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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Jan 1, 2019 2:18 PM CST
If you are tuning in for the first time: we(!) Smiling try to post flower/plant/garden images often, so if you don't care for conversation that changes direction more often than a Jai Alai game, just skim past it. Big Grin Big Grin

Here we are, starting a thread for year FIVE. I say "we" because these threads are not solo endeavors, they are continuously evolving stories shared by an ever-expanding group of people who have also developed into friends (or friendly neighbors--that works, too).

Gardening is so much more than simply plants and, in this place, there is no such thing as off topic. So, y'all are welcome to join in, jump in, browse, lurk, comment--whatever makes you comfortable. Grab a cup, take a seat, and stake yourself a place in the party. Smiling

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Link to the 2018 thread if you want to refer back to it.
The thread "My Garden and Other Stuff -- 2018" in Garden Photos forum

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Cheated a bit in that these photographs were taken yesterday afternoon. Close enough. Hilarious!

When processing the images, I noticed an unintentional theme: Gifts, all gifts. Some from friends; some I bought that have become more deliciously expansive than expected; and some natural.

Rain. 'Gifts' from all the rain--a full twig bucket and weedy grasses to fork out. The bucket was an easy tip over. All fixed! Rolling my eyes. The new Iris bed is (obviously) full of grass. Howsomever, in an area prone to drought? Rain, any rain, is definitely a gift. Lovey dubby Weather is supposed to be mild after Thursday. Guess I know what I need to start doing, right? Whistling Sticking tongue out
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Drumstick Allium. A gift from Kabby. Didn't think it would survive the squirrels. As you can see, though... Lovey dubby //
Crocosmia, a gift from a trade partner in California. Has never bloomed, but that foliage is enough for me.
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Lemon Thyme. A purchase that is covering more ground that I ever anticipated. I like it! (It smells soooo good in the rain.) And, it is spreading in the same exuberant fashion in two other places in the yard. I cook with it, too. Thumbs up
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Gifts from the mild weather. Dark Crystal, a reblooming Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris sending up a stalk. Under the bucket is that bloom stalk on Flo, a Border Bearded reblooming Iris. Covered for protection from the anticipated below-30 degree overnight lows that are now no longer in the forecast. Thankfully!!!! Expecting freezing rain and maybe snow tomorrow and Thursday (but still not lower than 32 degrees--yea!); will remove the bucket on Friday.
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Natural gifts. Henbit is coming up ever'where. I am fond of the stuff, not the least reason being I have lovely purple flowers in January. Look closely at the third picture. Notice the Mexican Feather Grass in the center? And the Poppy foliage bottom left? Gifts that gave of themselves. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Gift from the hybridizer. Saw photographs of it and immediately decided I HAD to have it. Discovering it is not commercially available, I was able to get contact information for the hybridizer and asked for a piece of it. I have NO shame when it comes to Irises. Hilarious! She graciously agreed to send me a rhizome. In fact, after she said yes and, in the thank-you email, I told her what I had subsequently been inspired to do with it, she sent THREE. (Two of the rhizomes are now a memory planting for a local police officer killed while protecting an 11-year-old child. The third I potted for insurance.) Just lookee, here--one of the in ground rhizomes has increases starting!!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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I have one more gift to talk about, which I think I will save for my next post. In the meantime, let's have some fun!
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Morning Glories Region: United States of America Amaryllis Hummingbirder
Region: Southwest Gardening Echinacea Roses Birds Seed Starter Plumerias
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quietyard
Jan 1, 2019 2:48 PM CST
Hurray! Starting year 5 ! So much to look forward to in your garden, Debra. Thank You! for including all of us! Group hug
" And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden" Genesis 2:8
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Jan 1, 2019 3:25 PM CST
Couldn't be without all of us, Linda. Lovey dubby
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Ginny G
Central Iowa (Zone 5a)
Plant Addict!!
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Legalily
Jan 1, 2019 8:04 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Be a person that makes others feel special.
Name: Ginny G
Central Iowa (Zone 5a)
Plant Addict!!
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Legalily
Jan 2, 2019 8:48 AM CST
Happy birthday to a wonderful friend. Hope you have a great day Debra Hurray! 🎁🍾🎈🎂❤️
Be a person that makes others feel special.
Name: Betty
MN zone 4
Frogs and Toads Birds Roses Region: United States of America Peonies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Lilies Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Garden Art Echinacea
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daylilydreams
Jan 2, 2019 10:10 AM CST
Happy Birthday have a wonderful day and a super gardening year!
If you want to be happy for a lifetime plant a garden!
Faith is the postage stamp on our prayers!
Betty MN Zone4 AHS member

Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Morning Glories Region: United States of America Amaryllis Hummingbirder
Region: Southwest Gardening Echinacea Roses Birds Seed Starter Plumerias
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quietyard
Jan 2, 2019 10:35 AM CST
Happy Birthday from me as well, Debra......🎂 Big Grin 🎈
" And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden" Genesis 2:8
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Jan 2, 2019 3:24 PM CST
Thank you Ginny, Betty, and Linda. Smiling Lovey dubby Smiling

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Since today is my birthday, now would be a good time to post some of the 'maybes' I have earmarked to get with my Sutton's Iris Gardens birthday gift certificate, eh? Big Grin


Much of what is on the list is based around this 2019 introduction (the name for which is not yet released). Mostly looking at coordinating or complementary colors and patterns. Reblooming characteristic is a bonus. Thumbs up

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Would normally bypass a white, but I like the beard color and the faint hint of gold on the shoulders. // LOVE the yellow pattern.



