Irises forum: An Iris lesson learned

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Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Region: Maryland Irises Dog Lover Birds Bromeliad Region: California
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lilpod13
May 4, 2017 1:19 PM CST
Our iris 'fancy' began about 10 years ago when 'the misses' brought back 2 rhizomes from Asheville, NC after participating in a work-shop. I planted them in the backyard, which meant I was responsible for my wife's flowers (which is at odds with norm). I knew nothing about Iris and was a bit slack on keeping the rhizomes adequately watered since they were planted on a slope and most water ran off. One of the 2 rhizomes didn't make it when on following years we only got one to bloom (and I've felt guilty about it ever since because my poor care was the 'root cause'. 3 years ago I dug up the rhizomes and transplanted some to a neighboring locale to have 'back-ups' in case the original bed of rhizomes died. (I know, how did you go so long before digging them up; it's because they get only about 4 hours of sunlight a day and were growing slowly). Then, a couple of days ago I was in for a 'shock'. Amongst the collage blooms was a beautiful space ager all pretty and delicate in appearance. I was puzzled and thought that it wasn't possible because I hadn't had any iris form seeds and it didn't look anything like what I planted nearby. Then it hit me; it was the other rhizome my wife brought back from N.C.; it was Conjuration 'to the rescue'! 2 days later and I found another Conjuration in the adjoining bed with the replants! The only question now is whether the rhizomes were dormant or whether they were there all along and just weren't producing flower spikes until this year? In any event, I can relax and no longer feel 'guilty' for killing my wife's first rhizome purchase. Yes folks, Iris rhizomes are very hardy; and mysterious too!
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
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DaveinPA
May 4, 2017 1:28 PM CST
Your last statement is so true. Some mystery irises pop up in areas that "used" to have irises in them due to the small starts that often linger behind the move.

Congratulations on having both varieties now and glad the guilty feelings are gone.
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises
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AndreaD
May 4, 2017 2:04 PM CST
Most likely your iris were there all along and were just not putting up stalks. I've had irises that I thought were long gone and then they'll surface by putting up a flower, just like yours did. Makes growing them a surprise every year!
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
May 4, 2017 5:50 PM CST
That would have been a shock after 10 years! Maybe there is hope for one of mine that died.
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
May 5, 2017 6:22 AM CST
Great story! Hilarious!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
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 5, 2017 11:16 AM CST
I fully understand the shock after 10 years. The lady who owned the house I live in planted some Quaker Lady in a rock garden back in the 1940's. By the time I bought the house the rock garden was covered in ivy and periwinkle but I noticed every year a few little fan leaves here and there. About 6 years ago I finally tackled the ivy and found that yes, there were little tiny rhizomes. I planted them in a couple of gardens and they took off like gangbusters. I literally have Quaker Lady multiplying everywhere! Iris must have a very long dormancy period after they are established because they probably hadn't bloomed in 20 some years.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
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DaveinPA
May 6, 2017 7:41 AM CST
I read that a Sass garden in Iowa was turned into lawn area. Some "hunters" went there and found that there were still viable rhizomes years after the lawn was planted and mowed over and over. Amazing survival capability.
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
May 7, 2017 12:14 AM CST
Hunters you say.. Rolling on the floor laughing That's incredible that they survived so long.

Cagney12
May 29, 2017 2:42 PM CST
I am new to this. I have a picture of a mystery Iris too. I have lots of yellow ones. I was given the yellow about six years ago. I did plant a purple Iris, which this year only be bloomed. This is what popped up in my garden. Is it possible they cross bred???
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Cagney12
May 29, 2017 2:44 PM CST
I am new to this. I have a picture of a mystery Iris too. I have lots of yellow ones. I was given the yellow about six years ago. I did plant a purple Iris, which this year only be bloomed. This is what popped up in my garden. Is it possible they cross bred???
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
May 29, 2017 5:44 PM CST
Hello and Welcome Cagney12 Welcome!

When two irises are cross pollinated it takes about 3 to 5 years for the seeds to mature to flowering size. If this is the first year your purple iris ever flowered, the brown and yellow iris cannot be a cross of the two.

I suspect that the brown and yellow iris was given to you among the yellow ones or the purple ones and this is the first year it has flowered.

Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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shizen
May 29, 2017 8:31 PM CST
Welcome! cagney12
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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 29, 2017 10:17 PM CST
Cagney 12, welcome!
VOTE!
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
May 29, 2017 10:18 PM CST
An another Welcome!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Niki
Bend, Oregon (Zone 6a)
Flowers are food for the soul.
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HighdesertNiki
May 30, 2017 12:31 AM CST
Welcome! Cagney, it's exciting to see new blooms but I would agree with Robin on this.
"The Earth laughs in flowers."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
May 30, 2017 3:08 AM CST
Welcome to the iris forum, Cagney. Smiling
Who plants a seed beneath the sod and waits for growth believes in God. ~~Unknown
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
May 30, 2017 7:59 AM CST
Welcome! and I think Robin is right about hat happened with your yellow and brown iris!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!

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