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May 27, 2020 8:44 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I think the irises, here, are just at "peak bloom", and will start falling off, in another week
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May 27, 2020 9:01 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
Wow, they look fantastic Arlyn. I see your Japanesque is really opening flat this year too. This is the first time mine really opened wide.

You have really nice established clumps. If I were driving by I would just have to stop and look.
"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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May 27, 2020 10:06 AM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Absolutly stunning Arlyn!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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May 27, 2020 10:20 AM CST
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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Beautiful Arlen.
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May 27, 2020 10:26 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
Dances with Dirt
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Thank You! 4 the show
stunning Thumbs up
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May 27, 2020 10:27 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
I would never go inside, Arlyn. Lovey dubby
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May 27, 2020 10:30 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
Dances with Dirt
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I was thinking the same thing
Good thing peoples addresses are not posted or there could be strangers in lawn chairs in Arlyn's lawn nodding
This life has many choices
Eternity, only two.
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May 27, 2020 10:52 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
Wow, they came on fast with this heat wave didn't they. I have a feeling my show will be fast and furious as I see the late bloomers sending up stalks right with the early ones. You have some awesome beds there. Thumbs up , I bet the traffic past your place is non-stop.

What's that bright yellow and red one in picture 5? What a stunner! Lovey dubby
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May 27, 2020 12:15 PM CST
Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
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Wow, what a show! Lovey dubby Thank You! for sharing the views. Hurray! Hurray!
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May 27, 2020 3:06 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
That's "Accent", Tom....I'll send you a chunk, and also a bit of "Copper Luster".
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May 27, 2020 4:01 PM 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! Keep watching my thread for things I can send to you! Smiling
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May 27, 2020 4:24 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Vermiculture Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Hurray! Hurray! Thank You! for the marvelous show. wow!
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May 27, 2020 5:28 PM CST
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
Birds Butterflies Dog Lover Canning and food preservation Region: Illinois Irises
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Beautiful, Arlyn, simply beautiful! Hurray! I bet the smell is fantastic! I think you're right, my show will likely peak this weekend too, though I don't have the established clumps you do.
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” --John Muir (1838-1914)
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May 27, 2020 6:15 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
Arlyn ~ "Showstopping beauty!" Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

I'm surprised more people don't bring clippers when driving by your garden!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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May 27, 2020 10:22 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Irises Butterflies Bee Lover Bulbs Cat Lover Region: Nebraska
Arlyn, Beautiful beds. I'll bet it slows down the traffic! Smiling Thanks for sharing!
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May 28, 2020 5:13 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Yes, we do get lots of "drive bys" ! It's supposed to cool down to "normal" temps, so the bloom should slow down, some. Storm chances, yet today, then a "calm" spell, so maybe we can squeak through without much damage from the weather.
Thanks for the comments and the acorns, everyone ! Thank You!
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May 28, 2020 6:34 AM CST
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
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I keep going back over Arlyn's pictures and they tell a great story. Words cannot describe my thoughts because that would be an understatement. All I can do is think about the tremendous amount of care, up-keep, weeding, feeding, hoeing, digging, re-planting and maintaining such a work of perfect art! I have continued to marvel at the dedication and hard work involved in a project of this magnitude! And I have bookmarked this page to continue reviewing these pictures. In my humble words, "Thanks Arlyn for this gift of visual enchantment"! I don't know how to say it any better. I tip my hat to you.
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May 28, 2020 8:42 AM CST
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
Great show Arlyn! Let's hope for healthy season.
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May 28, 2020 9:53 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
TBGDN said:I keep going back over Arlyn's pictures and they tell a great story. Words cannot describe my thoughts because that would be an understatement. All I can do is think about the tremendous amount of care, up-keep, weeding, feeding, hoeing, digging, re-planting and maintaining such a work of perfect art! I have continued to marvel at the dedication and hard work involved in a project of this magnitude! And I have bookmarked this page to continue reviewing these pictures. In my humble words, "Thanks Arlyn for this gift of visual enchantment"! I don't know how to say it any better. I tip my hat to you.


Leon ~ I agree Wonderful work, Arlyn!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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May 29, 2020 4:18 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! What a show!


My irises also seem to have decided to get it over with all at once, I have talls, medians and dwarfs blooming now and a forest of TB stalks that look like they are going to be in full bloom sometime next week.
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