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Sep 5, 2015 10:36 PM CST
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Cactus and Succulents Clematis Dog Lover Irises Lilies Region: New Jersey
Roses
I am a new Member here to the Iris forum. A few of the member have been kind enough to send me a "Welcome" note.
It is really great being here and I hope to learn a lot. I look forward to 'talking' to those of you who have sent me a warm
Welcome. Hopefully I can learn a lot from you and see some photo's of the beautiful Iris you grow and the gardens you have.
Thank you for Welcoming me here. Thank You!
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle ~ Plato
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Sep 5, 2015 10:38 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
Which type of iris do you like & what do you grow?
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Sep 5, 2015 10:47 PM CST
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Cactus and Succulents Clematis Dog Lover Irises Lilies Region: New Jersey
Roses
Hello Lucy:

I like the old varieties of Iris that I grew up with. My Mother grew the Iris pallida. There was a large, long patch of it behind our garage. It was an incredible sight. I just have to grow that iris.
I have seen a lot of old, historic Iris that I want to acquire. All of the Iris I have planted now - 10 of them - I got from Ebay, and now I realize that a few of them are infact historic iris. I didn't realize that Iris pallida was what my Mother grew until Linnea posted a photo of it and I recognized it
immediately.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle ~ Plato
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Sep 5, 2015 10:47 PM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Greeting from California Alan! Welcome!
Looking forward to hearing more from you..
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Sep 5, 2015 11:03 PM CST
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Cactus and Succulents Clematis Dog Lover Irises Lilies Region: New Jersey
Roses
Hello to you Sherry from California. Where do you reside in California? What type of Irises do you grow there? I'm always curious about growers in California, since I have heard there is such a drought problem in California and wonder how gardeners are faring there.

As for me, I have found that I am interested and hope to grow a lot of what I have found out is "Historic" irises. I have acquired a few from Ebay and planted them. But I have found a lot more
I want to add to my collection. I like the form and elegance of historic irises. I have looked at hundreds of Iris photos and many I do not like at all, and to me, they don't look like an Iris at all.
They are "poofy" and "full of Ruffles and curls" and I do not find that attractive and it does not
look like an Iris flower to me at all. They look like a Chrysanthemum! So, I plan on growing the
old-fashioned historic irises of days gone by, just like my Mother did. I'm very excited about my
new venture indeed.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle ~ Plato
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Sep 6, 2015 2:29 AM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
Hi and see one Alan. I think you will like it here.
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Sep 6, 2015 2:29 AM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
Hi and see one Alan. I think you will like it here.
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Sep 6, 2015 2:29 AM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
Hi and see one Alan. I think you will like it here.
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Sep 6, 2015 2:37 AM CST
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Birds Hummingbirder Hybridizer Irises Lilies Peonies
Sempervivums Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: United States of America Vegetable Grower Hostas Heucheras
Hello, I would like to give you a big Welcome! from KY. I grow many plants and I like you, I am fairly new to iris. This is a nice forum to ask questions on. Everyone has been friendly and helpful.
Teresa
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Sep 6, 2015 6:33 AM CST
Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Region: Kentucky Dog Lover Irises Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Welcome! another welcome from Kentucky!
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Sep 6, 2015 6:49 AM CST
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Cactus and Succulents Clematis Dog Lover Irises Lilies Region: New Jersey
Roses
To: Jen Jax

Thank you for your kind "Welcome" to the Iris forum. Where are you in Kentucky? What type of Iris do you grow there ? TB ? IB ? BB ? Dwarf? Historic? or Modern ?
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle ~ Plato
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Sep 6, 2015 6:53 AM CST
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Cactus and Succulents Clematis Dog Lover Irises Lilies Region: New Jersey
Roses
Hello Teresa:

Thank you for your warm "Welcome" to this forum. This is the first year I am growing Iris here in my new home in Southern New Jersey. I have grown Iris previously when I lived in Northern New Jersey, but the soil was quite different up there then it is down here. Here the soil is very sandy.
In North Jersey, the soil was clay. I'm trying to do a lot of reading up regarding soils, and soil
amendments, and learn what Iris like in order to grow and bloom well.

