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May 10, 2019 9:33 AM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
Hellebores Growing under artificial light Container Gardener Cat Lover Garden Photography Bulbs
Yesterday and the day before, I was predicting that either Dusky Challenger or Absolute Treasure would open the first boom. Today folks, it was a tie. Absolute Treasure has three open blooms, and Dusky Challenger has one. Somehow I think this Dusky Challenger is actually a seedling of Dusky Challenger, and not the real thing. It is not a huge bloom as was my original Dusky Challenger of years ago. I have even tried moving it to a sunnier position. Oh, well, it's pretty, nevertheless. But today Absolute Treasure is gorgeous.

These photos are taken with my Asus Zenpad, so they do not have the picture quality of my Lumix camera, but so be it. My memory card reader hasn't come yet for my Lumix, so I have no way of transfering those photos to this notepad.

Well, here goes.

Absolute Treasure:




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Dusky Challenger:




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I am disappointed that this Asus Zenpad camera does not accurately reveal the lovely blue in Absolute treasure.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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May 10, 2019 9:38 AM CST
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
Irises Region: Virginia Keeper of Poultry Cat Lover Garden Procrastinator
Hurray! Hurray! for blooms!

Absolute Treasure is gorgeous, and so is Dusky Challenger. May you have a great iris season! Crossing Fingers!
AB Iris 'Saracen Cinnamon' faithfully blooming early. (May 2022)
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May 10, 2019 9:49 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
Hurray! Your season is under way!
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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May 10, 2019 9:55 AM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Those are 2 great ones to start the season with! Thumbs up
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May 10, 2019 12:12 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
Hellebores Growing under artificial light Container Gardener Cat Lover Garden Photography Bulbs
I have started learning more about how to use this asus camera, and that I can set the notepad's volume toggle for zoom. Also this afternoon's light is not as bright, so the colors don't look as washed out. So here are my redos of Absolute Treasure and Dusky Challenger. open the pictuures to see the color better.

Absolute Treasure in the PM, with zoom:


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Dusky Challenger in the PM, with zoom:




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-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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May 10, 2019 1:58 PM CST
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
Irises Region: Virginia Keeper of Poultry Cat Lover Garden Procrastinator
Hurray!
AB Iris 'Saracen Cinnamon' faithfully blooming early. (May 2022)
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May 10, 2019 4:02 PM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
Nice photos!
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May 10, 2019 4:30 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
I agree
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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May 10, 2019 4:55 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
Hellebores Growing under artificial light Container Gardener Cat Lover Garden Photography Bulbs
Thanks all! I wonder which one will start blooming next. I expect that it will be more blooms of Absolute Treasure and Dusky Challenger, with Lady Friend as the next one to start opening. Most of them blooming this year are first-time bloomers in my garden. It's so exciting! Anticipa-a-tion! Grin
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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May 10, 2019 5:52 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
Hurray! Yay, to the start of your bloom season! Hurray! Keep the photos coming!
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” --John Muir (1838-1914)
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May 10, 2019 6:15 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
Hellebores Growing under artificial light Container Gardener Cat Lover Garden Photography Bulbs
Scott, I will try to do that, now that I have a way of using my notepad as a camera. It's a little awkard to use it as a camera, but this year I'm really motivated to document what's happening in my garden. Grin
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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May 10, 2019 6:29 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
Hurray! First blooms Hurray!
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May 12, 2019 11:14 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
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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May 12, 2019 6:04 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
Hellebores Growing under artificial light Container Gardener Cat Lover Garden Photography Bulbs
It has been raining and cloudy all day here. There are more blooms on Dusky Challenger and Absolute Treasure, but no other cultivar has opened yet. Rain expected tomorrow, too.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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May 15, 2019 10:33 AM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
Hellebores Growing under artificial light Container Gardener Cat Lover Garden Photography Bulbs
Lady Friend has started opening:

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I noticed this morning that Lady Friend exactly matches the color of the new foliage on my sterile dwarf pygmy barberry. I've had that barberry for over 30 years, and it has never had a seeding. And it really lights up the garden.

Next up: I think that Tullyherron will be the next to open a bloom. It was an un-ordered freebie. I am hoping I will like it better than its parent, Crowned Heads. For me, the CH standards are too stiff and short in proportion to its falls. Perhaps Tullyherron's grandparent, Yaquina blue will give a bit more grace and balance to Tully's standards. From the pictures I've seen of Tullyherron, I am hopeful.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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May 16, 2019 8:11 AM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
Hellebores Growing under artificial light Container Gardener Cat Lover Garden Photography Bulbs
After having some of its blossoms dashed by the rain, Absolute Treasure has bounced back:





And here is a better picture today of Lady Friend:





Tullyherron is in the process of opening. I'll get a picture of it as soon as it's fully open.

World Premiere has opened its first blossom, but it is tipped sideways and has a streak of purple on one of its standards. Broken in other words. I didn't think WP was prone to that. I hope the subsequent blossoms on it are better, because I definitely don't like distorted or broken flowers either one.

Beverly Sills has opened its first two flowers, but look at all those bloom stalks and buds! I'll be posting more photos of this one as more of the clump opens.

Beverly Sills:
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-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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May 16, 2019 9:56 AM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
Hellebores Growing under artificial light Container Gardener Cat Lover Garden Photography Bulbs
World Premiere:
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-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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May 16, 2019 10:21 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
Daisy ~ Thank You! They are all so lovely.

Absolute Treasure is new for me this year. Did yours bloom the first year?
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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May 16, 2019 10:28 AM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
Hellebores Growing under artificial light Container Gardener Cat Lover Garden Photography Bulbs
Yes it did! Did yours? I love it. It's such a beauty. I think this is its third year to bloom for me. It would be even a bigger clump if the groundhogs hadn't eaten off all the new foliage last spring, combined with last year's horrificly rainy spring and summer. But it's definitely a vigorous survivor!
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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May 16, 2019 10:35 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
Daisy ~ My tall beardeds are just coming into bloom. Due to my elevation and cooler weather, I am about a week (or two) behind than others in my area. So no, it hasn't bloomed yet. I'll have to check this morning, now that it has stopped raining here, to see if it has any buds. Thank you.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson

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