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Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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lauriemorningglory
May 17, 2020 8:49 PM CST
Andrea, those are some very pretty irises. Nice color combos. Smiling
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
May 17, 2020 9:30 PM CST
Laurie, Thanks!
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
May 18, 2020 1:56 PM CST
Blue my Mind:
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• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
May 18, 2020 2:39 PM CST
Royal Sterling
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Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
May 18, 2020 3:38 PM CST
iciris said:Royal Sterling
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Barbara ~ Your pictures bring this subtle beauty to life! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
May 18, 2020 3:53 PM CST
Royal Sterling - what a beauty! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
May 18, 2020 4:01 PM CST
Thank you Evelyn and Daisy.
Edit to add: here is another gorgeous iris. Ten of Hearts (first time bloom)
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Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
May 18, 2020 4:18 PM CST
Ten of Hearts is a beauty also, but wow does this one have thrips!
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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UndertheSun
May 18, 2020 4:18 PM CST
Oh my that Ten of Hearts is a beauty! Lovey dubby

Onto the want list it goes. D'Oh!
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
May 18, 2020 4:20 PM CST
So I zoomed in on Royal Sterling, and it has thrips, too.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
May 18, 2020 4:28 PM CST
iciris said:Thank you Evelyn and Daisy.
Edit to add: here is another gorgeous iris. Ten of Hearts (first time bloom)
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Barbara ~ Yes it is! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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lauriemorningglory
May 18, 2020 4:30 PM CST
Barbara, I've looked at Ten of Hearts a number of times. It is beautiful. Smiling Do you have any troubles with it staying upright?
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
May 18, 2020 4:30 PM CST
Yep, I have so many irises that the later blooming irises have a lot of them. Is there anyway to get rid of them?
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
May 18, 2020 4:34 PM CST
lauriemorningglory said:Barbara, I've looked at Ten of Hearts a number of times. It is beautiful. Smiling Do you have any troubles with it staying upright?

I got it last year, and it's still in a pot. *Blush* From the looks of it in the pot it looks pretty sturdy. That said, I'm going to plant it this year in a bed right as I go out of the garage. So please ask me again next year.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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lauriemorningglory
May 18, 2020 4:45 PM CST
OK, thank you!
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
May 18, 2020 4:53 PM CST
Yes, thrips can be a problem in hot, dry weather especially. And I see you are in zone 9a. For me, I prefer to use organic controls instead of poisonous sprays that throw the insect ecosystem out of balance. Refer to https://www.epicgardening.com/...

I have not had any problem with either aphids or thrips since I ordered ladybugs (from a vendor on Amazon) and let them loose on my my affected plants after dusk one evening. That was about 5 years ago. By morning they had eaten every aphid off of my infested plants. It was so amazing! They are simply voracious little eaters!

If that doesn't work adequately, then you might also try lacewings. There is even a predatory mite that eats thrips, but I've not heard of it being commercially available.

Of course a last resort would be sprays, but I hope you don't have to resort to that. I used to have 25 tea and grandiflora roses, and used lots of sprays. But then I ended up with both monoclonal gammopathy and scleroderma. I suspect I basically poisoned myself. I wouldn't want anyone to repeat my experience!

-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
May 18, 2020 5:26 PM CST
Daisy, Thank you.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
May 18, 2020 5:44 PM CST
Very interesting information about aphids and ladybugs, Daisy. I tried ladybugs once, but they just flew away without eating any aphids. Apparently, the trick is to release them at night, as you stated.
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
May 18, 2020 6:16 PM CST
Andrea, there are several tricks to induce them to stay put at least long enough to eat your infestation.

1. Put the box of them in the refrigerator for an hour or two before release so that they are metabolically too sluggish to fly off.
2. They will be thirsty from their time spent in shipment. So go outside and spray down the plants upon which you want to put them. They'll be more likely to stay put if they don't have to immediately fly off in search of water.
3. Sprinkle them after dark. They are less likely to fly after dark.

It really does work if you use these tricks. The growing points on my mums, roses, and spireas were simply coated with aphids. By morning the ladybugs were gone, but so were all the aphids. And presumeably they had left plenty of eggs behind, because I haven't had a problem with aphids in any of the years since then.

I have also discovered that white mums attract hoverflies, which also eat aphids.

One year I had an infestation of stinkbugs on my tomato plants. I read that there is a type of small wasp that preys on them. So that fall, I made sure all the tomato leaves got thoroughly bagged up, and told our pest control service to stop knocking down wasp nests and spider webs. The next year I saw little wasps hovering around my new tomato plants, and I have never again had a problem with stink bugs on them since.

Predatory insects do work to keep things in balance if you don't go killing them off.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
May 18, 2020 7:12 PM CST
Thank You! Daisy - very helpful information.

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