Irises forum: 2018 iris wish list

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Name: Richard or Shawn
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Jul 3, 2018 9:21 AM CST
I was thinking this morning what irises would I like to have since i lost a bunch. My list is:

Sheer Ectasy
Dynamite
Rio rojo
Celtic harp
Edgefield glow
Immortality
Strawberry frosting
strawberry shake
Blueberry bliss
Gypsy romancs
Lovely senorita
Copper classic
Draculas kiss
Babbling brook
Lark ascending
Bewitchment.

What would be on your list
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 3, 2018 9:45 AM CST
Richard ~ Are you feeling well enough to work in your garden? Or will you be potting the new ones until it cools off and planting them later? Group hug
“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
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Richard or Shawn
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Jul 3, 2018 9:59 AM CST
Evelyn, i would be potting them till it cools off in or around October. This will give me time to prepare the beds.
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Jul 3, 2018 7:45 PM CST
I've narrowed this down to my top 6...




If you asked me again on another day, I'm sure my list would be different.

**Update** - I've checked out more photos of Sassy Tart and it doesn't look as good as it does in the NGA photo, so I am removing it from my must have list.
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (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
Jul 4, 2018 12:29 AM CST
creativeclover said:Evelyn, i would be potting them till it cools off in or around October. This will give me time to prepare the beds.


Good idea! Thumbs up
“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
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
Vegetable Grower Birds Region: United States of America
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gardenglassgems
Oct 2, 2018 6:12 AM CST
I would be interested in any Iris that you are thinking about thinning out or throwing. I have several now spread throughout my flower beds but would like to dedicate an area just to Iris. I would be willing to pay for rhizomes and for shipping.
Here is a list of some TB that I had gotten 2 years ago, June 2016.
Samurai Warrior
Spinning Wheel
Fanfaron
Laurel Park
Lavender Park
Champagne Waltz
Splash of Raspberry
Trans Orange
Xanthippe's Halo
Thornbird
Victoria Falls
Cinnamon Girl
Decadence
Glowing Smile

I also have a few SDB that are doing great.
At this point I am not fussy. I love them all.
Thank you for your consideration.
Jeanne Delaney (gardenglassgems)
Lansing, IA
Yard decor, repurposing, and flowers,
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (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
Oct 2, 2018 10:39 AM CST
Jeanne ~ It is too late to be sending irises to you in your area. Send me a tree mail now, for next year's wants. If I have them to spare I will send for postage. Just look at my "have list:. I don't know which ones will multiply faster than others.
“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
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
Vegetable Grower Birds Region: United States of America
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gardenglassgems
Oct 2, 2018 7:40 PM CST
Hi Evelyn,
I follow your "What did you do in the Iris garden today" forum everyday. I don't comment very often. I have been making lists of Iris' by color, by the names that you name your beds and so on. The Iris' are all so beautiful. I had several perish due to rot and got somewhat discouraged until I read that most of you Iris lovers also have that problem at one time or another. I really would like to start an Iris bed in this area of my garden that has NOID white Iris along the back fence and a row of purple NOID Iris somewhat in the center. This year I had potatoes and onions in part of it and my vining vegetables in the front.
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The area I am talking about is behind the tree and to the right where the playground is which is now gone.
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Thank you so much for replying to my comment. I will be looking forward to next year and the beginning of my new Iris bed. Where is the best place that you have found to order Iris online? I was checking into that this morning.
Thanks,
Jeanne Delaney
Lansing, Iowa
Yard decor, repurposing, and flowers,
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
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UndyingLight
Oct 2, 2018 9:04 PM CST
I wish I could trade you named varieties, but unfortunately, all my named varieties were planted not even two months ago. I do have plenty of noids though that are quite nice if ya might like some. They look old and most have been closely resembling old historics.

Most iris vendors are done for the season like popular vendors like Superstition, Schriener's and more, but, there are a few iris sites still in business, but that time is very quickly running out. If you want to get in a quick order, you may have to be fast.
Winterberry Iris Gardens (Cross Junction, VA) is shipping until October 15th.
http://winterberryirises.com/
I actually purchased from this company and they were very friendly and sent me exactly what I wanted, and a few extras for no extra charge. The rhizomes were all very healthy too.

Argyle Acres (Wautoma, Wisconsin) - I do not know if it is open or not for iris orders, but there is no indication that orders are finished for the year that I see. Shrug!
http://www.shop.argyleacres.co...

Eagle Ridge Iris - (Billings, Montana) - Also unsure if open or not, but hey, it is worth a shot.
http://www.eagleridgeiris.com/...

