Irises forum: Iris bed is not as bad as I feared!

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caitlinsgarden
Aug 26, 2013 2:28 PM CST
It has been ignored all summer, except for some big clumps I dug and just set on the ground because they were sinking down into the rot. We got a whole lot of rain for awhile this year and I was afraid I would lose a lot of them to rot. This clump dig seems to have stopped the rot from progressing. Leaf spot is my biggest buggaboo this year (each year it is something different!) but everything is looking better after a removal of the worst leaves. Something interesting - the big clumps I dug and set aside do not have leaf spot. No sign of scotch this year! Big relief!

Region: California
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UndertheSun
Aug 30, 2013 1:14 PM CST
That's good news caitlin. Thumbs up



Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 30, 2013 9:09 PM CST
While we had a lot of rain this summer, it was a dry August. A watering ban is on & we use a watering can for the new planting.

caitlinsgarden
Aug 31, 2013 3:43 AM CST
Hope your patch isn't too far away!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 31, 2013 9:51 AM CST
It is a bit of a walk to the far end. However we had an inch of rain overnight & more is falling now. Yippee. DH wanted to mow, but we will take the rain.

caitlinsgarden
Aug 31, 2013 1:26 PM CST
We could use some too, but it is not near as dry this year as it was last.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Aug 31, 2013 3:06 PM CST
We were setting records for a wet spring, and now we are setting them for driest August. I guess you take what you get !...Arlyn

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UndertheSun
Aug 31, 2013 3:15 PM CST
Here in California, we didn't get too much rain this year. So I hope this next winter makes up for the lack of rain this year. Otherwise we'll all be on drought restrictions next year. Whenever we get restricted, I choose to let a lawn die over my plants.

caitlinsgarden
Aug 31, 2013 3:32 PM CST
We don't have water restrictions, we just have to worry about our well going dry!
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Aug 31, 2013 3:50 PM CST
I have a sand -point well to water with and it just DID go dry! So now it's city water for the garden,,,Arlyn
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Aug 31, 2013 3:54 PM CST
Rob, I dug up most of my front yard. Partly because of on-going drought conditions/water restrictions, partly because I hate the kind of grass grown in this area, and partly because I needed more room for plants. Thumbs up Some of them get water during the hot months, some are allowed to wither away and come back or not.

Caitlin, good going on the Iris. Relief is a good thing. Big Grin Thumbs up
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 31, 2013 9:00 PM CST
Who needs grass when you can have plants?
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Aug 31, 2013 9:29 PM CST
Caitlin, glad things are looking good in the Iris bed! We got some more well needed rain today. Came home to this lovely surprise from Ensata. Thanks Robert!!!
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Aug 31, 2013 9:29 PM CST
My thinking, too. Big Grin
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'

caitlinsgarden
Sep 1, 2013 3:56 AM CST
Ensata is a great source. I got some purple foliaged plants from them.

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