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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 31, 2017 3:05 AM CST
Lovely irises and great images, Sue. I particularly like the one of Queen's Circle! Thumbs up
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 31, 2017 9:27 AM CST
I'm always struck by the fact that an iris can be a "weed" , in one area, and such a "dud", in another Shrug! !
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Sep 10, 2017 8:04 PM CST

William A. Setchell - can't kill it! In fact, if left unchecked, it might just take over the world. Blinking Hilarious! [/quote]

William Setchell and Wabash were my very favorites in my mother's garden in the 1950's. I remember William smelling heavenly, of concord grapes.


-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: Sharon
McGregor IA (Zone 4b)
caitlinsgarden
May 28, 2018 8:23 AM CST
SIBERIAN IRISES!
Name: Sharon
McGregor IA (Zone 4b)
caitlinsgarden
May 28, 2018 8:34 AM CST
caitlinsgarden said:More Thrivers:
Concertina
Dauntless
Superstition
Habit
Flavascens
Celebration Song
Splashacata
Hotel Roma
Jurassic Park
Strozzapretti
Thornbird
Rhages

TALL WHITE HUSKY NOID!


Name: Sharon
McGregor IA (Zone 4b)
caitlinsgarden
May 28, 2018 8:48 AM CST
Well, this year is a real test for thrivers/survivors. A terrible spring with constant freeze, thaw. Plus I haven't used merit in years, and I suspect a few borers have snuck in...
A new survivor wanna-be is "Sheer Excitement"
Maui Moonlight
Red Zinger

Man's Best Friend comes back if I move some rhizomes around. Maybe that is the secret. But first you have to have a nice clump that you can split up and move around, and after that it doesn't hurt to lose a few rhizomes to rot.

More and more I am admiring things that mostly take care of themselves!
Peonies, perennial Tulips, Siberian Irises, Hostas, sedums, daylilies. I welcome any irises that want to join the old lady's party! Just realized that I planned and planted a garden for eternal youth and energy, and alas, youth is not eternal!
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
Keeps Goats Bee Lover Irises Peonies Daylilies Bulbs
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urania1
May 28, 2018 9:37 AM CST
My thrivers are

The NoIDs
All of the Louisiana Irises
Man's Best Friend
Happenstance
Córdoba
Ruby Morn
Romantic Evening
Indian Chief
Brilliant Idea
Table for Two
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Daylilies Irises Vegetable Grower Moon Gardener Dog Lover
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Polymerous
May 28, 2018 11:53 AM CST
I noticed that Rob said that 'Total Recall' is a thriver.

Mine is growing in one gallon pots in a whole lot of shade, yet they rooted themselves into the granite fines and have not only bloomed but rebloomed. I'm not sure that can be called thriving (I almost pity my plants... almost) but it certainly speaks well of the iris.

(I really need to dig them out this summer and put them somewhere better...)
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
May 28, 2018 12:08 PM CST
caitlinsgarden said:I welcome any irises that want to join the old lady's party! Just realized that I planned and planted a garden for eternal youth and energy, and alas, youth is not eternal!


Caitlin ~ You sure got that right! I am in the same boat...trying not to drown! nodding
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
May 28, 2018 1:35 PM CST
Hilarious! Evelyn Big Grin
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Daylilies Irises Vegetable Grower Moon Gardener Dog Lover
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Polymerous
May 28, 2018 3:11 PM CST
evelyninthegarden said:
Caitlin ~ You sure got that right! I am in the same boat...trying not to drown! nodding


I'm ALREADY drowning!

And there's a tidal wave incoming this summer! D'Oh!
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
May 30, 2018 11:36 PM CST
Polymerous said:And there's a tidal wave incoming this summer! D'Oh!


