Tall Bearded Iris forum: OK soo I like TBs

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bonjon
Mar 30, 2010 8:06 PM CST
Name: Bonita (Bonnie) Masteller
Raleigh NC
A photo of the front of my house. Do you notice the house?

You can really tell which side of this was planted in 2005, which in 2006 and which in 2007. I just kept many it hold more...

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bonjon
Mar 30, 2010 8:11 PM CST
Name: Bonita (Bonnie) Masteller
Raleigh NC
Then there's the bed in front of the pool fence - and there's an extension to this bed in 2007 for a few more.

Can ya tell I've only just now found some herbicides that work in the irises? in 2010?

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bonjon
Mar 30, 2010 8:16 PM CST
Name: Bonita (Bonnie) Masteller
Raleigh NC
Now let's see....there's a few more in front of the holly bush, in with some new floribunda roses. planted 2007 - I don't do pansies anymore.

This bed still looks like this, and not one iris has died from weeds. I'm thinking of doing more in mulch even though the experts say "NO!"

But I'm cheating - 4 of these are medians. But all the rest but 5 are rebloomers, which is why they are mulched. Mulch does seem to have cut down on rebloom, and increase. But gotta love the lack of weeding...

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bonjon
Mar 30, 2010 8:22 PM CST
Name: Bonita (Bonnie) Masteller
Raleigh NC
Off to the right of the holly, there's 20 of the tallest TBs behind a row of struggling roses. Planted 2007

Was recently stunned and surprised to find than not one of these has died out, despite:

2 years of lack of any care by me
no extra water to get them started after planting
a pine tree above them that covers them with a natural mulch
a bramble that invaded their space
and the absolute worst soil I've got.

Actually, after about six months, they got plenty of rain. They are on a much steeper slope than the photo implies, so great drainage.

Those roses have almost all died - not enough sun, I guess.

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bonjon
Mar 30, 2010 8:31 PM CST
Name: Bonita (Bonnie) Masteller
Raleigh NC
Ah, yes, the temporary bed, meant to keep them alive until they "find a home."

Now, when you put them in tight, (and walk away for 2 years) how do you weed them, exactly?

.....after two years, isn't exactly a temp bed anymore, is it?

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bonjon
Mar 30, 2010 8:39 PM CST
Name: Bonita (Bonnie) Masteller
Raleigh NC
Last but not least, there's the veggie bed. Still called the veggie bed, even though it was taken over by my inability to stop ordering TBs.

Besides, the deer ate everything except the cucumbers and the cherry tomatoes. Why should I do all that work to feed them?

And, yes, these are in as tight as they dared to be planting, in 2007. Went a wee bit nuts buying irises in 2007

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bonjon
Mar 30, 2010 8:43 PM CST
Name: Bonita (Bonnie) Masteller
Raleigh NC
Now, in case y'all haven't guessed it yet by those tree trunks in photos 1, 4, and 6, we are sun challenged. There's only so much space with enough sun for TBs. I already hit the limit about 300 irises ago.

So, potted the rest up in 2007 and put them in front of the temp bed....someday I'll talk DH into doing away with a front or back lawns.......heck, I'm allergic to grass anyway.

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dmac
Apr 12, 2010 5:53 PM CST
Name: Donna
NC
Yup, you've lost it:lol: Thank goodness you seem to have found your kind (iris addicts) on DG and here:lol: I rent an apt and all my friends tell me I need to buy a house strictly for the garden space:lol:

OK, what herbicide are you using and where do I get some:lol: whisper it if it's a secret... ; )
bonjon
Apr 12, 2010 7:41 PM CST
Name: Bonita (Bonnie) Masteller
Raleigh NC
I haven't been able to find some of the recommended ones locally in NC. But another iris society member told me to get Freehand, a pre-emergent granular that's safe with irises. VERY pricey.

These beds were decimated by blanketing weeds since these photos were taken when I went "under the weather" for almost two years. when weeds take over here, they smother the rhizomes and rot sets in.

dmac, are you an iris society member? I know you are talented in plants,but you should come meet the group - you can ask these kinds of questions there. They know so much more than I do!
Imageavmoran
Apr 13, 2010 11:50 AM CST
Name: Anita Moran
Pylesville, MD Zone 6B
You Get her Bon

I was going to invit her to at least come see the show at the regional.
:)
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dmac
Apr 13, 2010 3:47 PM CST
Name: Donna
NC
I'm planning on joining this year--most likely this month:lol: I noticed that there is a meeting here in Greensboro--would definitely like to check it out:) Pretty much all my garden experience was trial and error in the pre computer era and lots of online questions and searches. I remember thinking that DG was the holy grail when I bumped into it doing a search:lol: I'm basically a non chemical gardener--in part because they make me nervous and then w/ the apt. I don't really have a lot of storage space for such items--it's a bare bones type of garden operation here:lol:


I spent half of March in the hospital w/ really bad pnuemonia and while in there I realized I had been in a little bit of a depressed state for a little over a year. I really gave up on doing my actual physical gardening for almost all of last year but shopped the co-ops like a fiend and ended up w/ a ton of dead plants that never got planted, rotted bulbs that went straight into the trash right in the box they were shipped in and a ridiculous amount of iris rhizomes (named) that I still hope to soak and get potted up or planted--figure it's worth a try--some may make it some may not but thankfully they are more resiliant than alot of things:lol: Helped to get out of my situation so I could recognize that I had an issue so I'm in a much better state of mind and dealing w/ stuff. I'm trying to scale back on the volume of co-op merch but still get a few things I really would like to have. I love my plants so much--I believe cold turkey would take me over the edge:lol:
Imageavmoran
Apr 13, 2010 5:18 PM CST
Name: Anita Moran
Pylesville, MD Zone 6B
I will post the schedule
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Imageavmoran
Apr 13, 2010 5:32 PM CST
Name: Anita Moran
Pylesville, MD Zone 6B
DMAC click on files to the right and you can down load the schedule
:)
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dmac
Apr 15, 2010 6:18 PM CST
Name: Donna
NC
Thanks!
bonjon
Jun 14, 2010 3:36 PM CST
Name: Bonita (Bonnie) Masteller
Raleigh NC
I'm right there with you dmac on the co-op purchasing. Been there, done that! I'm forcing myself to NOT go online or read emails relating to co-ops.

Sent ya a Cmail - open it soon!

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