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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Nov 22, 2015 5:51 AM CST
Every once in a while I get a bonus iris that I'm not too excited about based on pictures, and then when it blooms it blows me away. This has happened a few times. I usually end up planting them off in some corner some place, thinking it's one that I might not keep. I later have to move them to a more prominent place. Has this happened to you?

Sharp Dressed Man was one of these happy surprises.

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Not only is it beautiful, but has a great fragrance too!

Show us some of your surprises.
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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 22, 2015 7:49 AM CST
That is a nice bonus Tom. I have been given bonuses that I have been really happy to get for the most part. But there are a couple that exceeded my expectations...
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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
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Muddymitts
Nov 22, 2015 8:23 AM CST
Magheralin was one of those happy surprises for me, Tom. Dee sent it several years ago as a bonus on an order. I looked it up and thought *ho hum, another purple*. But WOWSA -- when that baby bloomed, I fell in love with it. The blooms are large and ruffled and beautiful!!!!

And it's not purple -- it's a deep blue!! 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 8:35 AM CST
I often order only dwarfs and indicate that if a bonus is offered that it be an extra of one I ordered because I have their other dwarfs. Then I receive a different class of iris. It is like they think if I try a larger iris I will like it. LOL I do sometimes get one I really like.

Peewee is a little MTB that was a bonus and I love it. It has not grown much but its blooms are just a treat.


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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
Nov 22, 2015 9:59 AM CST
Nice ones, isn't it a great thing when you think it's not going to be anything special and it is?
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Nov 22, 2015 9:59 AM CST
Because most of my Iris are new to the garden, many have not yet bloomed for me, but there is one bonus I was ho-hum about...until it bloomed. Lovey dubby Posted it elsewhere, but worthy of repeat. Big Grin

Cotillion Gown. Came from Keith Keppel.
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If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Nov 22, 2015 10:08 AM CST
I got that one as a bonus too, but it hasn't bloomed yet. Had a bit of a rot problem last year. I added another rhizome from a trade this year, so I'm hoping to see it next year.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
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
Nov 22, 2015 10:25 AM CST
I love that one, Deb!! Lovey dubby
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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
Nov 22, 2015 10:39 AM CST
Mary Ann, your name is/has been at the top of the share list on CG. Should have one to send you next year. Smiling

Tom, if those don't do well for you, let me know.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
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 12:00 PM CST
I wasn't real keen on Change In The Weather when I got it as a bonus, but it makes a beautiful clump!



My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
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
Nov 22, 2015 5:49 PM CST
lovemyhouse said:Mary Ann, your name is/has been at the top of the share list on CG. Should have one to send you next year. Smiling


I'm so glad, Deb -- I have it on my Want List with a note that you may send me a rhizome. Lovey dubby

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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 10:13 PM CST
I was quite taken with 'Brimmed Red Amo' that I got from Superstition a couple of years ago. It doesn't have the substance of the moderns, but there was a delicacy that charmed me.. And look how great it looks with the yellow behind it!
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Nov 24, 2015 4:03 AM CST
Another one of the bonuses that surprised me was Style Traveler. I just wasn't impressed by the picture in the catalog, but boy do I love this one.



I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
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
Nov 24, 2015 8:00 AM CST
And off I went to my database -- and there she is!!! Hurray!
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
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irisarian
Nov 24, 2015 2:11 PM CST
I ordered Pewee (that's how it is spelled for some reason) & hope it blooms next year. You could order 5 historic dwarfs & medians & they sent me the 5 subs that I listed. I think they were out of the ground & no one else wanted them. So they are in a bed that I meant for getting my MDBs out of the shade. Poor things are still there.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
Nov 24, 2015 2:18 PM CST
Superstition's 2014 bonus was 'One Step Beyond', and this was it's first Spring in the ground. I'm looking forward to seeing what it does down the line. The colors are really rich and velvety.
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Nov 24, 2015 2:52 PM CST
Pewee is a sweet little iris, Lucy . You'll like it, I'm sure Thumbs up
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
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Cuzz4short
Nov 24, 2015 3:10 PM CST
Oooh, 'Storm Rider'... Lovey dubby
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
Nov 25, 2015 2:15 AM CST
They're doing some great work getting smokey reds at Superstition. I saw some beautiful seedlings up there this past Spring.. They always send me bonuses/gifts that I'm thrilled to have.
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
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
Nov 25, 2015 2:20 AM CST
I agree, Sherry. I like everything about Superstition and their bonuses are often better than the ones I ordered. I already have a tentative order for them next spring. smiles
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