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Imageirisloverdee
Aug 31, 2012 10:17 PM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Tom great news about the well! Not nice to have to spend the $$ and thankfully you did not!

Naomi sorry I will miss you but family is always first and enjoy, then next time look for property!

Today we finished digging all the median iris and got about 1/2 thinned, composted, trimmed and back in the onion bags. I will take a picture on Sun of what the field looks like now the bags and after we replant...

I was so darned tried that all I did was fall into the tub, get in the car go to the bank, my DIL for her jewelry, then to Taco Bell for the Cantina bowls, and home,. watching TV

Tomorrow taking a friend up to Portland to the International DAHLIA show, we will not drive that far and does not like doing things like that by herself. I knew she really wanted to go but would not ask knowing what I am doing in the fields, so I called her on Wed and told her to be ready on Sat as taking her, and she is so jazzed as really wanted this. She is a good friend and is always there for me..

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

Imagege1836
Sep 1, 2012 2:55 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
I planted iris and fed iris and watered iris.I had to switch gears when tere were too many iris in one spot so I planted the last 3 just anywhere.It will no doubt be the best idea I never had.
ImageMuddymitts
Sep 1, 2012 6:25 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
You're good friend too, Dee.

I spent more time weeding in that horrible former Iris bed alongside the riding arena. Got another half of 8-foot section done! I decided that I'm going to take some pictures -- show you'all what I'm dealing with. There's even tree stumps in there. Stay tuned!! (have to wait a while though -- it's RAINING!!!!) Hurray!
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
ImagePollyK
Sep 1, 2012 9:07 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

I'm just sitting here being tired after reading all your posts. LOL. You go guys!
ImagePaul2032
Sep 1, 2012 9:35 AM CST
Name: Paul Smith
Pleasant Grove Utah
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
We received the best rain storm since spring during the night and it is delightfully cool this morning.....62. I'm going to do some fall flowers to take to the cemetery. Just listened to Tony Bennet;s rendition of 'September Song' . I'm going to dead head flowers while it is cool.and maybe go after a few more weeds. The is the first day with a little feel of fall. Hope it is a long fall.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
ImageMuddymitts
Sep 2, 2012 7:10 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
OK -- I promised you pictures -- here they are!

This shot shows you what 112 feet of Iris/Peony/Daffodil bed looks like:

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This is a close-up of one 8-foot section of the mess:

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Can you see the poor peonies in there?

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This is the 8-foot section I cleared earlier this week. There's about 200 Daffodil bulbs dug up that I have to replant.

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And this is the half-section that I got cleared out on Friday.

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We've gotten a good bit of rain the past couple of days, so the going should be much easier for the next day or two. You'll notice that there are tree stumps in each of the cleared areas. Those are the remains of two young Maple trees that were planted there, which were destroyed by the ice storm several years ago. I need to get someone out here quickly to stump them out. Otherwise, I'm ready to plant Irises!!

Lots more clearing to do though, eh? 1-1/2 sections down, 12-1/2 sections to go!!!!! Crying
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imagecrowrita1
Sep 2, 2012 7:16 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Hi,! If "Idle hands do the devils work", you have many saintly endevours ahead or you!!Lots of luck, Let the promise of the blooms ahead sustain you!..Arlyn
ImagePollyK
Sep 2, 2012 7:57 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

You can do it!

Unfortunately, living in the country brings weeds and grasses. No matter how well my husband keeps our property mowed, the seeds blow in from the adjacent hay and corn fields.
ImageMuddymitts
Sep 2, 2012 8:10 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Ha-Ha Arlyn!! You are SO right!!! Rolling on the floor laughing

Thanks for the encouragement, Polly. Yes -- living in the country has it's downside. No complaints, though -- the upside makes it worth it.

