Irises forum: What Did You Lose Over Winter?

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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
May 5, 2019 6:08 PM CST
My losses weren't so much compared to the number of irises that I now have. Still, it is a disappointment. Sad

If I had more than one, and the other one made it, then I won't list it.

AR - Childsong
AR - Tul Kerem
SDB - Little Sighs
IB - Megglethorp
TB - Fruit Sherbet
TB - Good Morning Beautiful
TB - Happenstance
TB - No Place Like Home
TB - Piccadilly Circus
TB - Pretty Kitty
TB - Yalobusha Desert

Almost dead, very small, on the edge....

TB - Crimson Tiger
TB - Rustle of Spring

I guess I am lucky as before 2 years ago, I had about that many irises altogether! nodding (I must'a caught the IRIS VIRUS!) Whistling


"June is busting out all over!"πŸŽΌπŸŽΆπŸŽ΅πŸ¦‹πŸŒΉπŸŒΈπŸŒΎ
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises
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AndreaD
May 6, 2019 12:00 AM CST
I lost Good Show, an orange self from 1988, so no great loss. It just dried up.
I have a couple that have bloomed and not put out any increases, but I haven't given up hope. I'll plant them in my potato field, and maybe they'll put out some increases. Shrug!
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
Irises Region: Virginia Keeper of Poultry Cat Lover Garden Procrastinator
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UndyingLight
May 6, 2019 12:12 AM CST
I lost one over the winter. I'm grateful that a friend on the NGA forum gave me it, but I had a feeling it would not grow. After several months, Silverado (which is the iris I lost! Sighing! ) still only had one stringy like root. No fan, and the rhizome was very dry. It had died.

There are a few others that are in the 'questionable' territory;
Fashion Magic - Struggling, may be coming back
Epicenter*

*Epicenter or Sharp Dress Man. They shared a tire bed, but someone moved the tire and haphazardly ended up all over the yard. So now I do not know which one is which, but one of them does have a bloomstalk coming forth STILL. That is a trooper iris for sure. The other, both increases and the fan all shrivled back and seemed to die, as well as little root systems, but it seems to be making a recovery a little bit. I sure hope it does, because I think Epicenter and Sharp Dressed Man, whichever the struggling iris is, is fantastic!

There are some more that I can't recall off the top of my head, but they are doing decent.

This coming transplanting season, I'm going to majorly overhaul and grab out the rhizomes from the mulch beds because post-planting, we now have chickens and goats running all over the yard, and the chickens specifically seem to mess around and dig up rhizomes and/or tear them up. I love my chickens, but now it will be difficult to figure out which iris is which until they bloom at some point. Before we had them, it would be super easy for me to remember where I planted everything, but now, with so many being dug up and placed back, some may be lost to become a noid until they bloom, and others may be lost forever. Shrug!

I plan to make wooden raised beds using some old scraps and put them all in there so that they can comfortably make their homes and stay clear of ravaging avians.

I didn't intend for the mulch beds to be ravaged by chickens, but we *have* to let some chickens free range apparently, and they just tear up my work and mosey along. It is sad to me that quite a lot are still uprooted or overturned and I want to fix it right now, but I can't for several more weeks. Just hope they hold out. Crossing Fingers!
Dolly the chicken thinks my head is food!
WA (Zone 8b)
Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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Rebekah
May 6, 2019 1:16 AM CST
I hope they hold out Monty,

So far I don't think I've lost anyone except possibly some tiny historics my chickens buried. I'm hoping I found them all when I replanted them in some of my potted roses. I also haven't seen much in the way of stalks so far. I think I may not have the bloom season I had last year. I'm wondering if I should fertilize. I have composted cow manure in the beds and don't really want to fertilizer unless it's necessary but maybe they do need a boost. I wonder if the difference is weather or soil conditions? I did put down a thick layer of wood chips this spring but not on top of the rhizomes hmmmmm.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 6, 2019 7:21 AM CST
I haven't even taken time to pull the tags, and get a "count", yet...…...I'm hoping that, maybe, a few may "resurrect themselves" Sticking tongue out .
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
May 6, 2019 10:24 AM CST
crowrita1 said:I haven't even taken time to pull the tags, and get a "count", yet...…...I'm hoping that, maybe, a few may "resurrect themselves" Sticking tongue out


