Irises forum: "Thrivers" -- 2018

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Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
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TBMan
Jan 25, 2018 2:13 PM CST
I see two threads devoted to goners in 2017 and 2018. My heartfelt sympathies to those who've had so many problems -- believe me, -- I've been there and experienced that!
Sooo, I thought I'd start a new thread devoted to "thrivers". Although January may be a bit early to determine what is thriving or not, at least in my locale, enough of the clumps are giving evidence of a healthy status here to warrant a "state of the iris garden" address. lol
picts are examples of "thrivers" in my field -- particularly ones I'm looking forward to blooming.

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Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Irises Birds Region: United States of America Region: Kentucky Clematis
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janielouy
Jan 25, 2018 2:19 PM CST
Great thread! We all need advice on the thrivers!
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Jan 25, 2018 3:09 PM CST
I agree great thread idea Timothy.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jan 25, 2018 3:37 PM CST
Those look great! Thumbs up
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UndertheSun
Jan 25, 2018 3:42 PM CST
When posting your "thrivers", I would love to hear how old the clump is. I'll go take some photos when the old cat is done taking a nap on me.
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Jan 25, 2018 4:01 PM CST
Hilarious! I do hope that is not some kind of code, Rob! Hilarious!

Great idea for a thread, Timothy! Mine are still in their usual sad winter state, but I know that your old favorite Thornbird Big Grin is one of my best 'thrivers'.
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Irises Bulbs Region: United States of America Region: Pacific Northwest Plant and/or Seed Trader Dahlias
Garden Photography Salvias Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hybridizer Region: Oregon
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TBMan
Jan 25, 2018 4:01 PM CST
UndertheSun said:When posting your "thrivers", I would love to hear how old the clump is. I'll go take some photos when the old cat is done taking a nap on me.


ill post more "Thriver" picts that include that info. All except for Molten Flame are 2 yr old clumps -- beginning their third year as of Jan 2018
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Irises Bulbs Region: United States of America Region: Pacific Northwest Plant and/or Seed Trader Dahlias
Garden Photography Salvias Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hybridizer Region: Oregon
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TBMan
Jan 25, 2018 4:06 PM CST
Forgot to include this in my original post -- 2 yr old clump. One of my favorites

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Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Irises Bulbs Region: United States of America Region: Pacific Northwest Plant and/or Seed Trader Dahlias
Garden Photography Salvias Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hybridizer Region: Oregon
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TBMan
Jan 25, 2018 4:07 PM CST
TBMan said:Great idea for a thread, Timothy! Mine are still in their usual sad winter state, but I know that your old favorite Thornbird Big Grin is one of my best 'thrivers'.


.... yeah, mine did very well too when I grew it many years ago, -- then, I gave it all to my local iris club -- who were very glad to receive it, I might add :)


Name: Liz
Concord, MA (Zone 6a)
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Dachsylady86
Jan 25, 2018 4:34 PM CST
Oh my goodness I'm floored by those increases and the size of those rhizomes! I don't understand why none of my irises look like that. The increases are much less and the rhizomes much smaller. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Shrug!
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Irises Bulbs Region: United States of America Region: Pacific Northwest Plant and/or Seed Trader Dahlias
Garden Photography Salvias Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hybridizer Region: Oregon
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TBMan
Jan 25, 2018 4:52 PM CST
ah, Liz!
glad you visited the thread -- this pict is just for you. I believe this one is coming to you in July, if I read my excel sales spreadsheet correctly - yes?
beginning its second year
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Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jan 25, 2018 4:53 PM CST
All of these were planted as a single rhizome in Sept-Oct of 2016. So that makes them 1.3 to1.4 years old. They were planted in the new beds in my field. (The irises don't grow as well in the other beds...even though they were amended and replanted.)

All About Spring (While in a pot waiting to be planted, this one had rotted down to a small grape.)
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Stan Coates (This is also a survivor of pot rot...and it needs a Winter cleanup.)
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Bravery (You can see the original Mother rhizome still attached.)
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Aleutian Islands (Needs Winter cleanup too *Blush* )
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Coffee Shop (Similar growth pattern as Bravery)
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Diva Dreams (2 large rhizomes were gifted out this Summer, so it would be bigger.)
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Thornbird (Growing like crazy)
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There also the ones I posted as growing weird in this post (except Classic Suede). https://garden.org/thread/view...

Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Irises Bulbs Region: United States of America Region: Pacific Northwest Plant and/or Seed Trader Dahlias
Garden Photography Salvias Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hybridizer Region: Oregon
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TBMan
Jan 25, 2018 5:05 PM CST
Very nice!!!
... im seeing a couple id like to trade for, already :)
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jan 25, 2018 5:43 PM CST
TBMan said:Thumb of 2018-01-25/TBMan/ac957e

Nice to know this one grows well. I just planted mine in late Sept-Oct. and I think it's dead. D'Oh! I'm still keeping hope that some green will sprout up in Spring. Crossing Fingers!
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Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Irises Bulbs Region: United States of America Region: Pacific Northwest Plant and/or Seed Trader Dahlias
Garden Photography Salvias Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hybridizer Region: Oregon
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TBMan
Jan 25, 2018 5:48 PM CST
well, I got plenty as you can see ......... :)
if worst comes to worst, you know where to find me :)
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Irises Bulbs Region: United States of America Region: Pacific Northwest Plant and/or Seed Trader Dahlias
Garden Photography Salvias Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hybridizer Region: Oregon
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TBMan
Jan 25, 2018 5:50 PM CST
TBMan said:well, I got plenty as you can see ......... :)
if worst comes to worst, you know where to find me :)


....... rhyme not intended D'Oh!
Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
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Deebie
Jan 25, 2018 5:50 PM CST
Thanks guys for posting those photos. It gives us newbies an idea of the varying growth patterns of irises. I hope to have thrivers like those posted. Thumbs up
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Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jan 25, 2018 6:06 PM CST
Thank you Timothy and I rather enjoyed the rhyme. Big Grin
Name: Liz
Concord, MA (Zone 6a)
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Dachsylady86
Jan 25, 2018 6:32 PM CST
TBMan said:ah, Liz!
glad you visited the thread -- this pict is just for you. I believe this one is coming to you in July, if I read my excel sales spreadsheet correctly - yes?
beginning its second year
Thumb of 2018-01-25/TBMan/f64e2e
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Yes! Hurray!
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Irises Birds Region: United States of America Region: Kentucky Clematis
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janielouy
Jan 25, 2018 6:58 PM CST
I will have to ask what you guys use for fertilizer or/and amendments!

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