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Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Mar 28, 2019 11:42 AM CST
It was quite a storm yesterday. It isn't raining right now so I will have to go outside and check on my seedlings and other plants. I hope they are all fine.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Mar 28, 2019 1:21 PM CST
This was just taken a few minutes ago. Plenty of hail still has not melted.
Thumb of 2019-03-28/iciris/b5d75d

• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Mar 28, 2019 2:47 PM CST
well, i haven't had much to report.....here in socal. our weather has been pretty consistently boring highs in the 60's close to 70's some days, and nights in the mid 50's.

because of the rains, the iris foliage growth has been phenomenal for me. not by northern california standards, though. i must have fertilized just at the. right time in-between storms because the foliage is the best that it has ever been.
Thumb of 2019-03-28/shizen/6a3475. but so have the ravages and number of snails.

my clumps are 2 and 3 years old, and stay fairly small, comparively speaking. the number of flower stalks that form are also few. i get 1-3 stalks at a time, mostly 1. ( so you understand why i get so excited about my measly 1 stalk blooms? Hilarious! )

this morning 'banshee' opened. it's more the height of an sdb instead of an ib. it's about 6-7" tall. but then, again, the flower stalks of those irises planted in the ground are generally much, much shorter than catalog descriptions.


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Thumb of 2019-03-28/shizen/e08603 'banshee' opened 2 days later than last year, and 2" shorter🤣

'yonkers' and 'autumn explosion' are about to unfurl soon, and 'hyenasicle' is on it's way out with tiny snail bites😤 ( i will edit to add pic when photo loads to the ipad)

Thumb of 2019-03-28/shizen/3e5686. 1 bud left in socket below bloom. (ffo on 3/17)

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Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Mar 28, 2019 6:44 PM CST
Daphne ~ You are way ahead of me! Thumbs up

Last year some first blooms bloomed low in the foliage. I wasn't sure if it was the unsettled weather or what? Anyone else have thoughts on this?
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Garden Procrastinator Irises Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California
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evelyninthegarden
Mar 28, 2019 8:50 PM CST
evelyninthegarden said:On Tuesday, I went to Home Depot, and of course while someone had to buy something important in the main section, I wandered off into the garden department and picked up some more alyssum and violas for the White Flower Border. (I should have put them in the shed!) I don't know what they look like now after the violent hailstorm we had today. At least it was small hail. And...the IRIS SEEDLINGS!!!! YIKES!!!


Well, upon further inspection, they all seem to be fine, so I just left them where they were.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Region: New Mexico Region: United States of America Irises Region: Southwest Gardening Dog Lover
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GreenIris
Mar 28, 2019 8:54 PM CST
Ev/Sue: D'Oh! I see the Pansy now Hilarious!

Barb: Sorry about your hail. That is a huge amount. On a happier note. Do your Magnolia Blooms smell good?
Also on an even happier note...The quote at the bottom of your posts really made me chuckle!!!!

Daphne: Oh that Banshee is beautiful!!!
I think the people who grow Irises are about as special as the flower itself!
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Mar 28, 2019 9:04 PM CST
GreenIris said:Ev/Sue: D'Oh! I see the Pansy now Hilarious!

Barb: Sorry about your hail. That is a huge amount. Also on an even happier note...The quote at the bottom of your posts really made me chuckle!!!!
I agree
GreenIris said:Daphne: Oh that Banshee is beautiful!!!


I agree
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Mar 28, 2019 9:17 PM CST
thanks evelyn and elsa, unfortunately, 'banshee' isn't a prolific increaser. i bought it in 2016 from a fellow ncg-er, but so far it puts out an increase enough to sustain itself for 1 or 2 blooms for the following year.

for the one rhizome i received, it sent out 3 increases. 2 have blooms, and there's the 1 reserve rhizome for next year. Shrug!

hopefully, these two mothers with their flower stalks will send out increases? Shrug! that's not been the case for the past 3 seasons.
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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Mar 28, 2019 11:14 PM CST
GreenIris said:
... Barb: Sorry about your hail. That is a huge amount. On a happier note. Do your Magnolia Blooms smell good?
Also on an even happier note...The quote at the bottom of your posts really made me chuckle!!!!....


Elsa, I went outside tonight and I can't detect any smell.. Sad

I should, or maybe I shouldn't, post a picture of Milk in my Coffee after all the hail we got. I'll have to think about it.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Mar 28, 2019 11:19 PM CST
Daphne, love your photos of Banshee, very cute, but wish it increased better for you.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Mar 28, 2019 11:47 PM CST
Daphne ~ I agree with Barbara. It is too bad that Banshee doesn't grow better. On the bright side with limited space, it doesn't outgrow its space!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Mar 28, 2019 11:52 PM CST
guess so evelyn, as we are nearly at opposite ends of the state, and have been in the 50's and 60's for several weeks now. soon to be in the 60's and 70's in a few more weeks, and we never really had to contend with snow or ice.

we did have several weeks of chilly nights, mid to low 30's, and my tropicals show burn and dying branches from the cold wind blasts. the cordyline fruticosas show the most damage, and i may loose some of the minis that live in pots, and some of the regulars that are planted in some of the "wind tunnels in my garden. [on the sides of my house are micro climate tunnels created by house and fence, and when the wind whips up the small gorge from the ocean, it funnels the wind through these shady areas and really creates ( very)cold pockets. ]
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Mar 28, 2019 11:53 PM CST
Thank You! barbara and evelyn. yes! it won't outgrow it's spacebut also means i have little to none to share😩
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Mar 29, 2019 12:01 AM CST
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"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Garden Procrastinator Irises Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California
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evelyninthegarden
Mar 29, 2019 10:59 AM CST
shizen said:guess so evelyn, as we are nearly at opposite ends of the state, and have been in the 50's and 60's for several weeks now. soon to be in the 60's and 70's in a few more weeks, and we never really had to contend with snow or ice.


The many flowering trees and shrubs and spring bulbs are in bloom, down the hill from us. Placerville is about 10 - 15° warmer than we are, and Sacramento a good 20° and sometimes warmer.

So even in Somerset, which is just a little bit lower, there are daffodils in bloom. I have to check with Mary at Bluebird Haven, to see when her irises are in bloom. I bet she has some littles in bloom now. The factor for the difference in temperatures seems to be elevation. And further up the hill from us, they get a lot more snow than we do and it takes longer to melt.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Mar 29, 2019 1:10 PM CST
Some quick garden photos.

Autumn Breeze
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Texas Two Step
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Cocoa Pink
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Gizmo the Gremlin
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Copper Clouds
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Leave the Light On
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Rosalie Figge (been blooming off and all Winter)
Thumb of 2019-03-29/UndertheSun/b34960

Molokini ((Hopefully)Last of the ugly frost blooms , but it's been blooming off and on all Winter)
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Catr's Eye (Thanks slugs! Rolling my eyes. )
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Toe the Line (On a rotting plant)
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Atomic Glow (In a pot)
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Mar 29, 2019 4:12 PM CST
Thumbs up rob.
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Mar 29, 2019 6:08 PM CST
Rob, I'm amazed that you have that many in bloom. You are ahead of this side of the Bay! I tip my hat to you.
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
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BlueFlagFan
Mar 29, 2019 6:26 PM CST
Nice blooms, Rob!
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” --John Muir (1838-1914)
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
Irises Region: Virginia Keeper of Poultry Cat Lover Garden Procrastinator
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UndyingLight
Mar 29, 2019 7:58 PM CST
Great blooms, Rob! Lovey dubby
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