Back then, I remember I grew an Iris called "Immortality" and "Edith Wolford". They were both very
large bloomed Iris and did very well for me.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle ~ Plato
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Sep 6, 2015 6:55 AM CST
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Cactus and Succulents Clematis Dog Lover Irises Lilies Region: New Jersey
Roses
WOW! Thumbs up I just noticed there are a lot of Iris growers in Kentucky ! That is incredible that so many of you would be here. Great. I hope to learn a lot from all of you and would love to
see photo's of your Iris and your gardens.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle ~ Plato
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Sep 6, 2015 6:59 AM CST
Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Region: Kentucky Dog Lover Irises Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Alan, I am in northern Kentucky close to cincinnati Ohio. I collect tall bearded modern iris. I like the big ruffles and bright colors. My mother never grew iris, but was a gardener. We had a huge vegetable garden and blackberries. I have loved played in the dirt my entire life. I have always loved being covered in mud. I have been growing iris for about 5 years when my husband and I finished building our house my addiction to the iris began. Started out with 10, went to 30, then 100 well. Let's just say I have added over 150 this year. Lol
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Sep 6, 2015 7:11 AM CST
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Cactus and Succulents Clematis Dog Lover Irises Lilies Region: New Jersey
Roses
To: Jen Jax

That is incredible. You should be commended. How wonderful that you have created a garden with over 150+ Iris plants. I can't imagine it. I'm sure when your Iris bloom it is a sight to behold.
I look forward to seeing photo's of your Iris. It's nice to have a lot of property that you can garden
with. I, too, am an avid gardener, and grow Roses, Lilies, various Perennials, Poppies, and Annuals. My favorites being Cosmos and Zinnia. I could not have a Summer without the spectacular colors of Zinnia. I do not have a large space to garden in - it is limited to a small
patch in the back of the house, and on one side of the house. But I do have Daylilies, Black-eyed
Susan, One TB Iris (Innocent Star is it's name I think) in addition to dwarf dark purple iris that was
on the property when I bought the home. The other gardens were created specifically for
Iris. This is my first year planting them here. I also planted Hydrangea on the property and have
two Rhododendron on the side of the house also.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle ~ Plato
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Sep 6, 2015 7:56 AM 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
I'm in western Kentucky, just southeast of the southern tip of Illinois.

Just described my Irises in the thread *What did you do in the Iris garden today*! Smiling
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Sep 6, 2015 8:01 AM 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
Oh -- and I think you misunderstood Jen when she mentioned 150 Irises. She said that she *added* that many, *this year*. Depending on how many she had prior to that, she has significantly more that 150. Green Grin!

I unintentionally added almost as many this year as Jen. Which brings me to over 500. Ermagerd!!!!! Blinking Blinking Blinking
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Sep 6, 2015 8:28 AM CST
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Birds Hummingbirder Hybridizer Irises Lilies Peonies
Sempervivums Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: United States of America Vegetable Grower Hostas Heucheras
Hi, Alan
I live west of Bowling Green, KY. I am just north of Nashville. I have mostly TBs but also a few Siberians and Louisana.
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Sep 6, 2015 8:33 AM CST
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Cactus and Succulents Clematis Dog Lover Irises Lilies Region: New Jersey
Roses
To: Mary Ann and Jen -

Oh my! I can't imagine having property that would be able to house over 500 Iris. That is a lot of work. Do you have to do a lot of work to manage all those Irises? I bet it is a beautiful sight when
all the Irises bloom for you. You must have a lovely property. That's really nice to hear. What types (Names) are the Irises you planted? Do you grow Historics? Any Names that you can recommend to me ? Smiling
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle ~ Plato
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Sep 6, 2015 8:37 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
Alan, there are several members here interested in and growing historic Iris--and they are all generous in sharing their experiences and knowledge. Smiling
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