Marilyn ~ Tidal wave will be arriving here, too!!! Whistling nodding
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Jun 23, 2018 12:06 AM CST
Yes, let's hear it for Loisiana iris and Siberians! I have a somewhat boggy area due to the neighbor's sump pump overflow. Many things have died in that area. We've had so much rain this spring that even my forsythia hedge is dying on that side of the yard. But the Loisiana iris simply love it! Red Velvet Elvis (Louisiana iris) put on an amazing and prolonged show for me this year. Such a pretty velvety red! The reds are much truer in Louisianas, and the flowers are much bigger than the Siberians. And both are so much more resistant to iris borer than are the bearded iris. I've a huge clump of White Swirl Siberian iris that I've left totally untended since one root of it was planted in about 1988. And it blooms like crazy every year without fail. In a mostly shady area no less!

When I pull out the dead forsythias this summer, I'm thinking of planting that whole area in Louisianas and Siberians. I always hated that forsythia hedge, anyway. Sticking tongue out
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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
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lovemyhouse
Jun 23, 2018 7:41 AM CST
Thumbs up
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Garden Procrastinator Irises Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California
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evelyninthegarden
Jun 23, 2018 8:11 AM CST
DaisyDo said:Yes, let's hear it for Loisiana iris and Siberians! I have a somewhat boggy area due to the neighbor's sump pump overflow. Many things have died in that area. We've had so much rain this spring that even my forsythia hedge is dying on that side of the yard. But the Loisiana iris simply love it! Red Velvet Elvis (Louisiana iris) put on an amazing and prolonged show for me this year. Such a pretty velvety red! The reds are much truer in Louisianas, and the flowers are much bigger than the Siberians. And both are so much more resistant to iris borer than are the bearded iris. I've a huge clump of White Swirl Siberian iris that I've left totally untended since one root of it was planted in about 1988. And it blooms like crazy every year without fail. In a mostly shady area no less!

When I pull out the dead forsythias this summer, I'm thinking of planting that whole area in Louisianas and Siberians. I always hated that forsythia hedge, anyway. Sticking tongue out


Daisy ~ Do you have any pictures?
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Jun 23, 2018 11:18 AM CST
Evelyn, Yes, But I'm so bad. I Haven't unloaded the photos from my camera that I've taken over the past year. OMG, I need to do that. Will have to download them to my laptop computer, then make photo-adjusted copies of lower resolution, then upload the latter to my Nook. From there I can upload them to the site. You see, I no longer keep my laptop connected to the internet. Saving it all for a rainy day when other things on my Do List are not more pressing.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: Sharon
McGregor IA (Zone 4b)
caitlinsgarden
Jun 23, 2018 4:27 PM CST
This year I have a whole different take on the idea of "Thrivers" Due to the nearly total loss of way too many of my irises, even the old reliables. Borers and rot. Almost all in one large bed, but some in other areas also. I am digging what I can and find that Swingtown, Gingerbread Castle, Thornbird, Loreley, Vingolf are the thrivers this year.
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jun 24, 2018 11:12 AM CST
Daisy ~ So you are using your Nook as a tablet? I have just been taking pictures with my phone. It is not the hassle of loading onto my computer and then uploading them to the forum. I suppose eventually I will have to go back to using the camera, as I have so many photos on my phone.

Caitlin ~ I only have two irises that are on your list, Thornbird and Swingtown. First year for both. Swingtown was very late in waking up, but it produced the latest bloom.
Actually, I was surprised to see it bloom.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Jun 24, 2018 11:38 AM CST
Evelyn, yes, I do not have a smart phone. We had one for awhile, but my Hubby got tired of using a toothpick to key in stuff on the impossibly tiny keys. And since I have a totally awesome dedicated digital camera, I have not particularly wanted another phone/camera.

So the transfer of photos is necessary, and a pain in the neck, but when I do get around to it, the photos are gorgeous. I just don't get around to it very often.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Garden Procrastinator Irises Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California
Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Jun 24, 2018 12:07 PM CST
Daisy ~ We will (try to) be patient, while waiting for your photos... (fingers and toes tapping) nodding
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson

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