Irises forum: Grab bags at Sutton or Stout?

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Name: Laura
SE Pennsylvania (Zone 7a)
catanache
Jan 29, 2019 10:08 PM CST
Hello! I've been lurking and reading for ages. Had a few rough years and lost most of my garden plants so I'm basically starting with a clean slate. Browsing through the Got a Box threads led me to Suttons and Stout Gardens (amongst other places). Browsing their sites led me to find Sutton's Mystery Grab Box (20 reblooming TB for $50) and Stout's Grab Bags (13 TB for $45). Exiting lurk mode to ask if anyone here has experience with these and what did you think of them? Also, any suggestions for other vendors who have something similar? I have a lot of space, a little money and nothing that they might duplicate. Rolling my eyes.

Thanks!
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Jan 30, 2019 5:08 AM CST
Ghio has usually had a surprise package where you send him a sum of money, and he sends a bunch of rhizomes.
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jan 30, 2019 5:19 AM CST
Laura, welcome! Big Grin
Welcome! Welcome!

I tend to favor Sutton's because their introductions are so vigorous in my yard, and I can't speak specifically to the grab bags, but each of those three vendors is top-notch for quality and service.
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Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Jan 30, 2019 5:35 AM CST
Welcome! Laura! Hurray!
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Name: Scott
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BlueFlagFan
Jan 30, 2019 6:37 AM CST
Welcome Laura! Welcome!

Tina and Daughters Iris Gardens offers 9 different collections, but they're not open yet.
https://tinaanddaughtersiris.c...

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Name: Monty Riggles
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UndyingLight
Jan 30, 2019 11:46 AM CST
Welcome, Laura!

I'd also like to find some "grab-bags" of sorts. That'll get me some hopefully identified new irises without having to pay simultaniously for 13 or 14 or 15 different irises. 13 irises at $5 would be over $100
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 30, 2019 1:13 PM CST
lovemyhouse said:Laura, welcome! Big Grin
Welcome! Welcome!

I tend to favor Sutton's because their introductions are so vigorous in my yard, and I can't speak specifically to the grab bags, but each of those three vendors is top-notch for quality and service.


Laura ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum! Hurray!
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UndertheSun
Jan 30, 2019 4:05 PM CST
Welcome Laura! Welcome!

If I recall, Gabe ordered a grab bag from Sutton's a couple of years ago. So he so was impressed, he mentioned ordering another one.
Name: Pam
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Snork
Jan 30, 2019 6:19 PM CST
Welcome Laura from another SE PA iris addict!

Both of those are great companies. I think you would be happy with a box from either one.

Happy shopping!
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iciris
Jan 30, 2019 7:11 PM CST
Welcome Laura Welcome!
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hippie
Jan 30, 2019 8:42 PM CST
Welcome!
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Name: Laura
SE Pennsylvania (Zone 7a)
catanache
Jan 30, 2019 11:26 PM CST
Thank You! For all the welcomes!

I'd seen mention of plants direct from Ghio but hadn't poked around to find out how. That's now done and I've requested his catalog.

Tina and Daughters Iris Gardens is one I hadn't heard of before, I'll look into it. Thanks!

Hi @Snork Nice to have company. I'd say I'm still a beginner addict but making speedy progress. Rolling my eyes.

I'm seeing if I can get a friend or two to join in, then I can get both grab bags and a few individual varieties. I know one person wants blacks and bright glowy ones. She was very excited to learn they can be fragrant. I love being a plant enabler.
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 30, 2019 11:46 PM CST
catanache said: Hi @Snork Nice to have company. I'd say I'm still a beginner addict but making speedy progress. Rolling my eyes.

I'm seeing if I can get a friend or two to join in, then I can get both grab bags and a few individual varieties. I know one person wants blacks and bright glowy ones. She was very excited to learn they can be fragrant. I love being a plant enabler.


Laura ~ You will fit right in with us here then....


“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: Barbara
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iciris
Jan 30, 2019 11:50 PM CST
Yes you will. Thumbs up
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Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Jan 31, 2019 5:01 AM CST
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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Jan 31, 2019 10:20 PM CST
I find most bearded iris, if not all, are fragrant. Some stronger than others, some sweet, spicy, etc. I love the scent of iris. It is one of it's attractions.
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 31, 2019 10:30 PM CST
Leslie ~ You probably don't have English Charm. Hilarious! Whistling

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Name: Ivan
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Ivan_N_Tx
Feb 1, 2019 2:57 PM CST
Hi EveIyn, You made me curious. I planted an English Charm last year, so is it a stinker or w/o a fragrance??? I googled it and some say none, others say it has a vanilla scent.
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hippie
Feb 1, 2019 3:05 PM CST
Ivan_N_Tx said:Hi EveIyn, You made me curious. I planted an English Charm last year, so is it a stinker or w/o a fragrance??? I googled it and some say none, others say it has a vanilla scent.


I planted one last year also.
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Name: Robin
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Totally_Amazing
Feb 1, 2019 3:11 PM CST
Welcome! Laura,
I hadn't been following this thread but I had some spare time today.

In regard to English Charm,
https://garden.org/thread/view...

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