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Apr 5, 2016 12:45 PM CST
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Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
Annuals Irises Dog Lover Composter Cat Lover Region: California
Butterflies Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I'm sure some of you out there are growing some Spurias.

I got 3 last year at an auction. There were very dry and are starting to come back but I won't see any blooms this year.

I'm stretching out and trying a few new types of irises (Spurias, Arilbreds, and some of the smaller dwarf irises). While looking at Comanche's offerings I wondered which Spurias others of you are growing and how they are doing.

Here are the 3 cultivars I have:



(Carl's Photo)

California gold Rush http://wiki.irises.org/bin/vie...


Others I'm looking at are:

Purple Smoke http://www.comancheacresiris.c...

Illa Remembered http://www.comancheacresiris.c...

Piper May http://www.comancheacresiris.c...

Blueberry Sundae http://www.comancheacresiris.c...

Doris Irene http://www.comancheacresiris.c...

Wyoming Cowboys http://www.comancheacresiris.c...
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Apr 5, 2016 12:52 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Why are you doing this to me?
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Apr 5, 2016 2:13 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015

Missouri Rainbow Niswonger '97



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Piper May Jenkins, by Hedgecock '09

I also grow "Sunny Day" (H.P. Sass '31), but it hasn't bloomed , as yet.
I have a couple on order for this year, as well.
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Apr 5, 2016 2:18 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
No Spurias here. They sure are pretty. Testing out Sibs for the first time at the moment. My Species X are not doing so well.....
"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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Apr 5, 2016 3:19 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
Annuals Irises Dog Lover Composter Cat Lover Region: California
Butterflies Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
It's personal Rob!!! Angel

Missouri Rainbow is pretty Arlyn!

Sunny Day is cute too! http://wiki.irises.org/bin/vie...

Leslie, I have not gotten around to Sibs. I think they need more water don't they? I have sandy soil and hot summers so I can't grow the water lovers unless I stick them in a bucket in the shade! Sticking tongue out I have not tried the Species X either. The next thing I want to try...heh, heh, heh, (you won't see it coming Rob Hilarious! ) is the Pacific Coast Natives! I have been told it may be too hot for them though, so that's why I'm trying the spurias first!
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Apr 7, 2016 8:14 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 only have 2 spurias, the white species (I think) found at an old home site and a hybrid I've lost track of the name from Dee several years ago- it has never bloomed, but is still around. Its supposed to be violet and rust. I relocated it last year in hopes of making it happy enough to bloom.

I'd like to try some others. I get the impression they take a few years to settle in, is that what those of you who grow them have seen?
"...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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Apr 7, 2016 10:11 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
It seems all across the board, here.....I've had Sunny Day a long time, and it seemed to take forever to really start growing.....Missouri rainbows took off like a rocket, and was covered in bloom the year following it's planting.....Piper May always seems to be a 'slow grower', but has bloomed regularly, although, it was planted at the same time as "MR", it's only about 1/4 the size . I grow mine in the same beds, with the same culture, as the bearded iris....the only exception is, I mulch them, after planting , so the soil never dries out. After the first year, though, I remove the mulch.
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Apr 7, 2016 12:41 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
Which is the same thing to do with Sibs, more or less.
"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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Apr 7, 2016 1:12 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I leave the mulch (pine straw) on the SIB's and JI's, although , I do have a coule SIB's that do well without being mulched. My beardless are just starting to "wake up"....I see some green starting to come ! I got several, last year (SIB's and JI's) that , IMHO, weren't "packed correctly"....they were 'bare root", with nothing to keep them damp......and a few of those , I'm sure, aren't going to make it....they were too dried out Crying .
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Apr 7, 2016 1:47 PM 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
Oh no Arlyn! That's definitely a no no with Sibs and JIs.
"...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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Apr 7, 2016 6:15 PM 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
My Spurias are all NOIDs. One bright yellow I've had for a few years, the others came from Mamajack in a 2014 mixed batch. Most are sending up stalks this year, and I can see a lovely cream color on one. Lovey dubby I had a Comanche Acres order in and later asked to add Highline Amethyst to go in the Polly and Vi bed (didn't tell the vendor that, though). Jim Hedgecock wrote back and said he would add it as my bonus.
http://www.comancheacresiris.c...
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Apr 7, 2016 7:32 PM CST
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Roses Garden Procrastinator Region: North Carolina
Lilies Irises Hybridizer Hostas Dog Lover Daylilies
What are these?


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Gimme it and I'll grow it!
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Apr 7, 2016 7:57 PM 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
Look like Dutch Iris to me, but I'm not sure. Smiling
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Apr 7, 2016 10:52 PM CST
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 7a)
genealogist specializing in French
Butterflies Bulbs Heucheras Hostas Irises Region: Utah
I agree, Dutch are bulbs.
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Apr 8, 2016 5:28 AM CST
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Roses Garden Procrastinator Region: North Carolina
Lilies Irises Hybridizer Hostas Dog Lover Daylilies
Oh, well these too Shrug! . I don't have enough o start a Dutch iris thread either
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
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Apr 8, 2016 11:30 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
@gemini_sage

First opened of the Mamajack NOID batch. Lovey dubby

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It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Apr 8, 2016 11:49 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
That's a beauty Deb! Have you noticed wasps hanging around your spurias? Anyone? There are always wasps hanging around the blooms of mine.
"...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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Apr 8, 2016 11:53 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
Been waiting for the MJ batch to show colors so you know which ones you want me to share with you. What do you think?

I did see one today, Neal. Always see them around the yellow I've had for several years, too.
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Apr 8, 2016 11:53 AM CST
Thread OP
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
Annuals Irises Dog Lover Composter Cat Lover Region: California
Butterflies Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
When I asked Rick Tasco about spurias yesterday he said they don't like to grow them...for that very reason! They draw the wasps.
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Apr 8, 2016 11:56 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
Ooohhh goody Deb! That made me squeal!

Marilyn, isn't that interesting! I will continue growing them, but I doubt I'd mess with trying to do any crosses- I try to give the clump wide berth while in bloom.
"...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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