Let's introduce ourselves forum: Hello from the Midwest

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Jul 21, 2012 8:49 AM CST
Name: Lilylu
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I've just discovered Cubits and love it! I'm enjoying life on an acreage in the Midwest. Cooking, baking (especially desserts!) gardening, raising poultry, walking trails and just enjoying being out in nature. I'm a beginner at growing Iris so I'm hoping to learn a lot from all of you.

Jul 21, 2012 9:04 AM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Welcome Lilylu....we love new members who ask questions and stimulate discussion. Several new people recently Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up :
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Jul 21, 2012 10:20 AM CST
Name: Timothy Metler
Milton Freewater, OR
....... welcome Smiling
lotsa good people on here, and free information.
Jul 21, 2012 7:29 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Hi Lilylu, welcome, welcome. So glad to see you here. Please jump right in and talk to us. We're definitely a friendly group.
Jul 21, 2012 8:07 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
Welcome to irisland.
Jul 21, 2012 10:53 PM CST
Name: Renee Fraser
Southern California Sunset 19
Welcome, Lilylu! I have two hens, Blanche and Madame Curie.
Jul 22, 2012 6:30 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Hi,! And welcome from another midwestern newbie! I see you have an "acerage" That translates to "a LOT of iris Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Welcome to the cubit...Arlyn
Jul 22, 2012 8:08 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
Welcome Lily!
Jul 22, 2012 9:54 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
How far north are you. Midwest covers a lot of climates. See Marilyn in MI (above) I sort of watch her posts for hardiness of differen varieties.
Jul 24, 2012 2:04 PM CST
Name: Lilylu
Integrity means doing the right thi
Thank you all for your welcome posts! I can see that this is a friendly site and I'm excited to learn more about Iris from you. I live in the middle of Iowa where it's been HOT HOT HOT and it doesn't appear to have rain in the forecast. I just keep watering and hoping for rain but there's nothing better than a good rain.
Question about Iris, where is the best place to purchase iris? I dug up and got rid of some iris that get so tall that they fall over and look terrible. Beautiful blooms but I made the decision that if they are falling down and I have to stake them to see them they are heading to the compost pile. : )
Jul 24, 2012 3:50 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Hoo-boy -- you're gonna be missing out on a lot of Irises. There are years when almost every bloom stalk of mine needs staking. Either the blossoms are so large and heavy to begin with that they need support, or there's lots of rain and the weight of the water on large blooms pulls them over, or we have high winds (not uncommon in the Spring) and they lay down so far they can't get back up, plus certain varieties just don't have very strong bloom stalks and are always going to need support -- but the blooms are gorgeous. Also, depending on whether your soil provides optimum nutrients for strong stalks -- you might need to stake. There are lots of reasons why Irises need staking. One of the best ways to make sure that your Irises don't need staking is to make sure that they never get over-crowded. If they're over-crowded, oftentimes the new rhizomes will grow off at an angle -- so the bloom stalks are going to be growing at an angle and are prime candidates for falling over.

I'm very grateful that there is such a thing as a good, viable stake available for those times that I need them. The green metal ones sold by Lowes/Home Depot/Walmart are perfect for the job, easy to handle and not very expensive. FWIW.
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Jul 24, 2012 3:55 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
You could the the intermediate irises (IB) which bloom earlier & should not need staking. Look on Mid-American siite.

However Muddy Mitts is right. We don't grow the tall beardeds which are over 36" tall, so are less apt to need staking.
Jul 24, 2012 4:21 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

They do look pretty crappy when they're falling over. We all have various ways of dealing with this. Mine is to plant them with other perennials that are tall, and they keep them upright.

Now, onto the question where to buy irises. We pretty much all have our favorites. I would suggest looking at the recent post 'receipt report', and see what the irises look like from various vendors, and what we have to say about them. A lot of the threads deal with the vendors we like the most.


And I think everyone would agree you can't go wrong with some of the upcoming sales on here. Dee from Snowpeak (my Cubit co-owner) is having a 3.00 sale, and later will be having another sale from her iris society that is out of this world.


But honestly, it depends on what you want. various vendors are good for various things, so please read some of the threads, and see which ones lure you in.
Aug 3, 2012 11:24 AM CST
Name: Tom
Welcome Lillylu, and I might suggest the Rainbow Iris farm right in your state of Iowa. They have many iris, more of the older ones, and a few newer ones too. I have ordered from them in the past, and got very nice rhizomes. Here's a link to their web site.

Also check out the link that Polly suggested, it has more information. Just thought I'd suggest one you might be able to visit in the spring and see what you like.

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