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Apr 8, 2018 3:23 PM CST
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Birds Bromeliad Region: California Dog Lover Irises Region: Maryland
Now that the iris are beginning to open I'm shaking my head at the poor planning of my row of plants in the driveway. The order is Thrill Ride, La Fortune and then House Arrest. At the time of planting, I didn't check the photos closely (and besides, Sutton's catalog pic of Thrill Ride looks different from what I experienced). To my dismay, it looks like I planted 3 closely related siblings. Ugghhh...... Lesson learned, be more careful when planning and add contrast to the mix for a more visually appealing display.



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Apr 8, 2018 4:50 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
I've done some of the same things, but you can always move them, I know, just another chore to do.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Apr 8, 2018 5:23 PM CST
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Irises Region: New Mexico Region: Southwest Gardening Region: United States of America
Yep, same here.
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
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Apr 8, 2018 5:27 PM CST
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Irises Region: New Mexico Region: Southwest Gardening Region: United States of America
Yep, same here. I'm Kinda bad about mismatching.
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
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Apr 8, 2018 5:37 PM CST
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Birds Bromeliad Region: California Dog Lover Irises Region: Maryland
Thanks Tom and Elsa. Funny thing, I moved La Fortune from the side of the house high contrast iris display row to the driveway so I could add Tuscan summer to the high contrast row. I thought I was 'demoting' La Fortune to a less attractive location, and lo and behold I've learned that the driveway gets more sun than anywhere else! Yes Tom, I'm going to take your suggestion and move La Fortune and break up this party. Thrill Ride also will need to be dug up because the soil I added when I planted the rhizome had mustard seed which germinated and went gang busters (the misses loves mustard greens). I thought it was a good idea at the time, but the mustard plants got so big that the root systems are crowding the rhizomes. Hence, I'm going to dig up the rhizome and clean out the soil. And Tom, if you are still reading this, I have to send you a photo in about 1-2 weeks to show you how awesome Reckless Abandon is doing when the bloom stalk opens! Thank You!
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Apr 8, 2018 9:44 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
irregardless, of the similarly colored irises, richard they are beauties. Big Grin if there's space between them, you might interplant with other colored irises, or other lighter colored perennials to add different textural contrasts to what's already there? ( just a suggestion?)
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Apr 8, 2018 10:53 PM CST
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Birds Bromeliad Region: California Dog Lover Irises Region: Maryland
Thank You! Daphne. I'm going to move La Fortune since It has the weakest stalk growth of the three and it's in the center. But it certainly is a beauty. Now the big question, what to plant between Thrill Ride and House Arrest?

Perhaps Pumpkin Pie a la mode?


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Apr 9, 2018 3:54 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
Glad Reckless Abandon is growing well for you. It's a good grower here too.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Apr 9, 2018 9:03 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
Richard, your photo of Thrill Ride is seriously testing my vow of no more iris orders...for a while. Whistling
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Apr 9, 2018 10:23 AM CST
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Birds Bromeliad Region: California Dog Lover Irises Region: Maryland
Jan, I was initially disappointed when ThrillRide opened because I really wanted the orange standards like the Sutton photo. The newer blooms are showing more of the orange color, the blooms are very sweetly fragrant and the stems are good show stalks. And I apologize if I just made your decision harder! nodding
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Apr 9, 2018 2:02 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
That description would certainly make my choice harder! Hilarious!
"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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Apr 9, 2018 3:40 PM CST
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Birds Bromeliad Region: California Dog Lover Irises Region: Maryland
Leslie,
If I may throw some more 'chum' into the shark infested iris waters, I just took a picture of Highland Games and was overcome by the super sweet fragrance being emitted. Not as strong as going to an iris field with hundreds/ thousands of plants, but not too far off. And the bloom stalks are tall and sturdy. And to think, this was not an iris I ordered, but a replacement for Safari Sunset. Glad I didn't tell American Meadows I wouldn't accept the substitute. Hurray!


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Apr 9, 2018 3:41 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Love all three of them! Lovey dubby

How about Highland Games in between them?
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Apr 9, 2018 3:48 PM CST
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Birds Bromeliad Region: California Dog Lover Irises Region: Maryland
Excellent suggestion Rob (since they're all opening early at the same time)! I hope your rhizomes are starting to open. Thank You!
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Apr 10, 2018 10:11 AM CST
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Birds Bromeliad Region: California Dog Lover Irises Region: Maryland
Ny first PCI is starting to open Hurray! , and Mother Nature is going to rain on us this afternoon! Gee, she can be really cruel at times. Grumbling
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Apr 10, 2018 1:27 PM CST
Name: Ian McBeth
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
Try Naturalizing perennials! :)
Amaryllis Region: Nebraska Lilies Irises Hostas Foliage Fan
Daylilies Garden Photography Bulbs Butterflies Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Richard, I've never seen such irises with shades of pink purple and orange blended together. I have one that is very close to it though, but it has more blue in the center of the petals. I agree with UndertheSun, I like all three. Smiling
Not only people give others signs, but plants do too.
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Apr 11, 2018 9:09 PM CST
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
How about Rite of Spring between them? Of course you would want to check to make sure they bloom at about the same time.
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Or even if you would put a bright yellow between them to bring out the yellow beards in each of them.
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Apr 12, 2018 10:39 AM CST
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Birds Bromeliad Region: California Dog Lover Irises Region: Maryland
Well Sue, I don't have rite of spring, but if you think a yellow would go nicely then maybe Ruby Moon?




Or Desert Moth?



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Apr 18, 2018 8:41 AM CST
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
Desert Moth looks nice.

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Apr 18, 2018 9:22 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 like the last three groupings Sue. Do they bloom at the same time?
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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