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Name: Lyn Gerry
Watkins Glen, NY (Zone 6a)
Keeps Horses Vegetable Grower Organic Gardener Irises Permaculture Dog Lover
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LynNY
Jul 9, 2016 3:33 AM CST
Hi, fellow iris maniacs. My name is Lyn and I live in rural New York the Finger Lakes region) ninety miles away from the closest iris club so face to face meetups/sales /garden visits aren't on the cards for me.

So grateful to all of you for your photos and info. What a massive resource for iris lovers!
I've been lurking on this site for a few years and finally decided to join. It's been my go to for looking up tall bearded iris.

My passion is for tall bearded modern iris (as someone on this forum once wrote "the more ruffles the better" ) and this year I went off the deep end and did my first crosses. Pods are swelling - yay! - and I'd love to chat with others about their personal experiences in getting iris seeds to grow. From what I've read there seem to be a variety of techniques, many of them possibly not suited for a climate with cold, snowy winters. Really interested in your iris trading - is there a thread or section of the site where people post offers and requests for trades? Mostly I've just used the database so I'm not au fait with navigating the other areas of this site - any tips appreciated.

Here's a pic from my garden this season cuz everyone loves iris pix


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Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Winter Sowing Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Bee Lover
Dog Lover Region: Europe
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IrisLilli
Jul 9, 2016 3:41 AM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!

So happy you decided to join the rest of us 'out in the open' Hurray!

I also have my first seed pods growing bigger by the day and am very excited about it too!
I have grown bearded iris from seeds before, but never my own... just a bit nerve wracking, isn't it? Crossing Fingers!

What a great combination of colours on that image! Thumbs up
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Lyn Gerry
Watkins Glen, NY (Zone 6a)
Keeps Horses Vegetable Grower Organic Gardener Irises Permaculture Dog Lover
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LynNY
Jul 9, 2016 3:47 AM CST
Thanks, Lilli! I guess you can relate to the "cold, snowy winter" thing Smiling
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Jul 9, 2016 3:58 AM CST
Welcome! Lyn! What a lovely picture! Glad you joined the banter here. It's what gets us through those cold long winters, and then we get to see everyone's bloom season in the spring. Most of our threads on here take on a life of their own, and we don't get too excited if we are off topic once in a while! Rolling on the floor laughing Whistling Dogs, Cats, Raccoon, Chickens, horses, you name it, we talk about it as you probably know from reading all these posts. Welcome, and feel free to share more of you nice pictures! Smiling
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Winter Sowing Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Bee Lover
Dog Lover Region: Europe
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IrisLilli
Jul 9, 2016 4:25 AM CST
...and tutus, Tom! Don't forget them tutus! Big Grin

And yes, Lyn, we sometimes have cold winters, but never much snow - a bit of a challenge for the irises! Thumbs down
You don't know if it will grow until you try!

Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Jul 9, 2016 4:26 AM CST
Welcome! Lyn, glad you finally stopped lurking and decided to join in. There are so many nice, informative, caring, and willing to share people are on this forum. Thumbs up to all of them and to you too. Love your picture too. Welcome! again
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Name: Lyn Gerry
Watkins Glen, NY (Zone 6a)
Keeps Horses Vegetable Grower Organic Gardener Irises Permaculture Dog Lover
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LynNY
Jul 9, 2016 4:33 AM CST
Thanks, Tom! Like you, I love horses. That is my GRAND passion. Have 3 of my own (who are waiting for breakfast) and I work at a horse farm. You have got a shitload of irises my friend, and lots from one of my favorite breeders, Barry Blyth, as I recall, And another picture, since it pleases you.
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Jul 9, 2016 4:41 AM CST
Another nice picture!

What bred of horses? I actually sold a horse last week, so I'm down to 19 now! I can't remember the last time I was under 20 horses. (Although I may have a few foals coming next year) Whistling
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Lyn Gerry
Watkins Glen, NY (Zone 6a)
Keeps Horses Vegetable Grower Organic Gardener Irises Permaculture Dog Lover
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LynNY
Jul 9, 2016 4:53 AM CST
Mine are Paso Fino. The farm I work at has all kinds as its a boarding/training facility. You have a ton of horses too. You must be a happy man!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: United Kingdom Region: Northeast US Irises
Region: United States of America
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irisarian
Jul 9, 2016 5:06 AM CST
Hi Lyn We no longer have horses (some time now). I have seen Paso Fino demonstrations. We grow mostly medians & are cutting back because of age. More orders than last year however.
Name: Lyn Gerry
Watkins Glen, NY (Zone 6a)
Keeps Horses Vegetable Grower Organic Gardener Irises Permaculture Dog Lover
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LynNY
Jul 9, 2016 5:10 AM CST
Thanks for saying hi, Lucy and iciris. Frankly having some trouble figuring out how to reply to a specific post. It only seems to let me tack something on the end of the thread. Learning curve I guess.
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Winter Sowing Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Bee Lover
Dog Lover Region: Europe
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IrisLilli
Jul 9, 2016 5:13 AM CST
@irisarian Well, at least you can say you have done your bit to pass on the passion for dwarfs and median irises! Hurray!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Jul 9, 2016 5:42 AM CST
Welcome!
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
Jul 9, 2016 5:46 AM CST
LynNY said:Thanks for saying hi, Lucy and iciris. Frankly having some trouble figuring out how to reply to a specific post. It only seems to let me tack something on the end of the thread. Learning curve I guess.


Hi, Lyn. Welcome. Smiling

If you want to include a specific post in a reply, go to the bottom of that post and look for the "Quote" link. It is to the right of the thumbs up icon. Click on Quote and the system will copy that post into a new post in which you can enter your reply. Here is an example using your post about replying:
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
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
Jul 9, 2016 5:58 AM CST
Welcome! Lyn! Beautiful garden shots!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Lindsay Smith
The thumb area of Michigan (Zone 5b)
Region: Michigan Farmer Raises cows Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Cat Lover
Dog Lover Garden Photography
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Lbsmitty
Jul 9, 2016 6:02 AM CST
Hi Lyn. I'm fairly new, too. I'm an elementary school teacher from Michigan and hope this site will help me get through the long winters also. I purchased a farm about a year ago and am enjoying my cows and even cutting hay. I hope to get horses and chickens one day. I have been busy collecting irises the past few years and really caught iris fever a month ago when my iris garden bloomed profusely. I am also planning on breeding iris next year. Look forward to chatting with you.
Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Irises Peonies Region: Kentucky Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Boxergirl
Jul 9, 2016 6:03 AM CST
Welcome!
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
Jul 9, 2016 7:16 AM CST
Hi Lyn -- Welcome! from another horse person, in Kentucky!!
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. ([url=www.tut.com]www.tut.com[/url])
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Irises Keeps Horses Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: Pennsylvania
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Snork
Jul 9, 2016 8:40 AM CST
Welcome! From another iris and horse-aholic!
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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grannysgarden
Jul 9, 2016 8:54 AM CST
Welcome! from just an ornery old woman who used to do a lot but don't do much of nothin anymore.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......

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