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Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
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ARUBA1334
Nov 21, 2015 8:22 PM CST
Hi Guys finally got some down time in today to go through pictures our growing season ended yesterday with the 1st winter storm we got 5" of snow dumped on us overnight with 20 degree temps so no more garden work for the year. I'll probably be stir crazy by March but nice to have a break Smiling from work at least for the weekend. Thought I would take advantage of the down time and share some pictures from our Bloom season.

I had a lot of fun this spring was able to visit some friends in California and Oregon and caught most of gardens at Peak bloom and then came home to my own seedlings opening for the 1st time Smiling Although we had some rough storms in May I made the best of it and worked with what mother nature gave me ended up with quite a few pods and got some pictures of a lot of them in between the storms. My favorite part of the season was coming out every morning and finding something new blooming the goal has always been to create something different and I certainly found a few that were unique that created a lot of excitement and some others that left me scratching my head wondering How did those 2 plants create that Confused All in All a excellent season and very encouraging to keep pollen daubing had many pretty faces bloom but few with the total package at least this year anyway.

The 1st one I want to share was a cross made in 2012 looking back at the time this cross was done for no reason other than putting 2 plants together that I really liked Smiling and I didn't expect much from it but was curious what kind of a parent Class Ring was and at the time was hoping for some reds but didn't get anything like I expected what bloomed was a wide variety of different colors and patterns Thumbs up this is what makes it fun there is still have quite a few left to bloom from this cross next year so will be looking forward to seeing what else comes from this. The last one on the bottom right fit my description of something different it stood out amongst the rest of them because I have not seen anything else like it in that blend of colors so it was the favorite of the bunch so far.

Smoke and Thunder X Class Ring (12-12)
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Nov 21, 2015 8:28 PM CST
Brad - I really like the third one down. The copper and red are striking with the fuschia centerline on the falls.

Really like the dark hafts on the last one too. Nice contrast.
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Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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Boxergirl
Nov 21, 2015 9:01 PM CST
I like them all!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Nov 21, 2015 9:19 PM CST
Especially like the bottom left. We could sell the brown one as well, have a member who likes browns & they would certainly be cold hardy. I see that you had one with a 'ring'.

Thank you for the photos.
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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Nov 21, 2015 9:57 PM CST
All are good looking blooms, and I especially like numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8. If I could only choose one, it would probably be #5--I LOVE that one.

Excitin' stuff! (The photographs, not the snow. Smiling ) Hope you get time to post more. Thumbs up
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UndertheSun
Nov 21, 2015 10:00 PM CST
I love and want all of them!! Drooling Drooling

Pardon me, I lost my mind there.... Whistling

Those are all beauties! Thumbs up
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
Nov 21, 2015 10:13 PM CST
That is an amazing variety of colors from one cross! Love them all!
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Nov 21, 2015 10:55 PM CST
A thrilling bunch, Brad! Bravo!
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Nov 21, 2015 11:12 PM CST
I'm amazed at the variety in colors from one cross. I like 1 & 6 best.. Especially the ruffles and form on 6. Are you happy with their performance, number of blooms, vigor etc..?
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Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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ARUBA1334
Nov 21, 2015 11:56 PM CST
Thanks Everybody !! I'm glad you like some of them this cross was a fun one I kept the majority of these and lined them out to get another look next year most have grown pretty well so far and they lived through my disaster in 2014 so excited to see them again.

Lucy.. I like the Brown's as well and yes these are all Cold Hardy Smiling

Sherri.. They all seemed to grow well and increase but you would not of won any shows with them Smiling as most lacked buds at least this year anyway will see how they do next year.

I used a lot of Joe Ghio's plants in my crosses they grow well here and I really enjoy his Pinks and Pastel's so I tried to mix his plants with Barry's and Kieth's hoping for new colors loaded with Bubble Ruffles Smiling Here are some results that I liked

Smart Money X Chestnuts Roasting (13-86)
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Pop Idol X Fashionista (13-89)
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Photogenic X Bejewled (13- 12)
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Nov 22, 2015 5:06 AM CST
Wow, hard to imagine all of the different colors coming from the Smoke and Thunder X Class Ring cross. All of them are really nice. The last one is really unique for sure, but also number 3 and 7 are different then any I've seen. Were there any plicata's among them?

I tried to make several crosses with Chestnuts Roasting last year, and none of them took.

I wonder if the second year will make any difference in things like bud count and branching and ruffles. I only had a hand full of my seedling bloom last summer, and that was the first year for me, so it will be interesting to see what happens next year. Maybe some of you who have been doing this longer can weigh in on this. Smiling
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Nov 22, 2015 8:38 AM CST
Wonderful results, Brad -- you dun good!!

Predictably, I love the pink!! (Photogenic x Bejeweled) Lovey dubby
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Nov 22, 2015 8:43 AM CST
Brad you have created some really beautiful irises! And such a wide range of colors and patterns. Exceptional all and that last pink one posted is over the top. To see such beautiful irises and to know some may not make the cut due to brancing, sockets, bud count, etc., really emphasizes how hard it is to create a beautiful AND marketable iris. I am eager to see more photos.
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Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
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Cuzz4short
Nov 22, 2015 8:46 AM CST
Drooling Sticking tongue out those are all marvels! Great work Brad! Can't wait to see other crosses.
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
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Henhouse
Nov 22, 2015 9:42 AM CST
I can certainly see the Ghio influence in your crosses. All those ruffles! Keep 'em coming... I enjoy seeing your crosses!
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Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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ARUBA1334
Nov 22, 2015 11:47 AM CST
I think if I had to pick just 1 of Joe's plants to grow it would be (Magical) it is up for the Dyke's again this year and I think he got the name perfect for this one Smiling it has been one that I can count on to put on a show every spring and one of the few that bloomed through our record cold winter in 2014 if your looking for a Pink it is recommended and proving to be a excellent parent for pastels. I have used it a lot the past couple years hoping to get different colors with the same good growth, bubble ruffles and hardiness and it has given me some really fun seedlings to work with. I think some of the best colors so far are the ones mixed with Barry's plants once again lots of different colors and patterns even got a few unexpected pastel Oranges to work with Hurray! Smiling . My favorite cross with it so far was( Electric Candy x Magical 13-80) only had 12 of them bloom so far hoping I get to see the rest of them in May.

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Region: California
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UndertheSun
Nov 22, 2015 11:54 AM CST
You're killing me! Drooling
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Nov 22, 2015 12:10 PM CST
ARUBA1334 said:
Using Brad's pics - these are
My favs:
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Nov 22, 2015 12:36 PM CST
Holy Moly!!!! I want all of them! But particularly 2, 4, 6, and 8; with 6 and 8 tied for favorite.
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Nov 22, 2015 1:39 PM CST
These are jaw dropping gorgeous, I'm seriously blown away!
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