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Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 20, 2021 12:19 AM CST
I have several notebooks. I have a master list, lists of what I receive from vendors and people. And which ones I share. Maps of where everything is. A database on my computer, and also on garden.org homepage. A list every year of when what blooms. A list of my crosses, and eventually pictures of them. Each year I start a new notebook, but use the old ones too.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
Apr 20, 2021 8:38 AM CST
Evelyn, you are VERY organized! WOW!
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Apr 20, 2021 4:42 PM CST
Glendolyn - There are some good examples of record keeping in this old thread....
The thread "do you keep a log/catalog of your irises" in Irises forum
Name: Ian McBeth
Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b)
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SonoveShakespeare
Apr 21, 2021 11:06 AM CST
The majority of iris I own are TBs. However here are the following varieties of iris I have:

3 kinds of Siberian irises (2 are NOIDs)
About 2 dozen DB's
A few bearded that are possibly Intermediates (IBs). Heights between DBs and IBs fool me a little.
Candy Lily seedlings (grown from bee pods off of the only Candy Lily I owned. Got it as a gift from my stepmother. Sadly I lost it and a few other TBs when I had my yard trenched for the city water line 2 years ago.)




Not only people give others signs, but plants do too.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 21, 2021 7:21 PM CST
SDB height is 7 to 15 inches. IBs go up to 26".
Name: Timothy
NE Oregon (Zone 7b)
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TBManOR
Nov 3, 2021 8:08 PM CST
2021 was SUPPOSED to be the year of the big purge .......... um -- uh............. didn't happen. I did manage to do a slight whittling away and im "back down" to a 1,000 varieties or so. Now i have a burgeoning number of seedlings im having to row out and plant. Got plenty of space, just no time or energy. :(
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Nov 3, 2021 8:39 PM CST
@tbmanor,

I work be interested in some of you get rid of some or know someone getting rid of a collection.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Nov 4, 2021 9:02 AM CST
Some of our median plants have been sent to daughters' gardens in OH, WA & MN. Also a couple historics 'The Black Douglas' & one plant of ' Chivalry' John's & my median introductions have been sent to 2 of their gardens.. We are looking for John's SDB 'Tyrian Velvet' & pumila Suslik.
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Nov 4, 2021 9:18 AM CST
Currently I have 19. It's only cause I'm starting over, but looking at about 100 when I get them all, maybe more depending if I see more I like.
Name: Ratchet
Southeastern AZ (Zone 8b)
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ratchet
Nov 4, 2021 2:39 PM CST
I have 14 named varieties and 52 total iris.
I have a fine collection of noids from different sources. I choose Iris based on the photo. I found one noid, a purple/red crimson that I can't find anywhere else, that particular color. I hope it blooms true to the photo.


Name: Wheezy
Cincinnati (Zone 6a)
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MamaFan
Nov 5, 2021 6:27 AM CST
I've got 21 types. Lots of dupes.

Might be 22, as I'm supposed to have "Harvest Moon," but I can't find her.
The Allergic Gardener salutes all of you wheezing on your hands and knees in the garden for love of your flowers.
Name: Wheezy
Cincinnati (Zone 6a)
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MamaFan
Nov 5, 2021 6:33 AM CST
irisarian said:Some of our median plants have been sent to daughters' gardens in OH, WA & MN.


Hey if your girl is near Cincinnati, maybe invite her on the forum, and might be we can rhizome swap. Sadly, the nearest iris group to me seems to be 2.5 hours away. Oh, there's one in Cleveland though, seems like, if she's up on the lake and into all this. (So to speak)
The Allergic Gardener salutes all of you wheezing on your hands and knees in the garden for love of your flowers.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Nov 5, 2021 10:02 AM CST
She is west of Cleveland, & is treasurer of the theraputic horse organization where her daughter is barn manager; enough on her plate right now. She doesn't have much garden room & is helping save our median introductions.
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Nov 12, 2021 7:41 AM CST
I just found this thread this morning. I have around 290 Iris although a few are duplicates, a Siberian, and many NOID. I mostly have TB's and thanks to some members here, they have helped me increase my TB's by sharing some of theirs. This past year I shared some of my Iris with others on NGA. I also have shared my Iris with a friend who loves the fragrant rebloomers. I first started out with a NOID purple Siberian and a NOID yellow ditch Iris. Then a friend gave me some NOID fragrand TB white reblooming, NOID TB 2-toned purple and some NOID SDB purple Iris. My first named TB and SDB Iris that I purchased was in 2016. That is when the Iris Virus hit me. Hilarious!
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Name: Glendolyn
San Antonio, Texas (Zone 8b)
Region: Texas Irises
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glendolyn
Nov 13, 2021 1:36 PM CST
Jeanne, Welcome!
I am curious to learn the name of your fragrant re-bloomer if you know it.
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Nov 13, 2021 8:53 PM CST
It is a white TB Iris. I was told that it is very similar to TB 'Immortality". But I have not gotten that one to compare it with. It is an early bloomer and re-blooms and is fragrant.
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Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
Nov 13, 2021 10:21 PM CST
There are loads of fragrant rebloomers in this site's iris database. You can query it for fragrance attributes and rebloomng combined, and look at the list of results. If you want, you can also narrow the search by other parameters like awards or color.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams

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