Irises forum: My First-Ever Iris Order!

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Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Jun 4, 2016 1:18 PM CST
I succombed. Rolling my eyes.

I blame the lady who gave me a clump of iris rhizomes at the plant exchange last year and I blame Tom ( @tveguy ) for his post: http://garden.org/thread/view_post/1151031/ , LoL! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

Since Mid-America had Mordor, I peeked around their site, fully planning to only get 2-3. Instead, my order includes the following:
[Fire]


Bonus:



I just placed my order today, so now begins the long wait until July! Well...next year, really, unless I'm lucky enough to somehow get blooms off of a rebloomer later this year. (Does that ever happen when ordering brand new irises mid-year?)


(I just realized I didn't get any plicata irises...hopefully I qualify for gift plants and maybe one of those gift plants will be plicata...)
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Jun 4, 2016 1:32 PM CST
Hurray!

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UndertheSun
Jun 4, 2016 1:44 PM CST
That's a great order! Thumbs up

We have all blamed Tom over and over again. Hilarious!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jun 4, 2016 2:52 PM CST
...and Bonnie and Mary Ann and Sherry and Jan and Arlyn and Rob...but I mostly blame Brad. Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing

Looking forward to seeing your photographs of Why Be Normal. I had it on a Mid-America order this year, which was one of those I asked to cancel, and I am interested in seeing how it does in a 'real' garden. Thumbs up
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Jun 4, 2016 3:24 PM CST
I blame all y'all equally. Boxes, encouragement, complements (sometimes outright lies!) questions, photos....... even those of you that only grow one or two just tell me that life is short and I am missing out. Then you post photos of what you are buying I am left with no choice, a pounding heart and a feeling that I had better order them before the rest of you get them all! I think that the vendors have heard of this virus and are feeding my habit with catalogs brimming with gorgeous photos, promises of gorgeous blooms and bonuses. Yep, you are all guilty and now I must be pacified with rhizomes. Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jun 4, 2016 3:46 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Jun 4, 2016 4:29 PM CST
I noticed no one took the bite and answered my question about possible blooms this year. Does anyone know, is there any hope for late-season blooms with a July order? I'm guessing no, but I hold on to a glimmer of hope. (What is considered late season? I know I'm further north than most of you, but I have no idea when blooms go until. Do rebloomers finish up in late June? July? Do any rebloom in the fall?
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jun 4, 2016 4:55 PM CST
I do not yet have enough experience with Iris to have an answer as to blooms from this year's purchases. Many rebloomers are fall-blooming. I have Lest We Forget and Orange Harvest, both of which have rebloomed late for me. Most everything else I have is too new to know, yet. Smiling
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Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Jun 4, 2016 5:34 PM CST
Debra, that helps! I wasn't sure if irises could bloom in the fall. That's how little I know. *Blush*
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jun 4, 2016 6:58 PM CST
I had a median that I got in early September last year that bloomed in Oct/Nov. So yes, I would say it is possible. Helps to have a mild fall I am guessing.
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Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Jun 4, 2016 7:02 PM CST
Oooh, Leslie, you're giving me hope! Lovey dubby I'm keeping my fingers crossed I get to see atleast one of them. Now I'm going to go back and see if any that I picked out are rebloomers. Crossing Fingers!
Name: Niki
Bend, Oregon (Zone 6a)
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HighdesertNiki
Jun 4, 2016 7:06 PM CST
Mariposa Autumn bloomed for me last fall after a late July order. I am in the same zone as you. It depends on the rebloomer too. Some only rebloom in warmer zones. Winterberry and Suttons list if it is able to bloom in our cold zone.

Leave a note, or email that you would love a gift Iris to be a plicata or rebloomer.

Your order looks just gorgeous. I would be very happy to see shots of the flowers when they bloom.
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Name: Jolana
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froggardener
Jun 4, 2016 7:32 PM CST
DND, wow, you went all in, Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Beautiful choices!!
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jun 4, 2016 8:37 PM CST
An iris planted in July is not apt to bloom that year. (sometimes does happen) After all irises bloom off the increases & it takes time to form them.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jun 4, 2016 9:06 PM CST
Sure blame it on me, only if you want to! I have had rhizomes bloom in the fall of the year planted only three times, once was last year with one that Sherry sent me, Grape Echos, and once it happened to one I got from Schreiners called Wild Jasmine, and once it was with Immortality, when I dug it from one spot and moved it to another. Otherwise it's not very common, but there's always a chance. BTW Are You Free is a plicata. Hilarious! and so is Force Field.
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iciris
Jun 4, 2016 11:45 PM CST
I've only had one bloom the same year I purchased it. It was Mother Earth and was from Schreiners.
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Jun 5, 2016 12:35 AM CST
Welcome to our circle of iris growers. I like your colour choices and they will look stunning growing together.

I purchased my first iris in autumn from ebay and didn't have to wait too long for it to bloom. It is my only rebloomer and it has never rebloomed for me. Luckily my reblooming daylilies don't let me down.
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Polymerous
Jun 5, 2016 1:12 AM CST
That 'Mordor' looks... Blinking .

I'm a long term LOTR fan (since I was about 13-14), but I'm not sure how I would feel about having that one in my garden.

I understand and sympathize with your lack of willpower, though. Whistling I'm now almost dreading the parade of boxes that will be arriving. I don't have a lot of sunny space; I don't know where I will put them all... Confused
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Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
Jun 5, 2016 1:17 AM CST
tveguy3 said:Sure blame it on me, only if you want to! I have had rhizomes bloom in the fall of the year planted only three times, once was last year with one that Sherry sent me, Grape Echos, and once it happened to one I got from Schreiners called Wild Jasmine, and once it was with Immortality, when I dug it from one spot and moved it to another. Otherwise it's not very common, but there's always a chance. BTW Are You Free is a plicata. Hilarious! and so is Force Field.



Good to know, I'll keep my expectations low and my hopes high, then. As for the placatas, I realized after I said it that Are You Free was--it wasn't a picked-out-and-paid-for iris, so I'd forgotten about it--but I didn't realize Force Field was a plicata! you're right!
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Jun 5, 2016 7:09 AM CST
As anxious as we all are to see a new Iris bloom for the first time -- I would be unhappy if a newly planted rhizome bloomed the same year. By the time that you get your rhizomes from a dealer, they are just coming out of dormancy -- and SHOULD get busy growing new roots, settling into their new spot, and creating increases. The amount of energy required to produce a bloom could sabotage all of that, and the very survival of that rhizome. FWIW. Shrug!

Edited to add: what a beautiful order you placed!!! :-)
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