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Jul 28, 2015 11:40 AM CST
Name: Eric Jarrett
Vale, NC (Zone 7b)
Beekeeper Dog Lover Region: North Carolina Keeper of Poultry
I only have one MTB which is Dividing Line. It bloomed for me this year and I really enjoyed it and gained an appreciation for them. What MTBs do you all grow and recommend?

(If anyone is digging theirs and needs to re-home a few, I would love to try them Big Grin )
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Jul 28, 2015 11:55 AM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
I just added dividing Line this year and I planted Holiday in Mexico last year. So I would like to hear comments on them too.
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Jul 28, 2015 12:08 PM CST
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
I absolutely love the MTB's! I have grown Dividing Line, Missus Bee, Wistful Wisteria, Preference and Zula for several years as well as Bumblebee Delight and Bangles. Last year I added Foxy Lass, Dessert Quail, Lasting Memory, Merit, Look Here, Siren and Pewee.

This year I have added Gracchus, Joseph's Coat Katkamier, Maggie Me Darlin, Peebee and Jay, Sari's Dance and Scrambled. I have several I received in trades and I am really looking forward to seeing them bloom also.

They are prolific bloomers and the tiny stalks disappear at a distance and the delicate blooms look like butterflies hovering over the plants. Some are quite tiny and some are more robust. I will have a few to divide next year but you will have to remind me. Every iris lover should grow at least one of these delicate and lovey irises.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Jul 28, 2015 12:47 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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The thread "My first tiny of the season!" in Irises forum

I have several of the MTB's and SDB's etc. far too many to list anyway, if you want to take a gander, these are the ones that bloomed this year.
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Jul 28, 2015 1:01 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
This MTB was my favorite, this year. It seemed to be a bit of a slow starter, as it was planted in '13, didn't bloom in '14...just made increases, but, as you can see...it really put on a show this year !



Elfin Shadows (L. Burton 2002/04 )
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Jul 28, 2015 1:22 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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And I have that one now too thanks to a generous Iris guy just South of me! nodding
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Jul 28, 2015 4:47 PM CST
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
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I had to look at my list: Butterscotch Wine, Coral Caper, Frosted Velvet, Honorabile, Sherwin Wright.
Don't make fear based decisions.
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Jul 28, 2015 5:21 PM CST
Name: Eric Jarrett
Vale, NC (Zone 7b)
Beekeeper Dog Lover Region: North Carolina Keeper of Poultry
Thanks for all the input!

Tom, Still going through the thread that you linked. Those are some very nice iris. I saw a couple of posts that mentioned you selling iris. Is that true?
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Jul 28, 2015 8:44 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I agree with everything Bonnie said above! I have Bumblebee Deelite, Frosted Velvet and Tracking that I love. I have many on order this year, including Peebee & Jay, Dividing Line, and Redrock Princess. They do make nice clumps easily. Add to the garden in very pleasant ways.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Jul 28, 2015 9:22 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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Pee Bee & Jay has a buddy from the reverse cross Pixel Packin Mama. It is difficult to get hold of however. Moose Tracks & Little White Tiger were great at convention. John just replanted some of his Isabella Anna
Thumb of 2015-07-29/irisarian/448e5e

Thank you for the comments on Elfin Shadows, Arlyn, Sorry that it took so long to bloom.
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Jul 29, 2015 2:56 AM CST
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
Isabella Anna is gorgeous. I have not seen it before.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Jul 29, 2015 6:55 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
It was probably more "pilot error", than "equipment failure", Lucy ! I'm still amazed at how much increase it makes !! What can you tell me about "Sprig Muslin's" growing habits ? I've added it this year.
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Jul 29, 2015 9:37 AM CST
Name: Sharon
McGregor IA (Zone 4b)
Not sure of the technical definitions of all the medians I grow: I would have to say Delirium is highly recommended. I have never divided it but it is still blooming strongly in the same place. Lovesick Blues is lovely, but kind of tiny to make an impact.
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Jul 29, 2015 9:49 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Isabella Anna is very pretty! Does Winterberry carry it?

Definitely have Moose Tracks and Little White Tiger on my future buy list!
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Jul 29, 2015 11:11 AM CST
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
Me too, Lesley.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Jul 29, 2015 1:49 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
I'm not sure if they have it. We introduced it before they started doing our plants. Our first introducer had re tired. their catalog is downstairs & I will check when I can.

Arlyn: I am afraid that Sprig Muslin is a slow grower. You all have to read Georgette Heyer books for the name. Winterberry decided to carry it because they have some people liking MTBs.
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Jul 29, 2015 2:40 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Yes, Winterberry has "I A"......as well as several other "Burton" intro's, both yours, and John's .

I added quite a few medians last year, and another "batch" this year, and ,somehow, it doesn't 'figure" Confused , as it gets harder for me to bend over...I'm planting shorter iris Confused !
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Jul 29, 2015 3:28 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Thank you. I had to go downstairs & stick my finger & checked the catalogue. Isabella Anna is there & it is John's plant, descended from the older Dancing Gold if anyone has followed MTBs.

ok Arlyn try MDBs for knee bending exercises.
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Jul 29, 2015 3:41 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Rolling on the floor laughing They don't work anymore, either, Lucy !! Maybe I should try 'raised beds".....about 4 feet "raised" Rolling on the floor laughing !
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Jul 30, 2015 6:00 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Bulbs Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Roses
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2
I LOVE MTBs! Bonnie's description says perfectly why I love them so. I have some historics that I believe classify as MTB, but this year thanks to Bonnie and Arlyn I have Dividing Line and Elfin Shadows lovingly installed right at the entrance to the house where I'll see them every time I leave and come home- those babies got prime garden real estate!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi

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