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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
May 26, 2018 1:30 PM CST
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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“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
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UndertheSun
May 26, 2018 2:20 PM CST
It wasn't a clump, just a very happy and healthy rhizome of it. Green Grin!
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
May 26, 2018 2:25 PM CST
If you say so. Normally I would have broken it into several pieces, but now I am very pleased with what I see.

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
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UndertheSun
May 26, 2018 2:32 PM CST
A rhizome that was full of increases. Big Grin I'm glad you didn't break it apart. Thumbs up
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
May 26, 2018 2:41 PM CST
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.

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
May 27, 2018 10:47 PM CST
Rob, That was some beautiful rhizome.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
May 27, 2018 11:31 PM CST
Thornbird just doesn't do well for me.. Too bad, because I like it.
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UndertheSun
May 27, 2018 11:47 PM CST
@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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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
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Polymerous
May 28, 2018 2:09 AM CST
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!
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
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UndertheSun
May 28, 2018 10:24 AM CST
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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AndreaD
May 28, 2018 12:02 PM CST
Beauties, Marilyn. Thumbs up
Name: Haley
South Carolina
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aikenforflowers
May 28, 2018 12:05 PM CST
Bloom season is over for me but one a few of my favorites were Sweet Latte, Grapenut and Cranfil's Gap.
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
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Polymerous
May 28, 2018 12:11 PM CST
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.
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
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evelyninthegarden
May 28, 2018 12:23 PM CST
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.

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
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UndertheSun
May 28, 2018 12:24 PM CST
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!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
May 28, 2018 12:37 PM CST
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

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
Name: Celia
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Zencat
May 28, 2018 1:12 PM CST
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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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
May 28, 2018 8:42 PM CST
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

When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
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TBMan
May 29, 2018 12:31 AM CST
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

Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
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TBMan
May 29, 2018 12:42 AM CST
.... 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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