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May 26, 2018 1:30 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
What do you have growing in your iris garden or did you grow this year that stood out as a favorite for this year?

I have to admit that this clump was sent to me, (by Rob) so most likely guaranteed to bloom this season.

Not quite an historic, but almost....

Thornbird Monty Byers 1989

Honorable Mention 1991
Award of Merit 1993
John C. Wister Medal 1997
Dykes Memorial Medal 1997

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"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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May 26, 2018 2:20 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
It wasn't a clump, just a very happy and healthy rhizome of it. Green Grin!
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May 26, 2018 2:25 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
If you say so. Normally I would have broken it into several pieces, but now I am very pleased with what I see.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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May 26, 2018 2:32 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
A rhizome that was full of increases. Big Grin I'm glad you didn't break it apart. Thumbs up
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May 26, 2018 2:41 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
It is so congested. Won't that promote rot and slow down the growth? Or is it one that grows no matter what? Sorry, but I have never allowed my irises to clump until this year. Golden Panther is about to bloom.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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May 27, 2018 10:47 PM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
Rob, That was some beautiful rhizome.
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May 27, 2018 11:31 PM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Thornbird just doesn't do well for me.. Too bad, because I like it.
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
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May 27, 2018 11:47 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
@Henhouse

Sherry, I can send you some if you like (along with others).

This is a 1.5 year old clump of Thornbird. The rhizome in the photo above, was a 1 year old rhizome of TB.
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May 28, 2018 2:09 AM CST
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Daylilies Irises Vegetable Grower Moon Gardener Dog Lover
Bookworm Garden Photography Birds Pollen collector Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 1
So explain to me (because I also have some rhizomes with tightly packed small increases), what is the right thing to do with them? NOT divide them? Confused

Favorites this year (as mentioned on another thread, but I'll add pictures) - all new to me:


now blooming, gorgeous color


really beautiful


wonderful surface texture


nice color, contrasting beard that stands out, and alluring carnation-like fragrance


now blooming, simply nice


unexpectedly charismatic Hilarious!
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
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May 28, 2018 10:24 AM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Orchid Dove and Mayan Sunrise are already on my wish list. Lovey dubby

That's a tricky question on what do with your small increases. First let me say, without photos, it's hard to judge on what you're calling small and what you're calling crowded. Are they growing in pots, or in the ground? In our heat, I would fear those small increases may shrivel up and die in the upcoming 100+ degree heat. If it were up to me, I would leave them intact and either replant them in a bigger pot (if this is where you have them), or more preferably, plant them in the ground. Then divide them when those increases have better chances of surviving on their own.
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May 28, 2018 12:02 PM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
Beauties, Marilyn. Thumbs up
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May 28, 2018 12:05 PM CST
Name: Haley
South Carolina (Zone 8b)
Bookworm Garden Photography Cat Lover Daylilies Irises Region: South Carolina
Bloom season is over for me but one a few of my favorites were Sweet Latte, Grapenut and Cranfil's Gap.
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May 28, 2018 12:11 PM CST
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Daylilies Irises Vegetable Grower Moon Gardener Dog Lover
Bookworm Garden Photography Birds Pollen collector Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 1
Rob, these are all in #3 pots. When I got the irises last summer, they already had those small increases on them. In at least one case, one of those increases bloomed along with the mother rhizome. I can't really go to wider pots for the whole clump, and there is only so much ground space available here. (For one of these irises, it is never going to go into the ground, because I just don't like it! But I am loathe to just toss it; it is a newer iris and the club might want it (but I'd have to continue to grow it out if the increases are too small to survive right now).)

Your point about the upcoming heat is well taken, though. At least some irises are going into the ground this coming month. And I suppose some of the one gallon irises may get up-potted. I just have to decide who's going to get lucky.
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
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May 28, 2018 12:23 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
Polymerous said:So explain to me (because I also have some rhizomes with tightly packed small increases), what is the right thing to do with them? NOT divide them? Confused


Marilyn ~ I have been asking the same question.

I suppose if one has lots of room for growing irises, and can give each one a lot of space for growing, that would be a start. I don't know if clumps will form in one gallon pots, and if they did, they may be difficult to water and also to remove them.

Polymerous said:Favorites this year (as mentioned on another thread, but I'll add pictures) - all new to me:


now blooming, gorgeous color


really beautiful


wonderful surface texture


now blooming, simply nice.


Marilyn ~ These 4 are exceptionally beautiful.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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May 28, 2018 12:24 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
You can always dig them up and cut the Mother rhizome in half (lengthwise). Let that would really scab over and replant the now two Mother Rhizomes and her small babies in 2 pots.

I'll go check if I have a NoID growing like that to show you an example of. Poor NoIDs, they always get experimented on. Green Grin!
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May 28, 2018 12:37 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
UndertheSun said:I'll go check if I have a NoID growing like that to show you an example of. Poor NoIDs, they always get experimented on. Green Grin!


Heh, heh... Whistling
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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May 28, 2018 1:12 PM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Thornbird is my avatar and is a favorite.

This year, the ones that have stood out the most are Iduna...

Wyomissing
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Starship
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Lent A. Williamson

And lastly, my most favorite this year, Gypsy Queen. She has spread quite a bit, is a CUTIE, has a long bloom time, and makes me smile.
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May 28, 2018 8:42 PM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Mayan Sunset is one that rotted Crying I'll have to go look and see if any that I salvaged survived...

Starship is really lovely, Celia..and I lie all the historics, of course Big Grin
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
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May 29, 2018 12:31 AM 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:Orchid Dove and Mayan Sunrise are already on my wish list. Lovey dubby

Im able to grant your Orchid Dove wishes Smiling
Mayan Sunrise is looking too weak atm -- strengthening but only slowly
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May 29, 2018 12:42 AM 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
.... one of my standouts was Blyth's Fine Drop -- (Blyth '12)
superbly formed with great size and substance -- yeah, its PURPLE ...... but its enough out of the ordinary to impress me. Good increaser to so plenty for trading Smiling
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