We have a new member from Alaska, Mary. Let's all welcome her.
Mar 6, 2011 12:53 PM EST
Hi! My name is Mary and I live in Alaska so my gardening problems are probably similar to ND, WI, MN or Canada. Hi Todd. I am trying to grow bearded iris but it is tough duty. This will be my fourth spring trying. Have lost so many to rot. I also got some ensata's last summer and according to Polly have planted them all wrong. so if they survive I will make a new bed that is more hospitable to their needs. My first love is peonies however. As far as I know I have the only ones here that stay in the ground and bloom (Japanese and Chinese Trees). When I am on my regular PC, where my garden database is I can post a few of my small successes with Iris. Hope springs eternal. And like Jon, half the fun is to push the zone. I have helleborus, another not to be seen (or at least I haven't heard of anyone here growing them.). Took three years to find just the right spot. Japanese ferns (Painted) still elude me.
Thanks to Polly for all her advice. I will give it my best.
Name: Paul Smith Pleasant Grove Utah Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
I found out about cubits on the recommendation of someone who's name I won't mention but she posts many wonderful pictures. Is that a broad enough hint? Lots of great information and pictures here, seems to be much more experienced people here. Visit the other channel also but if forced to choose one it would be here.
We're glad you're here too. I think maybe some of the members here are a little more experienced than on DG. We're getting in to a little more technical stuff here. Hopefully no one new will feel overwhelmed here. If so, please let me know.
Hi everyone and sorry for the lag in reply; I was very shocked by Rick Ernst's death and also had lots of work in my garden to take care of before trekking home. Thanks for the photo of Higgin's Lake, Marilyn. . . I spent many a happy summer there as a child. Betty: the blue over white seedling in the photo I posted is 0423D: Fogbound X 9920R (Sapphire Hills x Surf Rider) and is a sibling to my recent introduction, La Part des Anges, which was unfortunately very badly distributed last year
Name: Dee Stewart Willamette Valley OR Snowpeak Iris
Welcome to all! and boy howdy Mary! I have been up there twice and I know I could not live there, summer yes, but not winter...got pictures from our cousins for snow shots.!
Can you Image how big our group is growing in 14 months...and our database as well. I will go back and do my checking again as so many have been posted since I did it last. If anyone finds what you believe to be an incorrect photo (beaded contact me) Beardless contact Polly and we will check out.
Yup Polly it would just be better to ship them all to you than do a co op that way
Welcome Mary from Alaska I also let my DG membership expire. I just didn't feel right in my heart giving that company money although there are friends on that site that I really, really miss Everyone knows where we are though so I hope they cubitz on over
I bet they will, at some point! For some reason some people have a hard time with finding things over here, so I try to warn people that there's an extra level of forums they have to negotiate to find the threads they want. And once you get the hang of it, it's really nothing...
Welcome Mary! We hope you really enjoy your excursions over here with us -- actually, I know you will! And iris season hasn't even started yet!
HJM I would have noticed you gone if I was still there. I am so glad you are cubitzing.Thanks everso irisMA, yes please tell all I luv them and miss them (and remind wha to line his boots with plastic bags so he doesn't get a soaker when he goes through the ice on the pond )
Well -- I'm coming into this Let's Introduce Ourselves waaaaaaaaaaaay late. Y'all introduced yourself a year ago!!!
But -- better late than never. I'm Mary Ann -- I live in western Kentucky too. I know Sharon, who is a western Kentuckian, and I know Dahlia very well from another Cubit. Several of you are familiar to me from the DG Iris forums. Don't know if I'm familiar to you or not.
I'm an Iris-aholic. I remember when I was 11 years old, and we moved from a city-type neighborhood to a brand-new developing suburb in the middle of the prairies northwest of Chicago -- I was exploring my surroundings one day, and found Irises growing in the vicinity of an old, abandoned farmhouse out in the middle of nowhere. I immediately bicycled home, got a shovel and a bag, and went back and dug up those Irises -- and brought them home where my Dad helped me replant them in the developing gardens of our new home. So my addiction started very early in life!! And I wonder if those Irises are still there in those gardens?
As a young adult, I started my *serious* Iris-worship with an order from Schreiners -- the only Iris company that I knew about. I carefully followed the directions that came with the rhizomes, and planted about a dozen varieties. Every one of them grew, and thrived, and bloomed -- and cemented my fascination and love for this flower. As a middle-age adult, I moved to Kentucky and brought with me half of every clump of those Irises -- and I've been adding to my collection ever since. I'm up to probably 150 different varieties -- most of them named, some bought out of gardens along the road where other Iris lovers needed to thin their unidentfied collection. My husband thinks I'm nuts, but gallantly allows me to spend as much time as I like on this hobby, and as much ground as I need for my collection. And he doesn't even complain when yet another package of rhizomes arrive, and I explain that *I don't have this one and it is gorrrrrrrrrr-geous!!!!!!!!!!!!
So -- last year I added another 20 or 30 varieties -- some purchased, some gifts from DG friends, and had to order more plant markers! Of course, I didn't use all of those markers, so this year I'll have to order more varieties! Can't have those markers going to waste!!!!! And wouldn't you just know -- my brand new 2011 Schreiner's catalog arrived today! Oh happy day!!!!!!! :hurray:
So that's me! Hi to all!!! (waving)
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Hi Mary Ann, Glad you made it over here. I love your avatar! Beautiful horse, is he/she a Lipizzaner? We all share your love for Iris, we only grow TBI, only because that is all we have ever had in the 58 years of gardening.