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Imagegrannysgarden
Nov 15, 2013 7:12 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
I am new to this site. I have an addiction to iris, especially the beardeds. When I mention to friends that I may need an 'intervention' they all show up with wine and some rhizomes so I guess I need more interventions. Anyway, I have enjoyed reading the iris information and looking at the fabulous iris pictures. I have one little bloom stalk on SDB 'Sun Doll' left. It is in a pot so I have been bringing it in at night and putting it out during the day so it will not freeze. It will be the last of the summer bloom for me. I guess the iris that I lust after most are the dwarfs. I am growing all types of beardeds and a dozen Louisiana iris. The iris is the first blooming plant that caught my interest. I was seven years old and my interest has not waned. I only started growing the dwarfs about eight years ago. I live in central Arkansas between a Game and Fish Commission Lake and a Wildlife Preserve. Not a lot of space but I have managed to get a lot of iris in. Finding this site and reading your posts have been great.
ImageMuddymitts
Nov 15, 2013 7:25 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Welcome Bonnie! Glad to have you aboard. Smiling You've come to the right place for help with Iris Addiction (heh heh heh -- evil grin) -- we're VERY good at helping with this affliction!!

I love your friends idea of an *intervention*!! Rolling on the floor laughing I wish that we all lived closer to one another -- we could have *interventions* all the time -- wouldn't that be a blast?? Big Grin
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imagecrowrita1
Nov 15, 2013 7:36 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Hi, Bonnie ! Glad you could stop by! My folks moved to Elizabeth( near Mountain Home) in northern Arkansas, when they "retired", and lived there 29 years, before moving back to Illinois. Arkansas is good "growing ground" for iris! ...Arlyn
jlkapps
Nov 15, 2013 8:02 AM CST
Name: Judy
north Texas
Count me in on those interventions!! That sounds like such fun!!
I'm nearly a neighbor in Texas. Welcome!!!
Imageirisarian
Nov 15, 2013 9:46 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Welcome to our world. Have you looked at the Median Iris society site? The dwarfs Standard SDB) are the smallest median section. There is also a Dwarf Iris society (Miniature dwarfs). People confuse them. It is mainly a restriction of size, although there are a lot more species dancing around in the minis.

However since the standard dwarfs grow well for you, they are a grand plant. The tall bearded are the most known & are spectacular so we dwarf & median people charge around on our own. Room for more smaller plants ☺.
Imagegrannysgarden
Nov 15, 2013 10:12 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
Thank you All for the warm welcome! I am glad I stopped 'lurking' and jumped in. Lucy, I do grow both SDB's as well as the MDB's. I have not grown many of the MDB's as we do not get cold for a long enough period I am told to make them happy. They bloom for two or three years and sort of go away. I still try. I also have some IB's and BB's which I love. I love all the iris and have never met one that I did not like (and wanted to take home with me). I did have good luck with 'Trimmed Velvet' I got it this spring from a friend and did not expect a rebloom (I did not know any MDB that was a rebloomer) and to my surprise it put up two bloom stalks and was a real delight. I just finished its little show. I will see if I can attach a picture.
Thumb of 2013-11-15/grannysgarden/598a9b
ImageMuddymitts
Nov 15, 2013 11:35 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
How beautiful, Bonnie!! Lovey dubby
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imagecrowrita1
Nov 15, 2013 12:58 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
That's one of Don Spoon's, I think. He( Winterberry Gardens) has introduced some real dependable re-bloomers. I don't grow that one , but I may have to put it on my list! Ya' gotta' love that re-bloom ! Arlyn
Imagegrannysgarden
Nov 15, 2013 4:50 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
I looked it up on my MDB list, Arlyn, and I have it as Spoon in 2006. I do not know the hybridizers by name or the date of introduction for most of my iris. I do keep lists so I can look them up. I know some of the historical iris dates because I find it fascinating that I am growing something that was introduced before I was born. smiles
Imagecrowrita1
Nov 15, 2013 4:56 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Sounds like we have similar interests in irises, as I'm into re-bloomers and historics, also. ...Arlyn
Imagegrannysgarden
Nov 15, 2013 7:52 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
Thank you Mary Ann. One bloom stalk left on a SDB and then I will have to go 'cold turkey' until spring. sigh......
ImageMuddymitts
Nov 15, 2013 10:09 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Yah -- we're all in the same boat, Bonnie. But we manage to manage our withdrawal with frequent application of beautiful Iris pictures from our gardens this past year. It soothes the beast within -- and gives us an opportunity to start our wishlist of acquisitions in the upcoming season!

Ahhhh -- the wishlist -- the never ending wishlist........... Thumbs up Big Grin
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
jlkapps
Nov 15, 2013 10:30 PM CST
Name: Judy
north Texas
Mine is more like a wish "book" at this stage....if only they'd quit making new introductions I might get caught up someday. Maybe? Rolling on the floor laughing
Imageirisarian
Nov 16, 2013 7:13 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
MDB "Rosa Brooks'. doesn't rebloom as far as I know.Thumb of 2013-11-16/irisarian/9fd943
ImageMuddymitts
Nov 16, 2013 8:11 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Rolling on the floor laughing Judy!!! Yup -- wishbook IS more like it!!! Hilarious!

Pretty, Lucy!! Big Grin
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
ImageMShadow
Nov 16, 2013 9:28 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
Welcome Bonnie! That is really a pretty picture of 'Trimmed Velvet.'

Lucy, that is really cute!
Imagegrannysgarden
Nov 16, 2013 11:56 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
Thanx again to All for the generous welcome! Lucy that is a gorgeous MDB! The only yellow MDB with blue beard I have (?) is zipper. The reason for the question mark is that it may not be 'zipper'. It came from a local grower who is a very lovely person. However, when I checked her iris photos on line, the iris labeled 'zipper' does not have a blue beard and there is a dusty brown in the standards. oh well, it is an iris and I can always order 'zipper' (and now Rosa Brooks) from another vendor and still have this happy little NOID. Smiles.....now back to adding to my list...

Imagegrannysgarden
Nov 16, 2013 12:03 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
Here is a picture of a little pink SDB with blue beard. She is a real trooper. The first fall I planted her she multiplied and the next spring she put up four bloom stalks. I had her in a border with planters by the driveway. A huge truck flattened her and four other little SDB's clumps along the drive. I took them all up and sorted them. I replanted what I could salvage. This is the only one to begin to grow immediately and bloom the next spring. I have had a bloom from her every year since and I have put her in several places. Thumb of 2013-11-16/grannysgarden/d89ecd
Enchanted Princess
ImageMuddymitts
Nov 16, 2013 2:46 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Oh! I LOVE HER!!!!! She could make me give SDB's a try!!!! Lovey dubby
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imageirisarian
Nov 16, 2013 3:44 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Very nice pink SDB, I like the intensity of the color.

Rosa Brooks is a bee pod which John harvested & sold by Winterberry Iris Gardens. It came from plicata breeding, but has an older pink TB 'Cherie' in its background which would account from the yellow color.

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