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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
May 27, 2014 3:53 PM CST
Last Saturday we held our second accredited show of the year and I would call it a great success. We had over 200 entries in horticulture, about 20 seedlings and 20+ artistic designs. Weather has been nice and the entries were in lovely shape. We had good attendance by the public and set-up and take-down went smoothly. A great show. Here are some pictures........
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Thumb of 2014-05-27/Paul2032/953450A very nice seedling



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Thumb of 2014-05-27/Paul2032/0d8facDazzling Gold in a design


Thumb of 2014-05-27/Paul2032/7d9603Haunted Heart


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Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
May 27, 2014 4:04 PM CST
What a wonderful show you had. Indeed it did occur in the peak of bloom. I help with set-up and sometimes take down. The excitement runs high among exhibitors and they really want their best irises to show off. I don't exhibit but I love to be there for the set-up when the growers are so proud of their blooms. I would recommend that people who attend an iris show bring their camera and a pad and pencil to take iris notes.
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 27, 2014 4:07 PM CST
Wow ! Thanks, Paul, for posting those! Looks like you had a wonderful show Hurray! ....Arlyn
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
May 27, 2014 4:19 PM CST
I only took 4 specimens this year because I was co-chair and rather lazy. Also, my warm bed was winding down and another bed barely starting. I'm glad others brought plenty to fill the show tables. I have a bunch more pictures that I will add later. I have quit taking notes but always take a picture of the tag before I take one of the iris. I have stopped making lists of iris I would like because there were getting to long.....
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Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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grannysgarden
May 27, 2014 4:33 PM CST
Yes, and I am making dual lists now. but still..... The reason I take a notepad is because sometimes I like to note the thickness of the falls or the underside color of the falls, etc without relying on going to a database where it may or may not be listed. Photos are the best record and the CAIS has a wonderful photographer but sometimes I like to either put its name with a couple of plus marks denoting that I need to get it a.s.a.p. or just note that looking at it makes me happy.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 27, 2014 4:37 PM CST
Those wish lists DO grow, don't they !?...Arlyn
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
May 27, 2014 5:51 PM CST
Don't keep us in suspense Paul -- did you place with any of your entries? Rolling my eyes.

The show looks absolutely wonderful. You are so lucky to have so many Iris *fans* in your area -- who are willing to do the work to participate. I would love to attend one -- we don't have anything like that around here.

P.S. I love Rainbow High. And Royal Sterling. And -- and -- and............... Green Grin! But I still don't understand why Queen's Circle is a Dykes winner................
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
May 27, 2014 6:45 PM CST
Nice Paul, thanks for sharing. I'm with you Mary Ann, I haven't really liked queen's circle that much. Now her offspring, Jinny Mitchell, is another story.
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Echinacea Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
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Paul2032
May 27, 2014 6:47 PM CST
I took 2 SDBs, 1 IB and 1 BB. The judges pick several of the top blue ribbon winners to be considered as Best Specimen. This group each receive a premium which is a recent iris rhizome later at our sell. My BB Niche was in this group, Embarrassed to say I didn't take a picture. Niche is a fine BB. Look at the pictures on the data base. It looks like a smaller version of Gypsy Lord. My pictures of Queens Circle don't do it justice. It is a very nice iris.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
May 27, 2014 7:15 PM CST
Well congratulations to you!! I just knew you had done well. Smiling

I wasn't basing my opinion (on Queen's Circle) on your photo. I have it. To me, it's disappointing. I have Northern Mist and find it a superior Iris -- here, anyway. Maybe Queen's Circle just doesn't do well in my climate, or in my soil, or something. Shrug!
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Echinacea Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
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Paul2032
May 27, 2014 7:43 PM CST
Queens Circle has not been great in my garden but I have seen some remarkable show stalks. Guess that is what I was basing my judgement on. Garden performance is the most importance.....
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
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grannysgarden
May 27, 2014 7:54 PM CST
I like Queens Circle because it seems to match its name. Elegant, delicate, formal and not as showy as say...... Honky Tonk Hussy. I would expect Hussy to be flashy and or bold.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
May 28, 2014 12:34 AM CST
Thank you for the photographs, Paul. Better than last year's group! Is that third design photograph Bumblebee Deelite? Big Grin
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Echinacea Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
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Paul2032
May 28, 2014 12:47 AM CST
I think it is BD..........
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
May 28, 2014 1:02 AM CST
Yea! I finally have ONE Iris I can identify on sight!!! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
May 28, 2014 4:28 AM CST
Tom -- I haven't seen Jinny Mitchell.............

Bumblebee Delight looks like big bumblebees, doesn't it? Green Grin!
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
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tveguy3
May 28, 2014 7:19 AM CST
My Ginny Mitchel will be blooming soon, Mary Ann
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
May 28, 2014 9:06 AM CST
Bumblebee Deelite is a favorite miniature tall iris. Our TBs have not opened as yet. My MTB seedlings were not open which was disappointing as I wanted people to see them. My 'Twilight Calm' won a 2nd which was very nice of the judges because instead of the usual 6 buds, it had 4. Flower was good though--here is a garden photo of the flower taken several years ago by a friend.


Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
Image
lovemyhouse
May 28, 2014 9:12 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 28, 2014 10:27 AM CST
That's a nice one ,Lucy ! It would look super in a clump!...Arlyn

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