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Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
May 10, 2017 4:31 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

I hope Wintry Sky will make a nice clump for me too! Crossing Fingers!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
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janwax
May 10, 2017 6:38 AM CST
5 a.m. thoughts...
There are so many things to get done! I have to get busier making new signs.Because, finally, the right tags, a label-maker...No more procrastinating - think seriously about weeding out to make room. There are about 40 new ones arriving in July...looking forward to several, especially Ocean Liner! If I don't eliminate some I'll have over 600! D'Oh! Some beds need re-digging. More work for the teenager, who wants to work, bless him! Raised right.
I do love sharing the irises, and have made some new local iris addicts - some through my Facebook page.
Maybe sell some rhizomes at our small farmers' market...and have a free box too. Make a list of postage only freebies for the forum members.
Don't forget leaving time for working in the studio. More bowls!
And there's the upcoming visit to see the L.A. granddsons Hurray! Hurray!

Wondering why a few of my faves didn't bloom. Maybe they needed a rest this year. Loving reading others' posts. Iris-lovers.

Lilli -I'll bet Wintry Sky makes a clump for you too!
let the mystery be
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Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
May 10, 2017 7:00 AM CST
Jan - all those thoughts seem strangely familiar... (minus the bowls and the grandson!) Must be a symptom of that iris virus that has been going around? Whistling Big Grin
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
May 10, 2017 7:02 AM CST
The only cure, Lilli, is...more irises!
let the mystery be
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
May 10, 2017 7:05 AM CST
I thought I'd lost Sherbet Bomb

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but it's presenting a new healthy increase!
let the mystery be
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
May 10, 2017 7:14 AM CST
Hurray! I want it!!! Lovey dubby

(Purely for medical reasons of course!! Whistling Big Grin )
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
May 10, 2017 7:28 AM CST
janwax said:I thought I'd lost Sherbet Bomb

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but it's presenting a new healthy increase!


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And I want it too Lilli! So beautiful!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
May 10, 2017 10:49 AM CST
Sherbet Bomb was a 2015 Blyth intro. I wanted it, but didn't buy it. Lo and behold, it arrived as a gift last season in a Keith Keppel order - (such a nice man)!
So it was doubly cherished. But SB took a while to get established - and eventually looked like a potato. This sturdy increase gives me hope!
let the mystery be
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Region: California
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UndertheSun
May 10, 2017 10:59 AM CST
Oh Sherbet Bomb is nicccce! Lovey dubby

Jan, you left something off of your to-do list. Make room for the incoming boxes of irises from your friends at ATP/NGA. Whistling
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
May 10, 2017 11:12 AM CST
Lovey dubby Rolling my eyes. Lovey dubby Rolling my eyes. Lovey dubby Rolling my eyes. : Lovey dubby
let the mystery be
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
May 10, 2017 7:11 PM CST
Today I mostly stayed off the computer, and worked in the garden. Made half a dozen new tags, watered an area that I wanted to plant this week, and gathered pollen from Organza - making several crosses. The weather is nice, not too hot, and the wind has died down, Chris just borrowed a friend's truck and he brought a couple of yards of compost home from the feed store. We go through lot of compost - homemade and from the feed and farm store. I have plans for it. Thumbs up
Oh, and I trimmed 5 pretty porcelain bowls. A good day.
let the mystery be
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
May 10, 2017 7:58 PM CST
Lilli - your avatar looks like a noble dog. What's his/her name?
let the mystery be
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
May 11, 2017 4:13 AM CST
Thank You! Jan! His name is Ratu, but he usually goes by Cuddles.
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
May 11, 2017 8:03 AM CST
Cuddles looks like a very substantial dog. A Rottweiler?
let the mystery be
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 11, 2017 8:37 AM CST
Lovey dubby Sherbert Bomb!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
May 11, 2017 8:42 AM CST
Leslie, I hope to see it bloom some day!
let the mystery be
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
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IrisLilli
May 11, 2017 8:45 AM CST
janwax said:Cuddles looks like a very substantial dog. A Rottweiler?


Dobermann, so he's taller but not quite as heavy as most Rottweilers.
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
May 11, 2017 8:51 AM CST
I'm still in bed, (7:30 a.m. in my Pacific time zone) - with 2 cats next to me and Chris in the kitchen making coffee...and I'm thinking about fertilizer. Do I spend more money on an all-purpose kind in a bag, or shall I just count on the compost and some bone meal to carry us through to next season. Triple phosphate? Morning thoughts.

What are y'all planning to use on the garden?
let the mystery be
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 11, 2017 11:31 AM CST
Something that kills the aphids taking over my gardens! grrrrrrr
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
May 11, 2017 3:08 PM CST
For what it's worth, Jan, I use different fertilisers for different soils and different plants. For irises, low nitrogen, but quite frequent applications in France where we have really poor, sandy soil. If you use a 'general' fertiliser and have decent soil it may cause irises to grow lots of leaves but not many blooms - or at worst, encourage rot.

We have 3 outdoor compost heaps in England, and the compost is great. In France it's too hot - so unless we add lots of water and other additives we get something that looks more like charcoal than compost. Hilarious!

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