Irises forum→Need Irises 1940 and older. Please help.

Views: 565, Replies: 13 » Jump to the end

esofva
Jul 19, 2019 7:19 AM CST
My historic iris bed was beautiful a few years ago. Occasiomally friends would come see..no sales. Then I tore up my right shoulder. I told 2 Drs. It needed surgery and they said it was just pulled muscles and didn't see me again until 2 yrs later when I filled out a veedback note and it was not good. Thhe surgeon actually called me and asked me to come back. Well my rotator cuff and biceps were torn. Soo another summer gone. Spring...all healed up until I slipped on a wet ramp and broke my leg. I am getting older and break easier!
I am finally healed and my bed looks almost like it never existed. Out of 90+ 1940 and older irises, I still have maybe 15. I have started clearing a.d preparing my beds again, my daughter is coming to visit and help.
I am looking for irises and I am willing to pay if not too expensive as I have spent about all I can. Please let me know if you can help out, what you have , and the cost.
TY
Debbie
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
Image
grannysgarden
Jul 19, 2019 11:35 AM CST
Debbie, I hope the worst is behind you now and that you can get back to 100% this year. As we get older we do injure more easily and heal more slowly. Shrug! I do not have anything to offer as my garden is in recovery mode from weather related events earlier this year. I do hope you find some historics and can begin to rebuild your iris garden. A lot of folks grow the older irises but a lot have dug for the Historic Iris Preservation sale and may be short of rhizomes.

Welcome to the iris forum. Smiling
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
Image
Totally_Amazing
Jul 19, 2019 4:52 PM CST
Welcome! Debbie. I'm sorry to hear that you have been battling injuries and that you haven't been able to look after your garden. I reside in Australia and unfortunately cannot assist.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: United Kingdom Region: Northeast US Irises
Region: United States of America
Image
irisarian
Jul 19, 2019 8:52 PM CST
Debbie how about joinig the Historic Iris Preservation Society( HIPS) It is a division of AIS. They are having a sale right now & probably too late to get in on it. However throughout the year you can get in contact with people who grow older irises.
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
Image
evelyninthegarden
Jul 20, 2019 8:41 AM CST
One good place to get historic irises is Bluebird Haven Iris Garden. Their prices are reasonable as well.

http://www.bluebirdhavenirisga...

From this link, go to catalog, at the top. Then select a letter from the top and you will get a list with descriptions and pictures for most of them. If the names are highlighted in blue, then there is a picture available.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
Image
DaveinPA
Jul 21, 2019 2:54 PM CST
HIPS sale to the public [for non-members] begins on 22 July. Go to historiciris.org.

esofva
Jul 25, 2019 3:40 PM CST
I belong to HIPS and have placed an order there. I have ordered a lot, but I still need about 15-20 to finish. I am not asking anyone to send me something free. I have been buying what I can. I am willing to pay for what I get! I can't buy just 1 iris from someone because by the time shipping is added in it makes the cost too high.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: United Kingdom Region: Northeast US Irises
Region: United States of America
Image
irisarian
Jul 25, 2019 10:18 PM CST
well there is always next year, she said hopefully (I missed out this year.)
Name: Anne Peck
Indiana (Zone 5b)
Anne wants more plants
Irises
Image
queenanne42
Jul 30, 2019 11:28 AM CST
Historic Iris Preservation Society maintains a list of vendors that sell historic irises. I would check them out https://www.historiciris.org/

ShayArmstrong
Aug 1, 2019 6:52 AM CST
I am also looking for a vintage variety of iris to replace some very sentimental ones I just lost to iris borers yesterday. I had a "Melanie" variety that I received from my grandmother that she bought nearly 75 years ago, and moved through 3 states, and She gave me some rhizomes and I have moved them twice. I found they were infested with iris borers yesterday and lost all but a very few. I'm heartbroken because grandma's house has been sold and there is no way to replace them from her.
Thumb of 2019-08-01/ShayArmstrong/cf0768
Thumb of 2019-08-01/ShayArmstrong/988c17

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
Image
evelyninthegarden
Aug 1, 2019 8:08 AM CST
Shay ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum! Hurray!

If you click on the link in my last post, you will see that Melanie is available and it is 2 for $4.00!

Just click on the link, the at the top, click on catalog. Then, at the top click on "M". Then scroll down to the name Melanie. There are over 3000 varieties of historic irises, so you should be able to get more than a few to accompany it.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
Image
iciris
Aug 1, 2019 9:31 AM CST
Welcome! Shay
One thing you do need to address is the iris borer. Here is an old thread about them:
The thread "Theoretical borer musings" in Irises forum
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Image
shizen
Aug 1, 2019 12:41 PM CST
Welcome! shay.
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
Image
Totally_Amazing
Aug 1, 2019 8:53 PM CST
Welcome! Shay.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Irises forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by arctangent and is called "Mind your own business"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.