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.
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.
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).
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?
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.
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!
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.
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!