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Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Clematis Irises Region: New Jersey Roses Dog Lover Lilies
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AlanJ
Sep 5, 2015 10:36 PM CST
I am a new Member here to the Iris forum. A few of the member have been kind enough to send me a "Welcome" note.
It is really great being here and I hope to learn a lot. I look forward to 'talking' to those of you who have sent me a warm
Welcome. Hopefully I can learn a lot from you and see some photo's of the beautiful Iris you grow and the gardens you have.
Thank you for Welcoming me here. Thank You!
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle ~ Plato
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Sep 5, 2015 10:38 PM CST
Which type of iris do you like & what do you grow?
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Clematis Irises Region: New Jersey Roses Dog Lover Lilies
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AlanJ
Sep 5, 2015 10:47 PM CST
Hello Lucy:

I like the old varieties of Iris that I grew up with. My Mother grew the Iris pallida. There was a large, long patch of it behind our garage. It was an incredible sight. I just have to grow that iris.
I have seen a lot of old, historic Iris that I want to acquire. All of the Iris I have planted now - 10 of them - I got from Ebay, and now I realize that a few of them are infact historic iris. I didn't realize that Iris pallida was what my Mother grew until Linnea posted a photo of it and I recognized it
immediately.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle ~ Plato
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
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Henhouse
Sep 5, 2015 10:47 PM CST
Greeting from California Alan! Welcome!
Looking forward to hearing more from you..
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Clematis Irises Region: New Jersey Roses Dog Lover Lilies
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AlanJ
Sep 5, 2015 11:03 PM CST
Hello to you Sherry from California. Where do you reside in California? What type of Irises do you grow there? I'm always curious about growers in California, since I have heard there is such a drought problem in California and wonder how gardeners are faring there.

As for me, I have found that I am interested and hope to grow a lot of what I have found out is "Historic" irises. I have acquired a few from Ebay and planted them. But I have found a lot more
I want to add to my collection. I like the form and elegance of historic irises. I have looked at hundreds of Iris photos and many I do not like at all, and to me, they don't look like an Iris at all.
They are "poofy" and "full of Ruffles and curls" and I do not find that attractive and it does not
look like an Iris flower to me at all. They look like a Chrysanthemum! So, I plan on growing the
old-fashioned historic irises of days gone by, just like my Mother did. I'm very excited about my
new venture indeed.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle ~ Plato
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Irises Ponds Orchids
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creativeclover
Sep 6, 2015 2:29 AM CST
Hi and see one Alan. I think you will like it here.
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Sep 6, 2015 2:29 AM CST
Hi and see one Alan. I think you will like it here.
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Irises Ponds Orchids
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creativeclover
Sep 6, 2015 2:29 AM CST
Hi and see one Alan. I think you will like it here.
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Sep 6, 2015 2:37 AM CST
Hello, I would like to give you a big Welcome! from KY. I grow many plants and I like you, I am fairly new to iris. This is a nice forum to ask questions on. Everyone has been friendly and helpful.
Teresa
Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Irises Peonies Region: Kentucky Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Boxergirl
Sep 6, 2015 6:33 AM CST
Welcome! another welcome from Kentucky!
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Clematis Irises Region: New Jersey Roses Dog Lover Lilies
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AlanJ
Sep 6, 2015 6:49 AM CST
To: Jen Jax

Thank you for your kind "Welcome" to the Iris forum. Where are you in Kentucky? What type of Iris do you grow there ? TB ? IB ? BB ? Dwarf? Historic? or Modern ?
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle ~ Plato
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Clematis Irises Region: New Jersey Roses Dog Lover Lilies
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AlanJ
Sep 6, 2015 6:53 AM CST
Hello Teresa:

Thank you for your warm "Welcome" to this forum. This is the first year I am growing Iris here in my new home in Southern New Jersey. I have grown Iris previously when I lived in Northern New Jersey, but the soil was quite different up there then it is down here. Here the soil is very sandy.
In North Jersey, the soil was clay. I'm trying to do a lot of reading up regarding soils, and soil
amendments, and learn what Iris like in order to grow and bloom well.

