Irises forum: Hanover Fall 2017 report

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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
Oct 10, 2017 11:59 AM CST
Good and bad info. My time in the garden this year was spotty at best. I had alot of "weed" issues, so to the point that the irises were getting starved out. I lost about 150 cultivars and another two hundred are doing VERY poorly. The majority are just ok, but they are not thriving. A small group is (the last bed made is doing FANTASTIC!)

The "Micro-clim" bed by the garage that was to be eliminated, go a reprieve from the wife (but I had already whacked/moved most of the bed). I put all of my picnic acquisitions there.

I am hoping to pot up a different garden with survivors and convert it to non-iris plants that require little/no maint. The "reprieve" of the garage garden did not stop the need to reduce my overall iris space. This garden was the one I chose to get rid of because I was have the most issue with it.

Good news?????

I have a five cultivars in bloom or about to bloom.

Over and Over is blooming now. It started 10/06/17.
Autumn Tryst is blooming now. It started 10/06/17.
Autumn Circus should bloom today!
Mariposa Autumn should bloom in the next few days.
Again and Again should bloom in a week or so.

Maybe I can post some pictures soon.
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Oct 10, 2017 12:22 PM CST
@misawa77

😪😭. soooo sorry to hear of your cultivar losses, greg.


if you have some you would like, my list is minuscule, compared to others, but i'd be willing to share. look over my list, and t-mail me?
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Oct 10, 2017 12:39 PM CST
So how many garden beds will you have left? All the back yard beds?

Sorry to hear you lost so many. Sad This was a tough year with weeds due to all the rain. I ignored a bed too long and the clover just went to town. Thumbs down
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Oct 10, 2017 3:28 PM CST
Group hug I am sorry to hear you lost so many Greg Sad . I hope things improve.
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Oct 10, 2017 3:59 PM CST
Greg, are you going to list the lost irises in the database? Some of us might be able to help out.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Oct 10, 2017 7:39 PM CST
Sorry for the loss.
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
Oct 11, 2017 7:33 AM CST
Thanks for the well wishes and the offers for replacing. I agreed to lessen the load; in this situation I was unable to decide what to keep.

I am cutting out one long bed in the back yard (60ft) which I have had the worst results in keeping irises alive in. Too much rot, weeds, and an occasional dog "intervention". I also cut out another 30 feet this year and may do another 30 feet next year. These last two areas have shade issues and sometimes moss issues; so they are better suited for other low maint. type plants with mulch applications to knock down the weeds.
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
Oct 11, 2017 7:42 AM CST
So, any offers for replacements are nice, but I need to see what survives the Winter and how much garden I can keep up with which is the main issue. I may have to get rid of more before I can entertain get replacements or new cultivars.

There is a possibility that my "Sterling Innerst" collection may have a formal home in the future. We (my two local Iris societies) are working with an organization that currently is hosting a large Rose collection and they seem to be a good fit for us/iris. This may take 5 years to pull off, but we have an opening to pursue it.

I have lost a fair amount of Sterling's stuff and depending on how this goes, I would be looking for replacements.
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
Oct 11, 2017 7:44 AM CST
Autumn Circus did indeed bloom yesterday as I thought it would.


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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
Oct 11, 2017 7:47 AM CST
When I got in the SUV this morning (around 4:30AM - so yes, it was DARK outside); I noticed that another iris had popped out. It was not out when I came home yesterday (at 4:30PM).

Mariposa Autumn


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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
Oct 11, 2017 7:49 AM CST
And another surprise this morning. A second clump of "Autumn Tryst" opened up ( I had not noticed that it was going to bloom) along the driveway (about 5 feet from Mariposa Autumn).


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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Oct 11, 2017 7:54 AM CST
I always think of you when I see a vendor offering one of Sterling's iris. Glad to see some are still out there to be had.

Sounds like a major cutting back on iris for you. Will you still be collecting Rick's iris?
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
Oct 11, 2017 8:12 AM CST
Its like a diet. I am trying to keep to the plan but.........

The short answer is YES. Our small local Iris society really likes Rick Tasco's work; we have his cultivars for our club buy for three years straight! Hurray!
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Oct 11, 2017 8:20 AM CST
I have a couple beds that got away from me this year too, with the long wet periods we had, and other things competing for my time, I just couldn't keep up. I'm sure I will be loosing some of the older varieties in that area, but that's just how it's going to have to be. I will not be replacing them, but looking to use those openings for newer ones. I'd get the beds all weeded and preened, and we'd get a torrential down pour and wash all of the Preen away. Then 5 or 6 more days of rain, and the weeds were back as if they never were gone. I just gave my time priorities to the newer beds with the newer irises. Sighing!
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
Oct 11, 2017 8:42 AM CST
Yup, sounds somewhat familiar. Thumbs down
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Oct 11, 2017 9:49 AM CST
We all have those times. Sighing!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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TBGDN
Oct 11, 2017 10:06 AM CST
tveguy3 said:I have a couple beds that got away from me this year too, with the long wet periods we had, and other things competing for my time, I just couldn't keep up......... I'd get the beds all weeded and preened, and we'd get a torrential down pour and wash all of the Preen away. Then 5 or 6 more days of rain, and the weeds were back as if they never were gone....... Sighing!

This sounds like a duplicate problem down here too! It has rained every single week- sometimes a sprinkle; sometimes a gully washer! I couldn't keep up, and now it's raining again today! Thumbs down

I'm sure this has contributed to a lot of rot too. Thumbs down

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Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Irises Keeps Horses Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: Pennsylvania
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Snork
Oct 11, 2017 10:17 AM CST
Sorry to hear of all your losses. Mother Nature certainly has not been kind to iris growers this year. When you have time to take stock and decide what you plan to do in the spring, let me know if you would like any replacements from my garden. I have many Innerst iris and plenty of others from your garden!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Oct 11, 2017 1:31 PM CST
It is currently a very bad week for new irises in my area. It has been lightly raining on and off since Saturday and will continue until next Tuesday, the humidity is about 90% and it is in the high 80's. This warm wet does not make for happy rhizomes. I am worried about my newly planted ones.

I too still have some Innerst from you Greg, if you need replacements. Lost a couple of yours over this summer, but most are doing fine.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Oct 11, 2017 2:57 PM CST
I am letting the hoses run all day here Leslie. Months since we had rain and none in sight.
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