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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Jan 6, 2017 9:45 PM CST
thank you lilli, haven't had a chance to check the iris in question, yet.

i spent the day with my knitting guild group gorging. breakfast first, potato frittata, and creme brulee french toast served with fresh strawberries and blueberries. then we had lunch two hours later. the hostess fixed us olivette di vitello umido con pisellini over spaghetti and a kale salad. it was followed by a perfectly executed lemon meringue pie.

as i had to be rolled out the door to my car, i was feeling a little sleepy. needless-to-say, i got nothing else done except a 1/2 hr. catnap then a shopping trip....for more food to stock our own larder at home. Whistling Hilarious!

now i need to get on that treadmill upstairs to walk for an hr, *Blush* Sticking tongue out then before bedtime i need some light reading in the tempo two catalog to see if i can add to my order b/f the end of this wk. Green Grin!
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Jan 7, 2017 4:56 AM CST
Sounds like the perfect day to me! Thumbs up

...especially if you found some must-haves to add to your order?? Big Grin
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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Jan 7, 2017 5:55 AM CST
Still waiting for the pale buds to open - taking their time because it's not too warm right now, I guess Grumbling

2 seem pretty close

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Perhaps it's time I gave them a stern talking-to... Hilarious!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jan 7, 2017 3:22 PM CST
Or little jumpers.... Hilarious!
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Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Jan 7, 2017 3:27 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! I love the idea of little jumpers...
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Jan 7, 2017 5:17 PM CST
Too wet to work in the garden , soooo listening to Brazilian music, sitting in front of the
woodstove, while DH makes Chili Verde in the kitchen - smells wonderful !
let the mystery be
Name: Liz
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Dachsylady86
Jan 7, 2017 7:50 PM CST
Sounds like my kind of day Jan!
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Jan 12, 2017 2:12 AM CST
it's been raining on and off since yesterday. i was out in the garden yesterday between the heavy down pouring, and noticed there's more color on 'autumn explosion' and i even noticed a short stalk on re 'pinkness' (byers 1988).

i forgot to look today because the rain was heavier, and there weren't as many breaks between drops🌨🌧💦. will try to remember tomorrow, but it's supposed to rain tomorrow as well.

i've been huddled beneath my lap blanket all day, knitting up a storm (apropos for what's going on outside Sticking tongue out ). but i do have to get off the old duff and walk the dog on the treadmill so our old bones and muscles don't atrophy Whistling Hilarious!

Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 12, 2017 6:03 AM CST
Daphne, I'll be interested to find out how the Austrailian plants perform for you. I have a feeling they will be well suited to your climate.

I planted a few of Blyth's intros last summer that I ordered from Superstition. I'll observe them for a year and see how they adapt to crazy Kentucky weather (in the past week the temps have ranged between 6 and 60 degrees!). There are so many I'd love to have! They have developed some of the most unique colors and patterns!

Mika, are your buds in France or England? I'm curious if you have planted duplicates of any of your Blyth irises in both gardens? I'm wondering if they will prefer one climate over the other.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Jan 12, 2017 11:43 AM CST
Neal, the buds are in France - one finally half opened today, so I'm hoping that tomorrow I should be able to get a photo of it. It's been really slow to open, so I'm hoping that means it will stay open for a long time, too.

I do have some Blyths in both England and France and will be moving increases around this summer. I had a whole plan of what I wanted to go where, but things went awry when the Blyths from Australia (delivered to England) all had to stay there because they started blooming as soon as they arrived (June-August). And then I had a big delivery in France of refrigeration-damaged rhizomes, which had to stay in France where I thought they had a better chance of survival (lots of sun to dry them out). Most have now recovered, although I don't know how many will bloom this spring. But I'll eventually get them all sorted into the places I planned for them (or perhaps it's more likely that I'll just change the plan! Hilarious! )
For me, the issue of whether they prefer England or France is more to do with soil type than climate - they bloom earlier in France because it's warmer, but they prefer the sandy, well-drained soil in France to the clay-based Oxfordshire soil. They grow happily in both, though I have to watch that the rhizomes stay above the clay soil. The downside with the sandy soil is that it tends not to hold nutrients, so I have to keep topping up with low nitrogen fertiliser. In neither place do we get the big swings in temperature that you have. It will be interesting to see how yours fare!


Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Jan 12, 2017 3:07 PM CST
the wind is gusting and it's raining hard. i was able to take a picture of my poor bedraggled 'autumn explosion'. if you remember, a few days ago i had to cut off the tail end of the rhizome because of rot.

this morning the blossom was lying on the ground, too heavy to stand properly because of the rain. here are some photos of poor 'ae'.Thumb of 2017-01-12/shizen/8dd4f4. spot the rot?

surgery
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the fix Crossing Fingers! (comet)
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had to be propped up w/a stake....to(o)[edit] heavy to stand alone and no root structure to anchor rhizome...
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Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Jan 12, 2017 3:13 PM CST
Daphne, I think you have done everything possible to save your Autumn Explosion - neat surgery and pretty bloom! Thumbs up I hope it recovers for you.
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Jan 12, 2017 4:14 PM CST
thank you mika. Crossing Fingers!
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Jan 12, 2017 4:46 PM CST
neal, i will let you know how the austrailian irises do in this clime...will be a learning experience all around. the local iris group i've been in touch with tell me their weather is much hotter, drier, and colder in the winter. some of them are able to grow mtb's. i bought two, we'll see how they do. if they don't they'll be up for grabs. in the next few seasons. Sticking tongue out
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Jan 13, 2017 3:30 AM CST
Finally!

St Petersburg



We fly back to England on Monday, so I doubt I'll see any of the other blooms. Sad Plenty of buds, though, to entertain the local feral cats!
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Jan 13, 2017 4:25 AM CST
Feral cats are iris addi...lovers? Blinking
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Jan 13, 2017 11:39 AM CST
mais bien sûr! Hilarious!
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Jan 14, 2017 4:30 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jan 14, 2017 3:32 PM CST
Are you going to have difficulty moving plants between England and & France in the future, Mika?
Name: Mika
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cliftoncat
Jan 14, 2017 10:07 PM CST
After Brexit, it's certainly a possibility. Sad So I should try to move things sooner rather than later, though from news reports it seems Brexit will be a couple of years away.

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