Irises forum: Thrivers 2019

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Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
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TBMan
Jan 8, 2019 2:40 PM CST
So far so good, although our winter is still young. Just some snapshots of first-year stock replants, 1-year-old clumps and some new to me additions. I'll add some older clump picts a bit later. Gotta limit the photos -- have hundreds more i could add - lol
El Nino is expected to treat my region gently this year in regards to winter weather.
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janwax2
Jan 8, 2019 5:06 PM CST
Looking good, Tim!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 8, 2019 5:43 PM CST
janwax2 said:Looking good, Tim!


I agree Lovey dubby

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Jan 8, 2019 5:49 PM CST
wish mine increased that well. i'm lucky if the rhizomes ( increase) in my garden by 4 or 5; mostly it's an increase of 2 or 3 a year.

the good of this senario might be that i maybe able to plant the irises closer; i'll be able to cram more in! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jan 8, 2019 7:06 PM CST
I have some newly planted that are looking great, but as it is still raining and only January I don't want to jinx the lovelies. You look great Tim!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
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UndyingLight
Jan 8, 2019 7:32 PM CST
Wow, Tim! That's amazing growth!

I had some pretty fast growers.

One noid which looks like Indian Chief was planted in August and one rhizome inparticular sent me up seven increases, while most of the others did 2-4 increases.

Cat's Eye was a decently small rhizome and planted in September 2018 and it shot up five or six increases.

Currently, there's a lot of three-four increase rhizomes, but some of them have produced increases really fast. Kwik Kash has three, Epicenter has three, the old iris Florentina has sent me three (after two full months of waiting for any indication of increase). The other noid that a friend gave me with the Indian Chief lookalike, most of the rhizomes have 2-5 increases.

There's quite a few that were more recently planted (October) who haven't given me any increases, such as Thornbird which I am shocked by, but Tobacco Chew is growing rapidly. I figure the later planted ones didn't have really a large amount of time to send up increases - some of them probably have gone dormant.

One iris inparticular comes to mind that is really lacking.....Golden Panther. It was planted in August, with two fans (two rhizomes conjoined at the middle to make a super..rhizome?) and a huge rhizome, and it has not even sent up one. I very gently brush around the sides and backs of the rhizomes, and nothing. I'll have to see what happens with Golden Panther though. It could be simply where it is planted. Shrug!
One of our Bantam Rhode Island Reds stares intently at me. She is our little protector of our littles in the background!

Sometimes life isn't fair. Sometimes you have to hold on tight to what you love. Hold onto your friends and family as you will never know the last time you will see them.
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Jan 9, 2019 3:32 AM CST
Looking good indeed Timothy! Thumbs up
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
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
Jan 9, 2019 7:08 AM CST
Monty, not all newly planted Iris start increasing as soon as they are planted. In fact you will find many that don't. They are busy getting their roots set, and getting settled in the new environment. So don't be too hard on them as they may end up being your best growers down the road while some that are growing fast now may not continue to increase at their current rate.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
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UndyingLight
Jan 9, 2019 1:44 PM CST
Of course Leslie, I know that may be the case, but it was more of a sentiment towards this thread's idea.

I'll keep an eye on the particular irises that don't seem to be increasing yet and see what happens.
One of our Bantam Rhode Island Reds stares intently at me. She is our little protector of our littles in the background!

Sometimes life isn't fair. Sometimes you have to hold on tight to what you love. Hold onto your friends and family as you will never know the last time you will see them.
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
Jan 9, 2019 1:54 PM CST
I have a few that took a couple of years to start increasing. They must have known I was eyeing their spot for other irises and decided they better prove their worth! Hilarious! Hilarious! And of course when you get weather that wipes out a bunch of iris which are left standing? Oh yeah, those slowpokes. I have a bunch of them shooting up those middle fan leaves now, and I know they are thinking "so you thought you could replace me? Not so fast there missy!" Big Grin
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
Irises Region: Virginia Keeper of Poultry Cat Lover Garden Procrastinator
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UndyingLight
Jan 9, 2019 1:58 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious!

Maybe all they needed was more water....
One of our Bantam Rhode Island Reds stares intently at me. She is our little protector of our littles in the background!

Sometimes life isn't fair. Sometimes you have to hold on tight to what you love. Hold onto your friends and family as you will never know the last time you will see them.

janwax2
Jan 9, 2019 1:59 PM CST
Sounds like you may not have lost as many as you thought, Les. Hurray! Hurray!
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
Jan 9, 2019 9:19 PM CST
Jan -it has been interesting. There are bigger clumps that all looked like goners, like Blackbird Landing, but now they are sending up increases. It is a real mixed bag.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 9, 2019 9:34 PM CST
Leslie ~ What good news! Thumbs up Hurray!

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Jan 10, 2019 1:02 AM CST
leslie, that's teriffic news!
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Jan 10, 2019 3:34 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! for slowpokes and especially for survivors!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Jan 18, 2019 10:49 AM CST
As soon as the rain lets up.I'll take photos. I've got some thrivers!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 18, 2019 12:49 PM CST
Jan ~ What a good idea! I shall check and see, what "thrivers" live in my garden. Of course, there will be non-thrivers in there too... Sticking tongue out

But, I will reserve judgment until after bloom time, as sometimes they are very late to "wake up".

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
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GreenIris
Jan 21, 2019 12:28 PM CST
Tim: Really nice!!!

Daphne: I have some exceptions but my Irises increase slow as well. As long as I don't lose them, I am fine with it. Less separating Smiling The downside is, sometimes people ask me for Irises and I have had them 4 years and I have to say No, cause they are not thriving enough. I know part of my issue is I probably need to fertilize more.

Monty: Agree with Lesley...Many of my Irises have been underground cause of our cold temps at night and are barely starting to send up feelers to see if it is going to stay warm enough (It's not Smiling ). I don't worry too much until I don't see any growth by April, and then for my climate, chances are...I lost them. But that is a rarity here. Mostly when I see them underground in Winter, I know they are just hibernating.

Lesley: Whoo-Hoo!!!! Glad things are looking up! I so hope you all have a blessed 2019 weather year!!

I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!

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