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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Mar 8, 2012 12:19 AM CST
I have been enjoying my few Dutch Iris. They bloom very eary, a treat on these gray days They are just finishing the blooming cycle and i was interested in buying a few different kinds. Would love some info as well. I'm sure they have an name and will look in the data base. These just came from a big box store.
Looks like they are Reticulated Iris

Good souces to order?
Thanks
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Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Mar 8, 2012 11:05 AM CST
John Scheepers is always pretty reliable for those little irises, in my opinion.

http://johnscheepers.com/catview.cgi?_fn=Product&_category=I...

Or it's sister company Van Engelen if you are buying larger quantities.

http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/44/

Brent and Becky is good. McClure and Zimmerman does not have very good ratings.

http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/18/

http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/169/

Happy shopping!
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Name: Julia
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springcolor
Mar 8, 2012 11:43 AM CST
Thank you, I will look these over.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 8, 2012 3:14 PM CST
Touble with sheepers is that they have a $35 minimum order. 2 stems of Katharine Hodgkin iris are open, one more than last yr & earlier. I would think that the warmer temps caused it to be so early.
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PollyK
Mar 8, 2012 4:36 PM CST
I find it hard not to spend 35.00 nowadays.

Where do you get yours, Lucy?
Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Mar 8, 2012 8:42 PM CST
I did get it from sheepers as I had other things to order. I kept trying to get up to the $35 but everything fell short so didn't order more. We already have daffs in front of our stone wall along the street & don't have room for many more bulbs. I avoid tulips because of the deer.
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Mar 9, 2012 2:16 PM CST
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Mine are blooming today
Just love these little beauties, they have been in my garden for 12+ years now, and still make me smile Smiling
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Mar 9, 2012 6:26 PM CST
So pretty Cinda! You must be doing something right to have them come back for so long.
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springcolor
Mar 9, 2012 10:30 PM CST
WOW! Love those. I'm going to order some from Brent and Becky. They have so many its are to choose. I have 6 on my wish list. Way to many Shrug!
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Mar 10, 2012 9:58 AM CST
Katherine Hodgkins comming along slowly.

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Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Mar 10, 2012 10:06 AM CST
Awww, in the snow. I think Katharine is definitely one of the prettier ones. I can recall when it was very expensive per bulb.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 10, 2012 10:55 AM CST
Expense is probably because it is a species cross & grows more slowly than some reticulatas. I have not been outside to look at it as yet today as we had about 2" of snow.
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Mar 11, 2012 3:26 AM CST
Last year was my first to see blooms on the 3 varieties I planted the fall before.
I preferr the lighter colored ones because I can see them from the house. The darks like Pixie and George ar not seen against the ground and mulch.
I planted Natasha last fall but no sighn of it yet.
Name: Brian
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Mar 11, 2012 6:35 AM CST
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These are from last year as nothing is blooming in my garden yet. They multiple very quickly.
Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Mar 11, 2012 7:26 AM CST
Natasha is not a very strong variety.
Name: Michele Roth
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chelle
Mar 11, 2012 7:35 AM CST
Those are beautiful, Brian!

I really like how those look with the stone mulch. Thumbs up

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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
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ge1836
Mar 11, 2012 8:53 AM CST
Just fantastic.I believe I could see those blooming from the house. I'll get some fall planting time.
Name: Brian
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bearsearch
Mar 11, 2012 9:47 AM CST
Thanks Chelle and Jo Ann. Against the stone they can be seen quite well from a distance.
Name: Julia
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springcolor
Mar 11, 2012 10:25 AM CST
Nice group. I going to buy some this fall.
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Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Mar 11, 2012 10:49 AM CST
Brian, those are a great looking bunch of iris! Very healthy looking. One of the best I've seen.

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