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Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
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GreenIris
Dec 30, 2020 8:00 PM CST
Scott: Yep, the rhizomes you sent really took off. I was crazy about Alamo Joe and Jeff's Guardian Angel. So it sounds like, for Alamo Joe... Thank You! Tom's are in order as well Smiling I too hope to do some catching up out here as well before the garden chores start really ramping up in the Spring. I still have some threads that I would like to catch up on and also go through recent pics in the Iris Database. Somehow I never run out of finding things to entice the senses on this website Smiling

It's pretty exciting to think that in about a month, I will start fertilizing my little ones. And 2 weeks after that, the big ones. But till then, I still have lots of dead leaves to clean up and trimming to do. It often doesn't get cold enough for the leaves to die back here until mid December and then it is too busy during the holidays so it is not unusual for me to clean the gardens in January. But there is not much else that can be done outside of that.
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
Name: William Groth
Houston, TX zone 9a
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Willinator
Jan 1, 2021 11:13 AM CST
Well Happy New Year everyone! I guess since it is now 2021 we might have to start a new thread
for Season 2021
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Name: Diana
Southeast Missouri (Zone 6a)
Region: Missouri Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Cat Lover Hibiscus Daylilies
Irises Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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DraDiana
Jan 1, 2021 12:51 PM CST
Happy New Year everybody!🎆🎇✨
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
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GreenIris
Jan 1, 2021 3:45 PM CST
Happy New Year All! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! I am assuming who has the 1st 2021 bloom will have the honors of starting the 2021 Blooms thread Smiling
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Jan 1, 2021 5:34 PM CST
I'm guessing that will be Daphne. Daphne, do you have any bloom spikes yet? Crossing Fingers! Last year it was on 1-8-20.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Lola
Tasmania
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Irises Region: Australia
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LolaTasmania
Jan 1, 2021 6:14 PM CST
Hi iris folks, I have a question for you. I have bought only a few irises over the years but have noticed that while some form large clumps fairly quickly others seem to be slower to do so. I have sometimes seen an iris describes as quick to multiply which has actually turned me against buying it because I prefer the slower ones that I can leave alone for a few years before needing to divide them. Is there a way of discovering which ones are slow and which are fast to multiply before I order them?
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Jan 1, 2021 6:24 PM CST
yes, barbara, i did. i also thought i might have seen a stalk. but t bloomed on the 26 th. Hilarious!
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'midnight seas'. it has a remontant in one of its parents. i haven't seen any pregnant fans, but i'm not always the most observant person.
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Jan 1, 2021 7:40 PM CST
Midnight Seas is beautiful! Love the velvet looking falls.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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lauriemorningglory
Jan 1, 2021 8:17 PM CST
LolaTasmania said:Hi iris folks, I have a question for you. I have bought only a few irises over the years but have noticed that while some form large clumps fairly quickly others seem to be slower to do so. I have sometimes seen an iris describes as quick to multiply which has actually turned me against buying it because I prefer the slower ones that I can leave alone for a few years before needing to divide them. Is there a way of discovering which ones are slow and which are fast to multiply before I order them?


Lola, I'm with you on liking a slower multiplier. Unfortunately I don't know how to identify them other than by what the hybridizer says, and I suspect they don't want to point out a slow increaser. Words like "vigorous" make me pause.

Ideal conditions probably play a part, too. Good, fertile soil and good drainage probably help increase rhizome production, but also flowering. So less-than-ideal conditions could limit both rhizomes and flower display.
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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shizen
Jan 1, 2021 8:58 PM CST
thank you barbara. it has a prominent place in my front yard garden. it we(was) placed there by chance. 'clarence' 'concertina', and 'another suggestion' are its neighbors. but, they all bloom at different times rather than the appointed ones. Hilarious!

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Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
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GreenIris
Jan 1, 2021 10:26 PM CST
Daphne: What a sight for sore eyes that Midnight Seas is. Just beautiful!!

Lola: If you had a list of them you were considering for purchase, you could always ask on a thread out here but as I am sure you know, the local growing conditions can really play a role. I live in a desert and have not done enough to amend the soil so I am always pleased with "vigorous"😀
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Jan 2, 2021 12:43 PM CST
I like them to grow fast, because I love the floriferousness of large clumps. I figure I don't have many years left, so I want my gardens to explode with color in the meantime. Having said that, I know I should have divided several of my clumps last fall.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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shizen
Jan 2, 2021 4:49 PM CST
ditto to elsa and daisy's comments.
Name: William Groth
Houston, TX zone 9a
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Willinator
Jan 3, 2021 2:15 PM CST
Well I just wonder who is going to start: Irises forum: Season 2021
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
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GreenIris
Jan 3, 2021 2:35 PM CST
William: Ahh the Anticipation. I am with Barbara...I'm guessing it will be Daphne. She is the rebloom/winter bloom queen.

Daisy: Every year the one chore I don't get done is breaking up those Big clumps. Maybe having little space left will finally do the trick.
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Jan 3, 2021 6:48 PM CST
Well Elsa, I have little space left, so I guess I'd better get busy with it next summer! D'Oh!
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams

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