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iciris
May 18, 2017 3:52 AM CST
And another Welcome! to the iris forum Jai.
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
May 18, 2017 4:32 AM CST
grannysgarden said:Welcome to the iris forum Jai. It will be time to plant soon. Irises grow well in your zone. Smiling


For some reason I assumed they were planted in the fall alongside tulips and daffodils. Is this not the case?
Keep going!
Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
May 18, 2017 5:02 AM CST
Welcome! to the iris forum Jai!

If I remember correctly (no guaranties there! Hilarious! ) the rule of thumb is to plant irises no later than 6 weeks before your first frost date to give them enough time to set roots before winter. But you can plant them in summer as well and give them more time to settle in if it is not too hot where you live. Just remember to water them in well.
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 18, 2017 5:17 AM CST
Welcome! Jai!

Really lovely looking rows of iris Pam. And gorgeous shots!
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
May 18, 2017 5:26 AM CST
Welcome Jai Welcome!
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
May 18, 2017 5:28 AM CST
Jai, a lot has to do with zone and some with preference. Usually it is after the spring bloom season, whenever that occurs in your zone, and the irises go dormant. They quit producing flowers and increases and just settle in to 'endure' the hot weather before making a bit of growth in the fall. I like to move mine about during their dormancy stage. This does not seem to interfere with their next years amount of increase or bloom. In my area I plan to start moving mine about, and out, for the next few weeks. Since I live in the south the spring bloom season is well behind me. I will make sure they any replanted are watered in for a couple of weeks and then they will do what they do best..... grow. The vendors here ship from June through September mostly with recommendations that if you live in a colder climate that you do not wait until September to plant. You want to get them in the ground early enough that they can establish some roots before the winter dormancy stage. Someone from the area you plant in should be able to give you the best 'window' for planting irises. One great thing about irises is that they are a forgiving plant and grow in spite of what most of us do to them. Smiling
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Name: Celia
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Zencat
May 18, 2017 6:33 AM CST
Welcome! Jai!
Name: Pam
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Snork
May 18, 2017 6:56 AM CST
Welcome! Jai!

Iris do very well in the Pennsylvania climate. I usually plant mine in August or September - as soon as the weather starts to cool. I have had good luck with them even planting as late as November.

Since the vendors often ship in July, when it it generally too hot for me to work in the garden, I usually put them in pots and place them in a partially shaded area. That way they get a chance to develop some roots and I can wait for cooler days to plant them.
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janwax
May 18, 2017 7:08 AM CST
Welcome! Jai!
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Dachsylady86
May 18, 2017 7:19 AM CST
I had gotten behind on your thread Pam, wow I'm so impressed! Those iris rows are amazing I envy your space and setup. All the pictures are stunning, great photography Lovey dubby I started picking favorites but then I forgot because there were too many!
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cbunny41
May 18, 2017 9:08 AM CST
Welcome! Jai
(Zone 9b)
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UndertheSun
May 18, 2017 9:52 AM CST
Welcome Jai! Welcome!

Dave and Pam...I love your iris bed photos! Lovey dubby
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lovemyhouse
May 18, 2017 11:04 AM CST
Snork said:Calvin Thumb of 2017-05-18/Snork/56c28f


Calvin is my favorite of all. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby


Welcome, Jai.
Welcome! Welcome!

It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
May 18, 2017 6:06 PM CST
I Lovey dubby the labs too. We have 3 of them.
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
May 18, 2017 7:21 PM CST
Welcome! !
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
May 19, 2017 12:11 AM CST
Welcome! jai.

love the photo of your garden guard, pam.
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 19, 2017 9:42 PM CST
Calvin says Thank You!
You will notice that his place of duty is on the outside edge of the garden - those Lab tails can be kinda destructive when they get to wagging between the rows.

Honestly, a little Lab destruction is minor compared to the devastation that Mother Nature has seen fit to visit on other members' gardens around the country. Group hug 's to you all and I hope that your gardens bounce back as quickly as possible!.

Some of the most recent appearances - apologies if these have been shown before - there are lots of new folks who may not have seen them. Rolling my eyes. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it!

Mean Sharon
Another from the PNW sale (and just what did this poor little plant do to deserve a name like that?)

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I think it is sorta cute. And guess what my friend Sharon is getting for an early Christmas gift this year?

Border Skirmish
You can't miss this one!

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Painted From Memory
This has been in for three years and has grown very well. Putting on quite a show this year!

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Another Woman
Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Color and ruffles!

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Day on the Bay
And ruffles and color!!

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Twist of Fate

I thought I had lost this one. It is older and doesn't grow all that well, but has an interesting bud and a nice deep color when it blooms.

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NOID of the Day
Certainly not Double Click, But I'm keeping this one!

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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
May 19, 2017 10:05 PM CST
That little dart on Twist of Fate is interesting.
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
May 19, 2017 10:16 PM CST
Beautiful, Pam!
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
May 19, 2017 11:16 PM CST
The welcome to this forum is overkill! Thank you all.

When I lived further south the iris would grow feral sometimes. I remember one abandoned lot in Kentucky that had huge (4' tall or so) iris that would pop up every April and bloom until June. They were dark blueish purple and had spread from where a flower bed used to be all the way halfway across the lot.

One year I was cutting them for cut flowers, and an old woman stopped me and asked if I owned the lot. It was only then that it occurred to me that somebody probably did own it and I shouldn't be there cutting their flowers, no matter how feral. I told her no, but gave her a flower anyway. lol

Keep going!

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