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Imagege1836
Sep 19, 2012 3:18 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
It sure is cute.
It rained nearly all day.Generally temps are dropping here average day is 20* cooler and nights are in the 40's to 60's.
I cant believe we havnt had any frost yet.
My pix of gardens last year show them all cleaned and composted, well at least one was
Tree Peony garden
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Livingroom garden this is October early

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ImageMuddymitts
Sep 19, 2012 6:45 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Finally got some Irises planted yesterday. Finished making the labels for the Aitken order Irises, and planted them in the first of the cleared 16-foot section along the fenceline, mixed in with some Daffodils for early Spring color. Also started work clearing the next four feet of the second 16-foot section. Finishing that will allow me room for all the Irises that I bought/got this year. Whew!

Good looking gardens, JoAnn!!

Thanks for the info on the lard press, Arlyn.

Oh -- an odd thing happened yesterday. Someone placed four Irises neatly in a row at the edge of our deck -- four small rhizomes with very small start-up leaves. I have no clue who did this, and there's no identification of the Irises either. I guess I'll find a place to plant them -- and wait for the mystery donor to identify himself/herself. How strange. Confused
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imagecrowrita1
Sep 19, 2012 7:53 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Hi,! Foundlings on your doorstep...You.ve be come an orphanage for iris Lovey dubby Lovey dubby !...Arlyn
ImageMuddymitts
Sep 19, 2012 9:46 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Rolling on the floor laughing Hilarious! Rolling on the floor laughing (iris foundlings)
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
ImagePollyK
Sep 19, 2012 11:18 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

I froze in the garden today. At least it seems like it. And now it's raining. We had over 1" of rain yesterday, so that's really good.

How cute, iris foundlings!
dmac
Sep 19, 2012 4:18 PM CST
Name: Donna
NC
Waiting for the ground to dry out a bit--was supposed to be popping out a peony to mail to Muddymitts this past Sat but the bottom fell out on Friday evening and today was our first sunny day since=) Not seeing much more rain in the next few days so I should be digging and mailing by Friday or Sat.

My daffs, alliums and tulips should be here soon. The iris are good to go--just gotta make some sort of planting "map" so I don't end up with similiar colored iris side by side--oh and making sure the short kids are in the front row.
Imageavmoran
Sep 19, 2012 4:18 PM CST
Name: Anita Moran
Pylesville, MD Zone 6B
Planted 50+ pots of seedlings into their new beds

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Imagevirginiarose
Sep 19, 2012 4:39 PM CST
Name: Susan
Southeastern, Va. zone 8a
HAVE SOME CHOCOLATE !
Got my 30 TB's planted into a new raised bed, I had to move my baby red maple. But all is well, tomorrow will be the Siberians. :biggrin:
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Imageirisarian
Sep 19, 2012 7:51 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Got the 8 bitty seedlings out yesterday. They must have been late germinaters. Can't plant seeds this early.
Imagege1836
Sep 21, 2012 3:03 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
All those beds look great.Send pix in spring.
Its early fall here,nights are cold 40's and days are warm with cool breeze.
Leaves are changing and falling.

I am weeding and cutting back yellowed lilies. I planted over a dozen iris and the increases are showing.

Not about iris but the end of the season here.
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Imageirisloverdee
Sep 21, 2012 8:19 AM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Here in full replant, my job while the workers till and plant will be to make the plant stakes and trim. We have ready to go back thru the letter J...they will plant the balance of C and to the letter J.

We are cold at night and heavy mist then AM cold in the AM like going to rain then hot in the late afternoon.

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

Imagege1836
Sep 21, 2012 9:33 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
I dont think people realize what it takes to run a plant business. What a great insight Dee.
Imagevirginiarose
Sep 21, 2012 12:07 PM CST
Name: Susan
Southeastern, Va. zone 8a
HAVE SOME CHOCOLATE !
You go girl!! Hurray!
ImageMuddymitts
Sep 21, 2012 7:15 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
The reclamation project is moving right along, and I took a couple of pictures today.

The first is the 16-foot section that is cleared and is now -- finally -- planted with Iris. There are 21 varieties in this section -- the Irises from Aitken's and the Irises from Snowpeak.

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This is the second 16-foot section, which is almost cleared. Probably have another foot or two to clear at the left end. When this section is done, it will be planted with the Irises that Tom sent to me in our trade, and the Irises from the PNW sale.

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Between these two sections is a section about 24 feet long, which has peonies in it. There is still bermuda grass growing in this section. I have dug all of it out that I can, without disturbing the peony roots. What remains will have to be sprayed out. But that area looks about like this:

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So -- I'm pleased with my progress. And happy to finally be getting these Irises in the ground. The way that the weather is behaving, I believe we might have an early winter -- and they need time to get established before cold weather sets in!! As time and weather permit, I'll continue clearing along the fenceline. A year from now, I'll have the whole thing under control and planted properly again!!
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
ImagePollyK
Sep 21, 2012 7:21 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

You should be pleased and proud. A lot of work went into that. Great job!

What is the area on the other side of the fence?
Imagetveguy
Sep 21, 2012 8:14 PM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
You've been a busy person! They are looking good. Have you ever tried using that plastic edging to keep the bermuda grass from creaping in? I've not tried it, but some say it helps. We had a light frost already, and the hair coats on the horses tells me its going to be an early winter.
ImageMuddymitts
Sep 22, 2012 6:18 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Thank you Polly. You're right -- a LOT of work went into that, and I *ain't done yet*! But it's so nice to see the fence again, instead of weeds. And it's wonderful to see the Irises soaking up sunshine, soil nutrients and rain. Absolutely cannot WAIT until next Spring!!! Big Grin

Well -- there you are, Tom -- I've been missing you! I have tried the plastic edging -- both the good stuff (Black Diamond) and the Walmart stuff. Absolutely nothing stops bermuda grass. If it can't grow over the top of it (it'll try, but it's easy to pull up), it'll grow under it -- and that's a bad deal because then the stuff has roots 5" underground. It's much easier to deal with if it's allowed to grow on top of the ground because then it can be pulled up and/or sprayed. I kept that area clear for ten years by just spraying the bermuda at the front edge with Round-Up, once a month or so. It got out of control when life events prevented me from spending the time to do that. I won't let that happen again. Thought you might like to know that I've decided that your NoID Reds will be tucked inbetween at the front edge of the peonies so that in time, there will be almost a row of clumps of them as a focal point during bloom season. The fragrant purple one will be planted up near the house where I can see it (and sniff it) on my regular rounds to and from the house. Smiling

Oh -- Polly I forgot to answer your question. The fence surrounds my riding arena. The front side of the fence is alongside the road, the side opposite this side is along the driveway to the barn, the back side faces the barnyard, and this side faces my house. I have a bay window in my dining room that faces the riding arena, so I can see this bed very well from the house -- and in fact, do so many times a day. Like I said -- it's wonderful to see the fence again!! The Irises are a bonus!! Thumbs up
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
ImagePollyK
Sep 22, 2012 8:01 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Nice to see when you're out riding too.

Raining again here today. Making up for lost time, I guess.
Imagetveguy
Sep 22, 2012 9:46 AM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
Yes, I'm back to work now, and don't have time to sit and play on the computer much anymore. Loving my work though, as it keeps my brain from total decay!
ImagePollyK
Sep 22, 2012 9:52 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

What type of work do you do Tom? You retired and then went back to work to feed your iris addiction?

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