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lovelyiris
Apr 15, 2011 7:42 PM CST
Name: Marian Ritchie
Winnsboro, Texas
Ok, most of you that know me know how many problems I've had the last few years with the weather and my irises. I love living in East Texas 95% of the time. It's a very beautiful place and very peaceful most of the time. However the past 4 years I've had something awful happen just at peek bloom time or when I've just planted a new bed.

Last night we had some wicked storms roll through and destroyed everything blooming and more. We had hail the size of golf balls and the wind was unreal. Today my irises are mostly lying on the ground beat to smithereans.... Needless to say they were just starting to really take off and the bloomstalks were everywhere. This morning the bloom stalks are all blown over including all my amaryalis, and many other plants in pots were uplifted and tossed around like paper blowing in the wind. I'm so sick of dealing with great anticipation of a GREAT BLOOM SEASON to only be jurked around by mother nature who I have no control over. Needless to say I was very mad and very upset. Until I came in the house and watched the news. It showed some of the other areas hit by the storms where complete schools were destroyed, homes destroyed and lives lost. Then I realized just how petty my issues and concerns were regarding the loss of blooms and another season down the drain with my irises. I'd much rather lose some plants than someones life. The plants will hopefully bounce back and I'm going to cross my fingers that next year will be a wonderful bloom season, no hail, no storms, no high winds etc.

Do any of you ever have storms year after year that effect your bloom seasons like this? If so, how do you stay positive and keep pushing foreward for next years bloom season. Right now I'm close to wanting to throw in the towel. Too much work to be destroyed by a storm each and EVERY year. This is 4 or 5 years in a row that something major happens to my gardens. I'm about to get tired of it. MOTHER NATURE could you please be a little kinder to me next year, LOL

I doubt I'll be posting many more blooms this year unless some how my irises jump up from being beat to a pulp.
Wishing all of you a wonderful bloom season and no major weather issues.

Marian Grumbling
ImagePaul2032
Apr 15, 2011 8:15 PM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
So sorry for the problems in your garden. In the great scheme of things it probably isn't significant but for someone who works hard to have beautiful flowers and anticipates a gorgeous garden it is heart breaking. We have weather related problems here but they seem minor to yours. We sometimes have a late hard frost that causes some damage to bloom stalks and it seems like we frequently have wind or rain the night before our shows but not anything that approaches what happened to you. Hang in there and enjoy the wonderful pictures posted here. I know they don't replace a wonderful bloom in your own garden but they might help. Several members of my family were formerly fruit farmers and worried about late frosts every year. Now most have sold their orchards for building lots and no longer worry about late frosts.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
nthurston
Apr 15, 2011 8:24 PM CST
Name: Neil
Nashville, TN
Marian-

I'm so sorry to hear about your flowers. Yes, in the scheme of things and considering what could have happened, maybe not a big deal. But it's still heartbreaking. Last year we had the weeklong flood just as the tb's were opening. Two years before that a late freeze wiped out all but the latest blooming ones. The various wind storms (like tonight - probably your storms from last night....) this year have not caused too much trouble yet.

I usually give myself a few days off and then just get back into the flower beds, clean up the mess, and try to remember the better years when I had a peak flowering season.

I hope you'll find you still have some later blooming ones that will be ok for you this year.
ImagePollyK
Apr 15, 2011 8:56 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Marian, I honestly have never heard about anyone having the bad luck you have had at iris bloom season. It's almost surreal. I remember the floods, and now this......

I hope your irises jump up from being beat down and bloom wonderfully for you.

Maybe you need some more late blooming beardless.

My sympathies, my friend. Group hug


ImageBetja
Apr 15, 2011 10:14 PM CST
Name: Betty Jacobs
Bakersfield, CA
Marian, I am so sorry to learn of what happened to your beautiful irises and other plants! And I can only imagine the disappointment and frustration you must be feeling. What a major bummer!!! Our big problem for the past two years here has been dust storms and high winds, but nothing like hail. And after running around trying to stake the taller stalks in 50 mph winds last year, this year I decided to be proactive and staked many of them just in case (so of course it won't happen this year, don't you know!). But what can you do about hail? Any cover you would try to put over them would probably blow away or collapse on the flower stalks, making it even worse. But I have a feeling that if there is some ingenious way of dealing with this type of situation, you'll come up with it! And if not, I'll bet you've been out there trying to see what you can save and moving on. And you're so right about what happened to so many others in the last couple of days. It is all really terrible, but you are a very positive person and perhaps there are quite a few stalks that maybe you can stake now and they'll go ahead and bloom. And if any are showing color you might want to bring them inside and let them bloom there. I just had to do that with my one stalk on GRACIOUS CURVES that I found flattened yesterday (probably by one of my little feline critters), and I had a flower open today. So we never know what will happen...

