Irises forum: Mid-May at Mid-America

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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jul 7, 2019 12:38 PM CST
I spent about 5 hours or so at Mid-America and barely scratched the surface of the thousands of iris that were in bloom. The SDB's were mostly done at this point but the earlier TB's were all in their glory. There are pics of some of this year's intros in here. Really nice intros will be scattered throughout. In general there are some amazing blooms being created by Thomas and Paul.

I am going to post these in the order I saw them. Some tag ID's were missed or partial but I tried to get as much info as I could on the loads of seedlings. It was on and off with light rain the day I was there but I am sure that Brad will have some nice sunshine pics to post later since he was out there a week after me and in better weather.

My friend Lori and I started at the original fields right by Sebrite Hostas and Thomas' house. Thomas was going down to take pictures of some of the seedlings, and flag those that will be considered for introductions, so we started at that point.

Here are three new 2019 intros:
Hour of The Dawn:

Beautician:

That's Entertainment:
Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/12bf25

"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jul 7, 2019 12:51 PM CST
A couple more new intros from Thomas Johnson:

Latest Fashion:
Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/b55c86
Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/2b8318

A favorite of mine when I was there - Autumn Tease:
Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/776b5b
Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/a229de


Thomas taking some pics: Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/fdd669


Seedling TL-234-B:
Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/392342 Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/5adebf


And Seedling TI-249-A (Burnt Orange): This is one gorgeous color.
Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/5dd3e0

"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jul 7, 2019 1:11 PM CST
Here is a group of plicata seedlings. I would be interested to know which ones you like.

TI-129-B (reminds me of Class Ring)
Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/09e5f1

TI-180-D
Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/44093b

No tag Plicata - my bad.
Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/121892

TI-170-B
Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/31b81c

and I really like these next two -
TI-172-E
Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/866f10 Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/43473f

TI-174-A
Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/d6cc35 Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/5fa84a

"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
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bluegrassmom
Jul 7, 2019 2:49 PM CST
Thanks for sharing! I went last year and also got to meet Thomas Johnson and others at a meeting. It was on my bucketlist and so glad that I flew out to see it in person. It is a wonderful memory to have.
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Name: Casey
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
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greenappleagnes
Jul 7, 2019 3:30 PM CST
Yay Mid America visit! I've been looking forward to this slide show. Thank you Leslie for sharing your beautiful photos. Big Grin

Hour of the Dawn, Autumn Tease, Seedling TI-249A (Burnt Orange) Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

I was smitten with Autumn Tease from the first time I saw it. It's definitely my favorite 2019 introduction.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jul 7, 2019 3:49 PM CST
Plenty more to come! So many iris I would love to see introduced and in my garden.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Jul 7, 2019 5:29 PM CST
Lestv said:Here is a group of plicata seedlings. I would be interested to know which ones you like.

TI-170-B
Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/31b81c

and I really like these next two -
TI-172-E
Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/866f10 Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/43473f

TI-174-A
Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/d6cc35 Thumb of 2019-07-07/Lestv/5fa84a



I like TI-170-B and TI-174-A. The gold edge on the standards of TI-172-E is pretty but for some reason I still prefer the two I mentioned.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jul 7, 2019 8:40 PM CST
like T180 D I think that was the number
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
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janwax
Jul 7, 2019 9:59 PM CST
I like Hour of the Dawn.
A garden is fundamentally a process—there is change, and sometimes it is dying, and sometimes it is hibernating,” Tom Stuart-Smith
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jul 8, 2019 6:49 AM CST
That is the number Lucy. Smiling

I am sorry to say that the lovely burnt orange one posted above will probably not make it to introduction. I was reading a Mid-America post on Facebook where Thomas mentioned that the bloom was great but the rest of the iris had problems. Hope he continues to work with that color!
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 8, 2019 11:37 AM CST
It looks like the buds are a bit too close to the stems making it look crowded. It is not fun trashing a nice bloom because it has other problems. Sad
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Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Jul 8, 2019 11:53 AM CST
Thank you, Leslie, for the beautiful pictures!
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jul 8, 2019 1:49 PM CST
Autumn Tease sure is a beauty. Lovey dubby
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jul 8, 2019 1:53 PM CST
greenappleagnes said:Yay Mid America visit! I've been looking forward to this slide show. Thank you Leslie for sharing your beautiful photos. Big Grin


Yes, a BIG Thank You!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jul 8, 2019 7:01 PM CST
Thanks Tom for pointing that out. I need to get better at looking past the pretty bloom. It is rare down here to ever get 8 buds on a stalk so I do tend to neglect the requirements of bud count and branching. Though I do find that double socketed blooms tend to look more crowded to me than short branching. I would be miserable at choosing intros from these guys seedlings! Hilarious!
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
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tveguy3
Jul 9, 2019 2:52 AM CST
If you ever get the chance to attend a judges training, do so, as it will give you a lot of information that is useful if you ever start growing TB's from seeds. Smiling Our club had Thomas Johnson do a training for us, and it proved to be really beneficial to me.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jul 9, 2019 8:13 AM CST
I can imagine. He was very informative out in his gardens. On the regional tour next spring we have a judges training stop. I had already thought of tagging along on that one.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jul 9, 2019 8:23 AM CST
Another batch of seedling pretties! I really like all of these, but especially TI-137-A and TI-152-B.

TI-151-A
Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/4a78f9
Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/3416a7


TI-137-A (it has been flagged - I believe for future study)
Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/838741
Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/8af57f


TI-82-A - just opening. Would like to see more of this one.
Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/5b4850


TI-84-A
Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/8fc8b1
Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/0da12e


TI-152-B
Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/d0ec59
Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/ea18cd

"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jul 9, 2019 8:34 AM CST
And a few more seedlings! The "red" batch.

TI-78-H Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/283c46


TI--79-B Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/42bd37


TI-61-A, which has what Thomas is calling bleeding falls for how the red color spreads down over the falls. I think the standards on this one may need work, but maybe it was just the bloom I photographed.
Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/5de09e
Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/2d9167


TI-47-A: Love those stripes!
Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/551b6c
Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/92813b

"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jul 9, 2019 8:43 AM CST
Blyth's Stay Stylish: Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/b8a251


Tom's Toronto: Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/17c2d1


A smallish bloom on Signs of Hope - love the pink beard.
Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/bf5da0


Look how velvety the falls are on Sizzlin' Hot, even in the rain!
Thumb of 2019-07-09/Lestv/10b22b

"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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