I've looked far and wide, and I tried to give you a little list of iris vendors still selling. The only one I know for certain is still selling is Winterberry Iris Gardens. Most vendors reopen for iris sale after the bloom season, so, around June through August. Maybe you can catch a few orders then? Save up! You might find quite a lot you like! Whistling

Even still, if you cannot make a purchase, there are still several folks here that I am sure would not mind sending in a late box. Shrug! Good luck with your iris hunting and planting! Thumbs up
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
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evelyninthegarden
Oct 2, 2018 10:04 PM CST
Jeanne ~ At the top of the list of threads in the Irises Forum is a huge list of vetted vendors. But personally, if I lived in zone 5, I do not think that it is recommended that you plant irises this late, since they must have time to get established before winter sets in. When is your first frost? I'll let others advise you that live in colder zones than I do, as they are more knowledgeable about the garden conditions in your zone.

Maybe Tom @tveguy3 or Arlyn @crowrita1 might have some good advice regarding this matter.
“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
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Oct 3, 2018 6:48 AM CST
I have planted as late as the end of September, but, personally, I wouldn't plant even that late, if It wasn't "an emergency situation". The plants need, at least in my soil, at least a month of "good growing" before things shut down for winter, and, as you know, Zone 5 is "very unlikely" to get that. I have had pretty good luck with August planted (which seems to be when a lot of vendors ship) but, "June & July" works a lot better...yeah, it's hot and dry, but , a person can always stretch out the hose Shrug! . There are also a few vendors who will "spring ship", and that has worked well for me, too.
http://www.cynthiasirisgarden....

I have the best luck, by potting the new arrivals, and only "transplanting them" into the beds after they have made a good root system. Being in pots, it's easy to move them to a "half-day" of shade situation, when it gets *really* hot.
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
Vegetable Grower Birds Region: United States of America
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gardenglassgems
Oct 3, 2018 7:33 PM CST
Thanks Evelyn, I think I will order a few from Winterberry Gardens. Next time I will wait until the Iris are done blooming before getting more.

@crowrita1 Thanks Aryln for your help and precious experience. I will plant these in pots and keep them outside as long as possible before it turns too cold for them. I can keep them under lights if need be so they can develop their roots. I know I really should have waited until June or July but it is hard to control anxiousness. D'Oh! Grumbling Hopefully it will work out okay. I'm going to order 8 new ones. So I won't have that many to pot up and care for. My new ones are:
Carter Spring
Doctor Dark
Enchanted Mesa
Hook
In your Dreams
Lady Glenna
Lady Laree
Horatio

There are so many beautiful Iris, it was really hard to pick but I tried to stay with Violet and white this time. Plus they were pretty reasonable in price. Hurray!
Yard decor, repurposing, and flowers,
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (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
Oct 3, 2018 8:52 PM CST
Jeanne ~ I know how frustrating it is to wait. I should have done all this iris gardening 20 or 30 years ago, when I had more vim and vinegar! Now I am old and am looking forward to spring and new irises....well, I got almost all of them planted. There are a small few that need to go in pots and flower beds.

Jeanne, that is a nice order. I especially like Doctor Dark and Enchanted Mesa.

Good luck and let us know how this all turns out. Crossing Fingers! Thumbs up
“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
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Oct 3, 2018 9:36 PM CST
you peaked my curiosity, jeanne, so i had to look them up. Hilarious!

Carter Spring. :
Doctor Dark.
Enchanted Mesa
Hook
In your Dreams
Lady Glenna
Lady Laree
Horatio

a very lovely start to a new world of Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
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UndyingLight
Oct 3, 2018 11:16 PM CST
Yay! Happy that you were able to purchase some irises. I hope they do well for you. In Your Dreams looks fantastic, as does Enchanted Mesa. They all will be awesome additions to your garden! Lovey dubby Hurray!
Dolly the chicken thinks my head is food!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (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
Oct 4, 2018 11:34 AM CST
Yes, there are still some irises that I want to grow. However, I can wait until I cull a few, as there is no more "room at the inn"!

Act Surprised


Add It Up (SDB) - I could probably find room for this one....


Alabaster Unicorn - Isn't this a beauty? And do I need another white???


Alakazam - Isn't this magnificent?


Ambroisie _ Celia, how pretty they look with the roses!




“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
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises
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AndreaD
Oct 4, 2018 1:31 PM CST
Act Surprised is certainly a pretty one. How have I never seen that one before? It tempts me, but I already have five or six pink/lavender bicolors. Hmm. Whistling
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (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
Oct 4, 2018 2:42 PM CST
Andrea ~ Yes, I understand. None of these are "must haves"! Just some that I admire. I cannot possibly get everything that I admire, nor would I want to! Don't we all like to look at pretty flowers?

“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
(This seems to apply to May as well!)
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises
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AndreaD
Oct 4, 2018 6:25 PM CST
evelyninthegarden said: Don't we all like to look at pretty flowers?



We certainly do! Hurray!
Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
Oct 5, 2018 12:04 PM CST
Evelyn-
I tried Alakazam...along with about 8 other Arilbreds this year. I think one made it and it's struggling. Nothing wrong with the rhizomes when I got them, this was all "operator error". I hope you have better luck!

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