I'm still here, alive and kicking still! Well Brad did his year in review, I guess I will do the same here. Where to start?
Spring I guess, We had a good spring. Had pretty good bloom season here. Got some crosses to take, so I guess it was a good year. We had early warm up late winter. Great I get a early start on cleaning things up in the beds. Talking 70's in march. This is great!! Start to clean out the beds, think to myself is there a better way? Maybe? Let's burn off the old leaves on the irises!!
Works great cleaned them right up. The next week we drop down in temps into the teen's!
Well shoot! No cover for the irises, let's just say some did care for that. So when they start to wake up again, ROT! Never fails around here. Lost some seedlings, but it's a way to weed them out. Then had a bunch of seedling that didn't bloom or got nailed by frost. Can't move forward with those plants for another year I guess.
Move on into the year, got a bunch of the beds moved around and opened up for the next round new ones ordered. Moved a bunch of seedlings around. Made room for the next wave of seedlings to planted out. Took forever to plant them out. Never get them in the ground when I want to! That's life I guess.
Sort though the keepers and cull the rest. Plant the keepers other places, watch to see if they make it. Most do. Then its just water seedlings and see what ones live or die. Plant in the new orders the show up in July. Then iris season is pretty much done for the most part. On to other things for the most part. Think do I need to make the beds bigger? Say something to the wife, her reply " we have to much the way it is!". She's got a point. Back to other things!
I guess I'll put some pictures now!
Tiger Honey X Fashionably Late
Safari Sunset X Guns Flash
Raspberry Silk X Attrazione
Say Red X (Tiger Honey x NOID)
Clash X Decadence
My Fantasy X Decadence
My Fantasy X Tiger Honey
Say Red X Viking Dancer
That's pretty much it. There are a few more keepers that don't have pictures. Had many more blooms they didn't make the cut.
If you ever wondered if you can grow Irises using hydroponics., I can answer YES you can!
It tried to Bloom! I think the lights just aren't strong enough for bloom.
Last years seedlings under the lights
We lost our 4 legged Baby of 10.5 years in sept.
Not a replacement, but this is our new 4 legged baby. The day we got him 11-11-1
Well that's pretty much it for the year. I've got this years seedlings planted and are under the lights. With some starting to show green! My plan is to grow all my seedlings in hydroponics till I'm ready to plant out this year. Why? Just want to see if I can have better seedlings in the ground, and get a faster turn around time on blooms.