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Apr 11, 2021 9:20 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 but 2020 was unkind to bearded iris here in North Carolina. It rained in record breaking amounts which broke the souls of my iris. They died in record numbers. So I dug up and potted a lot of them, and potted my new incoming iris too. Still lost some more but there are also many survivors that decided to hang on and have started to put up blooms.

The season started almost a month later than usual with my first bloom opening on April Fools Day, which seems appropriate for how foolish we can all become over our iris!

The bloom you ask, hoping I get to the pictures and stop jabbering, was......

Dragon's Den SDB (Chapman) looking glorious in the full sun. It is quite pale in the shade.

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"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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Apr 11, 2021 9:53 AM CST
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Roses Garden Procrastinator Region: North Carolina
Lilies Irises Hybridizer Hostas Dog Lover Daylilies
Checking in with this fabulous noid. I believe I purchased from M-A. Just lost the tag and need to check my invoice. What a lovely lil clump it's making!
Mystery SDB
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Gimme it and I'll grow it!
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Apr 11, 2021 10:38 AM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Vermiculture Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Welcome! back gabe, you've been missed. lovely noid.
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Apr 11, 2021 11:38 AM CST
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Roses Garden Procrastinator Region: North Carolina
Lilies Irises Hybridizer Hostas Dog Lover Daylilies
Here's some progress on an area that has taken off. Soon I'll be showing what I planting in fall 2019. Espionage is one of the clumps!
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Here's another in bloom. My first gifted SDB

NOSFERATU
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Gimme it and I'll grow it!
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Apr 11, 2021 11:39 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
Good start to your seasons, Leslie, and Gabe. Can't wait to see more of your blooms as they open. Gabe it's been a while since you've been on here, hope all is going well with you. Smiling
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Apr 11, 2021 1:05 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
Gabe ~ Lovely garden area! Lovey dubby Thumbs up
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Apr 11, 2021 2:20 PM CST
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Roses Garden Procrastinator Region: North Carolina
Lilies Irises Hybridizer Hostas Dog Lover Daylilies
tveguy3 said:Good start to your seasons, Leslie, and Gabe. Can't wait to see more of your blooms as they open. Gabe it's been a while since you've been on here, hope all is going well with you. Smiling


Life threw a couple of curve balls here and there over the last year. Nothing major just human stuff lol. I had to weam myself of my iris addiction some. I haven't visited a website, page, or opened a catalog in almost 2 years after some major iris losses and then even more.

I think I'm a little more organized in life now and can start back on some other things like posting to here. I've also been idmiring Louisiana iris alot more lately since they thrive in our warmer wetter conditions. Speaking ok..

LA iris Jean Betzer me thinks
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LA iris Selena Rose 😍
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My LA section along the house just got weeded as well. Just finishing up and I'm going to pre emergent, fertilize and mulch. I let it go after fall planting 2020 and what a mess. Honestly ashamed, but we're all human. Flip side the plants are beast!! Feeling motived now and taking my garden back. Shout out to my mom today!

Before 😳
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After🤘🏽
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Gimme it and I'll grow it!
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Apr 11, 2021 3:31 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
Life is full of curve balls, just don't forget to swing the bat anyway! Hilarious! If you have some replacements that you need, let me know and I'll see what I can do. We gotta keep you young guys interested.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Apr 11, 2021 3:41 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
tveguy3 said:… If you have some replacements that you need, let me know and I'll see what I can do. …

Same here. I also looked at your want list hoping you had listed what you lost, but I do have a couple on your want list.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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Apr 11, 2021 3:41 PM CST
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Irises Region: New Mexico Region: Southwest Gardening Region: United States of America
Gabe: On your NOID,, any possibility it is Oh So Sweet? Also my It's Amazing blooms more like an SDB. Another possibility!!!
I get bored easy and Irises Don’t Bore Me!!!
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Apr 11, 2021 6:39 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Gabe - your LA's are looking already???? Wow.
But I agree, they sure love our climate!
"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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Apr 11, 2021 6:45 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Does look like jean Better. You must have got it in your last order. Iris City?
"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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Apr 11, 2021 7:24 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
👋🏽 🖐🏽 Waving at Gabe's mom--she's the best. 👏🏽💚
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Apr 11, 2021 10:30 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Irises Butterflies Bee Lover Bulbs Cat Lover Region: Nebraska
iciris said:
Same here. I also looked at your want list hoping you had listed what you lost, but I do have a couple on your want list.

Ditto.
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Apr 11, 2021 10:41 PM CST
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Irises Region: New Mexico Region: Southwest Gardening Region: United States of America
Gabe: If you need replacements that I have, i can also pitch in if what I have is big enough to share.
I get bored easy and Irises Don’t Bore Me!!!
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Apr 12, 2021 2:00 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
Great start to the season Leslie and Gabe. Hurray!

Gabe, you need to add "...and my mom will weed it!" to your tag line?? Big Grin
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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Apr 12, 2021 7:02 PM CST
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Roses Garden Procrastinator Region: North Carolina
Lilies Irises Hybridizer Hostas Dog Lover Daylilies
GreenIris said:Gabe: On your NOID,, any possibility it is Oh So Sweet? Also my It's Amazing blooms more like an SDB. Another possibility!!!

Cheery Blush by Paul Black. Found my order list from MA gardens in 2017. Whew

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Lestv said:Gabe - your LA's are looking already???? Wow.
But I agree, they sure love our climate!


Some have stalks and 3 have bloomed. I found maybe 8 that frost bloomed this winter D'Oh! a waste. Otherwise just good growth. And yes to the Iris City order last year! That was my very last iris order to date.

As far as replacements, for now I'll have to take a pass. As much as I miss so many I never even saw bloom I'm just looking forward. Oh, I still have stock! Just super heavily reduced. LA's aren't dieing and I have far more of those than I could imagine.

I believe I received Boston Cream 2 years ago and wow to the wow! Major clump alert! I think I shared this on another thread or Facebook already but these were pics taken today. She's settled down after bloom and a major stunner loaded with buds!
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Gimme it and I'll grow it!
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Apr 12, 2021 7:46 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Cheery Blush is very pretty!

There is one thing you can say about Donald Spoon - he sure names his dwarfs well.
Blue Hues is definitely blue - from first opening through being pollen covered.
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It has lime green haft marks too!


I really like Tasco's Fancy Sparkler, though it did have to fight through serious pine pollen this year.
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The pollen won. It rained and instead of washing it away it gave Fancy S pollen spots!
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And we all love our Snow Peas!
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"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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Apr 12, 2021 8:07 PM CST
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Irises Region: New Mexico Region: Southwest Gardening Region: United States of America
Oh Wow!!! Beautiful picture of Snow Peas!!!
I get bored easy and Irises Don’t Bore Me!!!
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Apr 13, 2021 5:05 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Okay, I'm awake now. This is Scream, and it is quite yellow.


Not as bright but a cute little thing is Irish Harp.
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If you think you're seeing diamond dusting here it is actually pollen! Hilarious!


This is the dutch iris Montecito. It reminds me a lot of spuria iris. Quite tall too at almost 4 feet.

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"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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