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ImagePollyK
May 11, 2011 6:58 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Oh, Charleen, they look great!!!!! And no really, thank you!

I do see a problem already though. They have filled that tub. I don't know if they're going to grow too well in there.

Becky, the fertilizer you're giving should be fine.

Boojum, please jump in with any thoughts along the way, please. Dee too. I would appreciate anyone's thoughts on my experiment here.

My two guys in Alaska, zone 1 (c'mon) and coastal Alaska, so far so good. They actually had the irises come up.
ImageRidesredmule
May 12, 2011 7:12 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
So after they finish blooming, I should change their shoes???? I thought the frog was shrinking. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Thumb of 2011-05-12/Ridesredmule/87113b
May have to move the frog, huh???? I love them.
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Perfection in 3
ImagePollyK
May 12, 2011 7:14 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Maybe just moving the frog will do it for one more year, but my gosh they're growing fast.

ImageRidesredmule
May 12, 2011 7:24 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
I love them, I'll move the frog. I'd hug your neck if I could. Maybe this will work Group hug Group hug Group hug
Are they also called Japanese iris?
ImagePollyK
May 12, 2011 7:28 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Yes, ma'am. And you got it right, Japanese with a capitol J, out of deference to the Japanese people. Unlike siberian iris, say.

Thanks for the hugs. Hugs back for a job well done. Group hug I often wonder what happens to my irises once they leave here. I do have some customers that write regularly, and I love it.

I have at least 3 customers in Georgia, and I'm going to recommend this method of growing, if it continues to work out well.
ImageRidesredmule
May 12, 2011 7:30 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
I'm keeping it full of water and the ones in the ground I do water once in awhile, cause I got to keep those brugs watered or they will wilt. I just don't hit them everytime I water. But they are doing o.k. just not like the bog.
ImagePollyK
May 12, 2011 7:34 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

I know a lot of people don't want to make bogs, or can't, but I think some people would think it was a lot of fun.

I'm going to try it now they are saying the new pseudatas should be hardy in a bog in the north.

I may ask to use your photo on my website sometime if it's OK, and I would also like to show it to the Japanese iris society.
ImageRidesredmule
May 12, 2011 7:41 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
They don't have to make bogs, just get a bucket and peatmoss and add water. One year I got a bag of peat and filled it (the bag it came in) full of water and just scooped it out into one of those little tubs, was better than mixing it dry in the container.
ImagePollyK
May 12, 2011 8:38 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Thanks, good advice. I'm appreciative of any input, Charleen. Lovey dubby
ImageRidesredmule
May 12, 2011 8:55 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
Gardeners got to help make things easier for each other. I love my flowers so I'll try to fix it so I can enjoy them. I have several plants and trees in containers. Lots of stores sell pots with no hole and it is easy to make bogs. Heck, a dishpan will work. I got one I might use come to think of it. Rolling on the floor laughing
Imagegemini_sage
May 12, 2011 9:48 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Hmmm....this has me revisiting an idea I've had for a while. I've lived here 4 years now, and 3 of those were drought years. Once JIs are established, they don't seem to care, but getting them established can be a struggle. I keep thinking I need to get a baby pool and bury it to the rim, fill it with peat and composted manure, and have a small bog to kind of use as a nursery bed. Also have considered using an old bath tub that way.
ImageRidesredmule
May 12, 2011 10:00 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
That would work Neal. The old bath tub. Even a five gallon bucket can get you started. As long as it doesn't leak. or if it does, put the hole at the TOP, like for my insect eaters bogs.
ImagePollyK
May 12, 2011 11:06 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

That would be a great idea, Neal. Maybe get them in the spring, bog for the summer and plant out in the fall?

Let me know if and when you want to try it.

Actually, that might work for my LAs. Get them big in the bog and replant in the fall. Hmmmmmmm.
ImageRidesredmule
May 12, 2011 12:00 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
Hey, Look at us grow!!!!! Thumbs up Thumbs up Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Imagebeckygardener
May 12, 2011 12:00 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Neal - I've wrestled with the baby pool idea myself. Been very close to doing it, except that those cheap pools eventually crack and break. My Lousiania irises didn't bloom much at all this year. Sad I don't think the cold winter lasted long enough for them to set buds. Very disappointing! So I am worried about the Japanese Irises. I'd like to think I can grow and get blooms from just about any plant here in east central Florida, but it's just not true ... unfortunately.

Polly - I am curious to see if your Lousiania irises will bloom this year for you? Or do they need to be established in their new home for a year?
Another Day in Paradise!
ImageRidesredmule
May 12, 2011 12:09 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
Go to Tractor suppy, they have rubber feeding and drinking containers, that is what my iris is in. freeze and break proof. Maybe any feed store would have them.
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Imagebeckygardener
May 12, 2011 12:17 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
That's a good idea, Charleen. It's gotta fit in my budget and in my compact vehicle. No pick-up truck here. I sure wish there was a Tractor Supply store locally. Ours is about 35 miles away. Hard to transport larger items that distance.
Another Day in Paradise!
Imagegemini_sage
May 12, 2011 1:00 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY
Charleen, that is a good idea!

Becky, the Louisiana Irises I've planted have needed a year to establish before they started blooming. However, I haven't given them much extra water, so that does slow down establishment. Black Gamecock spreads super fast in a moist spot. As quickly as the division I planted next to our swimming hole here on the farm have increased, I almost think they would be too happy in a lot of water gardens.

Polly, I guess if they bulk up enough by fall that's what I would do. I like the idea of putting holes near the top of the buried container, I think that would keep the crowns safe.
Imageboojum
May 12, 2011 2:53 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
A store for plants and poison dart frogs nearby has a sunken bog garden full of various pitcher plants.
I have a lotus and a dwarf water lily in raised containers here. One is made of rubber and is a horse trough I think. In the winter we fill it with sand and shovel it out on the driveway but in the summer it's mine. I may get a second one to replace the clear plastic bin. I fertilize them with water plant tablets and always have mosquito dunks too.
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Imageirisarian
May 12, 2011 2:58 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
In Atlanta at AIS convention quite a few yrs ago, gardner had made a bed lined with the pool liner type black plastic, her 'bog garden'.

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