Irises forum→Crazy idea?

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2
Views: 642, Replies: 22 » Jump to the end
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Region: Maryland Irises Dog Lover Birds Bromeliad Region: California
Image
lilpod13
Nov 5, 2019 7:16 PM CST
This year we removed Manzanita trees in our front yard, and I finally got to plant my iris in an ideal location (in the ground versus pots). For the next couple of years I want to see the garden enjoyed in normal fashion, but I dreamed about eventually sending out a notice to my surrounding neighbors to come and choose a bunch of your favorite iris to take home as cut flowers. I'm torn, because on one hand everyone gets to see the flowers when they walk or drive by,, and on the other hand I think neighbors would be even more appreciative to have some to take home. What's the peanut gallery think? (2025 perhaps). Or I could even ask folks that take flowers to make an in kind donation to our local wildlife rescue org. Shrug!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
Lestv
Nov 5, 2019 7:58 PM CST
It is nice to offer blooms to your neighbors, but on the other hand bearded iris blooms don't last long when cut. I leave mine on stem because they last longer uncut. So will they appreciate the short lived blooms more? Another idea would be to pot up increases and offer them to neighbors for a small charity donation. If they express interest in specific iris you can tell them that you will save them an increase and the cost is X charity amount.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Image
Henhouse
Nov 5, 2019 10:21 PM CST
I also prefer seeing the blooms connected to the plants.. I have a hard time even cutting stalks for our show (my competitive side wins out on this one).. but I think it's a lovely gesture..
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
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
Nov 5, 2019 11:25 PM CST
Yes, I agree with Leslie on this one. They can all enjoy the blooms longer and you will probably be wanting to share increases by that time. And, if one likes an iris that is not ready to divide, then they could have some when they are ready.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
Image
iciris
Nov 5, 2019 11:33 PM CST
The only time I bring an iris into the house is if some critter or I accidentally breaks a stalk. Shrug!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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
Image
tveguy3
Nov 6, 2019 4:27 AM CST
Not only do the blooms not last as long when cut, some of the new buds that open inside in a vase, don't have the luster, or good shape of those that bloom while getting nourished by the plant. I used to just give rhizomes to visitors who wanted my extras, then found out that many of them never got planted. I found that they had to invest something in them to give them motivation to plant them, so now I have often had a sale where I sell the extras for a small fee. I also give many extras to the local iris club to sell at their sale.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
Lestv
Nov 6, 2019 7:29 AM CST
I am like Barbara, only broken stems make it inside. Or those rebloomers that decide to bloom when it is freezing out.

I totally agree with Tom's statement about a fee motivating them to plant the rhizomes.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
Image
iciris
Nov 6, 2019 8:24 AM CST
Not on this topic, Richard, I love your new avatar! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
Image
Totally_Amazing
Nov 6, 2019 5:37 PM CST
I have given spare iris rhizomes to people that admire my garden. One lady gave me a lovely salvia to say thankyou.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Hummingbirder Region: California Dog Lover Irises Organic Gardener Daylilies
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
janwax
Nov 11, 2019 5:14 PM CST
Robin, there have been troubling reports on the news about fires in Australia, and I'm hoping they are not near you or other forum members there. Are you o.k?

Richard, I like the idea of potting up extra increases for giving or for insurance.
I cn always tell which are favorites. I have their progeny in pots!
Life is a Gift !
[Last edited by janwax - Nov 11, 2019 5:18 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #2103897 (10)
Name: Joshua
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Zone 10b)
Köppen Climate Zone Cfb
Region: Australia Bookworm Cat Lover Lilies Orchids Irises
Seed Starter Annuals Container Gardener Garden Photography Forum moderator Avid Green Pages Reviewer
Image
Australis
Nov 11, 2019 5:54 PM CST

Plants Admin

So far Victoria's fire season has been slow to start. NSW, on the other hand, is going up in smoke and I've heard reports of fires over in WA as well.
Plant Authorities: Catalogue of Life (Species) --- International Cultivar Registration Authorities (Cultivars) --- RHS Orchid Register --- RHS Lilium Register
My Notes: Orchid Genera HTML PDF Excel --- Lilium Traits HTML PDF --- Lilium Species Crosses HTML PDF Excel --- Lilium Species Diagram
The current profile image is that of Iris 'Volcanic Glow'.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Hummingbirder Region: California Dog Lover Irises Organic Gardener Daylilies
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
janwax
Nov 11, 2019 5:59 PM CST
Stay safe, Joshua and our Australian friends !
Life is a Gift !
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
Nov 11, 2019 6:04 PM CST
janwax said:Stay safe, Joshua and our Australian friends !


