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Jan 25, 2018 2:13 PM CST
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Bulbs Region: United States of America Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Salvias Region: Pacific Northwest
Peonies Region: Oregon Irises Hybridizer Herbs Dahlias
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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Jan 25, 2018 2:19 PM CST
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Birds Region: Kentucky Clematis Daylilies Irises Region: United States of America
Great thread! We all need advice on the thrivers!
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Jan 25, 2018 3:09 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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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Jan 25, 2018 3:37 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Those look great! Thumbs up
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Jan 25, 2018 3:42 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
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.
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Jan 25, 2018 4:01 PM 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! 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'.
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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Jan 25, 2018 4:01 PM CST
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Bulbs Region: United States of America Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Salvias Region: Pacific Northwest
Peonies Region: Oregon Irises Hybridizer Herbs Dahlias
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
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Jan 25, 2018 4:06 PM CST
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Bulbs Region: United States of America Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Salvias Region: Pacific Northwest
Peonies Region: Oregon Irises Hybridizer Herbs Dahlias
Forgot to include this in my original post -- 2 yr old clump. One of my favorites

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Jan 25, 2018 4:07 PM CST
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Bulbs Region: United States of America Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Salvias Region: Pacific Northwest
Peonies Region: Oregon Irises Hybridizer Herbs Dahlias
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 Smiling
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Jan 25, 2018 4:34 PM CST
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
Annuals Irises Lilies Region: Northeast US Organic Gardener Peonies
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Seed Starter Enjoys or suffers hot summers Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Hummingbirder
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!
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Jan 25, 2018 4:52 PM CST
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Bulbs Region: United States of America Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Salvias Region: Pacific Northwest
Peonies Region: Oregon Irises Hybridizer Herbs Dahlias
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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Jan 25, 2018 4:53 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
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...
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Jan 25, 2018 5:05 PM CST
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Bulbs Region: United States of America Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Salvias Region: Pacific Northwest
Peonies Region: Oregon Irises Hybridizer Herbs Dahlias
Very nice!!!
... im seeing a couple id like to trade for, already Smiling
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Jan 25, 2018 5:43 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
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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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Jan 25, 2018 5:48 PM CST
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Bulbs Region: United States of America Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Salvias Region: Pacific Northwest
Peonies Region: Oregon Irises Hybridizer Herbs Dahlias
well, I got plenty as you can see ......... :)
if worst comes to worst, you know where to find me Smiling
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Jan 25, 2018 5:50 PM CST
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Bulbs Region: United States of America Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Salvias Region: Pacific Northwest
Peonies Region: Oregon Irises Hybridizer Herbs Dahlias
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!
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Jan 25, 2018 5:50 PM CST
Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
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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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Jan 25, 2018 6:06 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Thank you Timothy and I rather enjoyed the rhyme. Big Grin
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Jan 25, 2018 6:32 PM CST
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
Annuals Irises Lilies Region: Northeast US Organic Gardener Peonies
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Seed Starter Enjoys or suffers hot summers Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Hummingbirder
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
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Yes! Hurray!
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Jan 25, 2018 6:58 PM CST
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Birds Region: Kentucky Clematis Daylilies Irises Region: United States of America
I will have to ask what you guys use for fertilizer or/and amendments!

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