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Apr 28, 2014 6:58 PM 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
Ok. So I finally got an iris blooming! Starwoman (Stacy) had said a week or so ago that it would be two weeks (give or take) before we saw bloom in South Central PA. I did not post anything, but thought NO WAY. I was wrong. Duh. (My wife ask if I seriously doubted a woman). What a dummy.

My 2014 bloom date was 4/27 and the happy cultivar is:

Muggles

Picture posted later.

So, how does this compare to years past? Let's go to the data.

2010 4/10 "Jewel Baby"

2011 4/24 "Jewel Baby"

2012 4/02 "Jewel Baby"

2013 4/24 "Jewel Baby"

2014 4/27 "Muggles"

Note: I got rid of "Jewel Baby" last year. It is a VERY vigorous grower and was taking up valuable space. *Blush*
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Apr 28, 2014 8:10 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
You're on your way, Greg!! Thumbs up
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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Apr 29, 2014 3:53 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
Congratulations Greg!
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Apr 29, 2014 7:15 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
Congrats! AND I am impressed that you consistently get blooms in April!! I have some this year, but usually it is May before the blooms open in Durham. Lucky you!
"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 29, 2014 7:29 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
Really, Leslie! I always forget that North Carolina is north of me (doesn't seem right somehow).
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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Apr 29, 2014 9:24 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
Leslie-These are SDB s rather than the Tall Bearded. Sometimes it is not fair to even look at a single cultivar because I may move it within the yard. That can have a big influence on when it blooms. I will have to go to some late bloomers and compare them over the years to see how the seasons change as to bloom time.
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Apr 29, 2014 2:39 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
Greg: My blooms so far are all SDB's too with the exception of TB Footloose which always blooms very early. And my first bloom, a dwarf, opened on April 20th.
"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 29, 2014 5:20 PM CST
Name: Stacey Utermoehlen
Warfordsburg, PA (Zone 6b)
Birds Peonies Region: Pennsylvania Lilies Irises Hummingbirder
Garden Art Echinacea Dragonflies Daylilies Cut Flowers Bulbs
Greg, you are ahead of me with your first bloom, however, I do have a couple of bud stalks coming up on Season Ticket which is an intermediate. My dwarfs should be on their way in a few days hopefully. We are in the middle of monsoon season this week - Ugh!
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Apr 29, 2014 6:28 PM 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
I have stalks on the following irises:

Again & Again (1)
Autumn Circus (5)
Rare Edition (4) {1 in a pot/3 in the ground}
Frothingslosh (6)
Muggles (14)
Midsummer Nights Dream (2)

Lots of rain. Forecast has flood warnings up for 70 hrs with 5 - 8 inches of rain in the first 50 hour period. Crazy.

Again & Again and Autumn Circus are in my "early bed" (South facing against a 4" think stone wall over cinder block)
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Apr 29, 2014 6:38 PM 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
Muggles

Thumb of 2014-04-30/Misawa77/560bfe
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Apr 29, 2014 6:43 PM 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
The funny thing about this years delay is that I did not see any bloom stalks or "bump outs" three days before I got the bloom. They moved that fast. Now that it has cooled off and raining cats and dogs, I have zip. Looks like this weekend will be sunny and full of new blooms.
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Apr 29, 2014 6:45 PM 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
Who bloomed second?

2010 seven days later: Noid

2011 three days later: Rare Edition

2012 two days later: Rare Edition

2013 six days later: Rare Edition

I see a trend here.

My guess this year? Yup. Rare Edition.
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Apr 30, 2014 8:40 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
Like Muggles! Thumbs up
"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 30, 2014 8:45 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
I have two small/med clumps of them. Guess "who" is right behind them???????

That's right: Dumbledore Sticking tongue out

Leslie - do you want Muggles? I am sure we can trade. If I visit my parents and leave from work, I would be coming down I-95 to I-85 to I-40.
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Apr 30, 2014 8:50 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
No pumilas in bloom, but a bud showing color on MDB 'Spring Beacon.' A very gloomy day here so i suppose it will open tomorrow. The species pumilas usually bloom in April. This site has to get pumila in its vocabulary--tired of the red lines.
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Apr 30, 2014 8:54 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
They are rather tiresome, aren't they, Lucy ! As a very poor speller ,I have learned to just ignore whatever "spell-check" tells me....it's easier on my "stress level " Rolling on the floor laughing ...Arlyn
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Apr 30, 2014 8:56 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
& I spell it correctly. Confused
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Apr 30, 2014 11:29 AM CST
Name: Susan
Southeast NE (Zone 5b)
Cat Lover Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Dog Lover Heucheras Irises
Lilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies
I've had SDB's have been blooming for about a week now in zone 5. I thought we were late, but is sounds like lots of you in higher zones are even later.
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Apr 30, 2014 12:16 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
@Misawa77
Greg, I would love to add Muggles to my "little family!" Hilarious! Not sure I have much to trade yet, but I am sure we can work something out. Thank You!
"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 30, 2014 3:41 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Late season here. However there are warm temperatures which can make everything bloom at once & catch up the season.

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