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Apr 28, 2018 2:46 PM CST
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Nothing blooming yet, but buds are popping up all over the place in the dwarf beds! I think it will be another good year for little blooms Hurray! . This year I will be sharing my blooms, which still reside at my current house and I will also be documenting my journey with the garden to the new house. Saying that I am a little overwhelmed is an understatement, but I have faith that I can do it! The one thing that I am concerned about is hybridizing this year. I may have to take a year off since I can't see how to transport irises with stalks and not break them off or stress them out really badly. I may just focus on the dwarfs this time since I feel that it would be an easier transport with them. Any thoughts?

I hope to have some lovely pictures for you all real soon Lovey dubby
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Apr 28, 2018 3:18 PM CST
Sweden
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Well, you have a lot of work ahead and my thought is that you should not stress yourself out either, so taking a break from hybridizing might be a good idea for both the irises and yourself.
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Apr 28, 2018 4:29 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
I hope you have an army of helpers Liz. That's a massive task.
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Apr 28, 2018 4:53 PM CST
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
Annuals Irises Lilies Region: Northeast US Organic Gardener Peonies
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That's a good way to think about it William, I actually hadn't thought of the work that goes into it in general.

Robin, it's mostly just going to be me! Blinking My dad is going to prepare most of the 90 X 75 bed with the tractor so that will help a lot. I'm freaking out about the digging, dividing, labeling, trimming and replanting part though.
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Apr 28, 2018 5:21 PM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
Looking forward to your pictures, Liz!
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Apr 28, 2018 5:23 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
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Me too, Liz!
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Apr 28, 2018 6:18 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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I am impressed at your undertaking Liz but if anyone can do it you can. William is right cut out all the stress that you can and one thing will follow another. We will be rooting you on. Thumbs up
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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Apr 28, 2018 6:37 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
William said:Well, you have a lot of work ahead and my thought is that you should not stress yourself out either, so taking a break from hybridizing might be a good idea for both the irises and yourself.


Liz ~ I agree with William! You are going to have enough work to do. Maybe you do not recall your last move, but moving, even without irises is a very big job. As much as I enjoy all of your iris pictures, right now you need to focus on your moving and all that goes with it.

If you have the spare time to share pictures and post your progress, well that will be a bonus that we all will enjoy. Thank you for all that you contribute to the Iris Forum. Thank You!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Apr 28, 2018 7:20 PM CST
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
Annuals Irises Lilies Region: Northeast US Organic Gardener Peonies
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Thank you Bonnie for the encouragement, that means a lot Lovey dubby I'm going to hold off on the hybridizing, but it will be so tough! Making crosses is very fun in general...but not during a move.

Thank you Evelyn, you're too kind. I will definitely be posting pictures, but they may come slower than last year. It's something I really enjoy and I have to treat myself through all the chaos Smiling
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Apr 28, 2018 7:47 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
Liz ~ I understand. There are times that I feel the necessity to read every single post in all of the Iris Forum threads, when I have other things that I know I should be doing. I suppose that it wouldn't hurt to skip a day or two now and then. We all have busy lives, but at the end of the day I like to "catch up".

Some people are here more than others, but I notice a lot more members participating now that it is bloom time.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Apr 30, 2018 11:36 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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Looking forward to seeing many of your beauties Liz. I thought of you this morning because Burseeno Graphic is opening! Since you are the only other owner of said iris it should hopefully bloom for you too this year. Hurray!
"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 30, 2018 11:40 AM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
Oh, Leslie...please take a picture of Burseen Graphic when it blooms! Thank You!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Apr 30, 2018 2:17 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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A lot of paper bags of irises will be traveling to VT?
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Apr 30, 2018 2:44 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
evelyninthegarden said:Oh, Leslie...please take a picture of Burseeno Graphic when it blooms! Thank You!


Edited to correct the spell check. It didn't like Burseeno!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Apr 30, 2018 3:53 PM CST
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
Annuals Irises Lilies Region: Northeast US Organic Gardener Peonies
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Lestv said:Looking forward to seeing many of your beauties Liz. I thought of you this morning because Burseeno Graphic is opening! Since you are the only other owner of said iris it should hopefully bloom for you too this year. Hurray!


That is so exciting Leslie, can't wait to see your pictures!!!

Yes Lucy, lots and lots of bags, maybe even big boxes Blinking
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Apr 30, 2018 4:05 PM 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
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Well our Liz at least has youth on her side!! Thumbs up Good that your Dad can help too. Hope you have lots of time to make the move.
Irises are pretty sturdy. I'll bet your young son can handle some of the small stuff. How much of a drive is it from your old place to new?

Wish we could all help.
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Apr 30, 2018 6:19 PM CST
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
Annuals Irises Lilies Region: Northeast US Organic Gardener Peonies
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Jan, it's only 2 hours away, so that's not too bad. Unfortunately I hurt my knee a couple months ago and it has really been bothering me, but I think I'm going to buy myself a rolling garden chair and/or wear a brace. I don't know how I'll get through the next few months without Ibuprofin Thumbs down

Right now I'm working on dividing my pots of seedlings into individual smaller pots. My most productive cross was Caramel n Chocolate X Mysterioso with 24 sprouted seedlings. The rest had less than 10 each.
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Apr 30, 2018 6:31 PM 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
Sorry to hear of your knee problem, Liz.
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Apr 30, 2018 11:59 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
janwax said:Sorry to hear of your knee problem, Liz.


I agree Crying Sore knee, no fun! I suppose it can happen at any age. Yes, please do take care not to strain it. Group hug And with all you have to do.... Crossing Fingers!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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May 1, 2018 9:30 AM 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
Thank You! Jan and Evelyn. It should be better by now, I just haven't been taking care of it.

Only a couple days away from the first bloom Hurray! This is my lavender/blue MDB noid. I'm still holding on to the possibility that it's Marmot.

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