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Apr 23, 2014 7:07 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay -- I got blossoms!! I got buds!! The Iris Parade in Kentucky is about to begin!!

This is the little purple NOID that grows under the cherry trees next to the deck. I don't remember where I got it, or why -- but it's the first to bloom every year and I just noticed this year for the first time that it has bright white beards!! Why did I never notice that????

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Apols for the crappy photo -- I was in a hurry and only took one. Sad

And here's a picture of a bud on Daughter of Stars -- look at the size of it!!



Tom -- buds on your purple seedling:

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And your NOID red:

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I'm SO excited!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Apr 23, 2014 7:27 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Thumbs up Hurray! ...Arlyn
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Apr 23, 2014 7:45 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Oh Arlyn -- I just saw your photo on the Purple Irises thread -- and mine looks like your Eleanor Roosevelt. Could it be?????
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Apr 23, 2014 7:55 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
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Yahoo, Mary Ann!
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Apr 23, 2014 8:40 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I think yours is a little too "light colored" ( more "bluish, than purplish Sticking tongue out !) One of the parents of Eleanor, was a selected form of i.germanica, called AMAS, so they do have many similarities. I really think your noid is "farther back in the evolutionary scale", than Eleanor, and probably another form of i.germanica. Take some more pics, and we'll do some more looking!...Arlyn
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Apr 23, 2014 8:53 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Could it be Amas itself?
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Apr 23, 2014 9:16 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Yes, I'd say it's quite possible. I'm pretty sure MaryAnn's is one of the germanica variants. ...Arlyn
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Apr 23, 2014 10:16 AM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Region: Japan Region: Pennsylvania
doesn't ER re-bloom as well? There is height difference too (between Amas & ER)
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Apr 23, 2014 10:40 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Yes, ER has a re-bloom tendency, the "other" parent, I think, was I. pumila, so that made ER shorter than AMAS, or the other "germanica", and also gave it the "re-bloom", as well as a shorter stature...Arlyn
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Apr 24, 2014 4:15 AM CST
Name: Vi
Ocean Springs, MS (Zone 8b)
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Mary Ann, After this long winter it is your time to shine now, make sure you keep plenty of batteries for your camera we want to see all the photos. Hurray! Hurray!
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Apr 24, 2014 7:01 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Glad to see your season is starting Mary Ann. Are you having a cold spell this week like we are?
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Apr 25, 2014 12:19 PM CST
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Apr 28, 2014 6:41 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Got some photos to share this evening! Green Grin!

But first -- Tom, I'm sorry I missed your question several days ago -- we've had out-of-town guests and I have been breezing through the threads quickly. To answer your question -- no it's not been cold here, just the opposite. Last few days have been pretty pleasant. Guess there's a cold front on its way though -- just behind this storm front that rolled through here the past 24 hours. We've had so much rain that roads are flooded -- and my Irises are sitting in standing water!!! Blinking

First is *Let's Be Friends* unfurling:


*Dragon Flight* bud:


*Clarence* bud:


Unfurling *Honey Glazed*:


and Tom's Seedling, unfurling:
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By tomorrow I'll have flowers in my gardens!!! Hurray!
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Apr 28, 2014 7:36 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
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Apr 29, 2014 3:55 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Maybe later today you'll see them open. You're on your way. I have a couple of fat leaves on some minis starting to show.
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Apr 29, 2014 6:22 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
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Apr 29, 2014 7:12 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
Can't wait to see what they look like fully open. Curious about Dragon's Flight and Let's Be Friends. And we have your rain now in NC. Hope the flooding isn't contagious!
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Apr 29, 2014 7:27 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I can see from the house that Let's Be Friends and Tom's seedling are fully open. Honey Glazed must be too.

Tom's seedling is beautiful -- richly purple and standing tall next to my Japanese Red Maple! Lovey dubby Pictures later!!
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Apr 29, 2014 2:37 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Here they are -- *Let's Be Friends*, *Honey Glazed* and Tom's seedling:

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Also got a bud-shot of *Comfortable*:


and *Feedback*:


They're fighting to survive!! Thumbs up
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Apr 29, 2014 3:10 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Hurray! ...Arlyn

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