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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
May 20, 2017 1:48 AM CST
Beautiful Pam Thumbs up I've never seen a clump photo of Painted from Memory and it looks stunning.
I can't believe someone would call an iris "Mean Sharon". It's just not right. Thumbs down
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
May 20, 2017 2:05 AM CST
In English "mean" can also mean "tough."

If you're a lean, mean, fighting machine, that doesn't necessarily mean you're disagreeable.

Now, if it were named Insolent Old Deborah or something...
Keep going!
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
May 20, 2017 2:48 AM CST
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NOID of the Day
Certainly not Double Click, But I'm keeping this one!

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I would be keeping this on too, it's gorgeous! It looks so familiar too.

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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
May 20, 2017 4:04 AM CST
Nice blooms Pam! So glad to see that Border Skirmish can actually grow and bloom somewhere. I got two rhizomes of it several years ago, and it has rotted it's way down to one tiny fan the size of a new seedling. I thought it was completely dead, but it sent out two sprouts this spring, of course one died already. Maybe this one will be the one to make it. Smiling
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
May 20, 2017 6:35 AM CST
Pam, I LOVE that no ID!!!!
Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
May 20, 2017 7:04 AM CST
I agree. That NoID is a showstopper. Lovey dubby
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
May 20, 2017 8:01 AM CST
It is! Lovey dubby It looks familiar to me, too.
South central PA (Zone 6a)
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DaveinPA
May 20, 2017 8:20 AM CST
Welcome Jai.
There are several of us on the forum that live in PA, so any questions send them out. You can get started by looking for "postage only" ones. I plant no later than early to mid-August to allow roots to get a decent start. Pam can get away with later planting somehow. I don't pot anything though.

You have quite a nice collection Pam, keep up the pictures.
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
May 20, 2017 8:50 AM CST
Thank you. I am over here in Southwest Pennsylvania closer to Ohio and West Virginia then I am to the vast majority he of the rest of Pennsylvania.

I think I might buy a house later this year so I am a little bit hesitant to start planting irises and then just leave them if I move in the middle of winter or whatever.
Keep going!
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 20, 2017 9:02 AM CST
Thanks everyone!

Jai, the DVIS Delaware Valley Iris Society is also a great place to gather new information and iris. There are several events coming up soon including the summer rhizome sale at the Jenkins Arboretum near Devon, PA.

Dave, I make a strong attempt to get stuff planted early - preferably by mid September. But then something pretty will catch my eye.....or the PNW sale will happen.... Drooling . Shrug! The things that go in late have usually been sitting in pots with a mix of potting soil and garden soil. They have a good root system developed by then and transplant pretty well.

Much well rotted horse manure and good luck also play a part!
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
May 20, 2017 10:04 AM CST
Jai_Ganesha said:
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Now, if it were named Insolent Old Deborah or something...


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Pam, lovely irises! Lovey dubby Keep them coming! Hurray!

Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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UndertheSun
May 20, 2017 10:34 AM CST
Oh that NoID is a nice one! Lovey dubby
Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
May 21, 2017 5:03 AM CST
IrisLilli said:

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Pam, lovely irises! Lovey dubby Keep them coming! Hurray!



If I ever reach the point of creating my own cultivar of any flower, I should name it Insolent Old Deborah.
Keep going!
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 23, 2017 7:55 PM CST
The drastic changes in the weather have kept both the garden and me guessing this past week. Hot, cold, windy, rainy then sunny.... Confused Crying

We did have a big pop of color and then things slowed down again. At least there has been some time to catch up with pictures and reading up on threads.

My garden seems to be doing much like Neal mentioned. Lots of variety of blooms, but not the large patches of each color as happened last year. The plants look healthy though, so maybe they are all just resting this year.

On with the show!

Dracula's Kiss appears to like his new home on the edge of the garden.

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Bottle Rocket
This did much better as a second year plant!

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Miles Ahead
Another from last fall's PNW sale.

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Rustic Dance
This is an older plicata that only blooms sporadically for me.
But when it does!! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Hurray!

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And sticking with the bright reds,
Rustler
Thanks Arlyn!

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More of the hired help...
Patch
Behaving himself for a change.

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Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Dachsylady86
May 23, 2017 7:59 PM CST
Stunning! I especially love Dracula's Kiss. I'm always drawn to the dramatic ones.
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
May 23, 2017 8:39 PM CST
Really beautiful flowers, Pam. I especially like Bottle Rocket with those bright colors. Mine bloomed really short this year - about 8" off the ground but still big and bright. Your NOID is a stunner!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 23, 2017 8:46 PM CST
Snork said:The drastic changes in the weather have kept both the garden and me guessing this past week. Hot, cold, windy, rainy then sunny.... Confused Crying

We did have a big pop of color and then things slowed down again. At least there has been some time to catch up with pictures and reading up on threads.

My garden seems to be doing much like Neal mentioned. Lots of variety of blooms, but not the large patches of each color as happened last year. The plants look healthy though, so maybe they are all just resting this year.

On with the show!

Dracula's Kiss appears to like his new home on the edge of the garden.

Thumb of 2017-05-24/Snork/c1286e Thumb of 2017-05-24/Snork/24814a
Thumb of 2017-05-24/Snork/0c0165


Bottle Rocket
This did much better as a second year plant!

Thumb of 2017-05-24/Snork/c62aa7
Thumb of 2017-05-24/Snork/e232a8 Thumb of 2017-05-24/Snork/c3b353

Miles Ahead
Another from last fall's PNW sale.

Thumb of 2017-05-24/Snork/895a1e Thumb of 2017-05-24/Snork/381604

Rustic Dance
This is an older plicata that only blooms sporadically for me.
But when it does!! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Hurray!

Thumb of 2017-05-24/Snork/8617f0 Thumb of 2017-05-24/Snork/0dfee4
Thumb of 2017-05-24/Snork/93bccb

And sticking with the bright reds,
Rustler
Thanks Arlyn!

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Thumb of 2017-05-24/Snork/636438 Thumb of 2017-05-24/Snork/ec0d6e

More of the hired help...
Patch
Behaving himself for a change.

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I want all of them please! Beautiful pictures. Rustic Dance is spectacular. And Dracula's Kiss is a standout too.

I also love the NoID posted earlier. And agree that it looks familiar. Certainly a keeper!
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
May 23, 2017 9:16 PM CST
I agree
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
May 23, 2017 10:39 PM CST
Whoopsie! Thanks go to Sue for the trade on Rustler.

Arlyn gets credit for this one - another great red!

Colorado Expressions

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Jane, my Bottle Rocket did the same last year. It bloomed, but the flower was far from exceptional. I guess it needed a year to settle in. Hope yours does better next year!

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iciris
May 23, 2017 10:42 PM CST
If I recall right Bottle Rocket bloomed short for me the first year after buying it. Every year since its bloomed just fine.
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