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Apr 5, 2019 3:28 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
Have had some bloom stalks popping up, and the race was on to see which would be first bloom. Lots of TB's in the race, but this dark horse snuck up a stalk while attention was focused on the forerunner. So the winner of first for 2019 is:

Hugh Stout's SDB Fruit On The Bottom, a new intro last year. Of course it decided to rain on it's opening but there are more stalks on the way! Hurray!

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"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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Apr 5, 2019 3:34 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
And the race is on Hurray! Thumbs up !
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Apr 5, 2019 3:38 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
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Apr 5, 2019 3:40 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Vermiculture Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Hurray! leslie!
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Apr 5, 2019 4:22 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Thumbs up Awesome! Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd their Offfff! Fruit on the Bottom takes an early lead!
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Apr 5, 2019 5:01 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
Hilarious! Tom Big Grin
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Apr 5, 2019 5:32 PM 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
YAY! Leslie! I am glad its a dwarf in the lead. And a pretty one too. Hilarious!
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Apr 5, 2019 5:44 PM CST
Name: Casey
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
Congrats Leslie! So exciting! Hurray!

Ha! Too funny Tom. Smiling
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Apr 5, 2019 6:33 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
Hope to see yours here too Casey! Big Grin

Tom- the runner up still hasn't crossed the finished line so stay tuned. Hilarious!
"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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Apr 5, 2019 6:52 PM CST
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
Birds Butterflies Dog Lover Canning and food preservation Region: Illinois Irises
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant and/or Seed Trader
Woo Hoo! Looking forward to your show, Leslie! Let's hope for a turtle's race... nice and long!
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” --John Muir (1838-1914)
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Apr 5, 2019 7:35 PM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
Strawberry sorbet is catching up fast,

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He spent to much time at

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Apr 5, 2019 9:36 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
Yay, Leslie! I was wondering when this thread would be revitalized. Great bloom(s), Leslie and Richard! Thumbs up
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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Apr 6, 2019 4:00 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
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Every time I see that picture of Dragon's Lair I wanna cry, Lost it, and would so much like to get it back. Just doesn't seem to be out there any more.
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Apr 6, 2019 5:18 AM CST
Name: Casey
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
Okay Leslie, here ya go. First bloom for Concord NC - Gizmo the Gremlin!

The first bloom was Sunday, but it was pretty wonky. This is the bloom from Thursday. I acquired it last summer and so desperately need more. Hope it's happy and multiplies. Just love it. Lovey dubby

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Apr 6, 2019 5:20 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
Casey, I love little Gizmo. It is always among the first to bloom here but it did not put up one stalk this year. I think my oaks are covering more area with shade and I will probably have to move some irises this year. Your photo is lovely. Smiling
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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Apr 6, 2019 5:22 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Gizmo grows like a weed here. Smiling
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Apr 6, 2019 5:30 AM CST
Name: Casey
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
Oh my! PLEASE let it grow like a weed here!! That would be a very welcome weed in my garden.

Thank you Bonnie! Coming from you, that means a lot. You take great pics. Smiling
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Apr 6, 2019 6:05 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
I really like that little sdb, they are so cute. I have not been out but may have a couple blooming today. I saw some tip color yesterday, may have to run out in my jammies and see Hilarious! SDB iris either seem to love me or hate me. A few bloom dependably every year, others just when they feel like it, and that may be every 3rd year.
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Apr 6, 2019 7:43 AM 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
They are sure cute! I agree Though for me, it is in general that some of my varieties (noids) bloom inconsistently. Noids are all TBs though.
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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Apr 6, 2019 8:14 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Casey - Gizmo is quite the survivor so chances are really good that it will give you increases! Nice picture of it too!
"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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