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Jul 12, 2011 7:12 AM CST
|It's nice to know who we're talking to and anything you want to tell us about yourself. Certainly not required. Tell us as little, or much as you wish. |
I'll start. My name is Polly Kinsman, and I live in upstate NY, just off Lake Ontario. I'm retired, but I work for my daughter in her dental practice. Married, two grandchildren, one who loves to garden, and one who loves to cook with me.
I own Siberian Iris Gardens, and sell beardless irises. I also grow quite a few bearded. They're all my favorite.
I have huge gardens, which I absolutely am not keeping up with the weeding of this year.
Jul 12, 2011 7:38 AM CST
|I'm Paul Smith. I live in Pleasant Grove, Utah, about 50 miles south of Salt Lake City. I'm a retired small business owner. My wife and I have a son and a daughter, two grandsons and one granddaughter. I grew up in a home with parents who loved flowers and I inherited that passion. Over the years I have had many changes in what I liked but currently my favorites include all classes of bearded iris, hosta, and roses. I'm lucky to be a member of an active iris society here and to be able to chat on line with friendly knowledgeable people and view many gorgeous pictures of gorgeous iris.|
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Jul 12, 2011 8:18 AM CST
|Hi, my full name is Denise Stewart but I go by D as it is short like me. All 4'11" of me. My husband and I lived in Southern California until St Patricks Day of 1991 to the Willamette Valley of Oregon. |
My husband had retired in 1988 and I retired in 1991 then moved. In 1993 I opened Aunt Dee's Greenhouse. Sold potted pernnials, being a bad location I did not have a lot of business so in 1995 closed it down. I could not handle not playing in the dirt and needed something to do, so in 1999 I opened Snowpeak Iris.
I started with about 1/2 acre and now I am at 3 acres...My only wish is I wish I had started this when I was younger. LOL.
While Polly specializes in Beardless iris mine is the bearded, all heights. That being said, I have many varieties of Siberians, some Japanese, many Spuria and now quite a selection of Species iris. My taste for the species iris has grown after seeing the rare beauty of them first in person and then thru Boojum's (on Cubits) lovely photo's.
I have a lovely husband, one son, one daughter, 6 children. Oldest is my daughters son, will be 21 in October this year, next comes my Son in Laws oldest son, at 20 then my son's wife has a 20 year old girl, then my daughters husband has an 18 year son, and my daughter in law has a 17 year old girl and last but not the least is the 13 year who no one beleives she is 13, as she is all legs at 5'9". She plays basketball and does Cheer and Drill. My oldest is working part time and going to college. I am proud of my kids and grandkids, but alas none of them like to garden.
I too Paul belong to a very active iris club that has many well known hybridizers.
Jul 12, 2011 9:46 AM CST
|Mitch Fitzgerald - 31 years old, first Iris long gone but starting over and very excited at the future. |
Got the Iris bug from my grandmother and still have her favorite NOID yellow Iris that came from her grandmothers yard. I go for the tall bearded but there has never been an iris that did not find a home here.
I have one son, 8, Malachi. Married for 9 years, living in now rural OK, was in the Dallas Metroplex for 6 years - and we are soooo glad we moved and love the change of pace.
Jul 12, 2011 10:04 AM CST
|Hi, my name is Lori and I am an iris-aholic!|
And I need help! This whole bed is dying a slow and miserable death...the foliage that isn't brown yet is yellow.
At first I thought it was just because it has been so hot here for so long...now I think leaf spot or scortch. What do I do now??
Don't look at my weeds either, I am WAY behind on weeding!
Jul 12, 2011 10:08 AM CST
|What I see Lori is that the bed is overcrowded and once iris get this crowded they do not like it. Looks like it is to divide and conquer|
Jul 12, 2011 10:10 AM CST
|Yep - every 3 years I own a plant I dig up toss the mamas keep the young and replant and share like crazy|
Jul 12, 2011 11:02 AM CST
|Well crap! I just planted that bed two years ago ...guess I planted too close. It was my first attempt at an iris bed...I knew I had a lot to learn but holy cow, I didn't want to rework that bed yet!!|
Guess I better start digging!
