Irises forum: Show Us Your Spurias

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Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
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Moiris
Apr 5, 2016 12:45 PM CST
I'm sure some of you out there are growing some Spurias.

I got 3 last year at an auction. There were very dry and are starting to come back but I won't see any blooms this year.

I'm stretching out and trying a few new types of irises (Spurias, Arilbreds, and some of the smaller dwarf irises). While looking at Comanche's offerings I wondered which Spurias others of you are growing and how they are doing.

Here are the 3 cultivars I have:



(Carl's Photo)

California gold Rush http://wiki.irises.org/bin/view/Spu/SpuCaliforniaGoldRush


Others I'm looking at are:

Purple Smoke http://www.comancheacresiris.com/inc/sdetail/12319

Illa Remembered http://www.comancheacresiris.com/inc/sdetail/12297

Piper May http://www.comancheacresiris.com/inc/sdetail/12316

Blueberry Sundae http://www.comancheacresiris.com/inc/sdetail/9025

Doris Irene http://www.comancheacresiris.com/inc/sdetail/405

Wyoming Cowboys http://www.comancheacresiris.com/inc/sdetail/12333

Region: California
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UndertheSun
Apr 5, 2016 12:52 PM CST
Why are you doing this to me?
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Apr 5, 2016 2:13 PM CST

Missouri Rainbow Niswonger '97



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Piper May Jenkins, by Hedgecock '09

I also grow "Sunny Day" (H.P. Sass '31), but it hasn't bloomed , as yet.
I have a couple on order for this year, as well.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Apr 5, 2016 2:18 PM CST
No Spurias here. They sure are pretty. Testing out Sibs for the first time at the moment. My Species X are not doing so well.....
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
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Moiris
Apr 5, 2016 3:19 PM CST
It's personal Rob!!! Angel

Missouri Rainbow is pretty Arlyn!

Sunny Day is cute too! http://wiki.irises.org/bin/view/Spu/SpuSunnyDay

Leslie, I have not gotten around to Sibs. I think they need more water don't they? I have sandy soil and hot summers so I can't grow the water lovers unless I stick them in a bucket in the shade! Sticking tongue out I have not tried the Species X either. The next thing I want to try...heh, heh, heh, (you won't see it coming Rob Hilarious! ) is the Pacific Coast Natives! I have been told it may be too hot for them though, so that's why I'm trying the spurias first!
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Apr 7, 2016 8:14 AM CST
I only have 2 spurias, the white species (I think) found at an old home site and a hybrid I've lost track of the name from Dee several years ago- it has never bloomed, but is still around. Its supposed to be violet and rust. I relocated it last year in hopes of making it happy enough to bloom.

I'd like to try some others. I get the impression they take a few years to settle in, is that what those of you who grow them have seen?
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Apr 7, 2016 10:11 AM CST
It seems all across the board, here.....I've had Sunny Day a long time, and it seemed to take forever to really start growing.....Missouri rainbows took off like a rocket, and was covered in bloom the year following it's planting.....Piper May always seems to be a 'slow grower', but has bloomed regularly, although, it was planted at the same time as "MR", it's only about 1/4 the size . I grow mine in the same beds, with the same culture, as the bearded iris....the only exception is, I mulch them, after planting , so the soil never dries out. After the first year, though, I remove the mulch.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Apr 7, 2016 12:41 PM CST
Which is the same thing to do with Sibs, more or less.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Apr 7, 2016 1:12 PM CST
I leave the mulch (pine straw) on the SIB's and JI's, although , I do have a coule SIB's that do well without being mulched. My beardless are just starting to "wake up"....I see some green starting to come ! I got several, last year (SIB's and JI's) that , IMHO, weren't "packed correctly"....they were 'bare root", with nothing to keep them damp......and a few of those , I'm sure, aren't going to make it....they were too dried out Crying .
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Apr 7, 2016 1:47 PM CST
Oh no Arlyn! That's definitely a no no with Sibs and JIs.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Apr 7, 2016 6:15 PM CST
My Spurias are all NOIDs. One bright yellow I've had for a few years, the others came from Mamajack in a 2014 mixed batch. Most are sending up stalks this year, and I can see a lovely cream color on one. Lovey dubby I had a Comanche Acres order in and later asked to add Highline Amethyst to go in the Polly and Vi bed (didn't tell the vendor that, though). Jim Hedgecock wrote back and said he would add it as my bonus.
http://www.comancheacresiris.com/inc/sdetail/324
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
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Cuzz4short
Apr 7, 2016 7:32 PM CST
What are these?


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Gimme it and I'll grow it!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Apr 7, 2016 7:57 PM CST
Look like Dutch Iris to me, but I'm not sure. Smiling
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 6b)
genealogist specializing in French
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cbunny41
Apr 7, 2016 10:52 PM CST
I agree, Dutch are bulbs.
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Region: North Carolina Hostas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Garden Procrastinator Daylilies
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Cuzz4short
Apr 8, 2016 5:28 AM CST
Oh, well these too Shrug! . I don't have enough o start a Dutch iris thread either
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Apr 8, 2016 11:30 AM CST
@gemini_sage

First opened of the Mamajack NOID batch. Lovey dubby

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If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Apr 8, 2016 11:49 AM CST
That's a beauty Deb! Have you noticed wasps hanging around your spurias? Anyone? There are always wasps hanging around the blooms of mine.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Apr 8, 2016 11:53 AM CST
Been waiting for the MJ batch to show colors so you know which ones you want me to share with you. What do you think?

I did see one today, Neal. Always see them around the yellow I've had for several years, too.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
Region: California Bee Lover Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Composter
Annuals Dog Lover Cat Lover Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Moiris
Apr 8, 2016 11:53 AM CST
When I asked Rick Tasco about spurias yesterday he said they don't like to grow them...for that very reason! They draw the wasps.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Apr 8, 2016 11:56 AM CST
Ooohhh goody Deb! That made me squeal!

Marilyn, isn't that interesting! I will continue growing them, but I doubt I'd mess with trying to do any crosses- I try to give the clump wide berth while in bloom.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi

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