Irises forum: Why is it always the ones you want the most.............

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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
Apr 13, 2016 2:03 PM CST
So I checked out the Nursery Beds this morning -- and found two bloom fans rotted off at the base: Cold Fusion and Looky Loo. There are 98 other cultivars in those beds -- but what rots? The ones I most wanted to see. Been waiting for Looky Loo for SIX YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!! And have been salivating over Cold Fusion ever since it was introduced. Angry Think I'll go eat worms.......................
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (
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
Apr 13, 2016 2:11 PM CST
Oh, no, Mary Ann. It does seem to be the one I get most excited over when I buy it that does not make it. Either that or it sits in the bed for five years and refuses to bloom. And just tell me one is scarce and watch it diminish no matter what I do for it.
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?
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Apr 13, 2016 2:32 PM CST
You got that right ! Glare
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Winter Sowing Region: North Carolina Daylilies Roses
Clematis Butterflies Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Seed Starter
Apr 13, 2016 2:45 PM CST
I've got some of the same problem!

Mary Ann, I know I've asked you before, but what is the iris in your avatar? It's so lovely.
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

Name: John
Kansas City,MO (Zone 6a)
Region: Missouri Composter Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plays in the sandbox
Apr 13, 2016 2:48 PM CST
MM - I was this morning saying something like that to my wife. I found another Iris growing in my work area just under the deck. Didn't even have roots. Just two fans about 5 inches long growing on a piece of rhizome debris. And the ones I pamper....

Blessings to you
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Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Organic Gardener Peonies Vegetable Grower Annuals Composter
Dragonflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Enjoys or suffers hot summers Farmer Garden Photography Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Apr 13, 2016 2:53 PM CST
That's so terrible!! Crying Very sorry to hear that Mary Ann.
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
Apr 13, 2016 2:59 PM CST
That sucks Mary Ann.

Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Irises Peonies Region: Kentucky Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Apr 13, 2016 3:03 PM CST
I'm sorry Mary Ann! Group hug
Name: Richard or Shawn
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Irises Ponds Orchids
Apr 13, 2016 3:55 PM CST
It sucks Mary Ann. Don't go and eat worms unless they are gummy worms. Just grab a root bear float instead and take a deep breath. Its a long time too wait and have nothing,
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
Apr 13, 2016 3:57 PM CST
How about the worm on the bottom of a bottle of tequila?
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
Region: California Bee Lover Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Composter
Annuals Dog Lover Cat Lover Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Apr 13, 2016 4:17 PM CST
My vote is for Chocolate!!! No worms for me! Big Grin

So sorry Mary Ann... Sad
Name: Niki
Bend, Oregon (Zone 6a)
Flowers are food for the soul.
Region: Oregon Bee Lover Butterflies Daylilies Dragonflies Frogs and Toads
Hummingbirder Irises Organic Gardener
Apr 13, 2016 4:29 PM CST
Group hug sorry Mary Ann. That's sad.
"The Earth laughs in flowers."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Apr 13, 2016 4:40 PM CST
Don't you just hate that Mary Ann! Grumbling I have some that have rotted off for 3 years in a row. One has been going for 4 years, and this year Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers! It could just bloom, but I'm not holding my breath as it's early, and we still have freezing nights and warmer days with too much moisture, so anything could happen.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Apr 13, 2016 5:25 PM CST
Well that just sucks. So sorry it happened. Group hug

I think the second worst thing is when one blooms, you fall head over heels for it, then it never blooms again. You hear that Grateful Red, I am talking about you!!! Sad
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: JoJo
Texas (Zone 8b)
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Bee Lover The WITWIT Badge Region: Texas Garden Art Irises
Daylilies Butterflies Dragonflies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers Hibiscus
Apr 13, 2016 6:05 PM CST
That is a pisser! So sorry Thumbs down
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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
Apr 13, 2016 7:48 PM CST
I'm so sorry Mary Ann, and I don't even have those for a future share. Thumbs down
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Pollen collector Dog Lover
Moon Gardener Irises Heucheras Vegetable Grower Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Apr 13, 2016 7:51 PM CST
Sorry for the loss of your anticipated bloom, Mary Ann. The garden sometimes sure seems like it is full of grief, doesn't it? Group hug
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 7a)
genealogist specializing in French
Irises Region: Utah Hostas Bulbs Heucheras Butterflies
Apr 13, 2016 11:55 PM CST
Mary Ann,

What a shame. Reminded me of growing iris in New York. Around 1967-8 a first bloom on a new plant called Melissa was opening when we left for church. We came home and found that some neighborhood children had collected a bouquet of my iris including Melissa and went around trying to sell the flowers. I don't remember if I saw it bloom the next year or not.

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
Apr 14, 2016 9:14 AM CST
Omigod -- I think that's grounds for legitimate murder, Charlotte!!!!!!!!!!! Angry Grumbling Angry
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Region: North Carolina Hybridizer Garden Photography Region: United States of America Hostas Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Dog Lover Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises Container Gardener
Apr 14, 2016 10:02 AM CST
Gimme it and I'll grow it!

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