Irises forum: It's official; I've lost my mind!

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Name: Cindy Vasko
VA (Zone 6a)
Restless with wanderlust.
Organic Gardener Bee Lover Garden Photography Irises Garden Art Keeper of Poultry
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cinvasko
Jul 20, 2020 1:18 PM CST
Today my order from Iris Sisters Farm came in. There were a bunch of bonuses in it - labeled with "xtra". There were also several not labeled as such in addition to the three that made up my invoice. I was worried that they somehow packed someone else's order with mine so I emailed them to let them know. Then I came to my plant list here and looked them up...only to see they were in my list as ordered in 2020 from them! lol. So did I add to my order? I only have the one invoice in the box with three iris on it. I sent them a second email explaining my confusion and why my first email may have made me sound daft (as if the second email didn't). I don't keep records of my orders - I use the plant list here for that. So even if I sounded like an idiot to them at least I did the right thing by contacting them in case I needed to forward an order out to the right home. D'Oh! D'Oh! D'Oh! btw, as many of you must know, they send out amazing rhizomes! But I feel like the village idiot and my brain's only getting older... Whistling
Give me land, lots of land, under starry skies above. Don't fence me in.
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Garden Procrastinator Irises Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 20, 2020 1:47 PM CST
Cindy ~ Stop worrying and plant your irises. And yes, keep a record of what you received, and when and from whom. Maps, charts, lists...etc.

If you have a notebook for this purpose, all the better. Then it will show any additions that you may have made to any original orders. If you lose internet connection, will you have a list of your irises and where they are located?

I think that is what most of us do...not entirely sure...
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Cindy Vasko
VA (Zone 6a)
Restless with wanderlust.
Organic Gardener Bee Lover Garden Photography Irises Garden Art Keeper of Poultry
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cinvasko
Jul 20, 2020 2:31 PM CST
As far as what's planted, I label everything in the garden - I don't have a written record of most plant locations though because I'm constantly moving things. I do keep a written list of what I have and the general bed it's in. I was only worried because I thought I might have someone else's iris too - so I didn't want to plant them (and I only just got home for work). As it turns out she emailed me and said she forgot to print a full invoice so it wasn't just me! lol I'm a pretty informal gardener who only make maps of the bigger things like shrubs and trees, and whether the footage between them is full or not.
Give me land, lots of land, under starry skies above. Don't fence me in.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
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irisarian
Jul 20, 2020 2:53 PM CST
We never mapped our garden & it is a big mistake because now lost labels & lost memory is really messing things up.
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jul 20, 2020 2:57 PM CST
With the constant critter happenings, a map is mandatory in my garden. Without the maps, I would have 100's and 100's of NoIDs.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
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Lestv
Jul 22, 2020 6:42 PM CST
A map has saved me more than once when I put iris A's tag by iris B and vice versa. D'Oh!
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Jul 25, 2020 6:20 AM CST
Hilarious! Cindy,
I take lots of photos of my beds with the labels visible as well as keeping visual maps.
Name: Kim. hnybee09
Jamestown NC (Zone 7b)
Irises
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hnybee09
Jul 25, 2020 7:43 AM CST
I have a spreadsheet that lists all my plants. It has a number I assigned (based in the order they were ordered in), the name, the primary colors, the type, the registered height and the bloom season. I will work on adding photos as well going forward. I started it before I went off the deep end and ordered 98 different varieties lol the purpose early on was so that I knew which I had, and the height/colors so that while I was out in the garden I could access it easily from my phone to determine where newcomers would go. The joy of Apple products I can work on the spreadsheet on my Macbook and pull it up on my phone whenever needed.
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Rebekah
Jul 25, 2020 10:56 AM CST
Kim you are way more organized than I am. I usually label my irises and that's it but at the new place I'm going to aim for labels and maps. LoL I think I'd be to lazy to make spreadsheets.

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