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!
) 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 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.
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.