My name is Sam, I am brand new to this site! I have always loved the Iris! Every house I lived in as an adult I have taken a few with me or had my mother plant them @ her house so i could Save them for myself. Now I have a mess of a flower bed or 2 where i kept planting old and new Iris's thinking I will "find" a place for them.
So I am looking for advice and pictures, on how others obsessed with Iris's plant them. Instead of my choas! I am also interested in trading too. I have some beautiful golden yellow ones but i do not know the names. If any one is interested I will find my pics of them!
Can't wait to check out the photos section!
Name: Paul Smith Pleasant Grove Utah Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Hi Sam....Samuel or Samantha? I hope you enjoy cubits as much as I do. Lots of people here with varied interests in iris but one thing in common, they are all very pleasant to chat with and I have enjoyed learning about things that I don't grow.
Hi Sam: I am fairly new to this site, but what a wonderful treat. I have just realized that I don't have enough hours in my life. I have to tear myself away from gardening (when I am not working) to get to the computer. Never have been one to join anything on the net. Having a wonderful time with Cubits! Now I know what will also help me with those boring winter months, besides researching new plants; staying in touch with all my new friend that I am finding here. I will be interested in what you have to trade, please post pictures. I also have many iris without names. I just love all perennials to my zone. Good luck and happy gardening.
Hello Sam, and Everyone else, I'm new to this forum, and have enjoyed reading many of your posts. I'm Tom from Wisconsin, and have a bunch of TB's (around 300 last count) I started collecting them after I retired, and seem to have lost control, lol. I will give a try to uploading a pic of one of my favorite iris, we'll see if I have success at it, lol, not a technowizard here. It's Crooked Little Smile by Van Liere. It worked.
Thanks for your kind welcome. I got 'Crooked Little Smile" from Iris4U, Bob Van Liere in Colorado. His iris do very well here in Wisconsin. He did not ship iris last year, as they were focusing on their daughter's health. I hope they are back in business this year. Here's another one of his that I like called Going Dutch. Quite unusual, as the falls are yellow on the bottom, and white on the top
Hi Tom: Welcome and great pictures. I too am a newbie since June last year and love this site. Wonderful knowledgeable people here, you will love it. Everyone so friendly and willing to share information. Glad to see some newbies closer to me. What zone are you?
I am just North of the Illinois border about 8 miles. I have a small 23 acre horse farm. Doglover It's zone 5, I went from 5a to 5b with the new zone map that just came out.
http://www.iris4u.com/index.html Will take you to Van Liere's web page. It's not open, but you can view the introductions. He's very generous with large clusters, enough to share with friends and gifts too.
tveguy:Looks like the iris4u is not selling, Sounds like they sold out the potted iris last year. Do you have a grower in or close to our area that you prefer? I like being able to see them actually growing in the fields where you can pick out your own and they will dig and ship to you at the appropriate time. I have visited Hornbaker Gardens in Princeton, Illinois and they sell some potted and most of the other iris must be dug and pre-paid before they will dig your order. Can do have the option to pick them up instead of shipping.
23 acres sounds like lots of room for perennials. Wonderful.
Doglover I wouldn't waist my time with Hornbaker's, check with the garden watch dog and you'll see my comment. I ordered some of my first iris from them, most of the rhizomes were smaller then my pinky finger. Only a couple of them bloomed that next year, and one still hasn't bloomed. (6 years now) If you look on their web sight, most of them are very dated stock. They sent me some wrong cultivars, and then didn't want to make good on them as it took so long for them to bloom. They are a good source for Hosta's though. Breezeway Irises in Oregon, WI is a new business starting up. They were the hosts for the National Convention here, and have some nice ones. They are very nice people, and have a sale in summer where you can pick up the irises, or else you can visit the bloom, and have them shipped too. Here's a link. The last time I recieved an e-mail from Bob Van Leire, he was hopeful that they could be back into shipping again. I hope all is going well for them. I'd check back to his web page again later to see.