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ImagePollyK
Jan 31, 2010 8:02 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

This is a forum for all the iris lovers that will be posting to introduce themselves. A lot of us know each other, but all new people are welcome and encouraged to post on this cubit. So let's tell a little about us so we can all have an idea who we're talking to.

Just so everyone knows. Irisloverdee (Dee) is now an owner and admin with me.

Thanks for your help Dee!
ImagePollyK
Jan 31, 2010 8:05 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

I'll start. My name is Polly and I live in cold Hannibal NY, zone 6. I'm an iris lover, and a beardless iris grower. We have a long growing season, although we have significant snow here. Beardless irises are my passion, especially siberians.
ImageSharon
Jan 31, 2010 9:19 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Great forums, Polly!

Hi, I'm Sharon, and I live in Kentucky.
Polly's promised to teach me everything she knows about beardless irises!
ImagePollyK
Jan 31, 2010 9:24 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Thanks!, I will Sharon, I will. Got 15 minutes,?
ImageSharon
Jan 31, 2010 9:28 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I'll need more than that, Polly. I'm a sloooow learner!
Imageboojum
Jan 31, 2010 11:50 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
Hi, I'm Kathy. Irises are the reason I began to garden. I've been a member of WNEIS (Western New England Iris Society) for at least 20 years. I have always grown beardless since our group included/includes many hybridizers of beardless over the years. We have a show for beardeds/sibs/species one year and a show for JIs the next year right here in Shelburne Falls. I have always had irises in my gardens but between a friend who sells irises nearby and Polly, I have now grow 100s!! I like to post photos of them as they bloom each year for others to enjoy and to promote beardless which many folks don't know about. I also have done presentations of photos of irises and flowers in my garden to other iris societies. Some of my iris photos are on Polly's website. I also grow about 300 orchids, lots of epiphyllums, hoyas, and amaryllises. I have 250 daylilies, many peonies, roses, clematis etc. growing on 3 acres of an old dairy farm (no cows here now).
ImageSharon
Feb 1, 2010 12:06 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I'm so glad to see you all here...I can already tell I am going to learn so much and I'll have the prettiest irises....I already got a head start, thanks to Polly!
Imagewaterbird
Feb 1, 2010 9:12 AM CST
Name: Carolyn Lamb
Indiana zone 6b
Laugh and the World laughs with you
Hi all, I'm Carolyn, I have an iris bed that I keep adding to each year. I put some new ones in this past fall and can't hardly wait until they come up to see them. I try to add every year. I didn't know there were beardless ones though. What do they look like?
Desertdenial
Feb 1, 2010 9:19 AM CST
Name: Marie Ortiz
Tolleson, Arizona
Hi I am Marie and still learning to grow iris in the desert.
Marie
I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process.... It may not be true, but do I dare take the chance?
Imageirisarian
Feb 1, 2010 9:46 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Hi I am Lucy living in NE MA. My husband & I grow mainly bearded irises, specializing in medians. We also have beardless, mainly siberians, but I am loth to add more of them as the bed is getting shaded out. We do have some I. cristata in another area & have tucked a couple other shade preferring spieces under a blueberry bush. The beds are quite ful at the moment as well as under snow so this coming spring will show us how to proceed in getting older ones away & newer plants in.
ImagePollyK
Feb 1, 2010 11:15 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Waterbird and Desertdenial. now there's some opposing forces we can get great info about growing irises from! Please do tell us about your growing conditions.

Waterbird, you just wait! You will see some great pics of beardless irises. maybe you don't know them by the term beardless, but we're talking siberian, Japanese, species types.

So glad to see boojum on here. She is a fantasic (did I say fantastic) photographer. So we're in for a treat with pictures.

Sharran loves irises like I do, so I'm sure we'll both be watching.

And irisarian won't pat herself on the back, but she and her husband are world renowned iris hybridizers.

So we've got a great group already.
Imagenyvoices99
Feb 1, 2010 11:24 AM CST
Name: :)Anita Brown
Corning, NY Zone 5
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Hi All,
I'm Anita,Live in Corning NY zone 5, LOVE Irises & may other plants, so glad to be here..:)Anita
ImagePollyK
Feb 1, 2010 12:15 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Hi Anita! Welcome!
Imageirisarian
Feb 1, 2010 2:37 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Please lay off the world renowned stuff Polly. I do admit that we are well known by median people but a lot of TB growers would say 'Who?' To each his own. I started hybridizing in the mid 80s because I would ask my husband 'why don't you try that?' He would not want to, so I tried it. He did a couple of crosses for me last yr as I couldn't bend very well. But I got 2 pods on the cross which I did lying on my stomach. Silly plant had a flower too large for a miniature dwarf & stem too short for a standard. But it was pink!
ImageJumper2
Feb 1, 2010 3:27 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Huron, OH
Hello, I'm irisarian's DD. Sometimes she uses me as a test garden. Most of my irises are from her. I'm starting to collect some siberians too. We also have the same first name.
ImagePollyK
Feb 1, 2010 4:18 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

All right Lucy, can I say you're famous? Famous in limited circles? Famous amongst a few friends?

I was not a median person, and I had heard of your irises.

OK, everyone. Lucy is not Keith Keppel, nor a Schreiner, but she and her husband have some very beautiful iris introductions that are well known in the median world. OK?
ImagePollyK
Feb 1, 2010 5:57 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Hello Jumper2, Welcome!
ImageTodd_Boland
Feb 1, 2010 7:12 PM CST
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
I'm Todd from Newfoundland. I grow and hybridize beardless iris....specifically wide-crosses between versicolor, siberians, hookeri and ensata as well as sino-siberian iris. I've been a member of SIGNA for 3 years and AIS for two. Wish I could grow bearded iris but botrytis in my area makes that a difficult prospect.
ImagePollyK
Feb 1, 2010 7:16 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Welcome Todd! Your knowledge will be so helpful here.
ImageBlissfulGarden
Feb 1, 2010 7:28 PM CST
Name: Evey Blalock
South Louisiana / Zone 8b

Howdy doo, I'm glad to see so many familiar names here already!

For those who don't know me, I'm Evey and I live in Louisiana. My main gardening passions include roses, clematis, irises, and daylilies, though my eclectic suburban yard includes many more types of plants. I am a very experienced gardener with Louisiana irises and have a fairly large collection of them. I'm also fairly experienced with bearded irises now, but I'm very limited in which cultivars will grow here in the hot, humid Deep South. I have a website that highlights the issues related to Deep South growing of beardeds: http://eveysblissfulgarden.com/

I'm a complete newbie with Japanese irises, thanks in large part to the encouragement I received from our Cubit organizer, Polly. (Thanks, Polly!) I also have some baby Siberians that are trying to join my garden, again thanks to Polly. I hope that participation in this forum will help me become successful with both of these types of irises too.

If any of you are also fans of Clematis, I have started a Clematis Cubit. You are all welcome there, if you care to join!

Evey =)

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