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Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Muddymitts
May 26, 2015 6:56 AM CST
Ahhhhhhhhh -- perfection, then!!! Thumbs up

Lori and Arlyn -- only a little bit............... Rolling my eyes. Hilarious!
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Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
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Denman55
Aug 17, 2015 12:34 PM CST
I find myself going back to this thread because of the beautiful photo's and gardens that all of you have posted here - I am in awe when I look at the beauty you have all created. You all have truly beautiful gardens, beautiful clumps of iris in bloom and I love your photo's -
so "Thank You" Lori, Arlyn, Ann, Leslie, Debra, Dave, Celia, Sherry, JoAnn, Neal.
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
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janwax
Aug 20, 2015 7:40 PM CST
How did I miss this thread!!!?
Such beautiful clumps. I'll never catch up with you guys.
But I'm trying. Sticking tongue out
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Aug 20, 2015 8:39 PM CST
Jan, there's always next go-around!
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Muddymitts
Aug 20, 2015 8:46 PM CST
Everybody starts somewhere, Jan!! Green Grin!
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Aug 21, 2015 9:53 AM CST
I have clump-envy, Dr. Freud!
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Aug 21, 2015 5:36 PM CST
Jan - if you planted some smalls and medians like MTB's you will have clumps in no time at all. The talls take a bit longer unless they are historics like my Quaker Lady. That clump in the pics above is only two years old.
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Aug 22, 2015 12:51 AM CST
Absolutely! I've got some modernTB's that are great bloomers, but I don't think any of them pack this many blooms in a clump... Quaker Lady is exceptional in that category.
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iciris
Aug 22, 2015 1:10 AM CST
Henhouse said:Absolutely! I've got some modernTB's that are great bloomers, but I don't think any of them pack this many blooms in a clump... Quaker Lady is exceptional in that category.
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Gorgeous clump!
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UndertheSun
Aug 22, 2015 1:22 AM CST
I don't think I've ever seen a clump bloom like that. Thumbs up
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Aug 22, 2015 3:53 AM CST
Wow, that is a multitude of blooms!
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Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Muddymitts
Aug 22, 2015 7:56 AM CST
Amazing, Sherry!!
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Aug 22, 2015 9:44 AM CST
I think that some of the historics make tighter clumps with more blooms close together, maybe due to their smaller rhizomes?


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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
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janwax
Aug 22, 2015 10:40 AM CST
Thanks for the suggestions about intermediates and smalls making clumps quickly, Leslie. Maybe next year I'll
give it a try.
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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
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janwax
Aug 22, 2015 10:54 AM CST
Hurray! I just used the handy-dandy search feature in the database , and
discovered that I have 17 intermediates!! Most have been planted this year
and haven't bloomed yet, and a few from last season didn't bloom - but I may
have clumps in my future! Many were gifts!
These are my intermediates:
Aeolius
Baby Blue Marine
Bless You
Concertina
Crimson King (has bloomed beautifully and made a clump!)
Dazzling
Fantastic Blue
Fast Forward
Jane Eyre
Lakota (now wouldn't I love a clump of this colorful baby!)
Londonderry
Miss Mauve
Red Zinger
Ruby Slippers
Spectator
Starwoman
Sue Zee (recently planted -doing great - thank you Suzanne!)
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Aug 22, 2015 11:05 AM CST
When that clump gets big enough that it needs split, I'll have to "trade you out of" a piece of Lakota, Jan !!
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
Aug 22, 2015 11:20 AM CST
You got it, Arlyn! Fingers crossed! Marky Smith has created some wonderful irises! Lakota's a beauty.
Just notice that her Starwoman got the Dykes Medal a few years ago.
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Aug 22, 2015 3:54 PM CST
Jan, those are some beauties. IB's bloom before the TB's as a rule and extend your bloom season. They may bloom erratically in the first year but they will settle in and make your garden lovely. Also, they are shorter and can be planted in front of TB's.
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Aug 22, 2015 4:05 PM CST
I'm a big IB fan too. Not only is it so great how quickly many of them form thick clumps full of bloom stalks, but when sharing time comes around its usually 3-5 rhizomes we send a friend for an instant starter clump! I love that they never need staking, and their vigor makes them great for the mixed perennial garden- they seem to play particularly well with others. I'm looking really forward to Fantastic Blue, Baboon Bottom, Sue Zee, and several others next spring!
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Aug 22, 2015 9:20 PM CST
Nice clean foliage on Quaker Lady also.

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