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Elkins, WV (Zone 5b)
Jan 11, 2019 10:59 AM CST
|@undyinglight No worries, I already have "the virus"! LOL I frequently had input into mom's orders and had about a dozen at my previous house, which I relocated down here this past fall. They are part of the 50ish that I have confirmed as still alive. But, trust me, that's only the beginning!!
@Polymerous Thanks for the advice and encouragement. I'm glad you were able to recover your Black Phantom, it's lovely. I especially like the blacks with the dark beards.
My attack plan is now three fold. As soon as practical in the spring I am going to do fast pass through and relocate what I can easily find. These will be the larger ones that are still relatively healthy. The next phase will be more meticulous going through and finding anything I can with visible growth.
The third pass (this step just added) will be digging up the entire bed by hand and salvaging any rhizomes that I find buried. I didn't realize they would do this, so there is added hope! These will be the ones most likely to end up as NOIDs, but I can note their general area and probably narrow them down then just wait for blooms.
I know that there are some that are gone for good, as I have found marked depressions, and some listed in her notes as lost and not replaced. I know that moving them in spring and summer won't make them happy, but many are not strong enough to fight off the weeds for another season, so this is the lesser of the evils.
I will definitely post updates on here as the project comes along. And once I know what is gone for sure will be looking for replacements.
Jan 11, 2019 11:06 AM CST
|Judy ~ Good luck in your ambitious endeavors!
I hope that you will find lots of surprises! (Good ones, of course!)
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Jan 11, 2019 3:56 PM CST
|If you run into any that bloom and you can't identify, HIPS might be of some help.
HIPS is the acronym for Historic Iris Preservation Society, a member society of the American Iris Society.
Many of your mom's irises are now classed as historic.
Of course, you can always post the photo on the forum and see if anyone recognizes it.
Jan 12, 2019 11:37 AM CST
|You are so very fortunate to have her records.
So many do not keep records or their grounds keepers are not careful with labels, etc.
I also belong to Historic Iris Preservation Society and sub-group Guardian Guardians.
They organize volunteer rescues and have examples of record keeping.
Good luck to you
Jan 12, 2019 11:53 AM CST
| Welcome to the forum, Judy! There are a lot of wonderful, helpful iris growers here. Good luck with your endeavors!
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” --John Muir (1838-1914)
Jan 12, 2019 1:03 PM CST
|WELCOME to Iris - Mania ~
I'll enjoy seeing what you have; when I moved to this home 5yrs ago - the dear Soul who planted the 20 ft x 4 ft garden left no indication of what was there. None of my new neighbors knew . .. so the 1st year was spent Daily Photos of the entire things .. side to side .. front to back.
There are 7-9 varieties of Iris -- most seem to be Heritage . Got so tired of looking up their "proper names" - I named them myself.
Have found some that wander ... a beautiful white turned up 4ft away from where she was still blooming.
So, since you have so many - you will have fun -
And, yes as someone said ... there are LOTS of people who know what they are doing in here !
Peggy - who digs in the dirt-
[ plus all the other things planted out there - it has been very interesting ]
Live like every day as it is your last because one day -- it will be.
(if I can find who said this, I'll credit that dear Soul -- wasn't me, but it makes a lot of sense)
This isn't a dress-rehearsal ~
Jan 13, 2019 7:53 PM CST
|Judy! We'll be happy to give you any help we can with your project!|
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