Irises forum: OK, so how many have you got ordered???

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Name: Vi
Ocean Springs, MS (Zone 8b)
Irises Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America Region: Mississippi
Charter ATP Member Daylilies Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I sent a postcard to Randy! Garden Ideas: Level 2
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stetchworth
May 4, 2014 4:37 AM CST
Like some of you I am waiting for Schreiner's sale as I am on a budget right now as I just paid $1800 for a plane ticket to England in July.

Mary Ann is sending me Eagles Flight Lovey dubby and Debra is also sending me some of hers she has to thin out. Smiling
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
May 4, 2014 5:01 AM CST
Wow Vi, Lucky you, I'm sure you will enjoy your trip. You can always get some more irises next season. nodding
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
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grannysgarden
May 4, 2014 6:17 AM CST
well, Tom, I should not be too accurate as I have two more orders ready to finalize this week. If I counted each iris it may mean I had a problem or an addiction which I do not. repeat after me, I am in control, I can stop anytime, I am in control, I can stop anytime, I am in charge, I can order anytime, I am in charge, I can order everything, wait.... uh.... where's my catalog...

OK, I will count when I stop hyperventilating.
Rise and shine and give God the glory!!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 4, 2014 8:12 AM CST
I bow down to all of you with the mega gardens! While I am thoroughly addicted, I now feel so much better about wanting more! The biggest challenge for me is going to be finding enough sunny spots for all the garden bed it sounds like I am destined to be digging. The very large willow oaks (stress on very) and the maples are having a large say in the matter.....
AND I would like to say the thread about where to buy iris is really not helping! I have already found I would like more than I care to mention !! Evil! Hahaha Hilarious!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 4, 2014 8:12 AM CST
Something to add to what Brett mentioned....Those of us who like the "older" iris have learned that if you see "the" iris, that special "one" that you have coveted...you better order it right now ! It might not be there next year Crying ! Unlike the brand new intros, that are gonna' be a little cheaper (because more vendors are offering them for sale, is one reason for the decline in price),those "older" iris are liable to just be "gone"! Even though the "historic" iris are getting to be more "accepted" in the iris world, they are still way behind in the popularity poll, as far as numbers sold by vendors. So that's one of the "excuses" I use to justify my "insanity"! Another is that for all those years I was working , there wasn't enough "spare time" to go around ! But, now that "we" are retired, with all those hours (that used to be spent at work , going to work, coming home from work, yada ,yada, yada) available for the truly important things in life, we can indulge ourselves in our hobbies, and , between Rita and I, we have LOTS of hobbies Rolling on the floor laughing . And, finally, I have reached the age where "waiting till next year" may be waiting just one year too long ! So, while I still have a little "health", a lot of time, and desire left to do it, I'm gonna' be the "iris vendor's best friend " Sticking tongue out !!....Arlyn
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
May 4, 2014 8:16 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Too funny Bonnie, Your are in control of your lack of control. But you will find that it's such a relief when you just admit to the addiction and go with it. No sence stressing over it!
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
May 4, 2014 8:22 AM CST
Some good excuses there Arlyn, I second them all!
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
May 4, 2014 8:33 AM CST
Leslie -- I have an Iris bed under and around the base of a maple tree. Don't forget -- the Iris come up and bloom in the Spring, before the trees have leaves! So -- no problem at all. You will sacrifice prolific blooms and increases, but you'll still get both -- just slower. That's OK with me -- I still get to enjoy those varieties, and don't have a big workload associated with it!!

Arlyn -- I just like the way you think!! Rolling on the floor laughing
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 4, 2014 8:38 AM CST
Well Mary Ann that didn't work so well this year. I have leaves on the maple and no blooms yet in the bed around it. Guess this will be the slow road. Bonus is slower increase leaves more room for new additions???!!
And Arlyn - I know that "get it before it's gone" excuse. I already have some favorites that are not around to purchase again!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
May 4, 2014 8:44 AM CST
Sorry -- I didn't explain that well. The Irises awaken and grow their leaves before the trees leaf-out. The blooms come after the trees have leaves, but the Irises have gotten the sun they needed. Better? I'll take a picture today of my Maple Tree Bed!

And yes! Slower increases DOES leave more room for new additions!! Spoken like a true addict!!! Rolling on the floor laughing
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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ARUBA1334
May 4, 2014 9:10 AM CST
Tom Rolling on the floor laughing nodding I don't have a tally yet was just going to work on replacing what was lost this spring and get my seedlings in the ground but after visiting California the thinking changed quickly Big Grin I found all sorts of new must haves. I am sure Oregon will only make it worse but here are some of the favorite's from California.
Star Turn & Heavenly Host
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Cosmic Connection & Ice Planet
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Flaming Lava & Fancy Ideas
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Volcanic Glow & Zlatovlaska
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Bottle Rocket & Jazz Pizzazz
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
May 4, 2014 9:13 AM CST
Oh Leslie, Just get the chainsaw out and have at the trees. Maybe just one, This year. Or do like Arlyn did, and buy an empty lot and fill it with irises. Thumbs up
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
May 4, 2014 9:21 AM CST
Hey Brad, Back from the land of Iris magic? Great minds think alike, lol, I already have Volcanic Glow, and Fancy Ideas, got them last year. I ordered Flaming Lava based on your picture in the data base the other day. I wish I had ordered Star Turn, but I guess there's always next year.

You will be going to Oregon soon, based on an e-mail from Keith, things are going fast there and it will be an early season this year.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
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Name: Vi
Ocean Springs, MS (Zone 8b)
Irises Dog Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America Region: Mississippi
Charter ATP Member Daylilies Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I sent a postcard to Randy! Garden Ideas: Level 2
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stetchworth
May 4, 2014 9:22 AM CST
Brad, every one of those is gorgeous, hard to pick from those but I do like Cosmic Connection. Lovey dubby

Tom, thanks I'm sure I will have a good trip, it is about 20 years since I was back there. Everything will have changed and much more expensive. Crying
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 4, 2014 9:37 AM CST
Dwarf irises do very well, blooming BEFORE tree leaves are out. ☺ Even so, we had to move our plants out to the former pony pasture so they could have sun.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
May 4, 2014 9:52 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Bonnie

I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. Arlyn

Vi, it will be great fun. Smiling

OOPS

Uh-oh. Brad posted photos again. RUH-ROHHH.
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
May 4, 2014 10:00 AM CST
Oh.My.God. If I saw Star Turn blooming in my garden, I could die a happy woman.

And that's all I have to say about that.
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
May 4, 2014 11:12 AM CST
I hope I can keep myself from sending an ammended order to Joe, I just did that with Keppel, as I saw some of Brad's pictures and had to have another one. Honestly, these guys should pay Brad to come and take pictures, as he makes them a lot of money! Hilarious! And give him free irises as well! nodding
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
May 4, 2014 11:24 AM CST
I agree I agree
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
May 4, 2014 12:59 PM CST
Just out of the idle-est curiousity -- where would one purchase Star Turn? Smiling
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)

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