Betty
lovelyiris
Apr 16, 2011 4:36 PM CST
Name: Marian Ritchie
Winnsboro, Texas
Thanks everyone for being so kind and understanding with my FRUSTRATIONS of my bloom time yet again this year.

Polly, you think someone upstairs is trying to tell me to knock it off and stop killing myself every year out in my gardens?
I can't think of a better way to go that out working in my playground, but I am sick and tired of Mother Nature being so horrible to me and my plants. I've been out working in the yard most of the day and I still don't have my flowerpots with all my bromelaids in them picked up. I can't believe how they got tossed about everywhere. The wind and hail was really something else here. I talked to some friends that just live a couple of miles away and they didn't get any rain or hail, just lots of high winds.

I guess tonight while I'm praying I'll ask the Lord to get Mother Nature to go easy on me and my irises next year. Should next year turn out to be anything like these past few years that's it. I'm giving up, too much work and very little to show for it. If that's the case I'll just start growing house plants again. LOL At least you don't have weeds in them and you don't have to worry about the weather either.

Big Grin Thumb of 2011-04-16/lovelyiris/5f43b3
I don't recall the name of this Iris, do you already have this one? If not, I'll share a start with you.
Marian
ImagePollyK
Apr 16, 2011 6:13 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

I'd love a piece. Thanks! Beautiful!
lovelyiris
Apr 16, 2011 7:05 PM CST
Name: Marian Ritchie
Winnsboro, Texas
Ok Polly, I'll send you and D a start of it.

Marian
Imageirisloverdee
Apr 16, 2011 7:21 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Polly you are determined to get me into the LA

Went to JT today on PCI and boy did I learn alot...

D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

ImagePollyK
Apr 16, 2011 8:12 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Actually I've given up on it, now it's Marians turn. isn't that a beauty, though?

I wish we could grow the PCIs.
Imageirisloverdee
Apr 16, 2011 8:22 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Ok you two are cohoots with each other...that is a beauty! Makes me wonder.

I wish you could too as there are so many beauties out there

D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

lovelyiris
Apr 18, 2011 3:26 PM CST
Name: Marian Ritchie
Winnsboro, Texas
Ok you two it's like this. I can share what I have with you and then once it blooms if you don't like it you can give it to someone else are put it in the compost pile. LOL

I'm not trying to twist anyones arms Rolling on the floor laughing

I'm just trying to share a beautiful plant with two dear garden buddies and friends. I'm just testing the waters to see how you like them. Since gardening is just a passion of mine and I'm not in it to make any money it brings me great pleasure to give some of these plants to each of you. Big Grin

I'll probably send them sometime by the end of the week.

Thumbs up Provided everything goes according to plan.

Marian
lovelyiris
Apr 18, 2011 5:19 PM CST
Name: Marian Ritchie
Winnsboro, Texas
Dear Friends me and my children need your prayers. The father of my children went into surgery early this morning for major heart surgery that was scheduled to last around 8 hours. Everything was going just fine and they were finishing up the second part of the surgery and working on the valvue when he passed away.

Although we have been divorced for right at 20 years my heart still hurts. My children are in shock and disbelief that their father is gone. Please pray for our family at this difficult time.

Marian
Imageirisloverdee
Apr 18, 2011 5:58 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Dear Marian my heart goes out to your children, it is always so hard. The one thing is the good Lord must have needed him badly and know that he will be watching over his children.

Hugs
D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

ImagePollyK
Apr 18, 2011 8:08 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Marian, bless you and your children. So hard to lose a parent at any age.

How many children do you have Marian?
ImageBetja
Apr 18, 2011 8:14 PM CST
Name: Betty Jacobs
Bakersfield, CA
Marian, I'm so sorry to learn of your loss. It's such a good thing you are there for your children to help them through this difficult time, and even though it hurts I know it won't be long until you are feeling much better and out looking at your garden(s) again. It's such a blessing that spring has arrived now. Take care, and my thoughts are with you...
Betty
Imageirisarian
Apr 25, 2011 9:28 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Just saw your notice, Marian & I am so sorry. It doesn't seem fair when all was going well. Hugs to your kids.
ImageMShadow
Apr 26, 2011 8:37 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
Marian, I also just saw this notice. I hope that things are going to get better for you soon.
lovelyiris
May 2, 2011 7:44 PM CST
Name: Marian Ritchie
Winnsboro, Texas
Thanks Lucy, Marilyn, and everyone else. Time is making it more real and a little easier for the children to accept and understand that their father is no longer with them in the body but he will always be there for them in spirit. All in all things are about as good as can be expected. Thanks again for your thoughts, prayers, and kind words.
Love each and everyone of you,
Marian Group hug
Imageirisloverdee
May 2, 2011 10:56 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Marian, I know that things have been hard on your kids and my prayers are with you all.

Well this change your plans?

D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

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