Irises forum: Okay, NOW I get it...

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Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
May 27, 2016 12:55 PM CST
...and I might be getting it bad!

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...the Iris bug, that is. I got a chunk (not a fan, not a clump, but a larger-than-a-shovel-sized CHUNK) of iris fans last year at a local plant swap. I wasn't sure what to do with it and I even uprooted it in the fall and moved it to corner of my yard that was a little more moist. I wasn't sure if it would survive the trauma--I heard roots tearing and everything!--that late in the season. Well, lo and behold, I got a flower that just opened up yesterday/today and I LOVE it! Lovey dubby ...and it's just a species iris, too, I'm sure. It isn't anything fancy, but it's so beautiful (and a more blue-ish purple than the picture shows).

I've talked about and considered getting more irises in the past, but that was before actually growing and seeing one! Now I know for sure that I have to have more irises. Drooling Lovey dubby

If anyone wants to ID my bloom, please feel free to do so! Big Grin


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iciris
May 27, 2016 1:41 PM CST
Welcome to the Iris virus. nodding
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
May 27, 2016 2:52 PM CST
Heh heh heh...that virus is incurable, you know. Whistling
Name: Niki
Bend, Oregon (Zone 6a)
Flowers are food for the soul.
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HighdesertNiki
May 27, 2016 3:07 PM CST
Welcome! DND, this is the place to find the ones you love the most.
"The Earth laughs in flowers."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
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Linneaj
May 27, 2016 3:31 PM CST
Hello DND. Smiling
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Name: Cleta
Idaho Falls Idaho (Zone 4a)
Region: Idaho Lilies Irises
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cbelt1
May 27, 2016 3:54 PM CST
Hi DND. Yes the iris virus is very real. I spent 15 years happy with my 20 cultivars. Then I found the iris forum last summer when I was injured. Now I have 89 cultivars and look forward to an order arriving this summer and some possible trading. Start digging up lawn and whatever to get ready for the self-inflicted invasion.
Cleta
South central PA (Zone 6a)
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DaveinPA
May 27, 2016 4:13 PM CST
DND listen and be forewarned by all those already affected with this virus that is resistant to all anti-viral medications known.
And welcome to this group of enablers.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
May 27, 2016 4:25 PM CST
Welcome! DND!
Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography
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Totally_Amazing
May 27, 2016 5:40 PM CST
Welcome! DND. I've never that iris before and unfortunately can't assist with an ID.
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
May 27, 2016 6:14 PM CST
How big is the flower? How tall? Does it have a frangrance?
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
May 27, 2016 6:24 PM CST
We're a horrible group of enablers.. nodding Welcome!

Yours is very similar to 'Pretty Pansy', but the beard looks too gold. I'd like to see some more pictures when you get them.
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Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 27, 2016 7:03 PM CST
Welcome to the asylum DND!
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
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Cuzz4short
May 27, 2016 7:08 PM CST
The virus is very real. Some have converted to Ramen Noodle just to support their new cultivar habit. Others have guard dogs around their gardens to keep midnight iris thieves too Whistling It's a great addiction! I'm infected bad.
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 6b)
genealogist specializing in French
Irises Region: Utah Hostas Bulbs
cbunny41
May 27, 2016 7:13 PM CST
Welcome! DND

I was infected in 1962 and deending on income and health it has been up and down. Now I am back in the swing and between trades and ourchases I will be getting 158 rhizomes this year. Friends are shaking their heads.
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
May 27, 2016 7:33 PM CST
Welcome to the enabling virus fold my friend! We are here to help you increase your number of iris. Big Grin Welcome!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
I helped beta test the first seed swap
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DogsNDaylilies
May 27, 2016 7:48 PM CST
Thank you, all! To be fair, I've been ogling irises for a little while now here on ATP/NGA. I loved all of the photos, but it was hard to appreciate them fully until I saw one in person...in my own yard, no less! I didn't realize the blooms were so big, for one, and mine has a lovely, sweet fragrance when I stick my nose in it, so I'm assuming others do, too. And, a picture might be worth a thousand words, but seeing it in person is priceless. Lovey dubby I think my next one will be something very different, though, just for some contrast until I can afford to do an abundance of them.
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
I helped beta test the first seed swap
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DogsNDaylilies
May 27, 2016 8:02 PM CST
(I wrote that last post several hours ago and never submitted it...I didn't realize how many responses this thread had received since then!)

You guys are great! Thank you for welcoming me into the iris 'assylum', LoL! Big Grin

The iris I posted is probably only about a foot high, but the bloom is a good size. I don't know the standards for measuring irises, but it's probably about 4" tall and 3" wide? I will try to go out and measure tomorrow and take pictures. It's definitely purple, but it's a very blue-purple, has a very sweet, but light fragrance (I had to get my nose right up to it to smell it).

I don't know if you will see anything in these photos that might help with an ID (as I mentioned, I'm definitely a greenie when it comes to irises!), but hopefully these might help:


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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
May 27, 2016 8:09 PM CST
Well -- it most certainly is an historic -- and Arlyn is our historic-expert, so I imagine he will be checking in here pretty soon with a thought or two. And whatever it is, it certainly is lovely.

In the meantime, Welcome! Your reference to the *Iris Assylum* is very apt. Consider yourself warned................bwahahahaha (crazed laughter.................)
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Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
Dog Lover Daylilies Organic Gardener Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
I helped beta test the first seed swap
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DogsNDaylilies
May 27, 2016 8:12 PM CST
Henhouse said:We're a horrible group of enablers.. nodding Welcome!

Yours is very similar to 'Pretty Pansy', but the beard looks too gold. I'd like to see some more pictures when you get them.


Sherry, thank you for trying to ID my iris. Your "Pretty Pansy" looks very similar. I think, though, that you're right about the beard on mine...mine is a little more gold colored and the purple on the petals of mine isn't so pronounced and rich-colored. The top petals in mine are a lighter shade of purple and the lower petals appear to be more blended (less distinction in color) between the white part and the purple.

(Sorry for the horrendous terminology if I'm way off. I'll get my act together as time goes on and I learn more, I promise! Rolling my eyes. )
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
May 27, 2016 8:15 PM CST
The scent is what first drew me to irises. Glad to hear someone else goes in nose first! Just love the sun hitting the iris and the lovely scent rising to greet you. I admit I am somewhat obsessed with smelling iris. That is a big bonus in my collecting Burseen hybridized iris. Almost all of his are fragrant.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield

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