Jul 12, 2011 11:05 AM CST
|Hello everyone... My name is Brittany, I live in hot hot HOT Phoenix... I'm married, have a 22 month old boy and I'm due with our little girl in October I love gardening, although with a little one and being pregnant my hobby has suffered for it, but oh well... part of life I guess I really love iris because they seem to be the easiest thing to grow around here with little effort from me, which is what I need right now |
Gardens... should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves. ~H.E. Bates, A Love of Flowers
Jul 12, 2011 11:10 AM CST
|I have learned that every bed I build gets better, and I always wish I could redo all the other beds... no matter how long I work in the garden I learn more and more each year. Enjoy the journey. |
Jul 12, 2011 11:18 AM CST
|Hi everyone!! I'm 33 yrs old and live in South Dakota. I've loved Iris' for a long time. I still dream of the ones that my grandmother had down in Texas. Last year my family started building its own little spot for heavenly blooms. I didn't get any bloom this year, but sure have enjoyed everyone else's. I am finding though it is not just the ones with beards that I like. I purchased some seeds from the Species group Signa this year and am hoping for good things there. I LOVE the clump shots of everyone's of the beardless and might be adding some of those either this fall or next spring.|
Jul 12, 2011 11:27 AM CST
|Hey Sass...glad you are here! Did you get all of those rescue iris planted from the Coop?|
Jul 12, 2011 11:30 AM CST
|yes maam I sure did, they have their own little spot, just like D's have their own little spot good to see you too Lori|
edited to add ~ the other night my electricity went out, I started burning your candle that was sent to me I believe for the poetry contest, anyhow, boy does that baby burn nice n bright... smells good too!! thanks a bunch!! Do you still make the candles?
Jul 12, 2011 12:14 PM CST
|Yes I do. I need to get my Cubit Store reworked so they are available again. I have had too many irons in the fire lately |
Glad to here you liked the candle! It took me a lot of years to get that right.
Jul 12, 2011 8:00 PM CST
|Hello, everyone. My name is Paul and I'm a--wait, where am I again? Right. I have far more bearded iris than I know what to do with, and will probably acquire quite a few new ones anyway. I think there's still a bit of sidewalk that's not edged yet. Many of the beardless are difficult to grow here, but that doesn't stop me from brutally torturing them all the same.|
I'm at that age where I'm no longer willing to hold forth on how old I am. Eventually I'm sure I will grow out of that, but we'll see. I'm a slow learner. And I only color my mustache because my wife asked me to. I have three sons and one daughter to help me acquire those grey hairs, and a very patient wife who is the inspiration in my life and the voice of reason that I rarely listen to. She would tell me to delete this paragraph.
I'm a senior computer analyst at a nonprofit hospital. I run a web development and hosting business that provides websites primarily to nonprofits. I have a nursery that specializes in heirloom tomatoes, unusual veggies, and exotics. I publish freelance articles, short stories and poetry. I do a lot of photography for the websites, articles, nursery, etc. and occasionally exhibit. I make my wife fix the sprinklers, work on the cars, and do general repairs around the house because I'm too l--wait, scratch that last sentence.
Nice to see you all here. So many familiar names to me, but I read more than I post. And I'm sure I've got some of Dee's iris in my yard.
Edited to say that this is Tickety Boo, an SDB. I hate it when people post pictures and don't tell me what they are so I can go dream about owning one just like it...
Jul 12, 2011 8:12 PM CST
Love that Iris Paul!! Nice to "meet" you, I don't post very often, but lurk mostly right now. I can't wait to have beauties blooming in my yard (hopefully next spring) I sooo miss having Iris's, but of course I have really enjoyed all the pics here.
Jul 12, 2011 8:21 PM CST
Ayrica, you quit that lurkin' and come talk to us. Geeze. LOL.
Jul 12, 2011 8:33 PM CST
|well Miss Polly I sure hate to interrupt a wonderful photo parade, but you can bet I'm around ALOT hopefully next spring I can share some of D's blooms off too along with everyone else. I'll post a little more often than a couple times a yr from here on out. lol|
Jul 12, 2011 8:35 PM CST
|hello there!!!! popping in to see how you have settled in|
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Jul 12, 2011 8:43 PM CST
|Good girl, Miss Ayrica! |
Tell us a little about yourself Allison. I know you have irises.