Irises forum: Best bets for a newbie, zone 5B

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Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises
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AndreaD
Aug 13, 2018 1:07 AM CST
Thank You!

They'll be a little change from my light blue and whites.
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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shizen
Aug 13, 2018 3:55 PM CST
love all your "new"choices!
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Aug 13, 2018 5:24 PM CST
Nice choices Andrea. Thumbs up I hope they thrive and bring some joy back into your garden.
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises
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AndreaD
Aug 13, 2018 5:40 PM CST
Thank you, Robin. I think they will!
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
Aug 13, 2018 6:54 PM CST
'Visual Intrigue' bloomed almost all summer last year for me. This year, no rebloom so far... Hopefully, I'll get to it soon to divide.. We've got one last sale this Friday in Monterey, so I've been trying to take advantage of having a place for many of them to go, and digging, digging, digging... We were short on purples, blues, blacks and yellows last week, so I've been concentrating on that first.. It seems that most of the folks shopping at the farmers markets just want plain Iris.. They just ask for "pink" or "yellow", and don't seem interested in complicated patterns. I think there must be something seriously wrong with them Whistling Hilarious!
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
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
Aug 13, 2018 11:56 PM CST
Our officers said that it varies. But... "they want blue".... "they want pink".... and "they ask about fragrance".
Evaluating a reblooming diploid daylily seedling
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
Aug 14, 2018 12:02 AM CST
Oh yes... I had them asking about fragrance the last sales too... I've got a couple fragrant ones in serious need of dividing... thanks for the reminder.. Thumbs up
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
Name: Paula
CO (Zone 5b)
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Keysfins
Aug 18, 2018 12:01 PM CST
Expecting orders from T&C, Schreiners, and Iris Sisters. Plus I got some NICE rhizomes from a couple of eBay sellers. Others were just puny, but I will put them in somewhere.

Working on layout/map, and where I will plant right now. I have to make temporary labels for now (plastic knife method!), then I will do the nice metal stake labels after they are in, with the label maker. Suggestions for mapping welcome!

Still looking for a way to keep track of my stock, I use my iPad the most, so I am not sure if there is an app for either data entry/spreadsheets, or what I will do. May just keep things on paper until I get something to work. I know about PlantStep, and would love to use that, but I am on a Mac notebook/iPad. I'm not so handy about using crossover programs like Parallels to use MS based programs on a Mac. Does anyone here use PlantStep on a Mac based system?

Paula
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Name: Paula
CO (Zone 5b)
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Keysfins
Aug 18, 2018 12:03 PM CST
Ok, here's what I expect from Iris Sisters:

Days of Summer

Fashionista

Love Lines

Merchant Marine

Oreo

Russian Violet

Silk Road

Smiling Faces

Snow Melt

Strawberry Shake

Uptown Lady
Name: Paula
CO (Zone 5b)
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Keysfins
Aug 18, 2018 12:28 PM CST
My order from Schreiners:

Pallida Variegata Silver

Immortality

Coming Storm

Poem of Ecstasy

Starcrest

Best Bet

Sugar Blues

Whispering Falls

Victoria Falls

Breakers

Mariposa Skies

October Sky

Sea of Love

Edith Wolford

Speeding Again

Morning Frost

Autumn Tryst

Visual Intrigue

Elainealope

On The Move

Wild Irish Rose

Royal Sterling

Total Recall

Bonuses: Nestucca Rapids, Schoolboy Heart

I guess I jumped into the deep end!

Goals are
1. COLORS:
blues/whites/purples/pinks/few yellows

2. Rebloomers

3.Fragrance

4.Do well here in my area
Name: Paula
CO (Zone 5b)
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Keysfins
Aug 18, 2018 12:30 PM CST
From C&T irises in Wyoming, figured if they do well there, they probably are tough enough for my location.

Haut Les Violes

Lilac Stitchery

Morning Shadows

October Sky

Pacific Tide

Best Bet

Brussels

Designers Rage

Phillip Rowe

Silverado

Timescape
Name: Paula
CO (Zone 5b)
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Keysfins
Aug 18, 2018 12:31 PM CST
Lists do not include my eBay and Etsy buys. Can I fit them all in?????

Crossing Fingers!

Guess these posts could start my database!

Paula
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Name: Richard or Shawn
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Irises Ponds Orchids
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creativeclover
Aug 18, 2018 1:02 PM CST
Keysfin, i jjust got immortality and strawberry shaks. Can't wait to see them do their thing in the spring. Edith Woodford was a good performer and I just got it again. I don't have Silverado anymore, but I was a good performer.
Name: Paula
CO (Zone 5b)
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Keysfins
Aug 18, 2018 2:24 PM CST
creativeclover said:Keysfin, i jjust got immortality and strawberry shaks. Can't wait to see them do their thing in the spring. Edith Woodford was a good performer and I just got it again. I don't have Silverado anymore, but I was a good performer.


