deadline is 9:00 p.m. Pacific, Wednesday, November 1, 2017.  The winner will receive one plant of the named Iris (shipped summer 2018) and a $25 gift certificate to Schreiner’s Iris Gardens (mailed with a copy of the 2018 catalog in the spring of 2018).

The contest winner will be notified via email.

Sharing our passion for Iris,
The Schreiner Family

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Tall ones. Short ones. Pretty in-between ones.

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Collecting Field-Fresh Bearded Iris Cut Stems

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, sacrifice and a love of what you do.” – Pele

Greetings fellow Iris enthusiasts,

At Schreiner’s Gardens we strive to put a smile on your face when you open a box and see large, healthy rhizomes, every one you ordered. Whether buying a car or a box of iris, the product garners the attention. Usually one barely gives a thought to the workers who make it happen.

In spite of our best efforts, our iris refuse to jump out of the ground on their own and sort themselves, on the way to their destination. Talented and dedicated employees are necessary. Every organization has to have people to be depended upon. Schreiner’s Gardens is fortunate to have top quality employees, men and women, who have worked decades here. They do anything and everything: answer phones and the mail, provide the best customer service, dig and ship iris rhizomes, prepare and maintain our beautiful display gardens, transplant our crop, and service our vehicles and machinery. Pictured in our print catalog are the friends and employees whom we entrust with the most vital tasks.

Just as it’s a thing of beauty to see an orchestra perform in concert, an onlooker can come away with a similar reaction watching our crew. They are very good at what they do. There’s little doubt that they care. Even in extremes of weather, there’s a ready smile. So the next time you open that box of iris, remember our staff behind the scenes, whose mission is to satisfy YOU.

Our catalog features our new introductions for 2017, as well as 30 additional varieties from outstanding hybridizers. Iris offer tremendous variety of incredible color, from the early-blooming dwarf to the late-blooming tall bearded, to the slender elegance of the beardless iris. Within the narrow confines of a city lot, or stretched along an entire side yard, colorful iris lift your spirits each spring.

Finally, 2017 heralds a new chapter for Schreiner’s Gardens. We have accepted the opportunity to offer renowned hybridizer Mr. Bill  Maryott’s beautiful, modern Daylilies to our customers – another hardy and easy to grow perennial Look for more information on our website. As always, we thank you for choosing Schreiner’s Iris  Gardens.

Yours in gardening,
Ray, Ben, Steve and Liz
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Schreiner’s Farm Full of Bloom in May


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Holiday Wishes from Schreiner’s Iris Gardens

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Let the season inspire your happiness and fuel your good health for the holidays and beyond!

Warm wishes from our family to you and yours,

~ The Schreiner Family

P.S. Read up on winter Iris care. Here are few simple tips>>>


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Forest-Fresh Evergreen Holiday Wreaths

wreath-webThe Iris are planted. The sheds are quiet. The equipment has been cleaned and stored away for a long winter’s rest. And now, we turn toward the holidays. You see, we like to stay busy. And we love, love, love the holidays. And we love fresh. A perfect opportunity presented itself for us to combine these three elements: Oregon Evergreen Holiday Wreaths. All components of these wreaths are fresh from the forests above Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Up in the Silverton hills, not far from our farm actually, an evergreen nursery constructs the wreaths from their own harvest. (The sweet evergreen scent is intoxicating!)  We ship them to you fresh in time for the holidays. Each wreath comes with three darling, fresh pine cones.

But we can only offer these for a limited time. We will accept orders through noon (Pacific) on November 28th. wreath-detail-web-sm

Happy holiday preparations to all!


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“Dusky Challenger” Turns 30: Nothin’ to it!

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Dusky Challenger, Schreiner 1986

A blast from the past… It’s springtime 1986. Schreiner’s Iris Gardens’ Iris Lover’s Catalog has a new seedling to announce.

A knockout! Dusky Challenger has caught the eye of many garden visitors. We have been frequently asked when Seedling #1953-AA would be ready for introduction. And with good reason. This silky rich purple gem combines an absolutely gigantic flower with impeccable ruffled form on a beautifully branched stem opening four blooms as once. See for yourself what has caused this commotion in our photograph… This wonder raises the standards for dark Iris to a new level. Destined to challenge all comers and bound for glory. Order early. AIS Highly Commended Award, 1984.”

