Irises forum: Your most vigorous iris

Page 1 of 4 • 1 2 3 4
Views: 3440, Replies: 79 » Jump to the end
Name: Darrell
Piketon, Ohio (Zone 6b)
Irises Organic Gardener
Image
Hybridizer
Jan 29, 2019 6:54 AM CST
Of the 85 or so irises that I currently grow, my most vigorous iris is Emma's Laughter. It has 10 or so increases every year and in soil that is not well drained. I planted it years ago in the low corner of a bulb bed to see how it would do, and it thrived. I top dress the bulb bed each year with compost, so I'm guessing the iris is very well fed since it is in the low spot. It also blooms early and 3-4 times every year.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Hummingbirder Region: California Dog Lover Irises Organic Gardener Daylilies
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
janwax
Jan 29, 2019 10:49 AM CST
I think garden placement is a big factor in vigor. There are certain "sweet spots" in my garden, anyway.
A garden is fundamentally a process—there is change, and sometimes it is dying, and sometimes it is hibernating,” Tom Stuart-Smith
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
Lestv
Jan 29, 2019 11:01 AM CST
Vigorous? Easily Quaker Lady. She was buried in ivy for years with only little fan leaves visible. I dug her up and popped her in the garden bed where she quickly multiplied. I now have several clumps and more in pots. The iris was planted here by the previous owner, probably in the late 30's or early 40's, so it is well adapted to the climate and pretty disease resistant at this point. Wish some of my more modern iris would get to this stage!




In second place is my other vigorous grower, first planted in the 90's, Spinning Wheel:
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Darrell
Piketon, Ohio (Zone 6b)
Irises Organic Gardener
Image
Hybridizer
Jan 29, 2019 11:12 AM CST
Lestv said:Vigorous? Easily Quaker Lady. She was buried in ivy for years with only little fan leaves visible. I dug her up and popped her in the garden bed where she quickly multiplied. I now have several clumps and more in pots. The iris was planted here by the previous owner, probably in the late 30's or early 40's, so it is well adapted to the climate and pretty disease resistant at this point. Wish some of my more modern iris would get to this stage!




In second place is my other vigorous grower, first planted in the 90's, Spinning Wheel:


2 beautiful irises!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Dahlias Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
pirl
Jan 29, 2019 11:14 AM CST
Knock 'em Dead
Thumb of 2019-01-29/pirl/c7de9e

Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
Lestv
Jan 29, 2019 11:20 AM CST
Very pretty one Arlene! Nice to see you on here. Hope all is well with you.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Hummingbirder Region: California Dog Lover Irises Organic Gardener Daylilies
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
janwax
Jan 29, 2019 11:21 AM CST
oh well, if we're going back to the historics for vigor, I'd have to name Milestone. You can't kill it. Reproduces madly. Given to me in the early'80's and introduced in
1965. (I should try it in my breeding "program"). It's my husband's favorite and he grows it in his vegetable garden. We've always had lots of it to give away.


A garden is fundamentally a process—there is change, and sometimes it is dying, and sometimes it is hibernating,” Tom Stuart-Smith
[Last edited by janwax - Jan 29, 2019 11:39 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1898091 (7)
Name: Darrell
Piketon, Ohio (Zone 6b)
Irises Organic Gardener
Image
Hybridizer
Jan 29, 2019 11:52 AM CST
Emma's Laughter

Name: Darrell
Piketon, Ohio (Zone 6b)
Irises Organic Gardener
Image
Hybridizer
Jan 29, 2019 3:41 PM CST
janwax said:oh well, if we're going back to the historics for vigor, I'd have to name Milestone. You can't kill it. Reproduces madly. Given to me in the early'80's and introduced in
1965. (I should try it in my breeding "program"). It's my husband's favorite and he grows it in his vegetable garden. We've always had lots of it to give away.




Hi Jan. Milestone is an excellent parent and is fertile both ways. I would love to have it and would definitely use it in my breeding program. Your husband has good taste. Smiling
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
Image
irisarian
Jan 29, 2019 4:02 PM CST
IB Carriwitched (Innerest) it is a plicata which would like to take over the garden. We keep taking it to our club sale which is held every 2 years as it keeps filling in the space where it was removed.
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Garden Procrastinator Irises Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California
Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals Seed Starter
Image
evelyninthegarden
Jan 29, 2019 4:25 PM CST
hippie said:Hi Jan. Milestone is an excellent parent and is fertile both ways. I would love to have it and would definitely use it in my breeding program. Your husband has good taste. Smiling


I agree

Jan ~ If you have extra, I would be happy to take one or two off your hands. Lovey dubby
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Darrell
Piketon, Ohio (Zone 6b)
Irises Organic Gardener
Image
Hybridizer
Jan 29, 2019 4:25 PM CST

A clump would be beautiful!!!!
Name: Darrell
Piketon, Ohio (Zone 6b)
Irises Organic Gardener
Image
Hybridizer
Jan 29, 2019 4:27 PM CST
evelyninthegarden said:

I agree

Jan ~ If you have extra, I would be happy to take one or two off your hands. Lovey dubby


I asked first Jan! Hilarious!
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Garden Procrastinator Irises Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California
Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals Seed Starter
Image
evelyninthegarden
Jan 29, 2019 4:47 PM CST
Hippie ~ Of course, after you, sir. I tip my hat to you.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Hummingbirder Region: California Dog Lover Irises Organic Gardener Daylilies
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
janwax
Jan 29, 2019 6:36 PM CST
hippie said:

Hi Jan. Milestone is an excellent parent and is fertile both ways. I would love to have it and would definitely use it in my breeding program. Your husband has good taste. Smiling


I'd be happy to send you some. Remind me if I forget, o.k.?
If there are others who'd like a piece of Milestone, you can remind me too.
I may have to charge for postage.

I've got you down too, Evelyn. But i may need a reminder. :)

DH likes this iris so much he's got 4 beds of it. It doesn't get much water and it thrives madly. We'll always have some to share.
A garden is fundamentally a process—there is change, and sometimes it is dying, and sometimes it is hibernating,” Tom Stuart-Smith
[Last edited by janwax - Jan 29, 2019 6:49 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1898325 (15)
Name: Darrell
Piketon, Ohio (Zone 6b)
Irises Organic Gardener
Image
Hybridizer
Jan 29, 2019 6:43 PM CST
janwax said:

I'd be happy to send you some. Remind me if I forget, o.k.?
If there are others who'd like a piece of Milestone, you can remind me too.
I may have to charge for postage.

I've got you down too, Evelyn. But i may need a reminder. :)


That sounds great!! I will jot it down on the calendar. Thank You!
Name: Darrell
Piketon, Ohio (Zone 6b)
Irises Organic Gardener
Image
Hybridizer
Jan 29, 2019 6:45 PM CST
evelyninthegarden said:Hippie ~ Of course, after you, sir. I tip my hat to you.


Never upset a hippie. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Hummingbirder Region: California Dog Lover Irises Organic Gardener Daylilies
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
janwax
Jan 29, 2019 6:50 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
A garden is fundamentally a process—there is change, and sometimes it is dying, and sometimes it is hibernating,” Tom Stuart-Smith
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
Lestv
Jan 29, 2019 8:07 PM CST
Hippie, trust me. Milestone multiplies. Jan sent me some awhile back.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
Image
GreenIris
Jan 29, 2019 9:31 PM CST
Jan: I would like one. I will do trade or postage. It's just beautiful.
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!

Page 1 of 4 • 1 2 3 4

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Irises forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by TBGDN and is called "Peonies"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.