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Jan 1, 2021 11:10 PM CST
Name: Lola
Tasmania
Region: Australia Birds Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Farmer Irises
Roses Keeps Sheep
I have purchased some irises but I'm only now realising that some irises multiply very quickly while others do so at a more sedate pace. I know that my Wych Way and Elvis Presley are vigorous because I have to divide them yearly which is becoming too much work for me to do. My new purchases are:
Fortunate Son
Ibiza
Silk Romance
Rose Princess
Chamber Music
Drifting Bubbles
Peking Dancer
Thornbird
Let's Be Brazen
Sterling Mistress
Baja Blue
I would love some information about their vigor so I can put the strong growers where I can easily dig them up when I need to. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Jan 2, 2021 7:01 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Thornbird seems to be noted as vigorous although I don't grow it myself.
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Jan 3, 2021 2:58 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Utah Bee Lover Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2016 Photo Contest Winner 2018 Photo Contest Winner 2019 Photo Contest Winner 2020 Photo Contest Winner 2021
Sorry Lola, I am not personally familiar with the varieties you've listed except Thornbird, and it is indeed vigorous.

I am very familiar with planting irises in difficult spots to dig up though Rolling my eyes. Hilarious!
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Jan 3, 2021 4:01 PM CST
Name: Lola
Tasmania
Region: Australia Birds Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Farmer Irises
Roses Keeps Sheep
Luckily, I have planted Thornbird in a spot that is easily accessible. I have never seen the blooms of any of these irises in the flesh but I love the photos of Thornbird so if I end up with it taking over a large section I shouldn't be so disappointed. Is it as lovely as the photos?

I bought Chamber Music after seeing the photo of it on Iris Splendor's website bit since ordering it I have only come across photos that show it to be much more garish . I am hoping this iris is not vigorous.
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Jan 3, 2021 4:19 PM CST
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Irises Region: New Mexico Region: Southwest Gardening Region: United States of America
Lola: Fortunate Son is pretty vigorous for me. Thornbird is slow grower and Drifting Bubbles Is average grower for me. Remember though, I live in a desert with bad soil. Hope you find the right choices Lola!!!
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
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Jan 3, 2021 4:23 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Irises Butterflies Bee Lover Bulbs Cat Lover Region: Nebraska
I don't grow any of these, either. Hopefully others will chime in. Digging and dividing the TB's is quite the chore, isn't it? One reason I have a lot of medians is they seem to be a little easier to handle in that regard. Smiling
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Jan 3, 2021 4:31 PM CST
Name: Lola
Tasmania
Region: Australia Birds Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Farmer Irises
Roses Keeps Sheep
The two most vigorous I have at the moment are Elvis Presley and Wych Way. I have been digging and dividing them for a couple of years now and have given so many away that everyone in our village has them in their gardens. I may have to put the next lot in a box on the side of the main road with a sign saying 'free irises' to get rid of them.
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Jan 3, 2021 7:03 PM CST
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Irises Region: New Mexico Region: Southwest Gardening Region: United States of America
:rofl Those are two prolific Irises.
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
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Jan 3, 2021 7:19 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Utah Bee Lover Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2016 Photo Contest Winner 2018 Photo Contest Winner 2019 Photo Contest Winner 2020 Photo Contest Winner 2021
And you ought to get some pics of each in the database, too, please--I'd like to see 'em!

I gave many irises to passers by and shipped a bunch out last year, and, as much as it pains me, I sent trailer loads to the compost pile too.

One of the things I like most about irises is that they are 'easy to grow', but, it can be a downside as well.
Here, though, in this rather austere environment, where practically nothing but bindweed and goatheads grow well, it's nice to be able to count on irises Smiling

Try some spurias--they prefer to be left alone, just be sure to give them room.

I'm currently on an Arilbred kick. So far, as a generality, it seems that they do well enough here to please me without trying to take over the world. I did have one that went crazy in a prime spot--I moved it to a harsh, lean spot with minimal irrigation and it's been very well behaved since.
I'm also a big fan of the dwarfs--easier to play plant tetris with by far.
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Jan 3, 2021 9:00 PM CST
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Irises Region: New Mexico Region: Southwest Gardening Region: United States of America
That is a good point Daisy! An out of control Iris can really tame down in a bad location in the yard.
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
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Jan 10, 2021 9:56 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
Lola - The only iris in your list that I grow is Ibiza. It forms a clump quite quickly. It produced 2 blooms in its first year and then 4 or 5 in its second year.

Dirt - "Plant tetris" is a great description of how I do my planting too Hilarious!
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Jan 15, 2021 8:36 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Lola - how/where did you find Peking Dancer???? I adore it but it is really rare around here. I have one. Wouldn't call it prolific, but it sure is a survivor. It has held up extraordinarily well. Being in Tasmania you probably have much better access to the older Blyth's. Lucky you!
Thornbird is a champion.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Jan 18, 2021 9:15 PM CST
Name: Lola
Tasmania
Region: Australia Birds Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Farmer Irises
Roses Keeps Sheep
Leslie - I got Peking Dancer and all of my other irises from Iris Splendor in Tasmania. The website is really good but it gave no information beyond a photo and availability.
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