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May 14, 2019 7:40 PM CST
Name: Smitty
Northern Midwest USA (Zone 5b)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Raises cows Daylilies Dog Lover Farmer
Irises Region: Michigan
Cold weather has made things at least a week later than records from last year. Things are just starting to open here.

Unknown variety..always first to bloom. Have had for years before iris virus hit.
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Making Eyes

Cherry Garden getting ready to bloom
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Will keep posting as things open!

Not an iris, but enjoying some wild trilium in my woods.
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Also keeping busy raising an orphan calf.
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May 14, 2019 11:45 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Lovey dubby You orphan calf is so cute! I'm so sorry it was orphaned, that would be a lot of work taking care of it.

Great start on the little guys, can't wait to see more bloom pictures.
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May 14, 2019 11:48 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
And more artwork. Big Grin Lovey dubby
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May 15, 2019 5:33 AM CST
Name: Smitty
Northern Midwest USA (Zone 5b)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Raises cows Daylilies Dog Lover Farmer
Irises Region: Michigan
Thanks Barbara for the condolences. 😀 My dogs are loving the calf too! My oldest dog slept next to the calf its first night. It's been especially tough losing the calf's momma. She was from our very first group of calves on the farm. She was named CC, so we named our little one Dee Dee (DD).
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May 15, 2019 5:47 AM CST
Name: Smitty
Northern Midwest USA (Zone 5b)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Raises cows Daylilies Dog Lover Farmer
Irises Region: Michigan
Thanks Debra! I haven't painted any cows over the winter. These are some of my favorite ones I painted while I taught small groups.
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May 15, 2019 1:37 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
Lbsmitty said:Thanks Barbara for the condolences. 😀 My dogs are loving the calf too! My oldest dog slept next to the calf its first night. It's been especially tough losing the calf's momma. She was from our very first group of calves on the farm. She was named CC, so we named our little one Dee Dee (DD).
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Lindsay ~ How absolutely beautiful!!! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Animals can care for ones outside of their species. It is so wonderful! You can put the videos on You Tube!
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May 15, 2019 1:39 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
Lbsmitty said:
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I'm loving your art work, too! Lovey dubby
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May 15, 2019 4:56 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
I love your art too Lovey dubby Are they painted in oils or acrylics?
Sorry you lost your mamma cow.
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May 15, 2019 6:24 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
Lindsay,

Welcome back to the forum! Glad to see you're bloom season has begun. Keep the photos coming!
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May 16, 2019 11:45 AM 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
This one is my favorite of your Cow paintings. Lovey dubby Wanted one of the mugs when they were available, but the listing said ceramic and I drop things. A lot. Hilarious!

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May 16, 2019 6:46 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
That's my favorite cow painting too.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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May 17, 2019 7:14 AM CST
Name: Smitty
Northern Midwest USA (Zone 5b)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Raises cows Daylilies Dog Lover Farmer
Irises Region: Michigan
Thanks all for the artwork compliments. Great idea, Evelyn, about YouTubing my calf. I love it when they run and kick their heels up and snort. So cute! Robin, I paint with acrylics. Hope to get going on some of my own stuff soon. Definitely more cows and farm animals! 😀

Opened up the last few days.
Eyebright

Cherry Garden
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My viburnum and magnolia smell soooo good!

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May 17, 2019 7:33 AM CST
Name: Smitty
Northern Midwest USA (Zone 5b)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Raises cows Daylilies Dog Lover Farmer
Irises Region: Michigan
Big bloom day this morning. Took some pics early this morning before work. May get some rain and strong storms today. Not all blooms opened, but had to try before they got tattered.
Glebe Brook (sorry about unsightly Preen)
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Dot Com

It's Not Over
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Sapphire Gem
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With Castanets

Awhanee Princess
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I have to check diagrams when I get home...either Fires of Fiji or Ocean Pearl edit: checked diagram and is Fires of Fiji
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Bought as Sarah Taylor, but am questioning the bloom edit: checked with distributor and is Forever Blue
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Nut Ruffles

Some more of Nut Ruffles and Glebe Brook
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May 17, 2019 8:15 AM CST
Name: Susan B
East Tennessee (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member
They're all lovely!
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May 17, 2019 8:34 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
Looking good!
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May 17, 2019 10:37 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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May 17, 2019 10:50 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
Lindsay ~ What a nice parade of gorgeous blooms!

When you post your videos of your sweet animals on YouTube, then you can send us a link. Lovey dubby
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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May 17, 2019 11:24 AM 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
I second that idea. Big Grin
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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May 17, 2019 11:33 AM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Adorable photos of your dogs with the baby calf. Lovey dubby

Beautiful paintings!
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May 17, 2019 12:10 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
yes, Sarah Taylor is yellow. wonder where you found John's Glebe Brook?

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