Both of these are rebloomers.



Rebloomer and an IB, a type I am working on increasing in the yard. // My Favorite Martian was one of my favorite shows. And I have wanted to add more Marky Smith Irises. How can I pass up it up?



Alvin was a hero of my childhood. Hilarious! // Another childhood reference. My paternal grandmother bought the soundtrack album to Cinderella just for me (which was a big deal considering the number of grandchildren she had!). Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo still runs through my head on occasion. Lovey dubby The colors are warm enough to work with the rest.



Normally, broken color Iris are 'meh' to me, but something about this pattern I like, especially the caramel and cranberry colors. // Registered to bloom Early, Mid, and Late. Longevity is a BIG plus.



One I was looking at hard during last year's selection adventure. // The name resonates, and it is a rebloomer.




It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Betty
MN zone 4
Frogs and Toads Birds Roses Region: United States of America Peonies Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Lilies Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Garden Art Echinacea
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daylilydreams
Jan 2, 2019 3:32 PM CST
Your maybes' are certainly drool worthy, it will be difficult making decisions on the final choices. Drooling Lovey dubby Drooling
If you want to be happy for a lifetime plant a garden!
Faith is the postage stamp on our prayers!
Betty MN Zone4 AHS member

Name: Ginny G
Central Iowa (Zone 5a)
Plant Addict!!
Daylilies Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Irises Hibiscus Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers Lilies Garden Art Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Miniature Gardening
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Legalily
Jan 2, 2019 4:16 PM CST
Gorgeous Drooling Drooling Drooling Drooling that first one is totally drool worthy Hurray! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Be a person that makes others feel special.
Name: Linda
Tucson, Arizona
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Morning Glories Region: United States of America Amaryllis Hummingbirder
Region: Southwest Gardening Echinacea Roses Birds Seed Starter Plumerias
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quietyard
Jan 2, 2019 4:23 PM CST
I like the 'spiced tiger' one. It has a happy smiling look to me. Smiling
" And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden" Genesis 2:8
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Jan 2, 2019 5:47 PM CST
My decision is being made easier, I think. Just scanned their website again and three of my possibles (Faded Glory, Fruited Plain, and Martian) are gone. Rolling on the floor laughing
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 2, 2019 5:52 PM CST
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEBRA!!!!!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

I wondered why everyone was talking about cake earlier. D'Oh! D'Oh! Rolling my eyes.

Ruby Sands, Martian & Spiced Tiger are the stand outs to me.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Jan 2, 2019 7:15 PM CST
Thank you, Ann. Lovey dubby

Ken and I have the same birthday. Smiling Hope it's been a good one for you, Ken. @bramedog

Think Ruby Sands and Spiced Tiger will survive the first few cuts. Big Grin
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Jan 2, 2019 8:55 PM CST
Yeah, right after I posted, I saw Martian is gone. Oh well, it's not like there aren't others to choose from.

Hey Ken @bramedog HPAAY BIRTHDAY to you as well! Did you say something about banana cake? YUM! That would be my choice.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Ken
Traverse City, Michigan (Zone 5a)
Vegetable Grower Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: Michigan Irises Daylilies
Region: United States of America Cat Lover
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bramedog
Jan 3, 2019 5:21 PM CST
Thanks for the birthday wishes... just saw. It was great. Had BLT's and German chocolate cake for din-din. Hope yours went well too, Debra!
Now my wife's birthday is on Saturday... so I think we are going out to eat. I tip my hat to you. Smiling
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Jan 3, 2019 5:38 PM CST
Oh...yum-eee... Drooling Drooling Drooling Drooling

You are a wise man, my friend. Big Grin Wish her happy birthday from us. Lovey dubby
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Ginny G
Central Iowa (Zone 5a)
Plant Addict!!
Daylilies Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Irises Hibiscus Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers Lilies Garden Art Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Miniature Gardening
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Legalily
Jan 3, 2019 6:03 PM CST
Happy birthday to you and your wife Ken @bramedog Hurray! Hurray!
Be a person that makes others feel special.
Name: Mike
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
There's a place of quiet rest !
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Jan 3, 2019 7:19 PM CST
Happy belated birthday Debra and Ken. Debra I am enjoying your blog already. Thanks for starting this back up. I have always looked forward to your comments and pictures. What a pick me upper. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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"Life as short as it is, is amazing isn't it ?" Michael Burton
"Be your best you".
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
Jan 6, 2019 4:55 PM CST
Hurray! Happy belated Birthday, Debra!! I hope it was a good one. Hurray!

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