I'm breaking this task down into increments. 8-Foot ones to be sure -- but more than that. I'll finish clearing that 8-foot section because that gives me a place for my new rhizomes. After that, I'll do the three sections of peonies -- because even though they look bad, the Bermuda grass isn't as dense in those sections -- so I should be able to do those pretty quickly. Then -- there's one section that I cleared last year that has nothing but Bermuda in it -- so I can spray that with Round-Up and kill that out fast -- and the Bermuda roots shouldn't be too plentiful, or deep. That leaves six sections of really hard work. I'll do three of those this Fall, as I have the time, energy and manageable soil conditions. The last three will be left until next Spring. As the Irises that have survived bloom in those sections, I will dig them up and replant them in recovered sections. Then when they're out, I'll Round-Up those sections too and kill everything off -- which makes it much easier to clean out. So -- it'll be a long job, but manageable. The way I figure it -- I've got some really hard work ahead of me this Fall, then a winter break (during which I will dream of blossoms to come), then a Spring of not terribly hard work. Not too bad!! Rolling my eyes.
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
ImageMShadow
Sep 2, 2012 8:24 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
Mary Ann, your first picture looks familiar to me. Rolling on the floor laughing That is what most of my iris beds look like, except for my new bed, which I have weeded twice already.

Yesterday, I did manage to get my one iris bed weeded that is behind my house. I am going to try to get a small section done everyday until it is done, but it is going to take me a while. I have another new bed that I was going to move a bunch of irises to from my old beds, but haven't even started on that one yet. Guess I had better get going. Smiling
ImageMuddymitts
Sep 2, 2012 9:07 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I hope that your weather is cooler and less humid than mine is......................... Sad
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imagege1836
Sep 2, 2012 9:16 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
DD dug out a huge GoatsBeard and there is a 4 foot space for more plants. I filled the cavity with compost and extra dirt.Took pix when it was cooler and am about to do my weeks cookong.
Imagecrowrita1
Sep 2, 2012 9:27 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Hi,! Our oldest brought me 2 historics, and got her mom a new daylily, so we planted them this A.M. Pulled a few dead iris leaves and cleaned up a few more daylilies. Mandatory huge Sunday breakfast!!! This P.M. i'll have to make tags for the new plants, while I still can remember their names! Should water again, as we got hardly any of the rain,just enough to wet the sidewalk! I hope others did better, the midwest has been so dry....Arlyn
ImageMuddymitts
Sep 2, 2012 1:05 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
My day -- so far -- has been pretty productive. I cleared the second half of the second section. So both beds are ready for stumping-out, and then I can plant my new Irises. I also got half of one of the peony beds done, and some miscellaneous weeding around the house, etc. By that time, my back had about given out. So -- I'm in for a rest, and a snack. I'll know when I stand up again if the back is capable of anymore work today. Whistling If not, I'm working on a good James Patterson novel!! Thumbs up
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imageavmoran
Sep 7, 2012 3:52 PM CST
Name: Anita Moran
Pylesville, MD Zone 6B
Well Finally finished the guest Iris Bed for 2014 Regional I am one of 5 gardens on tour

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Imageavmoran
Sep 7, 2012 3:55 PM CST
Name: Anita Moran
Pylesville, MD Zone 6B
Here are the new composite raised beds 18" tall from composite deck material someone was tossing each box has 6 yards of top soil This is were this years seedlings will go

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what you see behind is the irises that I took out of the guest beds plus what I bought this year
ImagePollyK
Sep 7, 2012 5:39 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Looking good!
ImageMShadow
Sep 12, 2012 9:43 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
Anita, that will really be beautiful in bloom. Smiling
Imagetveguy
Sep 12, 2012 6:16 PM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
Anita, I can't wait for your pictures next spring!
Imagecrowrita1
Sep 14, 2012 4:02 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Hi,! Rita and I worked on removing shasta daisies from the beds, the yard, the driveways( did I tell you that they tend to take over? Grumbling ) and pulling dead leaves from the iris( most of the brown tips are gone now, looking good with lots of new growth! Smiling ) Took a break, and listened to Rita vow to do a better job of dead-heading the shasta daisies next year(never happens! Rolling my eyes. ) Planted a couple "gift" iris from my nephew Hurray! , and watered the "new plantings" of iris, then checked for begining bloom stalks on the rebloomers( none found! Drats!). Now it's time to put our feet up!!...Arlyn

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