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Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Garden Procrastinator Irises Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California
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evelyninthegarden
Jun 11, 2020 12:35 PM CST
Rob ~ Many years ago I planted a very lovely pink camellia on the north side of the house. The next day all the flowers were eaten off..well, and leaves, too! Grumbling

Now the rules from the insurance company says, "no plants within 5 feet of the house..." We dug up the remaining plants...rosemary, barberry, boxwood and box-leaf honeysuckle and moved them else where. Probably doing so much while recovering from the broken ankle helped to "set me back".

I'm going to plant spring bulbs in there. When fire season starts, there will be no plants showing. nodding
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jun 11, 2020 1:59 PM CST
Take care of that ankle, or it will nag you for a long time.

Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Irises Butterflies Bulbs Cat Lover
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lauriemorningglory
Jun 11, 2020 4:29 PM CST
UndertheSun said:

Poor thing tried to bloom on a 100+ degree day.
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Looks really good---can't tell that the heat had any effect! Or maybe I haven't got a good eye for subtle details!
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Jun 11, 2020 5:16 PM CST
Thank You! Rob for sharing your photos with us Hurray!

Group hug That's a lot of plants you have lost in your shade garden Crying . I bet it looked spectacular in its prime.
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Jun 11, 2020 5:30 PM CST
UndertheSun said:

I have a shady side of the house where I grow rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, ferns and Japanese maples. I have lost several of them over the past 5-6 years. At one point I had around 30+ different camellias, 50+ different rhododendrons and numerous azaleas. The critters, drought, high heat and flooding have really hurt that garden. The deer alone have wiped out most of my camellias, I only have a few left. It's getting tough to enjoy my garden here. Sighing!



Your shade garden sounds like it was lovely, Rob. The heat and dry summers of the East and South Bay are pretty tough on those kinds of plants, though.

The most spectacular display of rhododendrons I've ever seen was the Rhododendron Garden in Golden Gate Park after a winter of unusually heavy rainfall. Between the San Francisco fog and the heavy rain the rhododendrons really flourished that year.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: United Kingdom Region: Northeast US Irises
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irisarian
Jun 11, 2020 8:36 PM CST
sneeky on the bulbs, evelyn! And a grand show in the spring. don't forget the bulbus irises.
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jun 11, 2020 8:43 PM CST
The shade garden was quite beautiful when it was in its prime. It's still nice, but no where near what it used to be. Sad
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Garden Procrastinator Irises Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California
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evelyninthegarden
Jun 11, 2020 8:46 PM CST
I'm having a time with my shade garden, too. Just keeping it watered. Smaller plants this time.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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
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evelyninthegarden
Jun 15, 2020 9:56 AM CST
Well, whaddya know? A straggler!
Pretty Kitty is still in a pot.
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"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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
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evelyninthegarden
Jun 16, 2020 6:45 PM CST
I guess that I will cross it tomorrow. I just retrieved a few envelopes of pollen from the freezer. I can't possibly use them all, but I don't even know if they are any good. I just have a few more blooms coming up to use as well, which I did not use today.

I'm going to let them rest in the shed overnight to thaw and soften. I have never used previously frozen pollen. I might have to use Q-tips. If anyone has experience in using previously frozen pollen, I am open to suggestions. (Thank you!) Smiling
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
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janwax
Jun 17, 2020 7:56 PM CST
Pretty Kitty is wonderful, and so is your photo, Ev.!
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
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evelyninthegarden
Jun 17, 2020 10:49 PM CST
Jan ~ Thank you!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
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GreenIris
Jun 20, 2020 8:22 PM CST
janwax said:Pretty Kitty is wonderful, and so is your photo, Ev.!


Agreed! Agreed! Ev, and I really like your Procrastinator. I have it but mine didn't bloom this year. Your picture helps me recall it's beautiful color.

Rob: Loved your Wah Hah Ya, hidden kitty and also your Iris gardens humor(Enough is Enough). Hilarious! I love Irises so much but by late May, it is always clear to me that I have been overwhelmed by so much beauty for 2 months solid, that enough really is enough. I need to come back down off cloud nine for awhile. But it's always the same, come February, I am just going nuts waiting for blooms to start again.
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
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
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evelyninthegarden
Jun 20, 2020 9:44 PM CST
janwax said:Pretty Kitty is wonderful, and so is your photo, Ev.!


Jan and Elsa ~ Thank you! And thank you, Tom!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: LOUISE LARSON
N Santa Barbara Co, Central Co (Zone 9b)
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en2gen
Jul 11, 2020 9:04 AM CST
Talk about a "Late Bloomer", this one sets the record in my garden. Even though other stems of "Wing Commander" are long gone, this one is soaring to the heights with several sturdy blooms right from the middle of a clump I thought it was time to thin out. Nice summer surprise!

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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired 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
Jul 11, 2020 9:30 AM CST
My deck looks like a jungle. I'm having success with growing irises, daylilies, lavender, salvia, and what-all, in pots - although I'm spending a lot on large green pots! Blinking I see that everything is doing better with regular watering. I can sit and observe development up close, and watch a fat bumblebee work the lavender and blue salvia for a long time, right next to my chair.
Yesterday I hand-watered three long beds in the garden and it took hours to water deeply. Seven more beds to go.
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
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 20, 2020 12:02 PM CST
GreenIris said:Agreed! Agreed! Ev, and I really like your Procrastinator. I have it but mine didn't bloom this year. Your picture helps me recall it's beautiful color.

Rob: Loved your Wah Hah Ya, hidden kitty and also your Iris gardens humor(Enough is Enough). Hilarious! I love Irises so much but by late May, it is always clear to me that I have been overwhelmed by so much beauty for 2 months solid, that enough really is enough. I need to come back down off cloud nine for awhile. But it's always the same, come February, I am just going nuts waiting for blooms to start again.


Elsa ~ What if they bloomed longer? I'm thinking of getting more rebloomers. It's a long wait from June to April. So far there hasn't been much action from the ones I have.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
(Zone 9a)
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Gretchenlasater
Jul 23, 2020 2:48 PM CST
Well, here's a new one for me: an Iris blooming, with 5 buds no less, in late July! And it's one just bought and planted in 2019! I couldn't believe it when I saw the bloom stalk coming up after weeks and weeks of hundred degree temps here in NoCal.
You can say Elizabethan Age has won my heart. I planted 18 or 20 rhizomes fro Horton Iris gardens last year and only 3 didn't bloom this year. I think that's a pretty good thumbs up for Horton. I'm hoping all the buds will open, but that seems like a pretty tall order. All the rest of my Iris were done over a month ago.
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Jul 23, 2020 2:58 PM CST
welcome to the forum @gretchenlasater. Welcome!
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
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 23, 2020 3:32 PM CST
Gretchenlasater said:Well, here's a new one for me: an Iris blooming, with 5 buds no less, in late July! And it's one just bought and planted in 2019! I couldn't believe it when I saw the bloom stalk coming up after weeks and weeks of hundred degree temps here in NoCal.
You can say Elizabethan Age has won my heart. I planted 18 or 20 rhizomes from Horton Iris gardens last year and only 3 didn't bloom this year. I think that's a pretty good thumbs up for Horton. I'm hoping all the buds will open, but that seems like a pretty tall order. All the rest of my Iris were done over a month ago.
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Gretchen ~ A big Welcome! to the Iris Forum!

And what a performance from Elizabethan Age! Well done!

What part of Northern California do you live? In Sacramento?
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson

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