Thus was Dusky Challenger introduced to the Iris world in 1986 in our 61st Iris Lovers Catalog. Since that time it has gone on to prove itself a champion, winning the Dykes Medal in 1992.

Like a dark knight rising from an obscure past to the heights of glory, Dusky Challenger continues to glorify gardens far and wide (despite its unknown parentage — a little mishap that occurs from time to time in the Iris world). Bernard (Gus) Schreiner would have made the initial hybrid cross in the early 80’s and was duly impressed in subsequent bloom seasons with the seedling’s blossoms. Gus likely consulted with his brother Robert and the two agreed it would be a good introduction for the 1986 season. Gus’ son, Ray Schreiner, impressed with the rich color and fantastic stature of the seedling, christened it Dusky Challenger. Our very knowledgeable colleague from down the road, Mr. Keith Keppel, has theorized that Titan’s Glory must certainly be in the parentage.

Dusky Challenger has appeared on the American Iris Society’s (AIS) annual popularity poll numerous times, including landing first place more than a dozen years. Iris judges have reported to us that Dusky Challenger and Silverado (Schreiner, 1987) are two Iris that judges consider to be “perfect”. The popularity Dusky Challenger has enjoyed is a clear indication of its vigor and success in gardens in all regions of the United States. Dawn Mumford, contributor to the AIS blog “World of Irises”, included Dusky Challenger in her “super achiever” list. She writes, “My husband and I like to recognize those irises that can always be counted on to bloom well, resist disease, provide beautiful blossoms, make big clumps…” Enjoy the fun read in her April 25, 2016 post on the AIS World of Iris blog.

Steve_DuskyChallenger_TheRedDouglas-051716In a May 21st interview with Garden Time TV host William McClenathan, Steve Schreiner compared Dusky Challenger with another high-achiever from eight decades prior, The Red Douglas (introduced by J. Sass in 1934). See in the photo here the contrast of the two (Dusky Challenger on the left), representing the progress made in Iris hybridizing over 80+ years. As the photo illustrates, the flowers are large, with excellent substance. The color is a deep dark purple. The form is the epitome of excellence, with standards shaped ideally, not open too much or closed too much. The falls are equally admirable in form, with slight ruffling, wide hafts. And no sign of fading even in the warm spring weather we experienced this year. The plant is a healthy one, the stalks are thick, and again, it grows well for everyone as far as we know. One online review exclaims, “I would not want to have a garden without it!” (found on Dave’s Garden).

So, Happy Birthday Dusky Challenger! May you continue to amaze and delight garden visitors for many a decade more.


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“Summer Olympics” in your yard?

So, you’re not a world-class gymnast, or the world’s fastest sprinter, or even a sun-tanned beach volleyball player,but still you might be dreaming of an “Afternoon in Rio”, or of someday joining the Summer Olympics….We all have dreams, don’t we? Well, we’re excited for the summer games even still. Opening August 5th in Rio de Janeiro, the games inspire us all the world over. And right here in Oregon (home of several Olympic athletes, incidentally), we’re inspired to have some fun with Iris names while we await the lighting of the cauldron.

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Summer Olympics, R.G. Smith 1980

Top of the list “Summer Olympics“: Aptly named for its bright golden color that often will come around in the summer or late fall in addition to the spring bloom, as it is a reblooming Iris.

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Dream Ticket, Larry Lauer 2006

The US Olympic Dream Team has got the “Dream Ticket“to bring home that “Pure As Gold” hunk o’metal draped around their necks this summer.

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Pure As Gold, William Maryott 1993

One for all of you aspirational types, here’s to “Dreaming of Rio“. And why not? If athletes can dream big, why not the rest of arm-chair contenders?

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Dreaming of Rio, Schreiner 2008

And for all the athletes whose dreams have come true, spending the “Afternoon in Rio“, we send our joyous congratulations! Dream big, win big, and go for the gold!

The rest of us can enjoy the games, in the afternoon, on the patio, gazing at our summer gardens.

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Afternoon in Rio, Schreiner 2005