Yes, please do! Crossing Fingers! Group hug
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
Image
Totally_Amazing
Nov 11, 2019 8:18 PM CST
Thankyou for your concern Jan and Evelyn. I live nowhere near the fires and I am fine. There is a planned power outage in my street today for maintenance and my power is on at the moment so I thought I'd quickly pop in.

Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises
Image
AndreaD
Nov 13, 2019 10:00 PM CST
Joshua,

Sorry to hear about the fires in NSW. They sound just as bad as what we've had here in California. I hope all of our Australian friends stay safe!
Name: Joshua
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Zone 10b)
Köppen Climate Zone Cfb
Region: Australia Bookworm Cat Lover Lilies Orchids Irises
Seed Starter Annuals Container Gardener Garden Photography Forum moderator Avid Green Pages Reviewer
Image
Australis
Nov 13, 2019 10:52 PM CST

Plants Admin

NSW (New South Wales) recently declared a state of emergency. This past week or so has been one of the worst for NSW in years.

To make matters worse, the Australian and US bushfire seasons (particularly in California) are starting to overlap, so it's harder to share resources between our countries.
Plant Authorities: Catalogue of Life (Species) --- International Cultivar Registration Authorities (Cultivars) --- RHS Orchid Register --- RHS Lilium Register
My Notes: Orchid Genera HTML PDF Excel --- Lilium Traits HTML PDF --- Lilium Species Crosses HTML PDF Excel --- Lilium Species Diagram
The current profile image is that of Iris 'Volcanic Glow'.
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises
Image
AndreaD
Nov 13, 2019 11:06 PM CST
Australis said:NSW (New South Wales) recently declared a state of emergency. This past week or so has been one of the worst for NSW in years.

To make matters worse, the Australian and US bushfire seasons (particularly in California) are starting to overlap, so it's harder to share resources between our countries.


What is really grim about the fires in Australia is that it is not yet even summer there!
The fires in California this year only got bad in our very late summer and early fall.




Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
Image
iciris
Nov 13, 2019 11:18 PM CST
AndreaD said:Joshua,
Sorry to hear about the fires in NSW. They sound just as bad as what we've had here in California. I hope all of our Australian friends stay safe!

I agree, praying that they get these fires out ASAP.

Australis said:NSW (New South Wales) recently declared a state of emergency. This past week or so has been one of the worst for NSW in years.

To make matters worse, the Australian and US bushfire seasons (particularly in California) are starting to overlap, so it's harder to share resources between our countries.

I do remember when Australia helped with the fires here, and when the US sent resources over there. I really want to thank you again. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Hummingbirder Region: California Dog Lover Irises Organic Gardener Daylilies
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
janwax
Nov 13, 2019 11:23 PM CST
Fires in Australia and California, floods in Italy (Much of Venice is seriously under water.)

What next?
Life is a Gift !
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Region: Maryland Irises Dog Lover Birds Bromeliad Region: California
Image
lilpod13
Nov 25, 2019 11:50 PM CST
Thanks everyone for the feedback. I agree with all the comments. Have provided rhizomes to neighbors, and one hasn't said a word after I dropped off rhizomes a year and a half ago, so I think you are right Tom; people need motivation sometimes or the free rhizomes might just wind up in the compost bin. Learned another embarrassing lesson after I gave rhizomes to the receptionist at the doctor's office. When I returned three months later, the receptionist said she was planning on planting the rhizomes soon, she kept them in a cool, dark, dry spot. I think I turned flush as I hadn't made it clear that they should have been planted ASAP. And some of the rhizomes I had given her were as good as the hybridizers from Oregon. But alas, I have extra potted rhizomes that I will take to her in January. And Barbara, thanks about the pic of Madteo. He passed away Thanksgiving morning two years ago. I had one of my PCI seedlings survive this year, and if it grows up and produces nice blooms I plan on registering it with a name such as Madteo's Memory as a memorial to our first Tibetan Terrier. His color was blue, and the PCI seedling should have a nice blue signal with blue lines extending in the falls. I feel lucky that this seedling survived as I had a major die off of PCI's this summer. Thank You!

Page 1 of 2 • 1 2

« 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 dirtdorphins and is called "Karmina and Biokova"

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