ATP Podcast #14: All Things Irises: Another great podcast!

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ATP Podcast #14: All Things Irises

By dave
April 17, 2013

In today's episode we discuss the usual updates from our farm, including an impromptu discussion about Vidalia and Noonday Onions. Our main topic is irises, where Trish tells us what she knows about these beautiful perennial flowers.

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Calif_Sue
Apr 16, 2013 8:36 PM CST

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Really enjoyed it!
I am wondering if the iris farm you saw was near Salem, that would have been the famous Schreiner's Iris Gardens. A large growing field and their display gardens I believe can be seen from the freeway. A stunning place! Many of the major iris hybridizers are in Oregon.
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Louisiana Iris do come in different colors, here are a couple I grow:


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vic
Apr 17, 2013 8:10 AM CST
So the whole time Dave is trying to guess the color of what an iris is not - I'm yelling RED, RED, RED Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing and I was guessing....

GREAT podcast - as always Hurray! Hurray!

Off to pinch my peppers - who knew?????

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Apr 17, 2013 8:17 AM CST

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I am almost certain you're right, Sue about it being Schreiners that I saw. Most impressive!!!

vic said:So the whole time Dave is trying to guess the color of what an iris is not - I'm yelling RED, RED, RED Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing and I was guessing....


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vic said:Off to pinch my peppers - who knew?????


It turns out that of the peppers in the back that I'm pinching, I did indeed leave one of them unpinched as a test. I went out just now and took photos.

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These plants are growing next to each other. The one on the left is pinched. They are small (only a couple weeks in the ground) but you can see a difference between the pinched one and the other one!
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vic
Apr 17, 2013 8:27 AM CST
That's amazing Dave and my peppers are even smaller than that. Probably a good two weeks behind yours.

As for the onions, on this side of the country, in the winter, we can buy something called Texas sweet onion. They are so good. But we can only get them in winter which is good because we can't get the Vidalia's at that time.
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Apr 17, 2013 8:49 AM CST

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I'm not exactly sure what a texas sweet onion is and I think it's probably the whole family of onions that grow well in Texas. It's likely that what you got was the 1015Y which is our favorite to grow, by far.
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Apr 17, 2013 9:49 AM CST

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vic said:So the whole time Dave is trying to guess the color of what an iris is not - I'm yelling RED, RED, RED Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing and I was guessing....



That's funny Vic, I was doing the same thing!


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Apr 17, 2013 10:03 AM CST

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Since we're so deep down in this thread, my confession is safely buried: irises are the "popular perennial" that I am least knowledgeable about. I love them, I've just never really expressed a huge interest in them. Trish loves them and has them everywhere and I enjoy looking at them, but I don't "geek out" on them like I do everything else. I think that's changing though, the more I see of them. Smiling
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Calif_Sue
Apr 17, 2013 10:11 AM CST

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I got a little caught up in collecting them after my stop at Schrieners a couple of years ago, mostly because I saw them displayed in a mixed bed setting. I have never been one for an all iris, rose or daylily bed, I always love mixing them with all kinds of perennials. Iris are a nice way to add color before daylilies start and a nice companion to the roses.
Before, I never had room so now I am having fun adding all kinds of plants!
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Sharon
Apr 17, 2013 10:46 AM CST
'Nother nice podcast. Pinching peppers, who knew. Thanks.

Funny you should say that, Sue. For years I've had 'daylily beds', 'iris beds' 'rose garden' - now I look out and realize that over the years they've gotten all mixed up and no longer hold just one plant. Everything evolves, I guess - gardens particularly.

I've always had irises and daylilies, but these woke me up to varieties and colors.
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vic
Apr 17, 2013 11:14 AM CST
Sue, the difference though, is that you knew there were no reds whereas I was guessing Whistling I mix all my plants too Thumbs up

Beautiful blooms Sharon Lovey dubby

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