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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
Sep 17, 2018 10:46 AM CST
I figure its about time I make my own thread where I can spew things about my garden....right? Hilarious!
My iris gardens and my gardens altogether are a work in progress, so I hope you don't mind some weeds!

My collection of irises is still quite small. 34 if I recall, but I suppose that number could increase quite rapidly over the coming months an years!

I am alway open to advice and any comments, of course. I hope you enjoy the 'Monty's Blue Ridge Gardens Saga' of sorts. Hilarious!

I planted some mums in a few ceramic pots, and they're blooming beautifully now!
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And the other little guy. Not bad for only $1!
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I was luckily able to get pictures today as somehow it is not raining at this current moment!

In another pot, this time, plastic, I put Cat's Eye rhizome in the middle. I am stoked to have this little one because the pictures I see are fantastic!
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He has two little companions in the forms of tiny rhizomes that were found and either rotting or small to begin with. One of which is an Edith Wolford rhizome - my last Edith left and I am hoping she survives. Considering her large rhizome was rotting, and the little cutling left has grown a nice fan in just seven days, that is very promising. She is to the left of Cat's Eye.
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The other small rhizome looks to be a purple/white bicolour noid that reminds me much of Helen Collingwood:

Here's one that bloomed earlier in 2018!

Okay, that's two, I know, so here's three making a very nice image!
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I believe of all my noids, this Helen Collingwood lookalike is my favourite....or the Gay Paree lookalike.

Lucy Doodle is sending up an increase! Yay!

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Deborah Dances is as well!
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An Indian Chief doppleganger is sending up quite a few increases! I received several of these, all noid, and most seem to be increasing already.

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The companion noid with him is a TB yellow noid, but he seems to be quite a bit slower at increasing.
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Or, nevermind. I spot an increase right to the left of the large fan!

Kind Candace and Faithful and True are looking healthy! No increases yet on either, or on Mariposa Autumn, right with them.
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In my quest to find the missing orange TB noid that hasn't bloomed in years, I transplanted all around a tree that was right in my memory, where the tree now is. I am hoping that the orange noid was not tossed out by the tree. Regardless, all of the transplants have immediately taken root and shot up fans!
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Sweet Musette looks....alright.

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Another Indian Chief lookalike sending up an increase!
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Species Iris Florentina immediately took root and is growing back its fan.
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Ah, I caught a petunia blooming in one of the hanging baskets. They're really liking this colder weather!
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It looks like Beverly Sills has some...choice words...or fingers to say to me. Fans? Rolling on the floor laughing

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Acoma, along with Beverly Sills is regrowing back out of the clipped areas.

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And Golden Panther looks to have recovered some green hues into the tops of his fan. He is growing that back too! I am particularly excited for this iris! I hope it blooms next year.

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And finally, for the 'I'm growing my fans back' bit, Harvest of Memories has really quickly recovered her fans. She looked awful a few days ago, but now she is looking quite pristine!

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I could go on with this one post, but there will certainly be more. I can't wait! Can you? Enjoy! Lovey dubby
One of our Bantam Rhode Island Reds stares intently at me. She is our little protector of our littles in the background!

Sometimes life isn't fair. Sometimes you have to hold on tight to what you love. Hold onto your friends and family as you will never know the last time you will see them.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Sep 17, 2018 2:15 PM CST
great to have your own thread, Monty. The only thing which bothers me is that your rhizomes seem buried & don't get the sun.
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
Sep 17, 2018 3:14 PM CST
They're only barely under the dirt. There's no worries. I actually covered a lot of them with just a bit more dirt because they were halfway exposed, and the rhizomes got very warm. That doesn't sound too healthy. Thanks for the worry, though. Hopefully, they will not dig themselves down! Blinking
One of our Bantam Rhode Island Reds stares intently at me. She is our little protector of our littles in the background!

Sometimes life isn't fair. Sometimes you have to hold on tight to what you love. Hold onto your friends and family as you will never know the last time you will see them.
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
Sep 18, 2018 3:38 PM CST
Just another quick update. Something pretty serious.

For a few days now, I've been dealing with swelling in my left leg and foot. We went to urgent care to check everything, and we're fearing I may have a blood clot in my leg. They have done bloodwork, but no results have come back yet. I am expecting a call later, and I am hoping for the best. If it is positive, I will go straight to the ER. But, if it is negative, whatever's going on is still unsolved.

If you could keep me in your thoughts, I will appreciate that!
One of our Bantam Rhode Island Reds stares intently at me. She is our little protector of our littles in the background!

