Irises forum: Which Irises have you parted ways with and why -- 2017

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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Apr 17, 2017 9:14 PM CST
Okay, I'm game to start:

This NOID is going because I have some like it, it is taking up too much planting space for what it is, and the community garden can use it for their sale in May. Big Grin

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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 17, 2017 9:19 PM CST
TB Vanity. Nice flower, but foliage which browns & twists.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Apr 17, 2017 9:27 PM CST
Well, here is a good reason to cull an iris.

This is TB Envy of Dresden
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This is TB Sterling Silver
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The only difference in these two cultivars is that one has a tiny bit more ruffles. They even bloom at the same time. I may have to flip a coin to see which I keep but one will definitely be going.

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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Apr 17, 2017 9:30 PM CST
Good start ! I won't know what's going for a while,
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Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Apr 17, 2017 10:14 PM CST
I haven't culled yet, but here are a few whose chances aren't looking good:

Ice Capades - looks pretty in the catalog, but this spring it only has one increase after four years of growth. Other cultivars next to it are doing fine.

Strut Your Stuff - this one is struggling, too. It does have one bloom stalk, but from a well-tended fourth year bloom I expect more.

June Krausse - not a strong bloomer, I don't really like pink selfs, and I need the room for my new orders Whistling

Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Apr 17, 2017 10:47 PM CST
'Hemstitched'... it just feels anemic compared to some of the other plicatas I have...
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'Chocolate Ecstasy'.. looks like dried blood before it fades to brown.


I still need to evaluate further..
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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Polymerous
Apr 18, 2017 12:21 AM CST
"...looks like dried blood...."

Sadly, yes, the "reds" look like that to me (when they don't look like a burgundy/purple). Glare I think the "dried blood" ones will either go bye-bye, or else maybe get shoehorned in someplace out front.

As for anything else in the garden, it is too early to say for certain. Some older irises have not bloomed in some years - I am waiting for bloom to decide whether they will stay or go. Many of the "new" acquisitions from last year have not yet bloomed, so I have to wait on those. I do seem to have a lot of blue-and-white irises among last year's acquisitions, so I may triage those and keep the ones I like the most. I seem to have also collected a lot of near-white irises Whistling , so there may be a similar triage that will have to take place there. But that probably won't happen this year.

I'm frankly dithering over 'Luminosity' right now. It's shorter than I like (it's certainly not getting up to 36" Glare ), it's impossible to get a good photo of it, and I'm just not sure that I like it all that much. (I'd say that's true of almost any strong yellow iris (I got rid of 'Sun Master' a couple of years ago), but right now 'That's All Folks' is blooming and I have to say that it has my attention Hilarious! ) About the only points in 'Luminosity''s favor are that it reblooms, and it is playing its part in a bed whose color scheme has gone to yellows, whites, purples, and lavenders. I'm not sure that makes it worth keeping though... (I could always move 'That's All Folks' there, in its place, although I would then lose the rebloom.) Certainly I am downsizing it from 3 mini-clumps to 1 (the culled pieces will go to the club sale).



I'm possibly going to get rid of 'Breakers'. It doesn't like it where I put it (where, to be honest, it gets too much shade), and the last time that I had it in bloom, all of the blooms needed to be staked. Thumbs down



Apart from that, I'm coming around to the conclusion that I don't much care for SDBs, IBs, BBs... anything bearded that is not a TB, and even then, the TBs need to be taller. I'll probably keep those non-TB guys (and the smaller TBs) that have something really special going for them (like variegated foliage, for example), but otherwise they just aren't going to work in my garden (they'll get swallowed up) and I can only manage so many pots. (The irises don't seem to like to being in a pot long term anyway, and you certainly can't get a blooming clump in a pot, which is another reason to limit the pots and get the irises into the ground.)

It's daylily season!
Sydney, Australia (Zone 10b)
Protoavis
Apr 18, 2017 2:04 AM CST
Of the 12 cultivars I bought last year, everything but Momentous Ocassion and All American....they died. I'm not I'm not in the right climate (too warm and humid) so I expect most things to die, a few beardeds survive though so there's potential. Selection criteria unfavourable conditions hurray!
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Apr 18, 2017 7:34 AM CST
If I have a NOID that I like, I try to find a named replacement that is much like it. (Except for my World Famous Red NOID) Rolling on the floor laughing I will evaluate my crop of blooms and decide what gets the shaft. My Chocolate Ecstasy has rotted down from two beginning rhizomes to one weak one. Might as well dump it too.
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Apr 18, 2017 9:03 AM CST
Well, if you like Chocolate Ecstasy, I can send you mine, Tom Hilarious!
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UndertheSun
Apr 18, 2017 10:45 AM CST
I was in chocolate ecstasy on Easter Sunday.

Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Apr 18, 2017 11:03 AM CST
Henhouse said:Well, if you like Chocolate Ecstasy, I can send you mine, Tom Hilarious!


You can send them, they will ether grow or die a slow death like the rest of them here. Smiling
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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Polymerous
Apr 18, 2017 9:27 PM CST
UndertheSun said:I was in chocolate ecstasy on Easter Sunday.


Rolling on the floor laughing

(...still eating my chocolate rabbits, which are being carefully rationed out, because of my diet... Whistling )
It's daylily season!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Apr 19, 2017 9:16 AM CST
Speaking of noids, I have about 6 feet pf a purple noid that's ready to pop, along a fence line that the named varieties don't like much. I always appreciate its rich color, its imperviousness to disease. It will stay.
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Apr 19, 2017 9:23 AM CST
My Chocolate Ecstasy is in bloom this morning for the first time. Interesting color -- but the bloom is about the size of an SDB. Is this true for anyone else? I didn't even bother to take a picture of it..........
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DaveinPA
Apr 19, 2017 1:11 PM CST
Definitely going one way or the other [trade or trash]: a NOID that is very prolific but I just don't like the color of it.

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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Apr 19, 2017 1:30 PM CST
I have too many popping open to decide who gets the boot. There will be some though.
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Name: Robin Larson
Rock, Mi (Zone 4b)
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robinlarson
Apr 22, 2017 7:08 AM CST
I have an Iris fetish. I can't get rid of any. Everyone can mail me their rejects! Rolling on the floor laughing
Happy Gardening!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Apr 22, 2017 8:09 AM CST
Welcome Robin. I'll keep you in mind!
"Garden as though you will live forever" -
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
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lovemyhouse
Apr 22, 2017 9:11 AM CST
Hilarious! Robin Big Grin
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