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May 20, 2017 7:04 AM CST
Name: Sharon
McGregor IA (Zone 4b)
As I dig buckets of rotted rhizomes, I realize that I have lots of irises that are still doing well. In fact, most of these irises have done well for years so I am dividing and planting these everywhere, always hoping to add some new beauties to the cast of old faithfuls.
What can you count on over the years in your garden? I realize this will be different in various climates.
So far these have bloomed:
Lovesick Blues sdb
Low Ho Silver
Ritz sdb
Mini Purple Noid sdb
Florentina
I. Pallida
I. Variegata
Delirium
Concertina
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May 20, 2017 7:10 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
A no ID I think is Arctic Fancy
Mariposa Skies
Quaker Lady
Total Recall

William A. Setchell - can't kill it! In fact, if left unchecked, it might just take over the world. Blinking Hilarious!
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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May 20, 2017 9:53 AM CST
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
Hilarious!

I have I. germanica, I. pallida arg. var., MDB Blue Beret, SDB Hocus Pocus, IB Langport Storm, Kent Pride, Chateau d'Auvers sur Oise, Guatemala, Eugenia King and of course Thornbird. No rot, no fuss, no pampering, good increases and blooms every year. Thumbs up
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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May 20, 2017 11:26 AM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
I have Eugenia King Caitlin. Send me a tree mail if you want some.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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May 20, 2017 12:28 PM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
OK, here are two of my favorite thrivers. My conditions are heavy clay soil, no rain from April to October, erratic sprinklers, and no fertilizer, temperatures in the 80's to occasional heatwaves in the 90-100 degree range during the summer and fall. The following have bloomed every year:

Barbara My Love (blooms during the whole season)

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Over Alaska

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Check into some older Wister Medal winners, too. They do well in my yard
on their own:

Fancy Woman
Going My Way
Pond Lily

Other old toughies, as I call them, are:

Aaron's Dream
Ascii Art
Spring Fling
Black as Night
Immortality (well named. In my yard, it is indestructable.)
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May 26, 2017 11:47 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Totally indestructible in my garden (bloom every year):

Quaker Lady
Acoma
Thornbird
Durham Dream
Montmartre
Stolen Identity
Tanzanian Tangerine
SDB Inner Space
SDB Ninja Turtles

Awesome Alex is getting there too, along with Gypsy Romance and Gindelwald
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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May 26, 2017 12:15 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
I have a lot of old NoIDs that get no attention and no additional water than what Mother Nature provides. Even during our extreme heat and years of drought, these old toughies hung in there and bloomed. They are pretty bullet proof in my climate.

Some named cultivars that are pretty tough and seem bullet proof and/or are great growers:
Double Shot
Living On the Edge
Echo Location
Anxious
Total Recall
Honor Flight
Rainbow Shadows
Marching Band
Modern Drama
Thornbird (planted it in October, it bloomed and already has 8 increases)

I'm sure I could list more later.

I'd like to a list of irises that are hard to grow.
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May 26, 2017 12:23 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Those are in the Goners thread..... Hilarious! Hilarious!
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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May 26, 2017 1:00 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
Hilarious! Leslie Big Grin
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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May 26, 2017 1:52 PM CST
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Birds Region: Kentucky Clematis Daylilies Irises Region: United States of America
Thrivers in my garden are:
Mary Frances - prolific and great bloomer
Persian Berry
I Feel Lucky
Eagle Control
Luxury Ruffles
Star in the Night
Code of Honor
Burst of Joy
Glowing Smile
Royal Birth
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May 27, 2017 1:53 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Nice Leslie! Hilarious!
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May 28, 2017 10:31 AM CST
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 7a)
genealogist specializing in French
Butterflies Bulbs Heucheras Hostas Irises Region: Utah
Some of my Thrivers

TBs
Face of an Angel
Genealogy
Marching Band
Stylized
White Hot

These are newer to me and didn't bloom last year after late planting, but are large clumps with lots of bloom in the second year
Mimosa
Party's Over
Wintry Sky
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May 29, 2017 8:53 AM CST
Name: Sharon
McGregor IA (Zone 4b)
caitlinsgarden said:As I dig buckets of rotted rhizomes, I realize that I have lots of irises that are still doing well. In fact, most of these irises have done well for years so I am dividing and planting these everywhere, always hoping to add some new beauties to the cast of old faithfuls.
What can you count on over the years in your garden? I realize this will be different in various climates.
So far these have bloomed:
Lovesick Blues sdb
Low Ho Silver
Ritz sdb
Mini Purple Noid sdb
Florentina
I. Pallida
I. Variegata (correction: "Neglecta")
Delirium
Concertina

More Thrivers:
Concertina
Dauntless
Superstition
Habit
Flavascens
Celebration Song
Splashacata
Hotel Roma
Jurassic Park
Strozzapretti
Thornbird
Rhages

TALL WHITE HUSKY NOID!
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May 29, 2017 4:26 PM CST
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Birds Region: Kentucky Clematis Daylilies Irises Region: United States of America
I will have to say that I have a tall husky white NOID that comes up everywhere and always blooms. Has a slightly yellow beard and slightly PBF. I have shared it with tons of people and it just keeps giving back. Blooms early and prolifically.
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May 29, 2017 10:28 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Milestone, introduced in the 60's is indestructible. I've given it away, it's been through 4 years of drought with very little water, it increases like crazy- and it's even pretty. I always send some along with visitors.
My husband likes it or we wouldn't have 4 beds of it D'Oh!

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May 29, 2017 11:14 PM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Love those colors and the beard! Lovey dubby
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May 30, 2017 8:45 AM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Would you like some, Celia? I can send you or anyone else lots, for postage. Smiling
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May 30, 2017 9:37 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Jan, thanks for the offer but I'll have to pass this year. Once I get things moved around(redoing), then, yes, I would love to have it. Thumbs up
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May 30, 2017 4:14 PM CST
Name: Lynn Golovich
Wyandotte, mi (Zone 6b)
"It's never to late to be what you
caitlinsgarden said:More Thrivers:
Concertina
Dauntless
Superstition
Habit
Flavascens
Celebration Song
Splashacata
Hotel Roma
Jurassic Park
Strozzapretti
Thornbird
Rhages

TALL WHITE HUSKY NOID!


I still want that Strozzapretti mine didnt make it!!!
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May 31, 2017 12:18 AM CST
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
I have 86 in my collection. These are some of my top THRIVE-ers.

Queen's Circle:
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Gypsy Romance:
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Suspicion: Every year I think this one is going to knock itself out from blooming SO much. But it just continues year after year. Lots of blooms.
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Happenstance:
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Chinook Winds:


Thornbird:

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