Back then, I remember I grew an Iris called "Immortality" and "Edith Wolford". They were both very
large bloomed Iris and did very well for me.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle ~ Plato
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Clematis Irises Region: New Jersey Roses Dog Lover Lilies
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AlanJ
Sep 6, 2015 6:55 AM CST
WOW! Thumbs up I just noticed there are a lot of Iris growers in Kentucky ! That is incredible that so many of you would be here. Great. I hope to learn a lot from all of you and would love to
see photo's of your Iris and your gardens.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle ~ Plato
Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Irises Peonies Region: Kentucky Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Boxergirl
Sep 6, 2015 6:59 AM CST
Alan, I am in northern Kentucky close to cincinnati Ohio. I collect tall bearded modern iris. I like the big ruffles and bright colors. My mother never grew iris, but was a gardener. We had a huge vegetable garden and blackberries. I have loved played in the dirt my entire life. I have always loved being covered in mud. I have been growing iris for about 5 years when my husband and I finished building our house my addiction to the iris began. Started out with 10, went to 30, then 100 well. Let's just say I have added over 150 this year. Lol
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Clematis Irises Region: New Jersey Roses Dog Lover Lilies
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AlanJ
Sep 6, 2015 7:11 AM CST
To: Jen Jax

That is incredible. You should be commended. How wonderful that you have created a garden with over 150+ Iris plants. I can't imagine it. I'm sure when your Iris bloom it is a sight to behold.
I look forward to seeing photo's of your Iris. It's nice to have a lot of property that you can garden
with. I, too, am an avid gardener, and grow Roses, Lilies, various Perennials, Poppies, and Annuals. My favorites being Cosmos and Zinnia. I could not have a Summer without the spectacular colors of Zinnia. I do not have a large space to garden in - it is limited to a small
patch in the back of the house, and on one side of the house. But I do have Daylilies, Black-eyed
Susan, One TB Iris (Innocent Star is it's name I think) in addition to dwarf dark purple iris that was
on the property when I bought the home. The other gardens were created specifically for
Iris. This is my first year planting them here. I also planted Hydrangea on the property and have
two Rhododendron on the side of the house also.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle ~ Plato
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Sep 6, 2015 7:56 AM CST
I'm in western Kentucky, just southeast of the southern tip of Illinois.

Just described my Irises in the thread *What did you do in the Iris garden today*! Smiling
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Sep 6, 2015 8:01 AM CST
Oh -- and I think you misunderstood Jen when she mentioned 150 Irises. She said that she *added* that many, *this year*. Depending on how many she had prior to that, she has significantly more that 150. Green Grin!

I unintentionally added almost as many this year as Jen. Which brings me to over 500. Ermagerd!!!!! Blinking Blinking Blinking
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Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
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bluegrassmom
Sep 6, 2015 8:28 AM CST
Hi, Alan
I live west of Bowling Green, KY. I am just north of Nashville. I have mostly TBs but also a few Siberians and Louisana.
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Clematis Irises Region: New Jersey Roses Dog Lover Lilies
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AlanJ
Sep 6, 2015 8:33 AM CST
To: Mary Ann and Jen -

Oh my! I can't imagine having property that would be able to house over 500 Iris. That is a lot of work. Do you have to do a lot of work to manage all those Irises? I bet it is a beautiful sight when
all the Irises bloom for you. You must have a lovely property. That's really nice to hear. What types (Names) are the Irises you planted? Do you grow Historics? Any Names that you can recommend to me ? Smiling
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle ~ Plato
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Sep 6, 2015 8:37 AM CST
Alan, there are several members here interested in and growing historic Iris--and they are all generous in sharing their experiences and knowledge. Smiling
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