There was only one Strawberry Shake available and I was glad to get that one, it was sold out everywhere else I looked. I don't know if I will have luck with reblooming on the Immortality, but I hope so. The Edith W looked like a very reliable one. Looking forward to Silverado!


I am doing my plastic knife labels right now. My other half asked how many am I going to plant? I said, "All of them." (Still have orders not yet shipped!!) πŸ˜†

Paula
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Hybridizer Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies
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evelyninthegarden
Aug 18, 2018 2:40 PM CST
Paula ~ If you are serious about keeping the indentities of your irises, I would suggest you get a label maker, or print your labels and laminate them, such as Richard did (@creativeclover). That is what is wrong with my first small batch of irises that I have in my perennial gardens. The labels faded and I cannot identify them for certain. I spent many hours, rewriting on the white plastic labels and also making maps of the irises on the new batch that I got last year. That will help you, as long as they do not displaced by animals. Then...all bets are off!! nodding
''I have rose "signs" and wire supports by Everlast company. They are reasonable and the shipping is free. The labels are Brother P-Touch printer from Amazon. I have Prime, so the shipping was free on this one also. Still, you can make your own labels if you want to take the time to laminate them. Then they won't fade.
"June is busting out all over!"πŸŽΌπŸŽΆπŸŽ΅πŸ¦‹πŸŒΉπŸŒΈπŸŒΎ
Name: Paula
CO (Zone 5b)
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Keysfins
Aug 18, 2018 3:14 PM CST
evelyninthegarden said:Paula ~ If you are serious about keeping the indentities of your irises, I would suggest you get a label maker, or print your labels and laminate them, such as Richard did (@creativeclover). That is what is wrong with my first small batch of irises that I have in my perennial gardens. The labels faded and I cannot identify them for certain. I spent many hours, rewriting on the white plastic labels and also making maps of the irises on the new batch that I got last year. That will help you, as long as they do not displaced by animals. Then...all bets are off!! nodding
''I have rose "signs" and wire supports by Everlast company. They are reasonable and the shipping is free. The labels are Brother P-Touch printer from Amazon. I have Prime, so the shipping was free on this one also. Still, you can make your own labels if you want to take the time to laminate them. Then they won't fade.


Thanks, Evelyn. I have taken many of the suggestions here. :)

My plastic knife labels are just temporary so I can get the rhizomes in and going. I am writing on the blade part, which I will stab next to each planting. Hopefully out of the sun to prevent any fading. Will also map them in the garden beds.

I do have the Brother P-Touch PTD600 label maker, label tape for outdoors, and 10.5" tall metal Everlast "stake labels" to stick the labels on to for more permanent labeling. This is the label maker I can connect to my laptop, and I expect it will take some time to get those done.

My current priority is to get the rhizomes in over the next couple of weeks. I have two more orders due next week. The rhizomes I have already received are tucked in to my planter boxes on my patio in the shade, with some afternoon sun. Planting will start tomorrow if the weather is cool enough FOR ME!


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 18, 2018 3:44 PM CST
I love that you said "this is what I expect from Iris Sisters" because you are going to get far more than you expect. Robin is the queen of bonus iris!

Strawberry Shake is a very happy bloomer. It blooms late in the season and so far has been wonderful (have had 2 years of blooms).
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Richard or Shawn
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Irises Ponds Orchids
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creativeclover
Aug 18, 2018 3:46 PM CST
I did have of heck of a time there for a while with markers. I made some that I will see how they do. Magic markers dont last long outside. Eventuality I will find a source locally ad have them made. So they withstand the elements.
Name: Richard or Shawn
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Irises Ponds Orchids
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creativeclover
Aug 18, 2018 3:49 PM CST
Leslie, good to know its a good performer n the garden. I'm looking forward to it.
Name: Paula
CO (Zone 5b)
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Keysfins
Aug 18, 2018 7:21 PM CST
Lestv said:I love that you said "this is what I expect from Iris Sisters" because you are going to get far more than you expect. Robin is the queen of bonus iris!

Strawberry Shake is a very happy bloomer. It blooms late in the season and so far has been wonderful (have had 2 years of blooms).


Glad to know about Strawberry Shake, it looks like a nice pink. I bet I will want more. Thanks for the info on Iris Sisters, I'll be happy to open that box.

And It just occurred to me that late-season orders from a new iris gardener may have the unexpected benefit of bonuses. I did add a message to each vendor that it is my first try with irises. So maybe they will send the newbie some season leftovers to get started! Crossing Fingers!

And hope that I have room for them all. Smiling (I do have other places I can stick them in, as well.)

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