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Name: Joshua
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Zone 10b)
Köppen Climate Zone Cfb
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Australis
Jul 12, 2018 1:32 AM CST

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Well, after a quick count, I have: 24 named cultivars, 3 possibly identified NOIDs, 4 NOIDs and 1 species. This is not likely to increase much at present due to space limitations. Some day I hope my wife and I will have a larger property with more room for gardens!
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The current profile image is that of Iris 'Volcanic Glow'.
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
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Polymerous
Jul 12, 2018 2:39 AM CST
According to what is listed on my plant list (that does not take into account what will be leaving the garden, and maybe not everything that is going to shortly come into the garden - certainly not including gift plants), I have:

7 SDBs
5 IBs
5 BBs
183 TBs (with more on order) Blinking

7 PCIs (plus 1 that is possibly a species but more likely another PC hybrid) with more on order (which I'll probably kill off Rolling my eyes. )

1 Iris confusa ('Chengdu')
1 Iris japonica hybrid ('Nada')

3 Iris japonica

3 Iris louisiana (2 may go; the other has permanently established itself down in the creek, where I don't have to fuss with it)
1 Iris siberica (purple NOID put in by landscaper in a shady area D'Oh! )

and 2 TB seedlings.

All of this, in addition to over 130 daylilies and an uncertain number of daylily seedlings (currently well over 100, for sure)
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Dachsylady86
Jul 12, 2018 10:50 AM CST
I have over 1300 now, not counting seedlings. Also, did I mention that I had 0 irises 4 years ago Blinking
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jul 12, 2018 11:01 AM CST
Well Liz - you did go on quite a buying binge...... Big Grin And were rewarded with an awful lot of nice blooms this year. Hope they haven't increased too much since you have to move them.....tell them to store up the increases until after they are moved. (Well, if they bloom after you threaten to boot them they must listen to us, right? Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing )
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Pollen collector Dog Lover
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Polymerous
Jul 12, 2018 11:35 AM CST
Holy cow, Liz, and I thought that * I * had gone nuts! Blinking
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
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creativeclover
Jul 12, 2018 1:05 PM CST
Liz is gonna be under the influence of the rhizome. If caught it's 2 weeks of watching nothing but irises of the world jungles

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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 12, 2018 4:46 PM CST
Dachsylady86 said:I have over 1300 now, not counting seedlings. Also, did I mention that I had 0 irises 4 years ago Blinking


WOW! No, you didn't! All that in 4 years? 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
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Pollen collector Dog Lover
Moon Gardener Irises Heucheras Vegetable Grower Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Polymerous
Jul 12, 2018 9:49 PM CST
Evelyn! Stop encouraging her!
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 12, 2018 11:06 PM CST
Haha! She did all THAT without my encouragement. 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: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
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TBMan
Jul 13, 2018 1:01 AM CST
Dachsylady86 said:I have over 1300 now, not counting seedlings. Also, did I mention that I had 0 irises 4 years ago Blinking


..... took me 15 years to accumulate that many. Reducing WAS to be my goal this year, but the 200 additional varieties this year boosted my total inventory back up over 1000+
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 13, 2018 11:37 AM CST
Timothy ~ I don't see you reducing your inventory any time soon. What will you do about all those increases? Especially if, like you said, you are not going to sell anymore, just trade. That does not reduce your inventory. You will have to have special sales, donations and/ or giveaways every year...or , "keep on digging"! nodding

Oh, that's right! You are breeding, too...more digging....

“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
South central PA (Zone 6a)
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DaveinPA
Jul 15, 2018 7:08 PM CST
I "only" have 344 in my current list, but have to adjust for the 46 I sent to the HIPS sale, so around 298 at this point with an unknown number still to arrive. Being in a housing development I tend to keep them somewhat hidden as lawns are expected, so most are in rear or south side of house with some sprinkled into the front beds of azalea, rhodo, holly, burning bush, clematis and daylilies. There are maybe 3 noids in that bunch. All are bearded of various sizes. The rear lawn needs shrinking!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jul 16, 2018 3:26 AM CST
@DaveinPA

Grass is overrated, Dave--check it out: Big Grin

What my (front) yard looked like in 2008:
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In 2017
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In 2018 (partial)
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It’s okay to not know all the answers.
WA (Zone 8b)
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Rebekah
Jul 16, 2018 3:28 AM CST
Hilarious!
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Jul 16, 2018 6:17 AM CST
Ya' got that right, Debra:

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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Jul 16, 2018 6:43 AM CST
Big Grin Arlyn
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Jul 16, 2018 12:35 PM CST
👍🏻👍🏻arlyn and debra.
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
Jul 16, 2018 2:51 PM CST
Arlyn, Debra and Dave 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
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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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frankrichards16
Jul 17, 2018 6:12 PM CST
I have ~110 Iris, until last year most were Japanese and Siberian. Now I have grown a beard:)

