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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Paul2032
May 27, 2014 3:53 PM CST
Last Saturday we held our second accredited show of the year and I would call it a great success. We had over 200 entries in horticulture, about 20 seedlings and 20+ artistic designs. Weather has been nice and the entries were in lovely shape. We had good attendance by the public and set-up and take-down went smoothly. A great show. Here are some pictures........
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Thumb of 2014-05-27/Paul2032/953450A very nice seedling



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Thumb of 2014-05-27/Paul2032/0d8facDazzling Gold in a design


Thumb of 2014-05-27/Paul2032/7d9603Haunted Heart


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Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
May 27, 2014 4:04 PM CST
What a wonderful show you had. Indeed it did occur in the peak of bloom. I help with set-up and sometimes take down. The excitement runs high among exhibitors and they really want their best irises to show off. I don't exhibit but I love to be there for the set-up when the growers are so proud of their blooms. I would recommend that people who attend an iris show bring their camera and a pad and pencil to take iris notes.
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
May 27, 2014 4:07 PM CST
Wow ! Thanks, Paul, for posting those! Looks like you had a wonderful show Hurray! ....Arlyn
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
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Paul2032
May 27, 2014 4:19 PM CST
I only took 4 specimens this year because I was co-chair and rather lazy. Also, my warm bed was winding down and another bed barely starting. I'm glad others brought plenty to fill the show tables. I have a bunch more pictures that I will add later. I have quit taking notes but always take a picture of the tag before I take one of the iris. I have stopped making lists of iris I would like because there were getting to long.....
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Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Dragonflies Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs
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grannysgarden
May 27, 2014 4:33 PM CST
Yes, and I am making dual lists now. but still..... The reason I take a notepad is because sometimes I like to note the thickness of the falls or the underside color of the falls, etc without relying on going to a database where it may or may not be listed. Photos are the best record and the CAIS has a wonderful photographer but sometimes I like to either put its name with a couple of plus marks denoting that I need to get it a.s.a.p. or just note that looking at it makes me happy.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 27, 2014 4:37 PM CST
Those wish lists DO grow, don't they !?...Arlyn
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
May 27, 2014 5:51 PM CST
Don't keep us in suspense Paul -- did you place with any of your entries? Rolling my eyes.

The show looks absolutely wonderful. You are so lucky to have so many Iris *fans* in your area -- who are willing to do the work to participate. I would love to attend one -- we don't have anything like that around here.

P.S. I love Rainbow High. And Royal Sterling. And -- and -- and............... Green Grin! But I still don't understand why Queen's Circle is a Dykes winner................
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
May 27, 2014 6:45 PM CST
Nice Paul, thanks for sharing. I'm with you Mary Ann, I haven't really liked queen's circle that much. Now her offspring, Jinny Mitchell, is another story.
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Echinacea Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
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Paul2032
May 27, 2014 6:47 PM CST
I took 2 SDBs, 1 IB and 1 BB. The judges pick several of the top blue ribbon winners to be considered as Best Specimen. This group each receive a premium which is a recent iris rhizome later at our sell. My BB Niche was in this group, Embarrassed to say I didn't take a picture. Niche is a fine BB. Look at the pictures on the data base. It looks like a smaller version of Gypsy Lord. My pictures of Queens Circle don't do it justice. It is a very nice iris.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
May 27, 2014 7:15 PM CST
Well congratulations to you!! I just knew you had done well. Smiling

I wasn't basing my opinion (on Queen's Circle) on your photo. I have it. To me, it's disappointing. I have Northern Mist and find it a superior Iris -- here, anyway. Maybe Queen's Circle just doesn't do well in my climate, or in my soil, or something. Shrug!
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Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Echinacea Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
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Paul2032
May 27, 2014 7:43 PM CST
Queens Circle has not been great in my garden but I have seen some remarkable show stalks. Guess that is what I was basing my judgement on. Garden performance is the most importance.....
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Dragonflies Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs
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grannysgarden
May 27, 2014 7:54 PM CST
I like Queens Circle because it seems to match its name. Elegant, delicate, formal and not as showy as say...... Honky Tonk Hussy. I would expect Hussy to be flashy and or bold.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
May 28, 2014 12:34 AM CST
Thank you for the photographs, Paul. Better than last year's group! Is that third design photograph Bumblebee Deelite? Big Grin
"Every life has a death, and every light a shadow. Be content to stand in the light, and let the shadow fall where it will." Mary Stewart
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Annuals Echinacea Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
Tomato Heads Garden Photography Birds Cut Flowers Foliage Fan Plays in the sandbox
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Paul2032
May 28, 2014 12:47 AM CST
I think it is BD..........
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
May 28, 2014 1:02 AM CST
Yea! I finally have ONE Iris I can identify on sight!!! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
"Every life has a death, and every light a shadow. Be content to stand in the light, and let the shadow fall where it will." Mary Stewart
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
May 28, 2014 4:28 AM CST
Tom -- I haven't seen Jinny Mitchell.............

Bumblebee Delight looks like big bumblebees, doesn't it? Green Grin!
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
May 28, 2014 7:19 AM CST
My Ginny Mitchel will be blooming soon, Mary Ann
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
May 28, 2014 9:06 AM CST
Bumblebee Deelite is a favorite miniature tall iris. Our TBs have not opened as yet. My MTB seedlings were not open which was disappointing as I wanted people to see them. My 'Twilight Calm' won a 2nd which was very nice of the judges because instead of the usual 6 buds, it had 4. Flower was good though--here is a garden photo of the flower taken several years ago by a friend.


Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
May 28, 2014 9:12 AM CST
I tip my hat to you. Thumbs up
"Every life has a death, and every light a shadow. Be content to stand in the light, and let the shadow fall where it will." Mary Stewart
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 28, 2014 10:27 AM CST
That's a nice one ,Lucy ! It would look super in a clump!...Arlyn

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