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Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Mar 8, 2020 1:59 PM CST
What new (and old) irises do you like from this new catalog, and which ones will you order?

Brad has taken some lovely pictures of the new ones.

On the cover is Night Whispers.

"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
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janwax
Mar 8, 2020 2:56 PM CST
The 40th Anniversary catalog is BEAUTIFUL ! Hurray!

I couldn't resist a 2019 intro - Magic Trick. Brad's photo seduced me.
A few older ones too.
Life is a Gift !
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Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
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GreenIris
Mar 8, 2020 3:51 PM CST
I ordered already but after seeing the catalog, I am very tempted to add on. There are so so many beauties!!!
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 8, 2020 3:59 PM CST
janwax said:The 40th Anniversary catalog is BEAUTIFUL ! Hurray!
I couldn't resist a 2019 intro - Magic Trick. Brad's photo seduced me.
A few older ones too.


Magic Trick is a Beauty! Lovey dubby




Jan ~ What else did you get?
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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cbunny41
Mar 8, 2020 9:33 PM CST
Buy the ones you can't live without, but remember there will probably be a surplus sale again this year especially because their inventory of varieties is so large. I wonder if anyone has added up what one of each would cost in total?
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Mar 8, 2020 10:11 PM CST
I can't remember, was a printed catalog sent out already for Mid America? is it only on-line right now?
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Mar 8, 2020 10:18 PM CST
I got my Mid-America catalog a couple of days ago. If you ordered from them last year, you should get one.
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Mar 8, 2020 11:46 PM CST
Thumbs up and Thank You! I did order from them last year.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Hummingbirder Region: California Dog Lover Irises Organic Gardener Daylilies
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janwax
Mar 9, 2020 12:41 AM CST
evelyninthegarden said:

Magic Trick is a Beauty! Lovey dubby




Jan ~ What else did you get?


Ev, I was blown away by the quality of Mid-America's catalog.The layout design is excellent, the photos.
From front to back, a keeper.

These:











my order says I'm getting these two as bonuses :
(no database photos yet).
Law and Order
Heat of the Moment





Life is a Gift !
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Mar 9, 2020 7:45 AM CST
Ehem - there is a database picture for Law and Order.... Whistling
Hilarious!

Want to say, don't put all your hopes into the surplus sale. Last year they had a bumper crop, so there were lots of iris in the sale. The year before there were only a very small amount available, and then only if you bought 3 of each. So if you really want a certain iris, and can afford it, then go ahead and purchase it.
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Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Dachsylady86
Mar 9, 2020 11:27 AM CST
That's how I'm approaching my order with them this year. As much as I like the idea of waiting and hoping for another epic sale this year, I ordered the ones I just can't live without and will pick up extras later on.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Hummingbirder Region: California Dog Lover Irises Organic Gardener Daylilies
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janwax
Mar 9, 2020 11:56 AM CST
Leslie - thanks! (I'm a bit distracted these days - as many are)
Nice photo!



I like the fine rim on the standards!

another reason for buying now...I want to see these guys succeed.

So many of the older generation hybridizers are closing down or cutting back, for many reasons - and I applaud those who can continue with youthful fervor. Breeding and growing irises as a business is hard work.

(of course, Thomas and Kirk are already successful! My little order isn't going to do much. I honestly just love what they're creating!)
Life is a Gift !
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Mar 9, 2020 3:44 PM CST
Last year I was so good about not ordering, then came that darn sale, and I lost all of my resolve. This year, I'll try to get a few from them and hope that the sale includes a few of the older ones that I want to get or replace. I think last year was an anomaly regarding so many intros on sale, so I wouldn't count on that. Our club always gets a bunch of their's for door prizes as well, so I got a few more that way too. I have one of my older beds that needs to be re-worked, so I'm planning on purging a few to make room. Now I just have to get my income tax refund and I'm good to go. Rolling my eyes.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Mar 9, 2020 7:48 PM CST
Hurray! I got my catalog today, the last five or six pages were beat up and torn. A little tape can put it back together.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 9, 2020 8:25 PM CST
I order the auction plants for the club so working on that. I need to replace SDB Portland Pink for us as ours as been lost.
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Rebekah
Mar 29, 2020 12:45 AM CST
Oh my gosh, I didn't know there was a "Law and Order" Iris! Hah! I love Themes hybridizes run through.
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Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Mar 29, 2020 11:28 AM CST
Rebekah said:Oh my gosh I didn't know there was a Law and Order Iris! Hah I love Themes hybridizes run through.


Rebekah ~ Yes, the variety of names is staggering! And so many with very strange names...Giraffe Kneehiz, Aardvark Antickz, Acute Coot, As the Tern Turnz, Baboon Bottom, Bewilderbeast, Bradley Badger, Cheetah Cheese...these are all Kasperek. Just look in the database under Kasperek.

I have wondered what names I would use if any of my seedlings looked promising. Maybe some will bloom this year.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Rebekah
Mar 30, 2020 6:56 PM CST
Lol! I'll look him up. How big are your seedlings? Also are you planting them out in beds or potting them up?
I'm guessing in my case it's going to be least two more years before I see any blooms from mine.
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Mar 30, 2020 10:23 PM CST
Rebekah ~ Did you post your crosses on the seedling thread? When did you cross them?
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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Rebekah
Mar 30, 2020 11:14 PM CST
I believe I did. I had some Year old seedlings that were left behind when I moved. The current batch of iris seedlings were germinated around December. I have to say, they are growing pretty fast compared to the first group. I potted 5-6 in gallon pots and they are needing to be separated out into a bed as soon as I can get some garden soil.
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