Iris, Iris BB 'Bullwinkle', Iris BB 'Flo', Iris BB 'Waters Of Miraba', Iris ensata 'Center Of Attention', Iris ensata 'Classical Charm', Iris ensata 'Crystal Halo', Iris ensata 'Dragon Mane', Iris ensata 'Enchanted Island', Iris ensata 'First Act', Iris ensata 'Flashing Koi', Iris ensata 'Freckled Peacock', Iris ensata 'Greywoods Antique Blush', Iris ensata 'Greywoods Gypsy Plumes', Iris ensata 'Greywoods Mulberry Cascade', Iris ensata 'Greywoods Vanity Fair', Iris ensata 'Lake Effect', Iris ensata 'Luxor Temple', Iris ensata 'Pinkerton', Iris ensata 'Satozakura', Iris ensata 'Second Wave', Iris ensata 'Silverband', Iris ensata 'Tideline', Iris ensata 'Upson Downs', Iris ensata 'Vintners Pride', Iris ensata 'Wave Action', Iris ensata 'Yamanobe', Iris ensata 'You Won', Iris IB 'Constant Companion', Iris IB 'Mans Best Friend', Iris IB 'Pan For Gold', Iris louisiana 'Michigan Belle', Iris pseudata 'Chance Beauty', Iris pseudata 'Kinshikou', Iris pseudata 'Kinshikou' (Golden Monkey), Iris pseudata 'Kurokawa Noh', Iris pseudata 'Okagami', Iris pseudata 'Phantom Island', Iris pseudata 'Phantom Island', Iris pseudata 'Tsukiyono', Iris pseudata 'Yukiyanagi', Iris SDB 'Ahwahnee Princess', Iris SDB 'Dark Crystal', Iris SDB 'Stitch Witch', Iris sibirica 'Blueberry Fair', Iris sibirica 'Butter And Sugar', Iris sibirica 'Caesar's Brother', Iris sibirica 'Charming Billy', Iris sibirica 'Charming Billy', Iris sibirica 'Coronation Anthem', Iris sibirica 'Dirigo Indigo', Iris sibirica 'First Frost', Iris sibirica 'First Frost', Iris sibirica 'Fishermans Morning', Iris sibirica 'G3', Iris sibirica 'GeeOne', Iris sibirica 'GeeOne', Iris sibirica 'Golden Edge', Iris sibirica 'Gull's Wing', Iris sibirica 'Handsome Harry', Iris sibirica 'Imperial Opal', Iris sibirica 'Jennasee', Iris sibirica 'Jiggles', Iris sibirica 'Jiggles', Iris sibirica 'Joyce Cole', Iris sibirica 'King of Kings', Iris sibirica 'Lavender Bounty', Iris sibirica 'Lavender Fair', Iris sibirica 'Miss Apple', Iris sibirica 'Neptunes Gold', Iris sibirica 'Rosy Bows', Iris sibirica 'Shall We Dance', Iris sibirica 'Simon Says', Iris sibirica 'Sprinkles', Iris sibirica 'Steve', Iris sibirica 'Steve', Iris sibirica 'Strawberry Fair', Iris sibirica 'Sultans Ruby', Iris sibirica 'Trim The Velvet', Iris sibirica 'Tumble Bug', Iris sibirica 'unknown', Iris sibirica 'Vorhies', Iris spuria 'Golden Lady', Iris spuria 'Lemon Dilemma', Iris TB 'Alpine Butterfly', Iris TB 'Alpine Harmony', Iris TB 'Arctic Fox', Iris TB 'Bianca Micheletta', Iris TB 'Bridal Icing', Iris TB 'Catwalk Queen', Iris TB 'Christmas Eve', Iris TB 'Delta Lady', Iris TB 'Destined To Dance', Iris TB 'Drifting', Iris TB 'Fancy A Flutter', Iris TB 'Fortunata', Iris TB 'He Man', Iris TB 'Heavens Reply', Iris TB 'Highland Lord', Iris TB 'Legerdemain', Iris TB 'Magical', Iris TB 'Navajo Code', Iris TB 'Obi Wan Kenobi', Iris TB 'Show Your Colours', Iris TB 'Smokin', Iris TB 'Stars And Stripes Forever', Iris TB 'Stop Flirting', Iris TB 'Valentino', Iris TB 'White', Iris TB 'Wonders Never Cease'
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
Jul 17, 2018 7:38 PM CST
I think I have around 450 different ones but not huge clumps of every one. I have TBs, BBs, IBs, sdbs, LAs, Sibs, Species and tectorums. Only about half of them bloomed this year but it was a weird year. Some that have not bloomed in about 4 years showed up and some that bloom every year did not.

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