Irises forum: My trip to Thelma's iris patch in Winston-Salem NC

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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
May 18, 2016 9:52 AM CST
I was visiting my parents in North Carolina last week when I concluded that the "Thelma's" that Leslie & Gabe were talking about was just under an hours drive away. So I suggested to my mother (the source of my iris "condition") that we go. Very little arm bending was employed Green Grin!

I wanted to take pictures of everything that was blooming, but I had other commitments later in the day in South Carolina, so we only spent about three hours there. Taking pictures slowed me down as to seeing them all and deciding what to buy. Thelma is 95 years young. I did not see/meet her, but heard she was out on her "Golf Cart" the day before supervising a weeding effort!

I may go back in July and get more, but not sure. It depends on how long they will be around. My guess is that they will not do anything this year so I would expect a 2017 bloom season. Who knows.

I took tag pictures and then pictures of the plants. The tag has the row number and the row position of the cultivar. This info is what they use to dig.

Arctic Age

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Schreiner 1999 TB

Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
May 18, 2016 9:55 AM CST
Rajah Brooke

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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
May 18, 2016 9:59 AM CST
Palace of Thoughts



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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
May 18, 2016 10:03 AM CST
Laurel Park




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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
May 18, 2016 10:08 AM CST
Frivolous



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Ernst 1991 TB
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
May 18, 2016 10:12 AM CST
Meda Lee



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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
May 18, 2016 10:15 AM CST
Latin Rock


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Schreiner 1984 TB
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
May 18, 2016 10:21 AM CST
Aztec Treasure



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R. & L. Miller 1984 TB


NOTE: Notice that they spelled the name wrong as it is on the sign as "Aztex" Big Grin
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
May 18, 2016 10:30 AM CST
Coral Satin



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Hamblen 1981 TB
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
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DaveinPA
May 18, 2016 10:30 AM CST
Nice ones; I should have sent my order!
thanks
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
May 18, 2016 10:32 AM CST
Olive Branch



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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
May 18, 2016 10:45 AM CST
Mango Entree



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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
May 18, 2016 11:38 AM CST
Really nice ones Greg. You caught different ones than I did. I will have more to post too. I am guessing you have more?😎
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
May 18, 2016 12:09 PM CST
yup, not as many as I wanted to as the time ran out.
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
May 18, 2016 12:12 PM CST
I have 28 more to go. One of which is in my opinion not correct; therefore a NoID. I was trying to take pictures of cultivars that may not have had any pictures in our database. Three of the first 11 I posted did not have a picture; so already a smashing success! More tomorrow!
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
May 18, 2016 12:20 PM CST
Some of the signs got messed up with the flooding near the road. And some are not for the iris right by the tag. It for ones on the other side.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 18, 2016 2:39 PM CST
Really nice, Greg ! Thanks for posting the pictures!
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
May 18, 2016 4:23 PM CST
Most of my pictures were taken in the back/middle. My mom and I were amazed at the erosion dug into the front rows. That had to be huge when it happened.
Name: Missy
SC (Zone 8a)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader
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Zazinnia
May 18, 2016 5:07 PM CST
Wow! Nice. Good prices, too.
"Loving God... loving each other....
and the story never ends." Lyrics by Bill and Gloria Gaither

Aint nothing flashing but the fireflies...lyrics by Paul Simon

Name: Phloid
Candler, NC (Zone 6b)
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Phloid
May 18, 2016 9:21 PM CST
Thanks for the photos and with field labels to boot. I am documenting the historic irises that Thelma's has and your photos are great to reference! And GREAT to hear Thelma was out on the golf cart recently supervising weeding! I have met her and she is neat. You gotta love her. :)

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