Irises forum: mapping your irises

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Name: Richard
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creativeclover
Sep 24, 2015 3:22 PM CST
I have added irises this year. I did a basic map of where everything is that I planted. I was wondering how everyone did their mapping. Way I did mine is drew out the area that the beds were put and numbered them. Them on a separate sheet of paper I drew the bed and placed a number where each iris is. After that I made a legend in the open area of the paper as to what the numbers were iris wise (like 1 is apricot queen etc.). Kinda curios how others do it.
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Name: Arlyn
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crowrita1
Sep 24, 2015 3:24 PM CST
Sounds like that should work ! I *should* map my beds......but, I'm lucky to know what bed it's in....where it's at IN the bed Rolling my eyes. .
Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Sep 24, 2015 3:44 PM CST
With my new beds last year, I broke them down into workable segments, then used photographs, Publisher, and Word (to keep the legend key). This year, I am simply entering the location in the notes section of my ATP plant list.

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Name: Richard
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creativeclover
Sep 24, 2015 3:52 PM CST
Debra, Those look really good. Looks like they took some time to put together, but will be very effective though when referring to a specific flower.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Sep 24, 2015 3:55 PM CST
I was interested in color compatibility and it seemed to be the easiest way to work out that plan.
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Sep 24, 2015 3:56 PM CST
I have a large binder where I keep all my iris info. One section is for maps. Each garden has its own page with a map drawn and irises listed in it. Notes at the bottom keep track of previous irises and issues with irises planted in that particular section. As I go about planting I keep a clipboard with me to make notes. During the winter months I enter the notes into the proper place in the binder. I have spreadsheets on the computer with irises listed alphabetically by class, such as TB, BB, etc. These iris names are followed by height, hybridizer, year introduced, year I received it, where I acquired it and where it is planted. I update this list during the winter also. This winter I am going to make sure the records on the computer dovetail with the plant list I keep on ATP.
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
Sep 24, 2015 4:20 PM CST

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I created a map in Excel, which is nice because it allows the use of color coding and other forms of formatting to track bits of information I'm interested in. It's also easy to create new tabs each year (I do two new tabs per year, one in the spring and another in the fall) so changes can be easily tracked over time .


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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Sep 24, 2015 4:33 PM CST
I draw the bed, with abbreviations for each iris, and have a legend for the abbreviations. Each bed has it's own map. Large beds are split into sections. I love the computer methods, but this works well for me. I update the maps each season with changes.
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UndertheSun
Sep 24, 2015 6:10 PM CST
I hand draw the maps and write down the iris names in the location they are planted. I also create maps on the computer. I also have a data sheet of every iris and I list where I got it from, the hybridizer, year of intro, the time it blooms and the bed it is planted in.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Sep 24, 2015 9:52 PM CST
We have sometimes mapped a couple beds, but to our dismay have never done a decent job with the entire garden. Can be a bit dicey with seedlings. Our memories are not what they were so should really start. Pen, not computer. John doesn't use it & I get messed up with doing it correctly.

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iciris
Sep 24, 2015 10:12 PM CST
I'm bad, I don't have any maps. I did make a list at one time of my first named Iris that I bought and are in "my favorites" bed. I don't know where that list is now. *Blush*
I do have my database that lists Iris name, where I got it from, year received, hybridizer, year introduced, picture, pod pollen no child plants, and and empty location column (I do have good intentions) nodding
The pod, pollen, and no child plants column is for retirement (someday) activities.
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
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irisloverdee
Sep 24, 2015 11:28 PM CST

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Being commercial I do mine by row so row 1 would start off with any classification of iris not a tall bearded in alpha order, make each row where the cross path is so that we know is it in the first half or second half.....

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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Sep 25, 2015 7:13 AM CST
Does everyone have labels in the garden as well as the maps? I used to just rely on the maps until I started getting many more iris beds. I now have them all labelled.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Sep 25, 2015 7:32 AM CST
Most of the ones from these last two years have markers. I have a couple dozen Eon metal markers from a few years back and I don't like them. Last year I used plastic forks, etc., written on with pencil. Unfortunately, a new neighbor's four-year-old decided it was great fun to pull up all the ones he could reach. Glare Shrug! Glad that area was one with the photograph map. This year, I am using cut up window blinds and pencil.
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Name: Lynn Golovich
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LynnG
Sep 25, 2015 8:16 AM CST
I have started using plantstep to map my iris. What a great program for $30.00. It not only prints out a map (with pictures) but also has room for tons of notes and other things about the iris. Well worth the $30 IMO.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Sep 25, 2015 8:29 AM CST
Last time I looked, it was too heavily weighted toward Daylilies to be useful for me with Iris. Went and looked at it again after your post and I see that a much larger Iris database is available. Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Sep 25, 2015 9:08 AM CST
That sounds cool -- might look into that this winter when I have some time.

For myself -- I have a database on my computer with the Irises listed alphabetically. The information I keep there is: the year I acquired the cultivar, the company or person that it came from, the hybridizer and year of introduction, a brief physical description of color, a coded description of where it is planted, and a list of photographs of each one.

In addition to that, I have maps of every Iris bed showing the physical location of each plant. And each plant has a Kincaid metal marker showing the name of the Iris, the name of where it came from and the year of acquisition. I do not remove the markers in the winter -- they remain year-round.

I love Debra's pictures of her beds with location shown and photo of each cultivar!!!
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Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Sep 25, 2015 12:18 PM CST
We have metal markers, labeled in Brothers P-touch tape. Our machine broke so John has a new smaller one now.

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iciris
Sep 26, 2015 1:47 AM CST
Yes, all of my named Iris are labeled.
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Cuzz4short
Oct 24, 2015 1:29 AM CST
Just landed free metal blinds from a demo site at work. Thank god! Tired of buying MG markers and cutting sweet tea plastic cartons. Rolling on the floor laughing No map, just markers, pots and good memory..for now
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