Arlyn ~ I know what you mean. Crossing Fingers! I was hoping the same thing on some that had a tiny bit of green. But you never know until the end of the season as some are late and look awful until they are about to shoot up a stalk.
"June is busting out all over!"πŸŽΌπŸŽΆπŸŽ΅πŸ¦‹πŸŒΉπŸŒΈπŸŒΎ
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
May 6, 2019 12:03 PM CST
My list will make you want to jump in bed and hide under the covers.
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
Irises Region: Virginia Keeper of Poultry Cat Lover Garden Procrastinator
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UndyingLight
May 6, 2019 2:06 PM CST
I have seen it, and it made me sad. Sighing! I hope you can get every single one replaced and have them do much better than before!

I'm not sure how many you gave me are now dead for you, but I'd love to give them all right back for you when they are able to be divided.
Dolly the chicken thinks my head is food!
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(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
May 6, 2019 4:00 PM CST
Thank you Monty, but no worries. Smiling

I think this lost list is current, but there are still several more that I'm keeping an eye on (that aren't listed here). In their weakened condition, I don't know if they'll make it through our Summer heat. So I'll pot them up and do what I can. So this list could keep growing, but I hope it stops here. Crossing Fingers!

The ones marked "***Name" are the ones I want to replace. The others I either have a backup of, or I'm letting Mother Nature cull them for me.

About Town
Accessible
Afternoon Delight
All American
Apollo One
Autumn Explosion

***Beauty Within
***Bejeweled
Bertha Brownlee
Big Blue Eyes
Blue Trill
Blackcurrant
Blondie's Blush (2)
Blueberry Treats
Blutique
Bonjour
Brazilian Art
Breckenridge Wonderland

***Brilliance
Brown Lasso (2)
By Jeeves
Calamity Carol
Care to Dance
Chestnuts Roasting
Chinook Winds
Chippewa Brave
Chocolate Halo
City Lights
Classic Sunrise
Cloud Ballet

***Competitive Edge
Confusione
Coralina
Cowboy Caviar
Crowned Connection
Crackling Caldera
Crystal Ship
Dance Queen
Danger Money
Dangerous Mood
Deep Burgundy

***Demonic
Different Take
Easter Candy

***Edge of the World
End Zone
English Charm
Evening Drama

***Expect Wonders
Fogbound
Front of the Line
Frontline

***Funfetti
Glamazon
Gladiatrix

***Golden Panther
***Golden Gaga
Good Point
Grateful Red
Gypsy Lord

***Haunted***
***High Beam (2)
Honey Butter
Hooked on a Feeling

***Hurricane Bay
***Hysteria
***Icon
***Iconic
II Stutter
In Focus

***In the Mix
Izitme Orizitu
Key to My Heart
Little Blue Girl
Lord of Mayfair
Magic Mirror
Major Distraction
Man's Best Friend
Melted Butter
Metro Blue (2)
Miami Beach
Michigan Pride
Microwave
Miles Ahead
Monsoon Moon

***My Oh My
No Fear No Peer
***Nothing But Class
Out Walkin
Owyhee Desert
Parting Glances
NoID (possible Pattern Play)
Peach Pearl

***Plum Full
Pontificate
Porcelain Art

***Pulsator
Raging Tide
Rare Find

***Red Dirt Road
***Red Neck Girl
Red Skies (3)
Rumor Has It

***Sangria
Seven of Nine
Shampoo

***Sights Unlimited***
Slovak Prince
Smoky Shadows
Social Graces
Spades
Sparks Fly
Spendthrift
Spring Madness

***Strut Your Stuff
Sun Doll
Sweet Latte
Teracotta Bay
That's All Folks
Think About It
Tickle Me Pink
Urban Cowgirl
Velvet Valentine
Waiting for October
White Hot
Will and Adelle
Yummy Accent
Zebra Pallida

***Zooboomafoo (2)
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Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
Irises Region: Virginia Keeper of Poultry Cat Lover Garden Procrastinator
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UndyingLight
May 6, 2019 4:54 PM CST
Crying Sighing! What a huge list.

