Irises forum: Hillside Happenings '19

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Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Irises Keeps Horses Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 20, 2019 8:29 PM CST
Last year my attempts at sharing the hillside bloom did not work out as I had hoped. Life, with all its complications, both good and bad simply got in the way. I will attempt to make up for it this iris season.


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The poor garden had a rough winter. Actually it has had three rough winters in a row. Little snow cover, wildly fluctuating temperatures and heavy rains have taken a toll. Many of the larger patches of historics that were flourishing are down to single digits....On a positive note though, that has left room for some newer additions.... Whistling

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Making progress!

Checking the log books from past years shows that this season is off to a somewhat earlier start. The regular first bloomers have all made their normally scheduled appearances.

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De Nile 2012 Arilbred by Brad Kasperek

I am always impressed by this one. I have had it for several years and it seems happy in the front garden. One of the first to bloom each year and holds the bloom for a long time. Stands up to cold, rain and heat and looks beautiful!

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Sheer Excitement 2011 Border Bearded by Richard Tasco

This won the Knowlton Medal last year. It has grown well in my smaller nursery bed.


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Raspberry Swirl 2009 Sutton

One of the first TBs to bloom on the hill. I added this last year to check the ID of a mystery NOID. Not a match, but I will keep this one! Good substance and has held up well to all the weather that has been thrown at it!

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Calvin, Guardian if the Garden
Slightly grayer, but still on duty!

Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
May 20, 2019 8:50 PM CST
Lovey dubby Calvin Lovey dubby
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
May 20, 2019 10:36 PM CST
Calvin Lovey dubby
That hill will look spectacular in full bloom. I like the idea of using rocks to separate the hybrids. Thumbs up
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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shizen
May 20, 2019 11:35 PM CST
👏🏻👍🏻 for hill irises, and hugs for the handsome "guardian", calvin.
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 20, 2019 11:44 PM CST
It all looks great so far, and Calvin is very handsome! Lovey dubby
Dolly the chicken thinks my head is food!
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
May 21, 2019 2:58 AM CST
Great start! Sheer Excitement is very neat! Calvin is awesome.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
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IrisLilli
May 21, 2019 6:14 AM CST
Calvin! Lovey dubby

Very impressive hillside and 3 beautiful irises to open your season. I especially like the colour on De Nile. Thumbs up

Looking forward to seeing what else will bloom for you. I'm all ears!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Irises Keeps Horses Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 21, 2019 7:22 AM CST
Thanks everyone! And especially to Debra and Monty for the acorns!

Robin the hill is so rocky that I had to do something with them. Sticking tongue out

I won't have all the large patches of bloom, but there are lots of individual iris in bud. Saves me a trip up on the roof this year!

Not raining today so headed out shortly to turn horses out and see what has opened in the garden.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 21, 2019 9:42 AM CST
Glad to see you back posting your iris!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
May 21, 2019 10:24 AM CST
Lovey dubby Calvin Lovey dubby
Hurray! for your great start Hurray!
I will be looking forward to you posting more of your beautiful iris.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Irises Keeps Horses Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 21, 2019 5:20 PM CST
Thanks Leslie and Barbara. I spent most of the winter as an inactive lurker. Time now to get back to work.
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 21, 2019 5:22 PM CST
iciris said: Lovey dubby Calvin Lovey dubby
Hurray! for your great start Hurray!
I will be looking forward to you posting more of your beautiful iris.

I agree Hurray!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Irises Keeps Horses Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 21, 2019 6:30 PM CST
This week the weather is beautiful, last week it was either hot or raining and the week before that we had freezing temps at night. Needless to say the iris are a little dazed and confused.


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And cold!

Many of the first buds on the iris froze...insert shivering emoji... Luckily many others did not.

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Man's Best Friend IB Paul Black 2008
This cutie is on its first year in my nursery garden. Great colors and doing well so far!


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Concertina IB SA Sutton 1999

A second year plant in my nursery garden, this is a trade from another PA NGA member. Thank You! It has increased enough to return to sender this year.

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Mandarin Morning Blyth 2002

Love the colors in this early bloomer. Another NGA trade. Second picture is a chimera, most likely the result of our untimely cold snap.

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Inspired Paul Black 2009

This iris is smaller in size and makes up for it in subtle color and substance. Grows well and looks good wet!


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Coming along!

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Trouble
On garden patrol.
No mice, squirrels, snakes or chipmunks allowed!
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 21, 2019 10:56 PM CST
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Trouble Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Pollen collector Dog Lover
Moon Gardener Irises Heucheras Vegetable Grower Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Polymerous
May 21, 2019 11:12 PM CST
Lovey dubby Calvin! Lovey dubby He and Warp would be best buddies!
Evaluating a reblooming diploid daylily seedling
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
May 21, 2019 11:45 PM CST
Pam, does Trouble live up to the name? Smiling (I adore pet photographs, thank you for posting them. Lovey dubby )
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Irises Keeps Horses Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 22, 2019 8:09 AM CST
lovemyhouse said:Pam, does Trouble live up to the name? Smiling


He did when he was younger! These days, as a vintage model, he pretty much follows me around like a shadow. He is 20. He doesn't hear much anymore and MEEEEOOOOWS loudly when he can't find his people. Also in the middle of the night. I fear senility is setting in. Our vet is surprised that he is still doing as well as he is, so we will just let him be happy.....until he isn't Sad .

Every day is a blessing! Lovey dubby
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 22, 2019 8:16 AM CST
At 20 he has surely had a good full life. You are certainly a good pet mom. Smiling
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
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IrisLilli
May 22, 2019 9:01 AM CST
I like 'vintage model'! Lovey dubby
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
May 22, 2019 9:17 AM CST
What a great name for a beautiful cat! Trouble Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby He sure has had a great life with you. Thumbs up
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous

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