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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
May 25, 2021 2:23 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! mary thank you for sharing your beauties.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 25, 2021 4:16 PM CST
I enjoyed seeing all your iris. Yes, even the "evil" one. Thanks for posting! Thank You!
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Irises Butterflies Bee Lover Bulbs Cat Lover Region: Nebraska
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lauriemorningglory
May 25, 2021 9:27 PM CST
Thank you, Mary, for posting your photos! Smiling
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
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IrisLilli
May 26, 2021 12:35 AM CST
Thank You! Mary. What a great show! Hurray!
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
May 27, 2021 9:42 PM CST
Another thank you for the beautiful show Mary, and the laughs too. nodding
• “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
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janwax
May 28, 2021 2:31 PM CST
Mary, I have around 700 irises, give or take a dozen, and I, too, estimate that I had just over half bloom. Even those that haven't bloomed have increases and look healthy. Some that have never before bloomed, did...some that always bloom, didn't. I think they take turns taking a year off! Most of these have been planted in the past 4 years. Another anomaly is that I've had virtually no leaf spot this season - something that has plagued me in the past !! Shrug! Happy about that.

...adding that it's clear that the beds that did the best were the more recently re-dug and amended ones. And got the most water in these drought years.
Life is a Gift !
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mid-TN (Zone 7a)
Region: Tennessee Amaryllis Bulbs Irises Peonies Clematis
Roses
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Amazindirt
May 28, 2021 2:42 PM CST
urania1 said:

Leslie, I can't believe you are taking the evil iris's side. I have been living through a veritable reign of terror. I decapitate it. It puts up more stalks. I fear to sleep at night. The peonies have all had to go into therapy for PTSD.


I'm just catching up on old posts. Mary, I'll be more than happy to come take that gorgeous villain off your hands!

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
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janwax
May 28, 2021 2:48 PM CST
Hilarious!
Life is a Gift !
mid-TN (Zone 7a)
Region: Tennessee Amaryllis Bulbs Irises Peonies Clematis
Roses
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Amazindirt
May 28, 2021 2:48 PM CST
KYgal said:Mary, I'm curious; is there a good Louisiana iris you WOULD recommend? I am considering 1 or 2 for a damp area where my gutter drains off the house and through a black pipe which still empties into one of my beds.
I like pinks & dark purples Rolling my eyes. *Blush*


I don't think you'll have any problems with LA iris there. I've got several varieties that do just great, and my area has been considered 6b til recently.

Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
May 28, 2021 3:30 PM CST
Jan, Like you, I had hardly any leaf spot this year - the only upside of very little rain!
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
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irisarian
May 28, 2021 7:09 PM CST
Black Gamecock is a good start for LAs as it is very hardy. Other colors later.
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
Keeps Goats Composter Native Plants and Wildflowers Dog Lover Cat Lover Butterflies
Bulbs Daylilies Peonies Irises Bee Lover Keeper of Poultry
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urania1
May 29, 2021 7:03 PM CST
Amazindirt said:

I'm just catching up on old posts. Mary, I'll be more than happy to come take that gorgeous villain off your hands!



Rolling on the floor laughing

mid-TN (Zone 7a)
Region: Tennessee Amaryllis Bulbs Irises Peonies Clematis
Roses
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Amazindirt
May 29, 2021 10:30 PM CST
KYgal said:Mary, I'm curious; is there a good Louisiana iris you WOULD recommend? I am considering 1 or 2 for a damp area where my gutter drains off the house and through a black pipe which still empties into one of my beds.
I like pinks & dark purples Rolling my eyes. *Blush*


It just occurred to me — I've got at least three LA varieties that I could easily give you starts of. Send me a PM if you're interested.

Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Irises Keeps Horses Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 30, 2021 11:54 AM CST
Thank you for the garden tour Mary! You have some beauties! I also really like that one that gives you nightmares!

It is kinda strange, being on opposite sides of the country, but I have been experiencing very similar conditions here in my garden as Jan is in CA.
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
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evelyninthegarden
May 30, 2021 12:36 PM CST
tveguy3 said:So sad Mary, but you had a good show. Now you can focus on next year's bloom, and where you're going to plant your new arrivals. Smiling


Tom ~ Always the enabler! Hilarious!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
mid-TN (Zone 7a)
Region: Tennessee Amaryllis Bulbs Irises Peonies Clematis
Roses
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Amazindirt
Jun 2, 2021 5:56 PM CST
I've posted some LA iris pics in another thread, but here are a couple of ensatas that started opening a couple of days ago:

This is Greywoods Catrina. In person it's absolutely gorgeous -- large and floaty like butterflies:
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This one was sold to me as Freckled Geisha, and the colors are a fair match (if you Google this variety, you'll see there's lots of variation). BUT Freckled Geisha pics consistently have six falls, and this one only has three falls. So who knows?
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This is ensata variegata. Not an impressive flower, but the color is attractive.
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