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May 14, 2016 4:58 AM CST
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Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
SONGBIRD GARDENS
Birds Hummingbirder Hybridizer Irises Lilies Peonies
Sempervivums Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: United States of America Vegetable Grower Hostas Heucheras
Anyone have any blooms yet in the southern states?

If you grow these, do you have them in a damp place? I only have a noid and Lion King but I would love to add more. I have been looking at the Payne awards and trying to learn more about them.
Any info would be greatly appreciated. I am also interested in trading for a few. Thanks

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May 14, 2016 5:42 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Tri Cities, WA (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
Like Siberians they like acid soil. Look into Mir acid if you can find it. We don't grow JI.
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May 14, 2016 3:55 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
Not in bloom yet. Yes, I water them more frequently, have them in a separate garden from the bearded, and since they are heavy feeders I fertilize them more often too. And Lucy is correct - they love acid soil. My only problem is I don't think they get enough sun. Need to do some tree trimming.

I have some more on order too that I am going to grow in pots, much like they are commonly grown in Japan. I want to see if I get better output in the pots.
"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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May 14, 2016 6:23 PM CST
Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Region: Kentucky Dog Lover Irises Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Leslie, I just moved my Japanese Iris into some really cool painted porcelain pots I found. They are doing fantastic in the pots! I blocked the bottom with plastic so they would actually hold the water longer. I water them every 2 weeks with a miracle grow for acid lovers and I potted them in a topsoil, sand , & pine fines blend. I just put my pots in the garden with everything to add color.
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May 14, 2016 8:42 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
Thanks Jen! Good info. Thumbs up
"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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May 14, 2016 9:41 PM CST
Thread OP
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
SONGBIRD GARDENS
Birds Hummingbirder Hybridizer Irises Lilies Peonies
Sempervivums Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: United States of America Vegetable Grower Hostas Heucheras
Leslie, did you order from Ensata? I have been drooling over their website but have yet to send an order.

On good thing about pots is the ability to move them around. I love having plants close by on the porch or near by garden bench. I bet they are pretty, Jen.
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May 15, 2016 12:59 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
Ensata has gorgeous JI's. I ordered my first ones from Mt. Pleasant Iris Farm, as Chad Harris is the hybridizer behind a bunch that I really like. I am getting a mixed bunch from Aitken's this year for my "grow in pot" experiment. It was a cheaper way to get 6 different iris, and they only have one that I already grow. I would be happy with any other 6 they carry (especially since many of theirs are Chad's too).
"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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May 15, 2016 8:16 PM CST
South Central Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Cat Lover Daylilies Garden Art
Teresa,
Lion King is gorgeous! It also made me realize that Japanese Iris can take different forms. It's kind of like when I discovered there were other colors of daylilies besides roadside orange. ;)
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