Irises forum: What do you want to get done in the garden before fall/winter

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Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Jul 21, 2015 2:52 PM CST
What are you the things you would like to get done before fall/winter. I would like to finish separating the irises, get a planter box built and a few more irises moved and finished up.
Name: Cleta
Idaho Falls Idaho (Zone 4a)
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cbelt1
Jul 21, 2015 3:07 PM CST
Heal from my broken shoulder so I can feel like deadheadING my sad platycodon, Speedwell, and Campanula. Just want to get through the next few weeks .
Cleta

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UndertheSun
Jul 21, 2015 3:37 PM CST
What don't I want to get done...
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Denman55
Jul 21, 2015 4:04 PM CST
I have to start thinking about "Winter protection" for the Iris beds. Since they will be full of newly planted
rhizomes. So I have to probably buy pine straw and evergreen boughs to protect the beds over the Winter,
but I certainly have time for all of that .......
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Jul 21, 2015 4:46 PM CST
Short term goal is to get the last 30 or so rhizomes planted. Getting some digging help tomorrow!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Jul 21, 2015 4:53 PM CST
I must have missed something (or a lot), Cleta, I did not know you had broken your shoulder. I am sorry for your woes and hope you mend quickly.

I will have masses of leaves to contend with once they start to fall. I hope I can keep up with them. I am going to make one more iris bed to hold a few gotta haves.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Jul 21, 2015 5:03 PM CST
cbelt1 said:Heal from my broken shoulder so I can feel like deadheadING my sad platycodon, Speedwell, and Campanula. Just want to get through the next few weeks .



cbelt1, I was in a similar spot march of last year when I broke some ribs and I wanted/needed to work in the garden. I hope it heals quickly cause its not fun.

grannysgarden, have rake will travel for irises (just kidding).
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jul 21, 2015 6:18 PM CST
Sorry about your shoulder & hope you are more comfortable soon.
South central PA (Zone 6a)
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DaveinPA
Jul 21, 2015 7:40 PM CST
What do I hope to get done before winter? The most important is to turn over more builder's "soil" and prep for planting more of the potted irises. Potted ones have not done well here when trying to overwinter them. The next is to visit the old house where I have permission to dig more irises to move here, but this must be done soon as the contract says "by July 31."

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iciris
Jul 21, 2015 8:25 PM CST
Build more beds and plant iris.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jul 22, 2015 9:50 AM CST
Same thing as last year, plant iris, dig more beds. Would like to get the Japanese iris beds enlarged. I am so behind in yard projects!
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Jul 22, 2015 10:31 AM CST
Plant, plant, plant...
So far, I've potted up slightly over 100 rhizomes in the last few weeks.. I've still got maybe 15 to go, and then Superstition will arrive... I still need to dig and send a few orders...
Fall and winter are busy times here... Fall is the best planting time here when the soil is still warm, but the days are shorter and nights cooler... Then hopefully get watered in when the (oh lord I hope) rainy season starts. If I've bought bulbs, they go in.. (that reminds me... I need to dig up some daffodils and re-plant under the persimmon). I start pruning the roses and the orchard at the end of December.. Divide perennials and start cuttings in Dec, January, and February.. Toss out some seed at that time... In some ways I envy you folks who have down time in the garden in winter... I'd love to be able to get my house in order and take on some project that weren't garden related.
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Jul 22, 2015 10:56 AM CST
I have a LOT that NEEDS done *Blush* , and even more that I WANT to do Rolling my eyes. , so, I'll stay busy, I guess Sticking tongue out
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
Jul 22, 2015 11:39 AM CST
Weed,till,weed,clean leaves,weed, plant,weed,label,weed,fall fertilize,till,weed.......does it ever end???
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Jul 22, 2015 11:49 AM CST
Dig more beds, lather, rinse, repeat....
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Jul 22, 2015 1:05 PM CST
Oh boy, I have quite a list. I will probably get a quarter of it done. I'm lazy.

New beds, more planting, another raised bed, trellis up, weeding is never done but I try, more...
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 22, 2015 1:53 PM CST
Fall is a busy time everywhere I'm guessing, but what season isn't. Hilarious! On top of getting beds cleaned out for winter, and putting mulch down on things other then irises, I have the apples to pick and do something with, either can, freeze or take to the food pantry. I have one tree ready to pick now (yellow transparent), but I can barely keep the lawn mowed. Lawn care is supposed to be minimal in July, it's supposed to get dry and the grass stops growing, but no such luck. I have horse pastures that need mowing too, and I'm thinking about doing a major re-model on the house this winter, or next spring. I haven't quite decided yet. Then with any luck, there are sweet potatoes to dig and Irish potatoes to dig, and winter squash to pick, and bake with butter and brown sugar. Tomatoes to can and freeze and eat. That first fat juicy BLT with tomato juice running down your arm. Top it off with 7 baby ducks that hatched today, and I can't even take pictures. I went to Best Buy and they didn't have the right memory card. Now I have to go look somewhere else. Then will come the leaves. They look so nice when they turn color, but then they have to fall and blow all over the place. But when it's all said and done, fall is just one sticky gooey caramel apple! Sticking tongue out a season I love.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Jul 22, 2015 8:21 PM CST
Wow Tom, you have a lot on your plate coming up. My list is not quite as bad,
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Jul 22, 2015 9:12 PM CST
The one thing I got excited about there were the baby ducks! And the tomatoes. Okay, two things. And going to Best Buy. Alright already! Three things!!!
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 23, 2015 3:05 AM CST
Yup, 7 little spotted Ancona ducks. And I can't take a picture. I have to go scouting around today to see if I can find a memory card that fits my camera. If not, I may have to get a new camera.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great

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