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Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Muddymitts
Sep 21, 2015 8:18 PM CST
Yes. Sighing!
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Sep 22, 2015 6:04 AM CST
Darcy, I have a new rhizome doing exactly the same thing. I haven't tried tugging on it, maybe I should?? I have just left it alone. We had a nice rain last week and I thought I would see some green from it after that but still nothing happening.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Sep 22, 2015 3:40 PM CST
Even our old ones are just sitting there. It has been so dry. We need rain & not in sight.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Sep 22, 2015 3:54 PM CST
So do I, Lucy, and none in sight. sigh
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Sep 22, 2015 4:20 PM CST
They say none before Monday, here....and that's not a very high chance Sad .
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
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Linneaj
Sep 22, 2015 6:56 PM CST
Yes, I have been watering a lot this year. The back garden over the rivulet is fine though. The top is dry enough and the roots can reach for moisture. There goes the veggie garden - or I can plant veggies in between iris. Bush beans and iris do well together.
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Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
Sep 22, 2015 7:01 PM CST
I would not suggest adding bone meal. I did and neighbor's dog dug all around and knocked some fans off! They can't eat the dirt!!!
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Sep 22, 2015 7:21 PM CST
If I add bonemeal, I put it in the hole before planting the rhizome. Think that might eliminate the dog digging problem, Janie.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Sep 22, 2015 8:24 PM CST
Talked to daughter in northern Ohio tonight & she said there has been too much rain. Oh, could we use some.
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Muddymitts
Sep 23, 2015 6:52 AM CST
It seems that there is ALWAYS an imbalance in rain Lucy. There should be a better system. Just enough for everyone -- not too much or too little -- and preferably at night while we're sleeping so it doesn't interfere with daytime activities. That would work, right???? nodding
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Sep 23, 2015 7:22 AM CST
There are lot's of "toos" in gardening.....too hot, too cold, too dry ,too wet, too windy, too cloudy....and not NEARLY enough, 'just rights"......that's probably a big part of why we like it ! The "challenge" !
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Sep 23, 2015 7:50 AM CST
I could seriously use a few less *challenges*, Arlyn!!!!!
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UndertheSun
Sep 23, 2015 12:10 PM CST
I just took a pick to my rock hard ground, so it was raining.....raining dirt (and sweat).

I toss some bone meal into the hole when I plant too.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Sep 24, 2015 1:08 PM CST
Me too! Bone meal that is, not raining dirt.
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