Sometimes life isn't fair. Sometimes you have to hold on tight to what you love. Hold onto your friends and family as you will never know the last time you will see them.
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Sep 18, 2018 3:47 PM CST
Monty, on your next blood test, ask to be tested for Factor V (Factor V Leiden). If you test positive for it, then the rest of your family should be tested for it too. It's an inherited blood clot disorder and it's important to know if you carry it.

Wishing you good results. Crossing Fingers!
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Polymerous
Sep 18, 2018 4:10 PM CST
I hope it's not a blood clot, and that everything works out for you, Monty.

That said, I'm surprised they didn't do an ultrasound. (My family doctor has blood clots on her brain (figuratively speaking), because she once had a REAL one. So she's made me go through the ultrasound TWICE, for no good reason (no clots).)
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Sep 18, 2018 4:13 PM CST
Crossing Fingers! I hope it's nothing serious.
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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TBGDN
Sep 18, 2018 4:32 PM CST
Monty do keep tabs on the swelling and follow-up with your doctor. We are all pulling for you. Crossing Fingers!
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Sep 18, 2018 4:49 PM CST
TBGDN said:Monty do keep tabs on the swelling and follow-up with your doctor. We are all pulling for you. Crossing Fingers!


good luck monty.
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Sep 18, 2018 5:28 PM CST
Monty, I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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UndertheSun
Sep 18, 2018 5:38 PM CST
I've come back to say.... I think everyone should be tested for Factor V (5). It's important to know if you ever have a surgery and/or if you sit too long in one spot.
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
Sep 18, 2018 6:14 PM CST
Thank you for all the support, everyone! It is past hours from the urgent care, so I will not receive word on anything until they open up shop again at 8am. Hopefully, this is all but a false alarm, but you can never be so sure, especially since I did not fall, do not recall having been bitten by a snake or a mean insect...so what is there left? Something has to be going on, but I do not know what.

I will keep you all updated! Crossing Fingers!
One of our Bantam Rhode Island Reds stares intently at me. She is our little protector of our littles in the background!

Sometimes life isn't fair. Sometimes you have to hold on tight to what you love. Hold onto your friends and family as you will never know the last time you will see them.
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
Sep 18, 2018 7:59 PM CST
Keeping my fingers crossed for a positive outcome to your swollen leg.

Your iris look good! If your Harvest of Memories grows like mine, you will soon be needing more room for it. It grows like a weed here!
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UndertheSun
Sep 18, 2018 8:01 PM CST
Good to see you around Pam! Thumbs up
Name: Paul
Nullawarre, Victoria,Australia (Zone 10b)
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vanozzi
Sep 18, 2018 8:56 PM CST
G'day Monty, I guess they have ruled out cellulitis, which presents as your symptoms, but is often associated with a tender/painful warm rash.This too, can be life threatening.
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 18, 2018 9:14 PM CST
Monty ~ Keep us posted. We are all hoping that it is nothing serious!
Group hug Group hug Group hug Thoughts and prayers are being sent your way!

“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: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Sep 19, 2018 9:30 AM CST
I hope it's nothing serious Monty! Group hug

Good to see you Pam! @Snork Hurray!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
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
Sep 19, 2018 10:00 AM CST
I do not have much of an update for y'all. The company was supposed to give me a call in regards to my blood work. Positive? Emergency. Negative? No emergency. When we were there, my blood work was taken three hours before closing, and since they said 2-3 hours for results to come in, they may close before they received the results.

Since they have not called at all, I may be under a false illusion that nothing is wrong (well, my foot and leg is still swollen, so there HAS to be something wrong), or that, perhaps the results simply haven't come back. Thumbs down

Thank you everyone for the concern. It really helps.
One of our Bantam Rhode Island Reds stares intently at me. She is our little protector of our littles in the background!

Sometimes life isn't fair. Sometimes you have to hold on tight to what you love. Hold onto your friends and family as you will never know the last time you will see them.
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 19, 2018 10:17 AM CST
Sticking tongue out

“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: 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
Sep 19, 2018 11:04 AM CST
Update - My blood work came back normal! Big Grin Hurray! That means no blood clot, but that also means whatever is going on, is still unsolved. Darn, I really should have had them X-ray my leg.
One of our Bantam Rhode Island Reds stares intently at me. She is our little protector of our littles in the background!

Sometimes life isn't fair. Sometimes you have to hold on tight to what you love. Hold onto your friends and family as you will never know the last time you will see them.

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