I have Terracotta Bay - You gave me a piece and it put up a stalk. (Said stalk is in water because some one or some thing broke it off Glare ).
Dolly the chicken thinks my head is food!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
May 6, 2019 4:56 PM CST
UndertheSun said:My list will make you want to jump in bed and hide under the covers.


Rob ~ OH NO! Crying Sighing!
"June is busting out all over!"πŸŽΌπŸŽΆπŸŽ΅πŸ¦‹πŸŒΉπŸŒΈπŸŒΎ
Southern Ohio (Zone 6b)
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hippie
May 6, 2019 5:10 PM CST
only Jesse's Song
Iris Grower and Hippie Lives Matter
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
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BlueFlagFan
May 6, 2019 6:30 PM CST
Holy Cow Rob! It didn't realize you lost so many. Was there an underlying cause... like weather? I don't have any of those varieties with an asterisk, or I'd share.

Hippie, if you're looking to replace 'Jesse's Song', I can share later in the season.

I know I lost 'Camera Ready' and 'Chevalier de Malte'. I'm sad about CR... it was a replacement from a generous NGA and it didn't survive the winter. That's twice CR has died on me. It's such a pretty iris, I'm debating if I should continue to try to grow it. What's that saying... "Fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me."? What about three times?! Blinking
β€œIn every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” --John Muir (1838-1914)
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises
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AndreaD
May 6, 2019 7:13 PM CST
Rob, What a depressing list. Sad
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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shizen
May 6, 2019 7:36 PM CST
😱😱😱😭oh, dear, rob! i have a few on your list, but they're not starred. i will t-mail when it gets time to divide.
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
Irises Region: Virginia Keeper of Poultry Cat Lover Garden Procrastinator
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UndyingLight
May 6, 2019 7:38 PM CST
I agree Crying

I see a few on there I could replace so long as they don't die for me too. Namely, Calamity Carol (it's listed as dead/struggling in Rob's plant list), Terracotta Bay, Golden Panther and Metro Blue. Let me know if you (all) need some I have. Especially if you gave me the iris. I would happily pay postage if it meant you got a dear iris back!
Dolly the chicken thinks my head is food!
Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Charter ATP Member Amaryllis Region: United States of America Tropicals Seed Starter Plumerias
Plant and/or Seed Trader Peonies Lilies Irises Hummingbirder Echinacea
Deebie
May 6, 2019 7:46 PM CST
Rob, that is list is so sad. I'll definitely keep you in mind when I get increases of the ones that you shared with me.
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Irises Keeps Horses Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 6, 2019 7:55 PM CST
Ouch! Crying

I have many on the cull list and 3 of your starred varieties - Competitive Edge, In the Mix and Hysteria. Be happy to send them your way this summer.

I have lost several over the last two rotten winters, but not that many....
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
May 6, 2019 10:08 PM CST
BlueFlagFan said:Holy Cow Rob! It didn't realize you lost so many. Was there an underlying cause... like weather?

I had a few beds that were underwater from the amount of rain we had in a short period of time. You can see some natural springs that popped up in a couple of the beds. I even dug trenches to move the water out, but it kept coming and coming.
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Thank you for the offers, but I'm only wanting to replace those with the "***". I tip my hat to you.

Scott, I can add Camera Ready into your box.
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
May 6, 2019 10:53 PM CST
Rob, How long were your beds under water like that? What a nightmare! Blinking

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