Irises forum: What iris made you love them

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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Mar 20, 2016 9:39 AM CST
It has indeed, Lucy. Lovey dubby

You're exactly right Jolana -- introduced in 1986. Thirty years later, it is still going strong. Not many Irises can make that claim!!

Oh -- I hope so too, Jolana -- but probably not. She was notorious for changing her Ebay name every year or so, so that she could not be tracked down. I had the receipt for my purchase, and Ebay could do nothing about it because the transaction was too old -- they purge their records after two years. There was a lot of conversation about her on one of the Iris lists (probably Dave's Garden) -- that's where I learned that there were many people taken in by her. They even had a satellite image of her very small house and yard -- and not a single Iris plant in sight. It was speculated that she bought ditch Iris by the car-load on Ebay, and then turned around and sold them as named cultivars. There were many, many complaints -- and Ebay did nothing. For all I know, she's still on Ebay stealing from people.
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
(Zone 7a)
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arilbred
Mar 20, 2016 9:55 AM CST
My grandmother loved flowers. As a child of 10 or12 I mowed the lawns up and down my road if I mowed and you had iris it became part of the deal I collected her 14 . she died 20 years ago and I came for a keepsake of thimbles ID gotten her from around the country as she was an avid quilter it was spring and the iris were in bloom they left with me. I have since brought the iris back to the old home place each year I add more and hope she can see them. My favorite one is a white from no later than 72 I'm told by local irisarians it came from a local hybridizer in the 60s it has a modern form I had never thought to breed with it but last season caught a seed pod on it. This season I intend to use every bloom most likely with haunted heart.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Mar 20, 2016 11:19 AM CST
Nice story arilbred, You will have to post a picture of it when it blooms this spring.
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Name: Jolana
Seguin, Tx (Zone 8b)
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Bee Lover The WITWIT Badge Region: Texas Garden Art Irises
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froggardener
Mar 20, 2016 11:31 AM CST
Muddymitts said:It has indeed, Lucy. Lovey dubby

You're exactly right Jolana -- introduced in 1986. Thirty years later, it is still going strong. Not many Irises can make that claim!!

Oh -- I hope so too, Jolana -- but probably not. She was notorious for changing her Ebay name every year or so, so that she could not be tracked down. I had the receipt for my purchase, and Ebay could do nothing about it because the transaction was too old -- they purge their records after two years. There was a lot of conversation about her on one of the Iris lists (probably Dave's Garden) -- that's where I learned that there were many people taken in by her. They even had a satellite image of her very small house and yard -- and not a single Iris plant in sight. It was speculated that she bought ditch Iris by the car-load on Ebay, and then turned around and sold them as named cultivars. There were many, many complaints -- and Ebay did nothing. For all I know, she's still on Ebay stealing from people.


Well, there will be a special place in you know where for her
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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
Mar 20, 2016 11:40 AM CST
Now there's an idea I can get on board with!! Green Grin!
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
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bluegrassmom
Mar 20, 2016 12:18 PM CST
It is sad that some people just prey upon others with no intentions of doing the correct thing.

I had a similar experience years ago too. Not on Ebay but with a plant trade on the Gardenweb site. It made me very wary. How could anyone look at my plants growing and not think about yourself not fulfilling a promise?
Name: Jolana
Seguin, Tx (Zone 8b)
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Bee Lover The WITWIT Badge Region: Texas Garden Art Irises
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froggardener
Mar 20, 2016 1:23 PM CST
That's beyond me, I went to a swap near Fort Worth years ago and a lady flat out tried to steal plants from me and others and the worst part of it, she had her kids helping her.
Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That's the fun of them.
You're always learning !
Helen Mirren
Name: Teresa
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Seller of Garden Stuff Irises Hostas Region: Kentucky Lilies Peonies
Region: United States of America Garden Photography Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Cat Lover Heucheras
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bluegrassmom
Mar 20, 2016 1:44 PM CST
Oh no, now that is really sad. I have given a truck load of plants away, I had much rather someone just ask me for some.

On a more upbeat note, I have met some of the most generous/kindhearted people in the gardening community.
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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
Mar 20, 2016 8:57 PM CST
Yup -- and those people are right here on ATP!!!! Lovey dubby
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Mar 20, 2016 9:11 PM CST
I know someone whose wife had irises. When she passed away, all of her irises were given away. A few years later, a memorial iris garden was planted in her honor. Someone came to his door one day asking if they could have some irises. He said yes and that person dug them all up and took all of them. Sad I offered him irises on different occasions, but he did not want them anymore.

In other sad news, last weekend, he joined his wife. May they both rest in peace.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Mar 20, 2016 9:20 PM CST
Group hug Group hug
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 20, 2016 10:01 PM CST
May he rest in peace. & may the people who really stole the iris plants from him lose them all. I am feeling nasty about that sort of thing.
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Mar 20, 2016 11:27 PM CST
I agree shame on them!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Mar 21, 2016 4:47 AM CST
Perhaps not such a sad occasion for him, Rob.... just for the ones left to miss him.

I once bought an old home place to add land to my existing small holding. The very nice lady who had lived there said she would miss her plants and could she come back when they came up and take some starts. I said of course. My task later was to fill in HUGE holes all around the foundation of the old house and sheds/barns. It took truck loads of soil to manage that task. If I had know that she was going to excavate the site and make it dangerous for livestock........
Who plants a seed beneath the sod and waits for growth believes in God. ~~Unknown
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
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irisarian
Mar 21, 2016 9:37 AM CST
Some people need supervision.
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Mar 21, 2016 10:09 AM CST
Lucy, that's so true.
Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Irises Peonies Region: Kentucky Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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Boxergirl
Mar 21, 2016 7:34 PM CST
I agree
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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
Mar 21, 2016 8:06 PM CST
No kidding........................ Sad
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Mar 22, 2016 8:32 PM CST
When I flip through the forum and see "what iris made you love them" I always think of the second meaning - that iris in your garden that did something just special enough to make you love it specifically (and not just iris in general). We all have favorites so you must know what I mean. Like the display of color so much more dazzling in person, or the scent, or it's growth. Something that made you take notice of IT.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Mar 22, 2016 10:01 PM CST
After reading the above post by Leslie I quickly thought of:

I will never be without this Iris in my garden... Lovey dubby
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous

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