Irises forum: 2013 Median Iris Bloom in My Utah Garden

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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Jan 3, 2014 9:53 AM CST
The month of January seems like it lasts forever here in Utah. Iris bloom is still 3-4 months away. I have really been enjoying Brad's 2013 iris pictures so thought I would share pictures of some of the median iris which were favorites in my garden last spring. If you aren't growing any medians consider giving them some room. They provide great variety and can really extend the bloom season. These are in no particular order........
Eye of Newt



My Chere


Jellicle Cat


Devil Baby


Star Woman


Thumb of 2014-01-03/Paul2032/5b49f2 Toffee


Thumb of 2014-01-03/Paul2032/4fad41 What About Me

Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Jan 3, 2014 10:20 AM CST
Thumb of 2014-01-03/Paul2032/27c2a3 Gal Pal


Dime


Thumb of 2014-01-03/Paul2032/8cf2a7 Gingerbread Trim



Thumb of 2014-01-03/Paul2032/5ee135 Juicy Tidbit



Thumb of 2014-01-03/Paul2032/fed94d Raspberry Ice


Dark Design

Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jan 3, 2014 10:33 AM CST
Good to see medians get a viewing.
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Jan 3, 2014 10:35 AM CST
I agree Lucy.......I love my TBs but like the medians as well. I don't have to choose so I'll enjoy both.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
Jan 3, 2014 10:52 AM CST
Starfield



Thumb of 2014-01-03/Paul2032/93dd7e Spectator


Thumb of 2014-01-03/Paul2032/16cef5 Cat's Eye

Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jan 3, 2014 10:59 AM CST
Good Show Paul! I added a quite a few MTB's to my garden last fall, and can't wait to see them this spring. It was 15 below today, and supposed to be 21 below by Sunday here, so spring seems a long way off right now. Your pictures give me hope!
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jan 3, 2014 3:24 PM CST
We have MTBs hybridized here.
Thumb of 2014-01-03/irisarian/ed7736Billie the Brownie (J. Burton)


Thumb of 2014-01-03/irisarian/cff10dIsabella Anna (J. Burton)


Elfin Shadows (L. Burton)

Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
Jan 3, 2014 4:06 PM CST
Is it because they're so small that the beards look enormous?

Beautiful assortment Paul. I especially liked Toffee, Gingerbread Trim and Ma Chere!!

Yours too, Lucy!
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jan 3, 2014 4:51 PM CST
I see several I will be adding. Thank you for all the photos! Thumbs up
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Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
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ARUBA1334
Jan 3, 2014 6:27 PM CST
Paul Thanks for sharing these a great Idea and they look Outstanding!! I can always look at more Iris pictures especially when it's freezing outside our forecast for the next week has record freezing temp's in it and that's saying something for Iowa Today's high was 18 above which is supposedly the best day of the week we tried to work a little in it and push some snow off a roof to get something done but the wind was just to much, Hard to get motivated to do any work outside in this I'm afraid it is going to be a miserable winter here so keep the pictures coming if you can just keep posting them for another 90 days or so I may not go completely nuts with cabin fever. nodding

I agree with Mary Ann the beards on these are talking to me my favorites are Juicy Tidbit and Dime..I am working on a bed just for some smaller one's and these will be on my must have list next year I really like the Outrageous Beards, I get asked all the time what is my favorite of all of them in my garden and I can never answer it because it changes all the time but that is my question to you if you had to pick just 3 what would they be ?
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jan 3, 2014 6:56 PM CST
I am really new to Irises with Intent, so I don't have any favorites--yet!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Jan 3, 2014 7:17 PM CST
Thank you for the beautiful pictures Paul! I have several of the ones you posted growing in my garden. I love Cats Eye. It is such a round little bloom and does well here. My oldest one is Cherry Garden, Jones, 1967 and my newest is Fern's Magic, D. Stewart, 2008. I love the TB's but there is something special about the little guys.

I only have about a dozen MDB's as they do not do well in this warm climate. I am growing them to see which ones are hardiest and I will keep and pass them around and the ones that do not thrive I will just enjoy in pictures.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
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lovemyhouse
Jan 3, 2014 10:38 PM CST
what zone are you in? be interested in reading which ones did well.
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Jan 4, 2014 6:22 AM CST
Debra, I am in zone 7a (actually middle of state so really still 7). Most Iris growers here will not grow the MDB's and are quick to tell people who ask that MDB's do not do well here. I have one little guy called 'Trimmed Velvet' that not only increases well, but bloomed and re-bloomed last year. It is the only little MDB that is a re-bloomer that I know of. He grows in full sun and just seems to like being left alone. A year ago, in the dead of winter, a friend gave me tiny survivors of her attempt to grow MDB's. She lost their names and they were growing in shallow soil in the bottom of black plastic pots stacked haphazardly by her garden shed. Unlike most iris, MDB's do not like being uprooted and will take their time to settle in and begin blooming again so I brought them home and repotted them in larger pots and put them all together in an old wheelbarrow with mulch around the pots. I pushed the wheelbarrow around the yard during the summer according to shady conditions and high temperatures. A young man who has recently just become interested in growing iris came to my garden to take photos and called this 'iris in their mobile home'. They did well and I am hoping for some bloom this spring. They will get permanent homes in the ground this summer without disturbing their roots.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Jan 4, 2014 8:30 AM CST
Now THAT'S a dedicated Iris person!! Thumbs up
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Jan 4, 2014 9:14 AM CST
Trimmed Velvet is gorgeous! I'm in 8a, but have added it to my gotta-try-this-one list. Most of my planting areas get afternoon shade, so might be good, here, too. Thank you for the information. Smiling
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Echinacea Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
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Paul2032
Jan 4, 2014 11:57 AM CST
Here are some more medians which I grow and enjoy........



Devoted


Jellicle Cat


Thumb of 2014-01-04/Paul2032/5ef19f Zooboomafu


Thumb of 2014-01-04/Paul2032/901e6b Lost Art


TuTu Tourquoise


Devoted


Thumb of 2014-01-04/Paul2032/9b0379Island Sun


Ultimate


Plum Twist


Cat's Eye


Gingerbread Trim


Canadian Kisses


Thumb of 2014-01-04/Paul2032/8b2cd8 Open Your Eyes

Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Jan 4, 2014 12:13 PM CST
ah,ahh,ahh,ahhh! more! must...have...more Blinking Blinking Drooling Drooling Drooling
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Jan 4, 2014 12:40 PM CST
All lovely Paul -- and what is your new avatar please? Smiling
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Jan 4, 2014 1:55 PM CST
These are gorgeous Paul! I also grow Ultimate and I will add Devoted this year. You have so many that are on my list it is so good to see them in your pictures. Keep 'em coming!!!
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