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Mar 18, 2019 9:45 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
Fellowship....... a feeling of friendship that people have when they are talking, doing something together, or sharing their experiences about a common interest. I enjoy this fellowship when others join me on the Bonnie's Bloomer's thread with thier photos, experiences, advice, encouragement, adventures, stories and just plain garden joys. Hoping to continue that tradition I thought the 2019 thread needed a name to reflect that fellowship.

The garden gate is open.... come on in!

Here bloom season will be slow to start. I had almost no winter so do not expect many of the older MDB's (the ones with more pumila in the cross) to bloom (I hope that they surprise me). Hopefully the newer ones should perform as usual. Since the SDB's require the same care and environment as the taller varieties I am looking forward to a normal amount of spring bloom. Two little varieties have bloom stalks. Smiling

I did have a bloom on my indoor twelve disciples iris or walking iris.



Also this little unguicularis iris has bloomed since Christmas.

Thumb of 2019-03-18/grannysgarden/8c0a77
This one grows in a bucket by a gate.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Mar 18, 2019 12:09 PM CST
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
A fellowship of little hobbit irises! I can't wait!! Hurray!
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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Mar 18, 2019 3:32 PM CST
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7b)
Do you ever wonder if you have too
Irises Region: Virginia Keeper of Poultry Cat Lover Garden Procrastinator
Awesomeness! Can't wait to see your blooms, Bonnie!
TB 'Starting Fresh' blooming for me in May of 2022. It bloomed for a week and a half with nine buds.
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Mar 18, 2019 4:52 PM CST
Name: Darrell
Piketon, Ohio (Zone 6b)
Irises Organic Gardener
I hope you have this beautiful iris!
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Mar 18, 2019 7:50 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
Thanks for welcoming me into your garden. I look forward to seeing your beautiful blooms Smiling
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Mar 18, 2019 8:14 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I love the idea of indoor iris. Going to have to look into some. Yours are so nice.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Mar 18, 2019 9:46 PM CST
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Irises Region: New Mexico Region: Southwest Gardening Region: United States of America
Thank you so much for the invitation to fellowship. I think twelve disciples is one of the prettiest Irises I have ever seen and by now I have seen a few Smiling Do you know if it can be purchased anywhere?
I get bored easy and Irises Don’t Bore Me!!!
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Mar 18, 2019 10:59 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
Bonnie ~ Thank You! for your wonderful invitation to your virtual garden.

Please take care and we hope to hear from you soon! Group hug
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Mar 18, 2019 11:00 PM CST
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7b)
Do you ever wonder if you have too
Irises Region: Virginia Keeper of Poultry Cat Lover Garden Procrastinator
Thank you for allowing entry to this great thread, Bonnie. It shouldn't be long until you have more blooms, aye?

I was just looking at the 2018 edition. March 17th last year is when you posted about Making Eyes (SDB) blooming as your first iris. Did it this year? I'm all ears!
TB 'Starting Fresh' blooming for me in May of 2022. It bloomed for a week and a half with nine buds.
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Mar 19, 2019 6:18 AM CST
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: United States of America Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
Garden Ideas: Master Level Peonies Hummingbirder Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Bonnie,
Thanks for the invitation to this new adventure. Looking forward to the bloom season ahead! Thumbs up
Even a fool, when he shuts his mouth, is counted (as being) wise.Proverbs 17:28
MY BLOG
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Mar 19, 2019 8:55 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
We are going to have a wonderful garden party!!! Big Grin Thumbs up Welcome to the garden Everyone!

I don't grow Gandalf the Grey but it is lovely, Hippie!

Leslie, I grow a lot of indoor plants that spend the summer outdoors. I think the iris foliage lends a lot of beauty indoors even when they are not in bloom.

Elsa, it is more commonly called the walking iris but is species Neomarica. The name walking iris was given because the bloom stems keep growing after the little bloom wilts and eventually the stem bends over to the ground and starts a new plant. I put pots of soil under these bending stalks and as soon as the roots grab the soil I cut the stem and another plant is born. The name 12 Disciples was given because the iris almost always grows 12 leaves in a fan before a bloom stalk forms. Yes, I count the leaves. Hilarious!

Leon @TBGDN, you are mainly responsible for this garden party. Hurray! You began posting last year as my irises finished their spring bloom season and your fellowship kept me from moping. So, bring it on.!

It will be a slow start as the heavy frosts overnight are making the irises pout. I keep checking the little stalks progress and they are just creeping along..... but they are still there. Thumbs up
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Mar 19, 2019 10:08 AM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
Bonnie ~ I am looking forward to all of your wonderful blooms. (Leon, too!)

Thank you for letting us be part of your garden experience and sharing so much with us.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Mar 19, 2019 11:58 AM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
I also want to thank you Bonnie and Leon. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.

Come-on weather, and let the garden party begin!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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Mar 19, 2019 6:33 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Vermiculture Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
thank you bonnie for opening the garden gate to let us through to enjoy your garden, too. Lovey dubby
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Mar 19, 2019 6:53 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
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
Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Mar 19, 2019 8:01 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
all we hare are snow drops & that is only because they are growing next to a brick porch.
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Mar 20, 2019 6:55 AM CST
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Irises Region: New Mexico Region: Southwest Gardening Region: United States of America
Bonnie: Thank you so much for the Walking Iris info!!!
I get bored easy and Irises Don’t Bore Me!!!
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Mar 20, 2019 7:41 AM CST
Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
Grace of the Lord Jesus be with all
Amaryllis Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Salvias Lilies Irises
Hibiscus Garden Art Daylilies Cottage Gardener Container Gardener Composter
Hurray! Bonnie...been lurking around the iris forum. Your title was such a nice invitation I just could not turn it down. Looking forward to this.

May your blessings be many and powerful...and your troubles disappear!
Sharon
One to take to heart....1 John 4 ..............................................Where there is smoke...there is fire...in most cases the smoke will kill you long before the fire consumes you. Beware of smoke screens! Freedom is not free and when those who have not paid the price or made the sacrifice...think that only they are right and entitled to speak...they bring us tryanny.
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Mar 20, 2019 7:50 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
Sooooo glad to see you here Sharon. Lovey dubby

It's only a matter of a few days, if the weather cooperates, That I will have blooms. In the meantime I am talking to them.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Mar 20, 2019 7:56 AM CST
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
"ORDERRRR! Orderrrr!" ?? Big Grin
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!

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