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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Feb 13, 2019 2:17 PM CST
There was a pounding rainstorm last night, so this morning I went out to see how one little
dwarf fared. It was ready to bloom.It got pretty battered. Poor little thing.

Plum Wine

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While I was in the garden, I also took a few shots of my half wine barrel which I'm using as a
raised bed for my dwarves.


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I'm on the lookout for more used wine barrels!

EDIT! uh oh, I had most of these in my pot ghetto, and I thought Abby's Fire was an sdb. It isn't It's a tall and I'm going to have to find new digs for old Abby! (and now there's space for another dwarf!)

and Crank It Up Needs a new label!
let the mystery be
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Feb 13, 2019 3:05 PM CST
Sherry - hope your Private First Class makes it. I think it is a wonderful iris, that I unfortunately let die in my basement. I thought I had transferred it to the redone dwarf ring, but found it last night. Mad at myself for being so stupid. Also did that to Stolen Identity, which I now have soaking in water, and am hoping beyond hope it revives because Wild Iris Rows was the only place that carried it and they closed.

I got my Private from Superstition a couple years back. I will need to check the new catalog to see if they still have it.
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Feb 13, 2019 6:36 PM CST
I checked today in the light. 'Private First Class' is fine.. It was a Mid-America SDB in that same area that bit the dust..

I wouldn't just toss 'Sarah Taylor' on the compost heap.. It would either go to our club sale or HIPS. A neighbor also has not had good luck with it.. so I'm convinced it's climate and not soil.. I've got three clumps in different sites in my garden... It increases well, but.....
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Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
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UndyingLight
Feb 14, 2019 8:24 AM CST
Sarah Taylor is cute. I wonder if it would bloom well here? I mean, all the way across the US might help. Rolling my eyes.
The iris season has begun with Cat's Eye!
Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Feb 14, 2019 8:44 AM CST
I like the rain barrel idea!
Ah! I wasn't going to buy any irises! But now after seeing this thread, you all reminded me that Gracchus has been on my want list for a few years. I saw it at the Presby Iris Gardens and it had such a graceful habit. The foliage is one reason I like the little ones, even though they have less bloom. So I ordered it at Old House Gardens.

I also have/had Plum Wine. That same year, Home Depot was selling a similar dwarf iris and I put them next to each other. I don't have the tag for the HD so I've never been sure who won out.

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Name: Jim
Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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brozeus
Feb 14, 2019 9:58 AM CST
Love to see all the appreciation for the 'littles'!

I have limited myself almost exclusively to littles and ABs. Not only do I find them slightly 'cuter' than the big boys, I honestly find the number of choices with the TBs simply overwhelming. Plus my gardens are very limited in space and my rationale is that I can more easily cram a little guy into the nooks and crannies not completely overtaken by flowers... Whistling

I'm still waiting on blooms for some, as most were planted in 2016 and 2017. I honestly have so many favorites, but if I am to limit myself, Petite Ballerina is probably the standout in my garden, both due to vigor and the pattern (I am a sucker for a purple plic!) Drooling



Of my personal pics from last year (admittedly I missed a bunch as I was running after a 6 month old and a 2 year old) these 2 are my favorite, although a little outside the box for "littles":

AB Iris 'Loudmouth' (10-12" height, although mine was even smaller in it's first bloom season last year)

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Species iris sauveolens 'Rubromarginata'

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Keep the pics coming people! Hurray!
Northern NJ (Zone 6b)
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LorettaNJ
Feb 14, 2019 10:36 AM CST
I can see why 'Petite Ballerina' is one of your favorites! Rubromarginata has an interesting form.
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
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UndyingLight
Feb 14, 2019 10:56 AM CST
Cute blooms, Jim! Pettite Ballerina is a great name for that little one. Lovey dubby
The iris season has begun with Cat's Eye!
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
Feb 14, 2019 11:13 AM CST
@brozeus Jim, that suaveolens 'Rubromarginata', is adorable ! Did you get it through Arrowhead Alpines, or from elsewhere? I think it's a real cutie.
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
Feb 14, 2019 11:26 AM CST
@janwax I can recall when those barrels were much more afordable.. I used to grow all sorts of things in one half barrel. ( Forgot to mention it, in previous post.) But I really do think it works well, for how you "created" a grouped collection of those small varieties, all together. I think that really looks nice & will be even better when in flower!
Oh, why oh why, is the weather so odd, lately.. I noticed the Sierra Nevada range may get a huge snowfall & downpours, drenching the Coast, yet back here, hardly any where I am ( until it arrives, here, in the East , a little later that is...)
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 14, 2019 11:31 AM CST
Jim @brozeus ~ Welcome! back to the Iris Forum! Hurray!

