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hippie
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.
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Name: Jan Wax
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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.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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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:
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hippie
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!
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Jan 29, 2019 11:14 AM CST
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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Jan 29, 2019 11:20 AM CST
Very pretty one Arlene! Nice to see you on here. Hope all is well with you.
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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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.


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Jan 29, 2019 11:52 AM CST
Emma's Laughter

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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
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Name: Lucy
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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.
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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

“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
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hippie
Jan 29, 2019 4:25 PM CST

A clump would be beautiful!!!!
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hippie
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!
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 29, 2019 4:47 PM CST
Hippie ~ Of course, after you, sir. I tip my hat to you.

“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: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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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.
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hippie
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!
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hippie
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
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Jan 29, 2019 6:50 PM CST
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jan 29, 2019 8:07 PM CST
Hippie, trust me. Milestone multiplies. Jan sent me some awhile back.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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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!

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