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May 27, 2017 3:59 PM CST
I have never planted iris before - not sure why. I think they are beautiful! Just moved to a new home with 5 acres. Have spent a fortune in landscaping and realized I hadn't included irises again. I would like to place several kinds around the house and the water feature. Please point me in the right direction for purchasing at reasonable prices. If any of you have some varieties that you would sell, please contact me. Loved the pictures of the iris on this site - certainly included so many that I have never seen before.
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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May 27, 2017 6:00 PM CST
Welcome to our forum! Welcome!

I am a relative newbie to irises myself (ignoring some that I bought several years ago), but I wanted to respond, especially with congratulations on your new home with acreage! Thumbs up

I'm sure that others will jump in here and direct you to reputable sources for good irises at good prices. If you can stand to wait, later in the summer (during the digging season), some of us may have extras to send for postage.

In the meantime, since you have already landscaped, you should probably take a critical look at what you have and decide what color(s) of iris(es) would best work for you in your landscape, wherever you have room to fit a clump or two in. I would think (as I also have a landscaped property) that this is your best approach to adding irises to your garden, rather than to rip out some of the landscaping in order to make an iris-only bed. (Others may disagree... Whistling Hilarious! )
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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May 27, 2017 7:02 PM CST
Welcome! Soneil
I am guessing you don't reside in Australia, so unfortunately I cannot help you. Where do you reside? If you wish, you can update your location and climate zone details in your profile and this information will be displayed with every post you make in the forums.
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
May 27, 2017 7:09 PM CST
Welcome, and so far very good advice. It would help to give some clues as to what you want in "iris" beds, such as only known and named iris, any iris based on shape, size or color, new ones, antiques ones, etc. As was noted the normal time to ship iris rhizomes is 4-8 weeks after they bloom to give the rhizomes time to rejuvenate prior to the dormant time of summer heat. They can be planted earlier though if available and up to around 4 weeks before freezing nights.
You will enjoy this group, and the irises so many will "tempt" you with.
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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May 27, 2017 7:42 PM CST
Welcome! soneil. this is a very lively active group, with lots of great advice.

@polymerous started off with sound advice of having you decide what color palette you'd like for your beds. then on the iris site, the first thread "vendor list" has many vendor websites that you can look at their huge collections, and decide which ones you may like to collect.

there's even a website for tall bearded iris finder, to see which vendor has the specific iris for sale with price comparisons for other vendors.

[edited to take out the redundant post.....somehow my post, was posted twice, with the same info in the same body of the post????] lol
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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May 27, 2017 7:56 PM CST

May 28, 2017 5:25 AM CST
Thanks for the prompt replies and welcomes. Right after I posted I saw that someone had posted a list of sources. I spent time into the wee hours looking at all the possibilities! I live in the Colorado Springs, CO area in Zone 5B. To polymerous: To take advantage of those who would offer some in exchange for postage, do I just keep watching for posts later in the summer? I can offer some other kinds of plants ro others at a later date when mine have matured and multiplied. Yes, this appears to be a lively and helpful group!!!
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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May 28, 2017 5:38 AM CST
Colorado has Iris 4 U, a good source at reasonable prices. It's near Denver I think. At least you would know they survive well in your state. You might still have time to visit them and see them in bloom, not sure of their blooms season though.
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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May 28, 2017 9:10 AM CST
Hey soneil, I'm in CO as well! North of you in Elizabeth....Our local Rocky Mountain Gardening Forum is trying to organize an iris swap for this summer. Here's a link into a string that we started to document what we have in pictures as quite a few are NOIDs. It's a very friendly group as well, we get together twice a year to exchange plants and visit, spring swap was just a couple of weeks ago and we'll have a fall one as well. Think the iris swap will be in addition this year. Hope you join us--most of the members are further north than me, maybe we can weigh the scales to have more of the swaps further south!
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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May 28, 2017 10:20 AM CST
Welcome! Soneil
(Zone 9b)
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May 28, 2017 2:33 PM CST
Welcome soneil! Welcome!
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
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May 28, 2017 3:05 PM CST
Soneil - stay tuned. People generally will offer extras as we get into the dormant months (July and August), but some (like Rob) might offer earlier.
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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May 29, 2017 7:21 AM CST
Welcome! to the iris forum, Soneil! Hurray!
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
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May 29, 2017 7:33 AM CST
Welcome! Soneil. I'm a newbie to irises too, and yes they are some very generous gardeners on this forum. I just received a grab box of very nice, but smaller rhizomes from Rob myself. I am tickled to death. nodding
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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May 30, 2017 9:37 AM CST
Welcome! I would add one thing to all the good advice given above. If you buy from a vendor I suggest you go with a true iris vendor, such as the ones listed in the vendor list at the top of our forum. If you buy from your local Lowes, Home Depot, WalMart, etc. the iris pictured will not always be the iris you get. This is true of some garden companies that carry many plants in shiny catalogs as well. If you buy from an iris vendor you will get what you bought, and any mistakes are rectified (not true with the other places mentioned above). The rhizomes will also be in better condition, and come with planting instructions. Unless you want the newest introductions, there are thousands of affordable choices waiting for you.
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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May 30, 2017 9:42 AM CST
Welcome Soneil! Welcome!
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Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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May 30, 2017 10:32 AM CST
I agree with what Leslie said, before I found this forum I bought a lot of irises from Lowe's and Home Depot. Maybe one or two might have been correct. Plus many of them took 4 years to bloom. Still waiting on some others to bloom. Sighing!
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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
Bookworm Garden Photography Birds Pollen collector Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 1
May 30, 2017 3:03 PM CST
What Leslie said.

To expound on that...

This season I had 3 irises bloom, which I had ID concerns over.

'Pinkity' had PBF, but that was not mentioned in the description. I contacted the daughter of the hybridizer, and she was able to clarify for me that yes, it had PBF.

'Love Continues' looked like maybe it wasn't. I contacted the nursery/hybridizers, and they decided that it was an unregistered seedling which was sibling to 'Love Continues'. They are sending me the real 'Love Continues' with this year's order. (They also offered me a "new one" to make up for the mistake... unbelievable generosity which I felt I simply could not take advantage of, given that I have the sibling.)

'Yosemite Nights' wasn't. The nursery ID'ed it for me ('Yonkers'), and offered to send me the real plant. (As I had already ordered it from another nursery, I declined... plus I am happy with 'Yonkers', now that I know what it is.)

So yes, the iris nurseries will work with you to resolve any problems (it's their reputation on the line, after all).

Moreover, iris nurseries (as with most daylily nurseries) will typically send you "gift" plants with your order. You won't get those from the Big Name Shiny Do-It-All Catalog Nurseries!
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
May 30, 2017 8:14 PM CST
Leslie and Marilyn are so right; deal with a reputable firm if buying irises. Most big box ones are wrong and dug quite some time before being offered for sale to the unsuspecting.
EBay is good and bad depending on the seller; some sell named irises and others scam you so to speak. Deal with those with good ratings.
There will be trades and "for postage" ones in Jul-Aug if you can wait! Meanwhile prep the areas.
Name: Niki
Bend, Oregon (Zone 6a)
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May 30, 2017 9:09 PM CST
Welcome! Soneil, this forum offers a helpful database and you can add iris to your personal wishlist when looking for comparison photos to the iris available at the specialized vendors. This becomes helpful when you realize what you want is unreasonable large. Schreiner's will be having a summer sale soon too. The reputable vendors send larger, fresher rhizomes than elsewhere too.
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