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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
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Polymerous
Jan 13, 2018 7:47 PM CST
My nursery carries something along the same lines, but a bit different.... 'Maximize'. https://www.johnandbobs.com/pr...
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jan 13, 2018 8:30 PM CST
They are watching your every move Scott.

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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
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Henhouse
Jan 14, 2018 1:17 AM CST
I have a small pile of labels by the back door of some I've lost. I waited until September to plant some I had in pots.. then we had unrelenting heat, and they fried.. Now, I've noticed that a gopher has gotten into the orchard beds.. Grumbling It looks like maybe four or five are completely gone. Can I send him to you Rob? I think he's lonely and needs some friends. Whistling
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Jan 14, 2018 2:11 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing sherry.
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William
Jan 14, 2018 3:39 AM CST
So sorry about the gopher damage and the fried rhizomes, Sherry. Sad
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jan 14, 2018 5:22 AM CST
Speaking of critter damage, I have to tell you about a movie I watched last night called Furry Vengeance. @Underthesun Rob, you have to watch it. I just laughed so much and thought of you through the whole thing. Especially when I saw the turkeys. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Jan 14, 2018 8:43 AM CST
Yes, that's exactly what Rob needs - more destructive critters! Big Grin
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
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Lestv
Jan 14, 2018 9:15 AM CST
Furry Vengeance! Guess the name says it all. Did they shoot the film in Rob's backyard? Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Jan 14, 2018 9:20 AM CST
Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 14, 2018 11:07 AM CST
tveguy3 said:Speaking of critter damage, I have to tell you about a movie I watched last night called Furry Vengeance. @Underthesun Rob, you have to watch it. I just laughed so much and thought of you through the whole thing. Especially when I saw the turkeys.] Rolling on the floor laughing


Furry turkeys? nodding
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
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LizinElizabeth
Jan 14, 2018 11:14 AM CST
Another fertilizer I found while researching stuff to repel deer is Milorganite. It's an organic fertilizer, really more for lawns as it's highest in nitrogen, but several people in the Peony forum and on some of the FB groups I'm in broadcast spread it on their gardens. If you google it you'll see people comment about animals not liking it at all, especially deer. Don't remember ever seeing voles or gophers mentioned but maybe if some shredded up moth balls are added!
LizB
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jan 14, 2018 12:55 PM CST
What? Blinking D'Oh! Glare

Sometimes, the emoticons can say it all for you. Big Grin

Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
Jan 17, 2018 2:24 AM CST
I haven't seen Milorganite for years (can't say I've been looking).. I remember it had a unique odor, and that it was made from sewage sludge..

I was cleaning and weeding some of my beds today.. Molten Flame is gone.. almost all that I planted in August & September are either dead, or struggling.. Disheartening to have them die before seeing them bloom.. Angry
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
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tveguy3
Jan 17, 2018 4:45 AM CST
I wonder why they all died? How terrible!
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Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
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IrisLilli
Jan 17, 2018 5:02 AM CST
So sorry to hear that, Sherry. Crying Were their deaths weather related??
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Jan 17, 2018 2:05 PM CST
So sorry Sherry Sad . That would be disheartening.
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Jan 17, 2018 2:41 PM CST
So sorry to hear this Sherry! This last summer was brutal with the heat. Some of my potted iris died this year. I didn't notice that some of the pots were not getting watered by the sprinkler system. Sighing!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jan 17, 2018 3:50 PM CST
Most of my late plantings don't look too good right now either Sherry. I'll cross my fingers for both of us that they'll rebound in Spring. Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers!
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William
Jan 17, 2018 5:01 PM CST
Sherry, Barbara and Rob, so sorry about all the dead irises and the struggling ones, Sad Sad Sad

Not that providing shade for irises is something I ever intentionally plan for here with our colder summers, but I wonder if a shade net would help when needing to transplant in such brutally warm weather?

Name: Ian McBeth
Lincoln NE (Zone 5b)
Horticulture, Photography, & Art
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Amaryllis Irises Daylilies Lilies
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SonoveShakespeare
Jan 17, 2018 7:28 PM CST
Hi Robin, Lilli, Lesli, Tim, Tom, Everlyn, UndertheSun, and all my other fabulous iris gardeners. I am so glad to see you all and I missed you guys very much. I hope that you all had a Wonderful New Year. Man, I can't believe that I got my gardening plans done a few weeks early. I was supposed to be done by February, but it turned out to be amazing. Big Grin Big Grin

I had extra time to do things. Like make curtains for my bedroom, they are really easy to make. I found an article online that makes it way easier. All you need to do is hem the fabric and sew 20 straight lines for two curtains. But when I went to Walmart to get the supplies, it costed more to buy the supplies to make the curtains than to buy premade ones for like 2 or 3 dollars Grumbling . I sometimes prefer to sew something I need (like curtains for example) than to buy it at the store, bec. there might not be curtains that you saw just like the fabric you saw, or just for the fun of it. I first learned to sew by hand when I was 10 years old by my stepmother and grandmother. Then I learned to use the sewing machine when I was in 6th grade. My stepmother was worried that I would somehow get my finger sewed up with the machine (and she still is). But I haven't gotten my finger caught in it yet. I also got some artwork done as well.

Anyways, about my gardening plans, I will be x breeding my daylilies and irises. (I did the research to see if there were actually kids of the parent plants, and there weren't. WooHoo! Hurray! ) I also want to add on to one of my gardens and add a few more for more flowers. I may even add some daffodils and some amaryllis. But the hard part about this is that amaryllis is a tall stemmed flower, and I usually like tall flowers around something taller than itself, or in the back of a flower bed. And I don't think I have any place else for them at all. I have to keep this short because I am about to have dinner soon. Wish you good luck this year on your gardens! Group hug

If you didn't see this in the iris pollination forum, it's in there too! nodding
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