We have a number of members that specialize in "littles". Especially Bonnie and Lucy. Most of us have a few in addition to the other kinds.

“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.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
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janwax
Feb 14, 2019 2:07 PM CST
Thanks, Shawn. I understand the "affordable" part. I think this one was 30. But I'm keeping an eye out for cheaper ones!
let the mystery be
Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
Feb 14, 2019 2:23 PM CST
I think it was a matter of supply & demand. There may have been a boom in Virginia wine making some years ago (not that it is non-existent here,) but you are much closer to "true Wine country".
It sure turned out to be a great planter for how you made use of yours, with those little Iris so you can see them a bit easier.
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 14, 2019 2:24 PM CST
ShawnSteve said:Oh, why oh why, is the weather so odd, lately.. I noticed the Sierra Nevada range may get a huge snowfall & downpours, drenching the Coast, yet back here, hardly any where I am ( until it arrives, here, in the East , a little later that is...)


Why does the weather do what it does??? The age old question. Now they are adding climate change into the mix, with more intense everything...fires, drought, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms....etc. Pray for a mild, long spring to make up for it. What else can we do?

“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.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Feb 14, 2019 2:40 PM CST
evelyninthegarden said:

Why does the weather do what it does??? The age old question. Now they are adding climate change into the mix, with more intense everything...fires, drought, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms....etc. Pray for a mild, long spring to make up for it. What else can we do?


Not to preach, but humans have caused climate change.Hot is hotter; cold is colder. Things are out of balance. We can change our habits and consider electric cars, solar, eating less meat (cattle produce a lot of methane gas,. etc. )But I'm sure you already knew that. If everybody made some small changes it could make a difference - (and if the price of an electric car came down maybe my family could afford one. I've stopped driving.)
let the mystery be
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Hampton, Virginia (Zone 8b)
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ShawnSteve
Feb 14, 2019 3:11 PM CST
My understanding of some of what is happening, is that the snow & ice is receding, instead of accumulating near the polar "ice caps". Snow, reflects the sunlight, helping to keep it cooler. The "ice age" is on its continuing course, of ending...
But, the human population has grown exponentially, contributing to the overall warming.. Once all that ice & snow melted, it becomes additional moisture in the atmosphere & changes not just the weather, but the climate., also.
On PBS last night, they mentioned a small island in the Chesapeake Bay, called Tangier. It was & is now nearly at sea level.. although I am uncertain if it is all from sea level rise, but may be partly due to subsidence & erosion too. No doubt in my mind, that weather events, are more severe,, or intense, these days.
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 14, 2019 3:33 PM CST
janwax said:Not to preach, but humans have caused climate change.Hot is hotter; cold is colder. Things are out of balance. We can change our habits and consider electric cars, solar, eating less meat (cattle produce a lot of methane gas,. etc. )But I'm sure you already knew that. If everybody made some small changes it could make a difference - (and if the price of an electric car came down maybe my family could afford one. I've stopped driving.)


Jan ~ I did not mention all the little things that we can do. I don't know what impact I have on not using plastic straws or cup tops, recycling everything possible, donating to environmental causes. We cannot afford an electric car. either, though I do applaud Elon Musk and his efforts.

There was on the news about the huge debt that people are taking on to buying autos. Some of us do not live near public transportation. I think that many are buying new vehicles that they cannot afford, and one missed paycheck can send them into the possibility of repossession.

We cannot control what others do, but what we do. Of course, every little bit does help, but does it help enough? Yes, we can make our thoughts known but in the end, it will be up to innovators to figure out how to clean up the planet. Hopefully it will be soon enough.

“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.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Feb 14, 2019 4:22 PM CST
One thing we can ask ourselves is what are we leaving to our grandchildren and their children ?
Time is running out.
let the mystery be
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 14, 2019 4:26 PM CST
I suggest that we move this discussion to either Mindless Chatter, or create a new thread. This has little to do with "little ones".

“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.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Feb 14, 2019 4:34 PM CST
o.k. Evelyn.
let the mystery be
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