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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Apr 23, 2012 6:36 PM CST
Mine are pretty spread out, but the main one lines my driveway -- and my Mom refers to it as *Iris Lane*. Heres a couple of photographs:


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What do yours look like?
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Name: Stacey Utermoehlen
Warfordsburg, PA (Zone 6b)
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starwoman
Apr 23, 2012 6:56 PM CST
Your Iris Lane is quite spectacular - One of the nicest I've ever seen! Thanks for sharing your photos with us.
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Apr 23, 2012 7:07 PM CST
Oh my, oh my! My 'little birdie' was right.

My friend Sharon told me to ask Mary Ann for a picture of her driveway, and Mary Ann complied. I am so glad I asked. It's amazingly beautiful. And probably an amazing amount of work too.

So how long is it?

What is that red flower close to the ground?

Can you estimate how many irises you have?
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 23, 2012 7:15 PM CST
LOVELY!
Name: Betty
MN zone 4
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daylilydreams
Apr 23, 2012 7:23 PM CST
Wow your iris lined drive is outstanding! Looks like you have tons of space for gardening. I make do with a city lot but it is about all I can handle anyway. I really have space envy when I look at your beautiful pictures.
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Apr 23, 2012 7:28 PM CST
Thank you Stacey -- your Iris beds look pretty fantastic too!

Polly -- the driveway is probably 125-150 feet long. I've forgotten. The red flowers are Dianthus -- I've sprinkled them here and there for extra texture and color, especially for after the Irises are done blooming. Someone else asked me how many varieties of Irises I have -- and I'm not sure. I blew through my first order of 100 plant tags, and then ordered an additional fifty or seventy-five. I have about ten left -- but I have used a few for Daylilies. So somewhere around 150 varieties I would guess. Not enough, apparently -- I have another six or seven ordered this year! Whistling

Thanks Lucy. Iris time is my favorite time of the year -- and when it's over, I can't wait for the next Iris season. I'm obsessed. *Blush*
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Apr 23, 2012 7:32 PM CST
Thanks Daylily. The advantage to living on a farm is that you have unlimited space. The downside is that it's pretty easy to bite off more than you can chew.
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Name: Jan
Hustisford, WI
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philljm
Apr 24, 2012 2:14 PM CST
Beautiful! Thanks for posting ~Jan
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
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ARUBA1334
Apr 25, 2012 6:49 AM CST
Stunning beautiful Iris beds
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Apr 26, 2012 4:40 AM CST
How beautiful! I'll bet you are out there admiring them all day! Well, if you have a farm you might have to take time to care for the animals. I have a bunch of horses, and lots of space too, but I'm at about my limit for being able to keep up. It's hard to resist adding just one more bed! Thanks for sharing!
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Apr 26, 2012 6:18 AM CST
I'm down to three horses, Tom -- which leaves me more time to admire my Irises!! Hilarious! I'm getting real close to my limit too -- and these days I don't think in terms of adding one more bed. More like adding one more variety. Or two. Or three -- you get the idea. Green Grin! They're all so beautiful -- how do you not? Thanks for your nice remarks.

Thanks also Aruba and Jan.
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Apr 26, 2012 4:54 PM CST
Only 3 horses, I can only dream, I have 27! I had sold 17 of them some years ago on a lease purchase agreement, and of course, the guy quit making payments, and I ended up with them all back, very skinny, and mostly in foal. By the time I got some weight on them, the whole economy and market fell apart. I''m slowly selling off some, and some are getting old and have had to be put down. It's been a long haul, but I still have time for some Irises.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Apr 26, 2012 6:41 PM CST
Twenty-seven????!!!!???? OMG Tom -- how do you have time for anything but horse-chores?

Yeah -- it seems like every one of those lease-purchase agreements end up badly. I have learned that if they don't pay cash for the merchandise, they don't ever pay for the merchandise. I'm sorry you had to go through that. We leased a mare one time and got her back in terrible condition -- and from a professional trainer/breeder no less -- ya can't trust anyone. Never again.

I'm glad that you have *some* time for other pleasures in life. Smiling
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Apr 27, 2012 3:06 AM CST
Fantastic iris rows. It reminds me of my grandmothers garden.
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Apr 27, 2012 6:53 AM CST
Thank you Jo Ann -- it's a labor of love, that's for sure! Lovey dubby
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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Apr 27, 2012 8:26 AM CST
Mary Ann, your Iris Lane is absolutely incredible! I can only dream of having irises like that! Mine never get to be big clumps like that. I love clump shots too, by the way -- and when you post them in the database I believe they would count as an entire plant acorn-wise. (hint, hint...)

Betty
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Apr 27, 2012 9:24 AM CST
Thank you Betty -- coming from you, that's a huge compliment!! *Blush*

I have been posting clumps in the database, and you're right -- they earn an acorn! Thumbs up Have you not noticed my increasing number of badges??? Whistling

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Name: Dot or Dorothy Parker
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Ladylovingdove
Apr 27, 2012 11:20 AM CST
LOVE, LOVE LOVE Iris Lane!!

Here is part of my backyard raised bed. It is is about 40 feet long and 8 feet wide. It is on a slope so it is very high in the back. Every time I have to get into the bed to dig stuff, I'm afraid of falling out of the bed lol. My age limits me now.

Dot

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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
Apr 27, 2012 11:47 AM CST
Just beautiful, Dot!! What a sight!! Hurray!

What is that beautiful dark Iris that has white/cream in the center of the fall? (center left of fourth photo)
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Apr 27, 2012 12:13 PM CST
What a lovely display.

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