Irises forum: Introducing myself & my garden.

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Name: Ami
Missouri (Zone 6a)
May 27, 2017 10:51 PM CST
Hello All!

My name is Ami, I live in Missouri close to the KC area. Previous to last year I only had 3 different varieties of iris. I was very blessed last year to have multiple people allow me to transplant many different varieties of iris.

First was my ex-mother-in-law & ex-father-in-law. They were getting rid of a big iris bed and asked me if I wanted them. Didn't remember what colors they were and thought some might be re-bloomers, I gladly dug all that was left Smiling . Here is what I ended up with from that win-fall. Wish I had taken more pics throughout the season!

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Then I met a lovely woman whose mother used to raise irises for show in the late 60s and 70s. She said they were very tight on money though so her mother bought the older varieties which were cheaper to buy. There are sooooooo many that I need to try to identify! So I am learning as much as I can and trying to get my information and photos organized so that I can research each type properly. Here is a pic of what one of the beds from this win-fall gave me.

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This one is 24'x4', there is also a 36'x4' bed that did not bloom as prolifically because they were out of the ground for a longer time than the ones in this bed. And then there are patches scattered here an there around the property. I lost track of counting the different varieties after about 30 so I figured I had better not post that many pics in this post Hilarious! but I do hope that there are some people on here who might be interest in seeing the individual pics so that they could help me identify their names. Some of the names she remembered her mother having are Frost & Flame, Frank Adams, Accent, Quaker Lady, Helen Collingwood, Blue Rythmn, Dotted Swiss (I can't find that name in any iris databases), and then some that ring a bell with her when looking on Dave's garden pics were Pompano peach, Gingersnap, and China Maid. I am totally fascinated with, and addicted to irises now!

One problem with the historic ones that I got is that they were in a field that has been un-maintained for MANY MANY years, growing among grass, weeds, poison ivy, etc. So I'm pretty sure they all have that spot fungus on them and then the tops of the leaves turn brown and die as well as looking ugly! Any advice on how to kill that and keep it away would be MUCH appreciated!

One more problem with being blessed with all these gifts is that I have WAY too much for me to maintain! I work full time, and have 5 children! As you can imagine, that doesn't leave much gardening time. So I'm looking for advice on how to keep weeds and grasses out of the beds and areas where I have the irises and also a bulb bed that is about 36'x5' which has daffodils, tulips, crocus, anemone, & hyacinth in it. Any advice on weed & grass control would be GREATLY appreciate too! Smiling


Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder Plant Identifier
May 28, 2017 5:21 AM CST
First of all, Welcome! !!! Nice to meet you. We have some very good identifiers here so post away!

There is a product called Gras-b-gon. That will take care of the grass but may need extra applications. For weed prevention, Preen does well before those pesky seeds sprout. Or you can get your kids out there to help! Thumbs up

Don't be shy about posting your iris that need names. Lots of good folks here will be glad to take a look.

And again Welcome! and have fun!
Your beds look wonderful. Lovey dubby
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
May 28, 2017 7:21 AM CST
Welcome! Glad to see your Historics !! Dotted Swiss was one of my Mother's favorites.
Name: Joshua
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Zone 10b)
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May 28, 2017 7:28 AM CST

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Welcome! I am afraid I cannot offer any advice, but you have some nice irises there.
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder Plant Identifier
May 28, 2017 7:34 AM CST
Dotted Swiss is this one.
Name: Pam
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May 28, 2017 8:17 AM CST
Beautiful gardens! Welcome to the club!
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
May 28, 2017 9:01 AM CST
Welcome! Ami Welcome!
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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May 28, 2017 9:10 AM CST
Beautiful garden, Ami. I second the suggestion that you get your kids to help. Welcome! (and you got a great windfall!)
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Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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May 28, 2017 10:13 AM CST
What a wonderful way to start an iris addiction. Welcome! Ami. We have several contributors who are very good at the historics and a lot of us like to help when we can. I second the idea of using a pre-emergent and your on-the-premises kid power.

Have you used our database? Go back to the main page and on the right hand side you will see iris pictures. Just above the top picture is a note that includes the words irises database which is underlined. Click on that. On the next page below the first box is one called Search and Browse. You can plug in those names you have for pictures of the varieties. Unfortunately there are many older varieties without pictures, but others can point you to some other sources.

Don't be shy about asking questions. We were all newbies at one time.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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May 28, 2017 10:21 AM CST
Welcome! Ami Smiling
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(Zone 9b)
Region: California
May 28, 2017 2:31 PM CST
Welcome Ami! Welcome!

Beautiful garden! Thumbs up
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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May 28, 2017 5:22 PM CST
Hi Ami-
I welcomed you on another thread, but I had to see your beautiful pictures. You are to be congratulated on the work you've already done. And your irises look great! Just hang out with us and we will try to answer your questions. We have some very knowledgeable folks on this forum that I also depend on. Once again, Welcome to our forum & NGA!
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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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May 28, 2017 7:03 PM CST
Nice beds, Ami. Sorry, but no help for the weeds here.

But welcome! Welcome!
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
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May 28, 2017 7:19 PM CST
Great iris beds Ami! Welcome!
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
May 28, 2017 7:49 PM CST
Welcome! Hi Ami! Wow, you have nice beds laid out already. To help with the leaf spot you may want to spray them with a fungicide. It will also help out if you happen to get any rot issues.

You have some really nice historics growing. Smiling
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Name: Niki
Bend, Oregon (Zone 6a)
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Hummingbirder Irises Organic Gardener
May 29, 2017 12:12 AM CST
Welcome! Ami, what a wonderful collection you have already. Share away on pictures. I love old and new, but sorry I can't help with IDs.
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
May 29, 2017 12:30 AM CST
Welcome! ami

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