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Oct 21, 2017 4:29 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
OK, gang, it's Fess UP Time 2017, No more hiding behind the closet door, time to come clean. You will feel so much better once you do! Rolling on the floor laughing Please read all of of the rules below, then calculate your status. *Blush*

Here is the "How many new iris cultivars did you acquire" scale

1 to 30 = Just kid stuff Smiling
31 to 50 = A good start Sticking tongue out
51 to 75 = Slightly off balance Confused
76 to 100 = On the Edge! Whistling
101 to 125 = Over the Edge Glare
126 to 150 = Pretty messed up Crying
151 to 175 = You need your head examined Grumbling
176 to 200 = Bring on the paddy wagon! Shrug!
200 to 300 = Men in white coats coming with strait jacket. Acorn
Over 300 =Living in La La Land Angel

Rules:
You count all of the iris cultivars that you acquired during this calendar year.

Include Irises that you receive from trades or gifts, or for postage count as well as those you buy.

Update your status with each new order sent in.

You don't need to list the names of the irises, although you may, but just the number.

NOIDs received count too.

You do not need to count irises that you are replacing that have died within the last 2 years.

You do not count irises that you already have but have ordered additional rhizomes.

You do not count seedlings that you started from seeds.

If you receive a seedling as a gift from someone that counts for the person receiving it.

You only count new CULTIVARS that you add to your collection, this is not a count of rhizomes.

Whom ever is deemed the person who ordered the highest number of rhizomes (sorry, commercial growers excluded here) will be awarded a noteworthy title, and gift of some sort yet to be determined. The deadline for this award will be Nov 30. Rhizomes received after this time will not count toward this title. Although you can post them on here for posterity sake.

May the best (or craziest) man or woman win! Crossing Fingers!
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Oct 21, 2017 4:51 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I will be the first to "Fess Up", but I have to tell you that I am ashamed that I won't be winning any grand prizes with my orders this year. Sad
I am only "Slightly Off Balance" with a total of purchases and trades of 53. I've been a good boy and didn't go wacky this year.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Oct 21, 2017 5:37 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
well..... I need my head examined.... but that's no surprise. Due to generous iris friends on this site, and family gifts, I am over the 150 mark. I don't have an exact count but I don't think I need to watch out for the padded (not watching out for the paddy wagon either, LOL) wagon. I had some sent from my 'scarce or impossible to find/get here' (OVER THE MOON ABOUT THESE Hurray! ) wish list (these from an iris angel Lovey dubby , and sent someone..... I will not mention his name but has the initials of Scott, back to Craig's list, back to the phone, back in his vehicle, back to the door of the seller to acquire a cultivar and send it on to me.... ask me if I have no shame Big Grin , no, but I have great iris friends!!!) and a noid I begged for (can't wait to see this one bloom) as well as some new intros. I did not expect to add nearly as many as I did but am over the moon about receiving them. Hurray! I am going to concentrate on acquiring a few from my existing wish list and not look at any new irises this spring. yeah, ......right. Just in case I am working on a new iris bed this fall....... as I said, just in case. Whistling Big Grin
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Oct 21, 2017 6:00 AM CST
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
Birds Butterflies Dog Lover Canning and food preservation Region: Illinois Irises
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant and/or Seed Trader
Bonnie, it's exciting to find rare varieties and I enjoyed the adventure!

I know there is the "Top 10 most wanted list for next year" thread, but many of those varieties are commercially available. Is there a thread of rare or hard-to-find cultivars that folks want? It could be beneficial to have a list when going to a local club sale, etc.
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” --John Muir (1838-1914)
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Oct 21, 2017 6:32 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Thanks for "Fessing UP" Bonnie, it cleanses the sole and allows you to move on to next year's acquisitions. Rolling on the floor laughing

Scott, sounds like you should start a thread called "Rare ones I need to find" where people could help each other to find them. Smiling
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Oct 21, 2017 6:42 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
Tom, do we have to count the ones received, but that rotted within two weeks of planting? Big Grin
(problem at my location, not from the senders)
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Oct 21, 2017 6:51 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
I had a couple of those too, Debra, and two that were goners when I opened the little box. Shrug!
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Oct 21, 2017 7:18 AM CST
Sweden
Forum moderator Garden Photography Irises Bulbs Lilies Bee Lover
Hellebores Deer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2016
At 67 I'm also "Slightly Off Balance". This doesn't sound too bad, but as a long time iris gardener of mostly NOID's I only started collecting named irises for real in 2015 and have noticed a most worrisome trend. Every year I have gotten more and more. D'Oh!

