Hi! My name is Janice and I am from Cape Cod, but live in NC now. (Hi , Paul!)
I am an experienced gardener and grow many things. We are in Zone 7, with a long growing season with tons of sunshine. Started gardening many years ago with a love of tulips, which grew to encompass all bulbs. In my younger years, it was not uncommon for me to plant 1,000 tulips each Fall. (My aching back!) No more. I am lucky if I plant 300. But that was 30 years ago!! Also have many Daylilies, clematis, hosta, Hellebores, Lilies, and, of course Iris. Have recently gotten into Orchids...Also love growing from seed, only what comes from direct seeding. No coddling for me!
Susan, your slideshow is just breathtaking!
Polly, thanks for this Forum!
Hi Janice, Welcome, and you're welcome, LOL. I can't wait to see some of your pictures. I love to see pictures of iris and other perennials to give me some ideas.
Welcome Bonnie! A newer iris lover. Are you in for a treat with some of the pictures you'll see on here. And I can't wait to see some of yours, too. Kentucky is a wonderful place for growing irises. Do you know my friend Sharran/ Sharon?
Hi, my name is Jon (Jonathan). I live 10 miles west of Ft Lauderdale in Plantation, FL, just 2 miles east of the Florida Everglades. I'm originally from Ithaca, NY and moved down here after graduating from Cornell University. I've been gardening for 3 years now. My main passion is collecting and creating new tropical hibiscus hybrids. Have been fond of bearded iris since childhood, but reblooming bearded iris are the only types I can get to bloom down here in South Florida. Also grow quite a few echinaceas, daylilies, rudbeckias and gaillardias. Like to grow things from seed and enjoy the challenge of trying to grow things, out of zone, down here in South Florida. You truly can grow just about anything down here, primarily in the winter, if you choose the right variety and plant it in the right location.
im such a traitor.. id have to say roses are my favorite but i become so obsessed with what ever is blooming at the moment.. or what ever needs to be planted at the moment.. im iris28 on dg. ill be 30 next month and im a mother of 3 boys. my dh pilots a tow boat. i have so many interests i dont know what to do with my self. im a hairstylist but if i didnt need to support my plant habit i dont know if id work. i do love doing hair and im good at it though . if you counted all my iris it would be in the thousands.. but i have about 40-50 named ones.
Hi, I'm Patricia, and I have met many of you on DG and in the iris co-ops. Irises were my first flower addiction, but I have since gotten into daylilies, hostas, brugs, EE's, coleus, salvias. Okay, there aren't many plants that flower that I don't enjoy. I'm enjoying this new site and hope we will have some iris co-ops later in the year. My DH no longers asks where I am going to plant more.
Thanks Bev. I'm a bit obsessed with leaving spaces in between plants. It makes it easier to get at, and pull out the weeds. Probably will turn into a "shove and run" gardener someday, but its all still new to me.
We don't get much lake effect snow in Ithaca Polly. I think that is the big difference.
We were probably in Ithaca, NY at the same time Polly. I graduated from Cornell in 1986.
Calla lilies have grown on me also Dee, although I'm having a hard time to get them to keep blooming after the first year. Picked up a large 2 foot tall, white one, at Lowes last week. Hoping to have better success with this larger variety.
Name: Dee Stewart Willamette Valley OR Snowpeak Iris
That is the one I love the most Jon...
I hated them because as a kid, my mom made me weed them and thin them, now image asphalt on one side and stucco wall on the other and about 18" deep and think with them, every time Mom got me thinning more than see liked had to replant in the same spot...but now I love them.