Irises forum: After well nigh 50 years of growing iris ..................

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Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Irises Bulbs Region: United States of America Region: Pacific Northwest Plant and/or Seed Trader Dahlias
Garden Photography Salvias Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hybridizer Region: Oregon
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TBMan
Jun 9, 2018 11:06 AM CST
.... im becoming increasingly enchanted with the Medians -- SDBs in particular. Odd how long it takes for some people (me) to change their old (yeah, me too) habits.
But, dang it, -- I spendt my iris budget this year, on my must have TBs. I need some encouragement me to keep my newly budded (pun intended) iris interest alive. Share with me your median stories and successes (as pertaining to median iris). I'd love to hear them. :)
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jun 9, 2018 11:11 AM CST
Timothy ~ I wonder if Bonnie had anything to do with it. She is quite the "little" enabler! nodding
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
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evelyninthegarden
Jun 9, 2018 11:13 AM CST
Full disclosure: I actually ordered a few this year! nodding
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Irises Bulbs Region: United States of America Region: Pacific Northwest Plant and/or Seed Trader Dahlias
Garden Photography Salvias Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hybridizer Region: Oregon
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TBMan
Jun 9, 2018 11:13 AM CST
evelyninthegarden said:Timothy ~ I wonder if Bonnie had anything to do with it. She is quite the "little" enabler! nodding

very well could be -- I follow/read her forum posts regularly
.... right now im "pseudo mad" at Dachsylady -- loving her IB pict posts Rolling on the floor laughing
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(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jun 9, 2018 11:33 AM CST
This year, Bonnie and Liz are sharing the blame on my growing love for the little ones. Glare
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Irises Bulbs Region: United States of America Region: Pacific Northwest Plant and/or Seed Trader Dahlias
Garden Photography Salvias Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hybridizer Region: Oregon
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TBMan
Jun 9, 2018 11:35 AM CST
... and I have you to thank, UndertheSun for "Toast of the Town"
I think its beautiful, many the ones I've received from you are doing extremely well.
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
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evelyninthegarden
Jun 9, 2018 11:36 AM CST
Liz has surely jumped onto "Bonnie's Bandwagon"! nodding
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jun 9, 2018 11:41 AM CST
That's great to hear they're growing well for you Timothy! Thumbs up I hope this years box grows just as well, if not better.

Before I could just point the finger at Bonnie....now it takes two hands. Share the love, share the blame, you're beautiful little irises are driving me insane.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jun 9, 2018 11:57 AM CST
I even made a few crosses to MTB's this year. It's nice how quickly they bloom from seeds not such a long turn around like TB's. But it's harder to make the crosses with my old eyes and those tiny blooms. Hilarious! Whistling Glare
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
Jun 9, 2018 12:53 PM CST
I have added some IB's and some MTB's too. Blaming all the same people. They are cute and take up less room. But once I get down on the ground to admire them......it sure takes more time and effort to get back up again! Crying D'Oh! D'Oh!
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
Irises Bulbs Region: United States of America Region: Pacific Northwest Plant and/or Seed Trader Dahlias
Garden Photography Salvias Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hybridizer Region: Oregon
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TBMan
Jun 9, 2018 12:58 PM CST
Snork said:I have added some IB's and some MTB's too. Blaming all the same people. They are cute and take up less room. But once I get down on the ground to admire them......it sure takes more time and effort to get back up again! Crying D'Oh! D'Oh!


lol -- you made me spill my coffee on my keyboard laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
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Polymerous
Jun 9, 2018 3:16 PM CST
Some of the little ones sure have gorgeous color patterns, but they just don't seem to fit in here (other than in pots (which I am trying to downsize), or maybe on top of a retaining wall).
Evaluating a reblooming diploid daylily seedling
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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urania1
Jun 9, 2018 5:37 PM CST
I like IBs and BBS although I only have of each. Last year was the first time I ordered SDBs. Only 7 of the 17 I ordered bloomed this year although none died. I have ordered some this year despite being a bit dubious about how well they will do for me. So coming later this summer, the following SDBs:

Autumn Jester
Capiche
Crystal Ship
Flaming Lips
Gift of Gab
Jeweler's Art
Love Bites
Oh Canada
Pixie Power
Quench
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Jun 10, 2018 3:37 AM CST
I read in a Tempo Two catalog that Barry Blyth very rarely hybridizes medians (BBs and IBs I think it was) because their children often have flowers that are a disproportionate size for the height. You get large flowers on a short stem or small flowers on a tall stem. I am choosing to ignore this advice as I am just trying to create an iris with colours and patterns that appeal to me.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jun 10, 2018 3:47 AM CST
I ordered Costume Jewelry from Keith Keppel this year. Can't wait to see it.
http://www.keithkeppeliris.com...

scroll down to the smaller irises area to see it.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Jun 10, 2018 4:11 AM CST
Nice gold beard against that dark blue, Tom. Smiling
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Jun 10, 2018 4:55 AM CST
Yes, I thought it was unique.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jun 10, 2018 7:05 AM CST
Robin - that is interesting to hear because I love Blyth's medians. I snatch them up when I can find them since they are very hard to get in the states.

I have only myself to blame for deciding to buy, and keep buying, IB's, BB's and MTB's. They are fascinating. SDB's were the very second iris order I made. It was one of Schreiner's Tiny Tots offerings where you pick ten out of thirty or so offered (in catalog only). As soon as Smart, Guise, and Ninja Turtles opened I was hooked. And while I blame Bonnie for introducing me to many more, I really have to blame the Tommy boxes more because every SDB I have gotten from Wisconsin has become a stellar grower in my garden.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
Cat Lover Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Jun 10, 2018 10:02 AM CST
Ah, Leslie...always looking for someone to blame.... Whistling

(Well, I suppose that Bonnie and Liz won't mind taking the blame.)

Isn't it the irises fault, for being so beautiful? nodding

Oh yeah, and Lucy, too!

Maybe Lucy can get some help with her computer. Lucy, have you put yours into the database?
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jun 10, 2018 10:09 AM CST
We mainly grow SDBs & have done so for years. Love to see others catching on.

Can't get them from my computer files over here. Just don't have the skill, but I have introduced several.

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