Cottage Gardening forum: Visit to Thelma's Iris Gardens

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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
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sandnsea2
Jan 31, 2012 9:02 AM CST
Decided to give Thelma her own thread and update as new visits occur.

About 20 minutes away, lives this wonderful lady, and the garden and business she created, from some extra land on the family farm.

It is called "Mom's Out of Control Hobby".

At 90- ish, Thelma still can be seen driving her golf cart through the Iris fields, looking for weeds to eradicate.

With much enthusiasm, Thelma says she enjoys weeding her fields daily, and being outside with the Iris, and the people who come to appreciate them.

Each Spring we visit, a few times really, watching the swaths of color change, and giving in to buying a few more.

From the street, it is an eyecatching sight, that never fails to take your breath away. :smily:


Here is an article about her:
http://flowergardengirl.wordpress.com/2009/05/12/thelmas-out...

Here is a more flattering photo I took of Thelma, on my last visit.
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and her daughter
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Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Feb 3, 2012 10:17 AM CST
What a delightful story about a delightful person.
And the Iris are gorgeous too!
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
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sandnsea2
Feb 3, 2012 11:32 AM CST
Smiling Caroline.

Wish there was one in everyones' area.

...maybe a "Thelma's" franchise could be started! Hilarious!
Name: doglover
Illinois (Zone 5a)
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doglover
Feb 21, 2012 11:50 PM CST
Wow, just was jumping in and reading articles. Thelma looks thouroghly happy. What a wonderful thing. Those that never garden have no idea how fulfilling it is to live for gardening and how peaceful it makes you feel.
Is she selling any of her iris thru mail now? That is just too far for me to go. I do not like to drive, but I am sure if I was one of the lucky ones that live withina a few hours from her, my husband would surely take me there so I can purchase some of her iris right from her gardens. I live by Chicago and way to far. Looks like I just need to find another gardner going that way and will get some for me, does this ever happen on these sites? doglover
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Feb 22, 2012 12:56 AM CST
No, unfortunately she does not do mail order.

Great looking dog and Hostas, Doglover.

Name: Shannon
Burkeville,Va (Zone 7a)
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Shannon
Feb 22, 2012 6:02 PM CST
Hi,

Just went to look at Thelmas story again and the site is locked Sad Can you tell me what town she is in again ?

Thanks Green Grin!
The horse is God's gift to mankind. ~Arabian Proverb
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
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sandnsea2
Feb 22, 2012 6:25 PM CST
Winston Salem, North Carolina.
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Mar 20, 2012 4:49 PM CST
Shannon, I love your dogs with the Bunny ears!!

The link is working again (above).

By the way, a few of the Iris from Thelma are budded now and ready to pop, which means I need to start thinking about taking a ride over there soon.
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Name: Kassia
Framingham, MA (Zone 6a)
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kassiap
Mar 31, 2012 3:08 PM CST
Great story... it really makes me want to go there and visit Thelma... I am going to give bone meal to my irises this year... wow...
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Mar 31, 2012 3:24 PM CST
Thanks, Kassia! Smiling

Thelma's Iris have started blooming and the earliest put on quite a nice show!

Love to see your Iris blooms!.
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Name: virginiarose
Virginia
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virginiarose
Apr 4, 2012 5:12 PM CST
This is Fabulous! Does she sell them? How much? I would love to take a drive someday! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
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sandnsea2
Apr 4, 2012 5:28 PM CST
Yes, they are quite inexpensive...last year they were about $4-6 each, some even less, I think.

Usually I get double clumps in bloom .

She sells the cut flowers too.

They have started blooming now.
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
Apr 4, 2012 5:37 PM CST
My brother lives in Durham. Glare
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Shannon
Burkeville,Va (Zone 7a)
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Shannon
Apr 4, 2012 5:55 PM CST
I would Love to go to Thelma's also...About 3.5 hrs from me one way
The horse is God's gift to mankind. ~Arabian Proverb
Name: virginiarose
Virginia
Money talks but Chocolate Sings!
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Level 1 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Hibiscus Dragonflies Daylilies
Bee Lover Dahlias Butterflies Hostas Birds Lilies
virginiarose
Apr 4, 2012 6:30 PM CST
Wow, you are even closer. I believe for me it would be around 5.5 hours. Green Grin!
Susan

In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.....Margaret Atwood
Name: Pippi21
Silver Spring, Maryland 20906 (Zone 7a)
Pippi21
May 19, 2012 3:33 AM CST
Tell me about using bone meal..how much do you use and do you work it into the soil before you plant or spread it around the plant on top of the soil and let the rain wash it into the soil? Is this a one time application or maybe every Spring?
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
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sandnsea2
May 19, 2012 5:54 AM CST
Here is some information on planting and fertilizing Irises Smiling Smiling

http://www.schreinersgardens.com/about_iris.shtml

Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
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Cuzz4short
Jan 22, 2016 9:22 AM CST
I've read this article years ago. @lestv have you ever been here? Last year I said I would make a visit if possible in 2016.
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jan 22, 2016 9:31 AM CST
Gabe @cuzz4short - No I haven't been. Maybe we should go at the same time - then we could do the First Avenue/Art At Dawn swap too. It is about half way between us.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
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
Jan 22, 2016 9:43 AM CST
That's what I'm thinking.. I'm pretty sure I'll bring home a few extra goodies as well. I found the address before and will again, maybe it's in the article. There's tons of articles and pics from her chaotic garden. Be careful, sounds like they'll put you to work also and I've heard to bring a fork or shovel as well. Hilarious!

I'll research into and see what I can find then.
Gimme it and I'll grow it!

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