The selection here in Sweden is really limited and it wasn't before 2015 I discovered how easy it could be to buy irises from within the EU, otherwise I would have gone "wild" much sooner. nodding

I wont list all purchases, but only a few select of the most anticipated. Some are not very new, like 'Absolute Treasure', but I have been unable to find them until this year, so for this reason have longed for them for awhile. In some cases I even bought other irises as substitutions while I waited... Hilarious! For instance I really wanted 'Patchwork Puzzle', but instead I got 'Wild Angel'. Now this is corrected. Green Grin!






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Oct 21, 2017 8:22 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
Yeah, I would like to know about the count for rotted immediately too as I lost a fair number.

27 dwarfs, 2 rotted

25 IB/BB, 3 rotted

112 TB, 14 rotted, 8 iffy

3 LA's

So if I count the rotted ones then I Need to Have My Head Examined Grumbling

Without them I am only Pretty Messed Up Crying

Either is less than the Paddy Wagon amounts I had the last few years. And the count this year was greatly increased by a generous amount of bonus iris sent my way. Really almost doubles what I actually bought.
"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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Oct 21, 2017 8:49 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
Thank You! for starting a Fess Up thread again, Tom! Hurray!

Well, even though I had one or two which rotted shortly after they arrived, with 111 new ones added this year I am still Over the Edge... as if I really needed to be reminded of that! Whistling Hilarious!
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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Oct 21, 2017 9:08 AM CST
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Cat Lover Dog Lover Keeps Horses Irises Region: Pennsylvania
I thought I was behaving myself this year. I had promised myself that I would only replace iris that had died.....which I did. But then...There were "special" club sales...$2.00 iris available at our club Dig Day....generous traders....and hard to resist summer sales by my favorite vendors.
D'Oh! Final total came to 48 new varieties. Only "A Good Start" on the craziness scale, but when added to what I already have, I am well past LaLa Land.

Rolling my eyes. Drooling Lovey dubby At least I am in good company!
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Oct 21, 2017 9:47 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! Very true! Whistling
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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Oct 21, 2017 10:12 AM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Does culling reduce our number of newbies? Whistling

William, that is one nice list of irises! Lovey dubby
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Oct 21, 2017 11:07 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
Only if you culled the newbies? Big Grin
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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Oct 21, 2017 11:32 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
I'm estimating 85...(that's my story, and I'm sticking to it! On the Edge...exactly how I've felt this year !)
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Oct 21, 2017 1:05 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
I'm at A Good Start. Big Grin
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Oct 21, 2017 1:05 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
lovemyhouse said:Tom, do we have to count the ones received, but that rotted within two weeks of planting? Big Grin
(problem at my location, not from the senders)


Yes, count them, but if you replace them next year you don't count them then. Smiling
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Oct 21, 2017 1:08 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
UndertheSun said:Does culling reduce our number of newbies? Whistling

William, that is one nice list of irises! Lovey dubby


Culling doesn't reduce your craziness levels. Whistling
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Oct 21, 2017 1:28 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
So this is my very first year of "collecting" irises. I already had some in my flower gardens.

It all started at Bluebird Haven, which is about a 20 minute drive from my house. When I went there, it was already past "main bloom" time, but there were quite a few still in bloom. Acres and acres...I could not cover them all. I was taking a long lost relative (cousin) and her husband there, since already having them take us to a nice lunch (private party) at a nearby winery. So I think they enjoyed them, but I was overwhelmed at the numbers and did not make a selection. Later on I went online and discovered the website and then learned how to navigate it. Mary says she has over 4000 varieties, so I was overwhelmed. In the past, when I ordered irises, there were only a few that I liked, and usually limited my purchase of only 2 or 3. Most catalogs of a good selection of plants only offer a handful of irises, not usually more than 10.

So, I took days, going through the Bluebird Haven online catalog, with several emails to Mary as she was out of stock on many, but no way to indicate it on her website. So, I WAS going to limit my selection to 20, but actually ended up with 40!

Then I received a generous gift (20) for postage from a kind member here, as he realized that I did not have enough irises. Then another member was also generous with sending me a gift for postage as well.
Then another box showed up from the first member....in the mean while, I had placed some (very small) orders from Blue J, McClure & Zimmerman, Schreiner's, G.H.Wild, T's Flowers. There were bonus plants from everyone but Schreiner's. I made a list to order from Winterberry, but decided against it, as I had not even planted all that I had.

What happened to me??? Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing

Bluebird Haven ~ 40 + 3 + 1 = 44
Blue J ~ 7 + 6 = 13
Schreiner's ~ 5
McClure & Zimmerman ~ 4 + 2
G.H.Wild ~ 3
T's Flowers ~ 3 + 4
Iris Friend #1 ~ 20 + 3 later
Iris Friend #2 ~ 4
Front Yard Nursery ~ 3

And they are all planted!

So that is a total of 108! nodding

Edited to add 2 bonus rhizomes from McClure & Zimmerman,
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Oct 21, 2017 1:35 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
So it looks like I am "over the edge", for my first year! nodding
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson

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