Irises forum: Around We Go (Rogers 2009) at www.damongardens.com

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Name: Damon Gardens
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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DamonGardens
May 12, 2014 6:36 PM CST
We propagate and sell many modern bearded iris varieties that have been introduced since 2001. In addition, we carry Dykes Award winners and many favorite heirloom varieties.

Our iris garden is situated on a sandy morainal ridge in Southern Wisconsin. The plants receive full sun and excellent drainage all summer long, producing excellent quality rhizomes. Our varieties are also very hardy, surviving and thriving through harsh Wisconsin winters.

Please check out our photographed inventory at http://www.damongardens.com/dg_alpha.php.
We will be updating many of our photos this year when the Wisconsin bloom season begins.

This year's bestseller has been "Around We Go" (Rogers 2009). Only a few left in stock! http://www.damongardens.com/dg_detail_set.php?recordID=Aroun...



Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
May 12, 2014 7:02 PM CST
Welcome, I got that one two years ago from Breezeway Gardens, it hasn't bloomed yet, maybe this year.

What city are you near?
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UndertheSun
May 12, 2014 7:03 PM CST
Beautiful iris! Thumbs up
Name: Damon Gardens
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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DamonGardens
May 12, 2014 7:22 PM CST
tveguy3 said:Welcome, I got that one two years ago from Breezeway Gardens, it hasn't bloomed yet, maybe this year.

What city are you near?


Hi tveguy3,

We are located near Janesville, WI (but we only sell iris online).
We bought this iris in 2010 and this picture is from Spring 2013.

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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
May 12, 2014 7:30 PM CST
I agree with Rob. Beautiful Iris.
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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
May 12, 2014 8:17 PM CST
Welcome! Love your pic of American Master. Beautiful iris!
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Name: Damon Gardens
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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DamonGardens
May 12, 2014 8:22 PM CST
Lestv said: Welcome! Love your pic of American Master. Beautiful iris!


Thanks! Going to be uploading more soon!
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Muddymitts
May 12, 2014 8:51 PM CST
How 'bout that, Tom!! Green Grin!

Welcome, Damon Gardens! Around We go is beautiful!!
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
May 13, 2014 3:22 AM CST
Yes, I live in Janesville too.
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UndertheSun
May 13, 2014 11:36 AM CST
I got so caught up in the beautiful iris, I forgot to say "welcome Damon".

Name: Damon Gardens
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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DamonGardens
May 13, 2014 11:51 AM CST
UndertheSun said:I got so caught up in the beautiful iris, I forgot to say "welcome Damon".



Thanks! :)
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
May 13, 2014 11:53 AM CST
Welcome! Glad you could join us !...Arlyn
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crittergarden
May 15, 2014 10:06 AM CST
Welcome!
I've looked through your site and I will probably place an order in July. Am expecting a property tax refund then and will have to prioritize, but I think I will be ordering.

Meanwhile: I don't remember where I read this - probably somewhere else on ATP - but I am SURE you can tell me right or wrong: after a rhizome has made a flower stalk, it will never make another. It becomes food for its "kids" and after the first season of that, you can remove the older rhizome with a knife instead of digging and dividing the whole bed every few years.
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
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Misawa77
May 15, 2014 10:15 AM CST
A rhizome will only flower once. It's increases are "next years bloom". So I call the iris a "Cycle Perennial". The "mother" rhizome I do not believe is "food" for the babies/increases as the new increase put out their own roots. The mother would also hold the increases in place and combat frost heaving; but you could discard the mother as described. I would still think you would need to dig up the clump anyway, but maybe at a later date than if you did not cut out the mother rhizome. My 2 cents.
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crittergarden
May 15, 2014 10:19 AM CST
Thank you.
2 cents add up!

I brought home a TON of irises removed (by request) from places last fall, and I just planted them in a hury before winter hit.

SO I'm wanting to do a better job after they bloom this year - IF they bloom this year. Perhaps I'll let the "parent" rhizome overwinter once before cutting it out, just in case it does provide for the "increases".

AND I sold some at the flea market in years past not knowing about the one bloom only. I HOPE they all had "increases" on them so I didn't sell someone a dying plant. Blinking
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Name: Damon Gardens
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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DamonGardens
May 15, 2014 10:32 AM CST
I agree and have nothing really to add. Thanks Misawa77! And thanks for browsing our website crittergarden. :)
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
May 15, 2014 10:33 AM CST
If the "mother "rhizome is healthy ( not starting to soften, and still growing good foliage) it will push out some increase, even after being transplanted. You can tell when it is at the end of it's" reproductive life, and usefulness", by the condition of the roots. A Viable rhizome will still have healthy roots, directly under the "fan" of leaves. As you look at the roots farther down the rhizome (away from the fan) you will notice the roots decrease in "health and vigor" , first dry and withered, moving to just a few dried out husks, and finally to only the pores where the roots used to be. This is usually th e area where the rhizome itself is getting totally dried out, often leaving only a hollow "husk"....Arlyn
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crittergarden
May 15, 2014 10:56 AM CST
crowrita1 said:If the "mother "rhizome is healthy ( not starting to soften, and still growing good foliage) it will push out some increase, even after being transplanted. You can tell when it is at the end of it's" reproductive life, and usefulness", by the condition of the roots. A Viable rhizome will still have healthy roots, directly under the "fan" of leaves. As you look at the roots farther down the rhizome (away from the fan) you will notice the roots decrease in "health and vigor" , first dry and withered, moving to just a few dried out husks, and finally to only the pores where the roots used to be. This is usually th e area where the rhizome itself is getting totally dried out, often leaving only a hollow "husk"....Arlyn


Thank you - I definitely WILL leave them until year 2 then.
I knew about the roots, bu was wanting to not dig them all the way out.
I will leave them over the following winter and THEN hori-hori them out.

Hurray!
Productive learning happened here!
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UndertheSun
May 15, 2014 11:03 AM CST
crittergarden said:
I brought home a TON of irises removed (by request) from places last fall, and I just planted them in a hury before winter hit.

Can't wait to pictures of the blooms!

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crittergarden
May 15, 2014 11:23 AM CST
That's part of the thing....
NO BUDS YET. Thinking I might have broken them up so much that I will have to wait a year. Irises are happening here, just. And my yard IS a little slow from being just barely full sun. But NO sign of buds yet....
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