Irises forum: Too much rain

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Name: Kim
iowa (Zone 5a)
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kimmer
Jun 30, 2014 3:49 PM CST
We have been getting a LOT of rain. Is that going to make the ryzomes rot? Kim
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Jun 30, 2014 3:56 PM CST
Could. Sad Does your soil drain well?
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Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK (Zone 6b)
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enidcandles
Jun 30, 2014 4:05 PM CST
Kim, I don't know exactly where you are but you are in pretty bad shape up there. If they are standing in water for very long they are going to be in trouble. If there is a way to get to them and put them in pots where they are "safe" until the weather clears that would be best. If not, then you will have to let us know when it dries up and maybe we can help you replace some of what you have lost. I am praying for you folks, I know it is BAD! We have family in the Mapleton area, not as bad as some but bad enough.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jun 30, 2014 5:42 PM CST
I threatened to build an arc a while back, I think I should have. We just had one wave of a dandy storm go through, and there's another one coming through from Iowa. Where is Cowboy Sam when we need him! He could lasso the storm and pull it to California where they need it.
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Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK (Zone 6b)
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enidcandles
Jun 30, 2014 6:27 PM CST
We are getting more rain tonight as well. Not to the point of rotting the irises yet but this is not when we need it. We needed it in the spring, now the wheat is sprouting in the field (what little wheat there is). Harvest has been a complete bust, everyone here is dead broke...just not a real pretty picture in the ag communities right now.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Jun 30, 2014 7:09 PM CST
That is so sad Lori. The weather is adversely effecting peoples lives. I hope it gets better for everyone.
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Frillylily
Jun 30, 2014 7:48 PM CST
it has rained and rained here and it doesn't even dry out enough in between to pull the weeds out of the garden. I have had a few iris rot. I don't know what they were. The trees and shrubs seem to like it though. Just cannot get any work done. Never did plant any veggie seeds this year.

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UndertheSun
Jun 30, 2014 9:15 PM CST
I hope the rain isn't causing any of you health issues, or causing any damages to your property.

I would love to complain about rain. My dirt is dry and cracked and up on my hillside, it's as hard as concrete. My lawn is dead and my trees are starving.

Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK (Zone 6b)
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enidcandles
Jun 30, 2014 9:20 PM CST
The weather is just nuts! We are technically still in a drought here, our ponds and lakes are still very low so we will take what we can get. Being an agricultural community it has been tough this year but we will survive, we always do, God will provide one way or another!
I am sure there are areas that would love to send you their rain Rob. I know parts of Iowa are flooded and could certainly use a break.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Jul 1, 2014 5:44 AM CST
It seems when it comes to weather these days it is either feast or famine. Our state is getting rain every day, however, it is spotty and the areas that are getting the rain are getting it every day and the rest of us get to hear distant thunder while we are adjusting the garden hoses. I can't complain. At least we do not have a hose ban and I do not farm for a living........ prayers for those that do.
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caitlinsgarden
Jul 1, 2014 6:24 AM CST
I hope to get out to the iris bed today and do some triage. We have so much rain this year there are mushrooms growing in parts of the bed. I started to dig out any little spots of rot but that was many rains ago. One thing I have done is dig up a clump as if you were about to divide it, and just let it sit on top of the ground until you are ready to replant. Instant drainage! I have even had extra clumps like this survive the winter. Of course, they were the ones I didn't get to dividing because there were too many of them and I didn't particularly care whether they survived or not...
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Jul 1, 2014 7:03 AM CST
There's good damage control -- set the Irises on top of the ground!! Good thinking, Caitlin!! Thumbs up
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Name: Kim
iowa (Zone 5a)
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kimmer
Jul 1, 2014 8:27 AM CST
That might work. But then we have a lot of these chipmunks running around too. Kim

South central PA (Zone 6a)
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DaveinPA
Jul 1, 2014 9:37 AM CST
My clay soil does not drain, but I have gone to doing the "Florida draining swamps with canals" technique. I move soil from shallow swales or drainage paths onto the beds, which helps to raise them. When water goes in the wrong direction or puddles I modify the drainage. Sometimes it takes going out in the rain to observe water flow; other times it can be determined after the storms have passed. It seems to work. The drainage areas are lined with the abundant rock supply found in the clay soil and "harvested" during preparation of an area.

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