Irises forum: The best laid plans....

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Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
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lilpod13
Apr 8, 2018 3:23 PM CST
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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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Apr 8, 2018 4:50 PM CST
I've done some of the same things, but you can always move them, I know, just another chore to do.
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Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
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GreenIris
Apr 8, 2018 5:23 PM CST
Yep, same here.
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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GreenIris
Apr 8, 2018 5:27 PM CST
Yep, same here. I'm Kinda bad about mismatching.
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
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lilpod13
Apr 8, 2018 5:37 PM CST
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!
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Apr 8, 2018 9:44 PM CST
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?)
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
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lilpod13
Apr 8, 2018 10:53 PM CST
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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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Apr 9, 2018 3:54 AM CST
Glad Reckless Abandon is growing well for you. It's a good grower here too.
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Apr 9, 2018 9:03 AM CST
Richard, your photo of Thrill Ride is seriously testing my vow of no more iris orders...for a while. Whistling
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Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
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lilpod13
Apr 9, 2018 10:23 AM CST
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
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Apr 9, 2018 2:02 PM CST
That description would certainly make my choice harder! Hilarious!
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Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
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lilpod13
Apr 9, 2018 3:40 PM CST
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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UndertheSun
Apr 9, 2018 3:41 PM CST
Love all three of them! Lovey dubby

How about Highland Games in between them?
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Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
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lilpod13
Apr 9, 2018 3:48 PM CST
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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Name: Richard
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lilpod13
Apr 10, 2018 10:11 AM CST
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
Name: Ian McBeth
Lincoln NE (Zone 5b)
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SonoveShakespeare
Apr 10, 2018 1:27 PM CST
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
Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Apr 11, 2018 9:09 PM CST
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.


Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
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lilpod13
Apr 12, 2018 10:39 AM CST
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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Name: Sue Petruske
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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petruske
Apr 18, 2018 8:41 AM CST
Desert Moth looks nice.

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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Apr 18, 2018 9:22 AM CST
I like the last three groupings Sue. Do they bloom at the same time?
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