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Aug 20, 2015 7:22 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I guess it's a sign of true obsession , but I have started planning NEXT years orders ! I still have several boxes to arrive, and, assuming they are like most of the orders already received.....there will be at least one, or two iris that were "deleted" for one reason, or another. I already have about a dozen on next year's list, that I *thought* I had ....only to find that they couldn't be delivered. Then there are the ones I "couldn't find" this year....so every catalog will be scanned to try to locate those, and......I definitely will add a few more 'Indians', if I see them, and there are a few rebloomers that I want.
Still a few DM winners that I'm missing, and some Hedgecock, Tasco, and Burton cultivars I want to add, as well.
I ordered quite a few more, this year, than I had planned on, but, I still have some bed space left, and, even though I *culled* some iris that "just weren't me" from the beds, this year.....there are still a few that will be saying ,'Bye Bye", and , there are some that were planted THIS year (bonus iris, extras, etc.) that will, unless they REALLY surprise me, will be 'short term" in my beds, as well !
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Aug 20, 2015 7:33 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
yes, I am planning on trying to find the ones that were subbed by vendors this year and I will try to find ones on my shrinking old wants lists. I want to add some Burton's too, both Lucy's and John's, and I want to add the one hybridized by Carl's wife. I have a few shares that will be for next year and that will help narrow my wants list. I am going to make one more bed this fall to hold more irises. I want a few more luminatas for that bed and I am always looking for the little guys. I want a couple of AB's that I missed this year too. I feel much more organized shopping from my wants lists but then someone will post a photo of one that just takes my fancy and I am off on another search.
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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Aug 20, 2015 8:01 AM CST
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
Composter Daylilies Garden Art Irises Organic Gardener Permaculture
Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing
I have only pondered the question for a moment, and I am sure somethin' perty will tempt me, but I am thinking to concentrate more on soil and leaf spot prevention and less on more acquisitions. I would like to keep space ready for seedlings, have good ground and be disease free. If I add anything, it might be Siberians that repeat bloom.

For now, I am composting, mulching and using safe garden treatments - Actinovate and Serenade.
Don't make fear based decisions.
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Aug 20, 2015 8:35 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I have solarized a large area to add as more veggie garden space, as I keep encroaching on my regular veggie garden to plant these seedlings. I'm going to have to take another 6 foot width, and full length to plant seedlings and others that I want to relocate. I'm expecting last years seedlings to mostly bloom, so if that happens, there should be many that get axed, and that will make some more space. I am enlarging my historic bed a bit so that I can move the rest of the historics that I have in other places to that bed. Of course I have my eyes on a couple historics to add next year. One of my plum trees died, and I'm not replacing it, so that leaves a nice spot to enlarge another bed by about 8 feet by 8 feet. That will be space for some new acquisitions for next year. I am going to focus mostly on new(er) introductions again next year. I did do some culling this year of some that like Arlyn said, "Just weren't me" but I managed to find homes for all of them so none had to go to the compost pile.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Aug 20, 2015 8:39 AM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I'm not anxious to add any more to my thirsty garden. There's gotta be some rain first!
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Aug 20, 2015 8:48 AM CST
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
Composter Daylilies Garden Art Irises Organic Gardener Permaculture
Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing
Yeah, even in Maine where the lakes and rivers still have plenty of water, I am standing outside with the hose for almost an hour watering trees and gardens.

My neighbor is right. We should dig a well just for watering.
Don't make fear based decisions.
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Aug 20, 2015 8:48 AM 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
A box of seedlings back from convention. Oh my, where is the space?
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Aug 20, 2015 9:24 AM CST
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
Composter Daylilies Garden Art Irises Organic Gardener Permaculture
Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing
I dunno, but isn't it exciting? Smiling
Don't make fear based decisions.
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Aug 20, 2015 9:40 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
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
Hoping all those new ones/ones planted last year that didn't bloom for me will do so next year so I, too, can cull those that aren't me and free up room. Have shares coming next year, and looking to order Spurias mostly. Probably will be pretty much just trades and for-postage for awhile, though. My traveling friend and I decided we have one more trip in us and I have to save my pennies and nickels for 2018. Big Grin
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Aug 20, 2015 10:00 AM CST
Name: Eric Jarrett
Vale, NC (Zone 7b)
Beekeeper Dog Lover Region: North Carolina Keeper of Poultry
I'm planning to make a couple more iris beds this fall. I do plan on adding new (to me at least) irises next year and I have a bed that will need to be dug and divided after bloom season. (Trades anyone? Big Grin )
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Aug 20, 2015 3:44 PM CST
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
Composter Daylilies Garden Art Irises Organic Gardener Permaculture
Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing
At some point, I will thin purple selfs down to one each, except that glorious velvety noID.
Don't make fear based decisions.
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Aug 20, 2015 4:07 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
I can't think about next year.....I'm, still trying to figure out where to plant all the ones from this year. Hilarious!
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Aug 20, 2015 6:12 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 am soooo in the same boat as Rob! I will be building at least a couple beds over the winter. One for more Japanese I am planning on. One to fit the rest of the iris I have. Hopefully with some room left for next year's temptations?!!
"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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Aug 20, 2015 7:08 PM CST
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Dog Lover Irises Lilies Region: New Jersey Orchids Region: Pennsylvania
Roses
We have plenty of Rain here, so yeah, I'm planning my Wish List for Next Year. . . . .
I have quite a lengthy list of Historic rhizomes I want for next year.
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I've found the sources for all of those items on my Wish List, so I know just where to shop to
get'em, so I figure I'll be submitting my Orders in January. Smiling Thumbs up Hurray!
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Aug 20, 2015 7:27 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I've added about 200 tb irises this year. I think I'll take a break next year! Big Grin
(....and all are in the ground )
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Aug 20, 2015 7:33 PM CST
Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Region: Kentucky Dog Lover Irises Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
janwax said:I've added about 200 tb irises this year. I think I'll take a break next year! Big Grin
(....and all are in the ground )


I said the same thing last year jan! I'm pretty sure I bought more this year then last year!
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Aug 20, 2015 8:59 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Holy moley, Jan -- 200??????? I thought you said 100 not long ago................ Blinking

Leslie -- don't forget to leave/make room for our swaps next year!!

I refuse to think about next year's acquisitions (except of our swaps, Leslie Smiling ) I'm still dealing with the hundred or so that I adamantly refused to even consider this year -- and which managed to find their way to my front porch and my Iris beds this year anyway. *Blush*
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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Aug 20, 2015 9:21 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
I can say I'm not going to get anymore next year, but who's kidding who. nodding Hurray!
I'm truly addicted and the only way I won't get anymore iris next year is to stop viewing all the gorgeous photographs that everyone posts.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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Aug 20, 2015 9:36 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
But that would be unduly torturing yourself Barbara! Just think how many you might buy if you didn't have our photos, and had to wait to see them all bloom in your own garden.... The pictures are there so you can enjoy the blooms without owning the bloom ..... (Who am I kidding???) Rolling my eyes.
"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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Aug 20, 2015 9:55 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
But if they are gorgeous in YOUR garden then I want them in MY garden too. I think my "problem" is if I buy them this year the sooner they will form a clump which equals beauty!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous

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