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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
Aug 26, 2015 3:21 PM CST
I just got a lot of new reds this year too. Spartan, Lest We Forget, Nebraska Big Red, Red Velvet Cake, Red Zinger, Swordsman, Gerry Atwell, Red Skies, Dragon Flamedart, McSeedman Sees Red, Bev's Babe, Drunks At Sunset,(How funny, my phone automatically changed it to Drunks from Drinks!l just to name a few. And red mixes too like Bruneau Jasper and Hello Gorgeous, Infernal Fire, Tiger Play, Darcy's Choice, Color Strokes, Plot Line, Red Heart, Sparks Fly, Thundering Ovation..... I seem to have had red on the brain!! And I have left some out even! *Blush*
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 26, 2015 5:50 PM CST
Spartan is quite popular in this area.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Aug 26, 2015 6:04 PM CST
On my way home today I saw a pretty white IB blooming in someone's yard. It ticks me off when I see rebloom in the grass and weeds, but none in my tended beds, LOL.

I planted the rhizomes that Sherry sent today, and tried something new with them. I had soaked them for a short while in H2O2 solution, but not as long as I'd like. So I watered them in with H2O2 solution really well too. I've seen great results from soaking in it, curious if watering with it will show positive results.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Aug 26, 2015 6:14 PM CST
How much per gallon, are you using, Neal ?
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
Irises Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Permaculture Composter Organic Gardener
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Linneaj
Aug 26, 2015 6:39 PM CST
I like Spartan. I should add it some day. Nice to know it does well here.
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Aug 26, 2015 6:45 PM CST
Arlyn, I use 1/2 cup peroxide per gallon of water.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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
Aug 26, 2015 6:48 PM CST
Spartan is such a nice red red. Schreiner's is always trying for a true red, but in my book this one is pretty darn close to true red. Then again, you could ask 100 people to show you true red and would probably get 100 different shades!!
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Irises Peonies Region: Kentucky Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Boxergirl
Aug 26, 2015 7:16 PM CST
Neal. What difference do you see? Just curious.
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
Aug 26, 2015 7:38 PM CST
I too am curious.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Aug 26, 2015 8:01 PM CST
We need a "Me Too" sign.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Aug 26, 2015 9:15 PM CST
I found a really dried rhizome that had fallen behind the table where I stage those that are about to be planted. It was small to start with and had been back there for weeks.I soaked it for 24 hours in H2O2 solution, and that baby had new roots forming! Same thing happened with a daylily that didn't have a lot of roots.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Aug 26, 2015 9:33 PM CST
Thats very impressive Neal.
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Aug 26, 2015 10:26 PM CST
I got 'Masada' as a bonus a couple years ago from Bluebird Haven. I thought it was a pretty nice red...
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Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Dog Lover Irises Orchids Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Lilies
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Denman55
Aug 27, 2015 3:16 AM CST
Lestv said:Spartan is such a nice red red. Schreiner's is always trying for a true red, but in my book this one is pretty darn close to true red. Then again, you could ask 100 people to show you true red and would probably get 100 different shades!!


Yes, I think "Spartan" is what I was looking for all along, but ended up buying deeper and darker Reds, when infact what I wanted was a true Red. That's why I put it on my Wish List for next year.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 27, 2015 8:29 AM CST
'the closest in red are Louisiana irises. they are beardless. 'Spectrum red' doesn't exist in beaded irises, we can only get so close.
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Dog Lover Irises Orchids Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Lilies
Roses
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Denman55
Aug 27, 2015 10:26 AM CST
I happened to find a "bare spot" in my one Iris garden .... Whistling So, I planted a rhizome of "Indian Chief" there ! Hurray!
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Dog Lover Irises Orchids Region: New Jersey Region: Pennsylvania Lilies
Roses
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Denman55
Aug 27, 2015 10:27 AM CST
irisarian said:'the closest in red are Louisiana irises. they are beardless. 'Spectrum red' doesn't exist in beaded irises, we can only get so close.


I have 2 Louisiana Iris planted in my garden - one is "Tickfaw" and the other is "Red Echo".
Right now they are growing like mad !
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
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bluegrassmom
Aug 27, 2015 12:53 PM CST
I am excited to add Lion King today. It is a Japanese Iris, I plant mine where that I can water them often. I have a couple Noids but this is my first named variety. Below is a picture of it. It has these awards also. Thanks for the trade Paula!


Honorable Mention: 1999
Award of Merit: 2001
W. A. Payne Medal: 2003 (tie)

Lion King
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Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Irises Peonies Region: Kentucky Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Boxergirl
Aug 27, 2015 3:12 PM CST
I trying Neil's special Iris soak now. We'll see how this works! Feed back to come! Neil I'm holding you to this. Lol nodding Sticking tongue out
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies Region: United States of America
Garden Photography Vegetable Grower Hybridizer Bulbs Irises Hummingbirder
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bluegrassmom
Aug 27, 2015 3:17 PM CST
At least iris lovers have a TRUE BLUE the daylilly hybridizers are still trying and we can only hope for a bit more blue.

Jen did you get an order in that you are soaking? Rolling my eyes.

I have 5 dls soaking from a trade today.
Bee Kind, make the world a better place.

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