Irises forum: How many varieties of iris do you grow?

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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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evelyninthegarden
Aug 18, 2018 8:17 AM CST
Liz ~ There are a couple of members here that would like some extra irises to build up their collection, so they are my first choice. I have already sent some to a friend of mine. I will go through them and have to make some decisions.

Marilyn ~ I know what you mean. But I have a finite amount of space and even less energy. I need to save room for seedlings as well. So some I will probably just toss out. It has to be done. It will happen when the seedlings grow as well.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

Beverly Sills, born May 25, 1929, died July 2, 2007
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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evelyninthegarden
Aug 18, 2018 8:23 AM CST
I suppose that we should start making lists of ones that we don't want and see if members want them. Some, just a couple, of members sent me ones that I did not request.

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

Beverly Sills, born May 25, 1929, died July 2, 2007
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Aug 18, 2018 5:01 PM CST
I always plant my bonuses and wait for them to bloom before deciding whether they stay or go.

Welcome! Monty. I don't know whether to call you Monty or Jack but I chose Monty because it is less common.
I think you will easily be able to expand on how many different irises you have by reducing the number of rhizomes you have of some of your others. Thumbs up

Is it possible that your NoID was sold to you under a different name? I think amoenas are genetically recessive (does anyone know?) which would make it less likely to be a seedling, but not impossible.

I had a quick look for potential matches and the closest I found is Gay Paree.
https://davesgarden.com/guides...
The only way to identity your NoID for certain is to purchase the iris you think it may be and grow it next to your NoID to check that everything is the same.

Good luck with your search Crossing Fingers!
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
Irises Region: Virginia Keeper of Poultry Cat Lover Garden Procrastinator
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UndyingLight
Aug 18, 2018 5:59 PM CST
Thanks for the welcome, Robin!

You about just nailed it I think. I do not understand how I missed that as I was just on Dave's Garden and I scrolled by without even noticing...If I had, I would have immediately clicked on it. Rolling my eyes.

I will certainly have to purchase 'Gay Paree' to match it with this noid I have. They look extremely similar - It still fits this "old-fashioned" 50s-60s-70s feel that most of my other noids have looked like (As in, the closest without confirmation irises that look like the ones I have - they have all been from around the 40s-60s and even earlier for some).

I really like 'Gay Paree,' and if it turns out that this noid of mine is Gay Paree, I am definitely going to purchase some more. Thank you for your bid at solving this mystery, Robin! Big Grin

Evelyn - I am very much in that boat of willing to take/trade for irises people do not like. If y'all do not want some extras you have been given, or don't like, I will very happily take some off of you if you want me too. If not, that's fine too! Smiling
Cherry trees in full bloom!

If the iris virus were like our chicken virus, your collection of irises would more than double. How about that?
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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shizen
Aug 21, 2018 2:57 PM CST
monty, many of us trade or pay for postage to the sender. it's a real win-win situation most of the time.....except when people forget to reimburse for postage, or forget to send a trade nodding ......sometimes tho' there are extenuating circumstances when the trade they were sending died or didn't do well, but hopefulyl they'll send it when the plant revives. Hilarious!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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evelyninthegarden
Aug 21, 2018 3:12 PM CST
shizen said:monty, many of us trade or pay for postage to the sender. it's a real win-win situation most of the time.....except when people forget to reimburse for postage, or forget to send a trade nodding ......sometimes tho' there are extenuating circumstances when the trade they were sending died or didn't do well, but... Hilarious!


I say in that case, a little communication goes a long way...!
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

Beverly Sills, born May 25, 1929, died July 2, 2007
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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
Aug 22, 2018 8:54 AM CST
I keep my bonuses because I am curious to see them bloom. Some of my bonuses, especially from Iris Sisters, have become favorites of mine. I honestly can't say I have liked all the bonuses I have gotten over the years, but I really appreciate now that certain vendors send me bonuses based on what they know I like. It is hard to refuse some bonus Burseens! Hilarious!
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Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
Irises Region: Virginia Keeper of Poultry Cat Lover Garden Procrastinator
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UndyingLight
Aug 22, 2018 9:49 AM CST
shizen said:monty, many of us trade or pay for postage to the sender. it's a real win-win situation most of the time.....except when people forget to reimburse for postage, or forget to send a trade nodding ......sometimes tho' there are extenuating circumstances when the trade they were sending died or didn't do well, but hopefulyl they'll send it when the plant revives. Hilarious!

It's really a cool thing to have so many people willing to trade or sell you live plants out of kindness, or per your request. It's really cool, and I feel like it brings this group closer together!
I'll get there myself one day, but maybe I should ID my noids before I start trading them... Whistling
Losing the trade you were getting would be a little sad, especially if what you were getting was a treasured want, but like you said, it is all forgivable. I'd forgive you if that happened due to a trade because it is out of YOUR kindness that you even begun the trade in the first place. I tip my hat to you.
Cherry trees in full bloom!

If the iris virus were like our chicken virus, your collection of irises would more than double. How about that?

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