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Name: Stacey Utermoehlen
Warfordsburg, PA (Zone 6b)
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Birds Dragonflies Peonies Butterflies Lilies Hummingbirder
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starwoman
Jan 30, 2015 6:35 PM CST
Thanks so much for sharing these, Brad - I really liked picture # 20, the one with the colorful "patches" in the field.
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
Region: California Bee Lover Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers Composter
Annuals Dog Lover Cat Lover Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Moiris
Jan 30, 2015 8:22 PM CST
Absolutely gorgeous Brad! I have to admit I'm a little envious of your ability to travel to all these beautiful gardens and spend days taking photos.....but I'm really glad you do!!! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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ARUBA1334
Jan 31, 2015 2:54 AM CST
Marilyn.. Thanks I was not planning on Oregon last year but after spending March and April watching half my garden rot, needed to see some Bloom and there is no better place then Salem Smiling in the spring. I could spend weeks there and see something new everyday it is a fun place to visit with all the different nurseries everywhere truly a plant lovers paradise.

Sherry.. I did not take any full garden pictures at Kieth's or Joe's had the same problem at both stop's I got occupied in there seedling Smiling patches and at Joe's the Roses blew me away as you know he has a wonderful collection and they were at Peak when we visited, after losing all of mine over last winter I really enjoyed his and went home with some names of his to try and start all over again. Here are some partial garden pics from Joe's and his roses.

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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
Jan 31, 2015 3:15 AM CST
Thanks Brad. I was out at his ranch post bloom season to help with the dig this past year. the roses were still in bloom, and he even had a stunning dahlia that he'd hybridized. I've only been to his house to paw through the boxes of iris he puts out front. do you know when you're coming out yet? Maybe we can plan a little party with some of the other ATP folks out here
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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ARUBA1334
Jan 31, 2015 4:12 AM CST
Joe's was our first stop on the trip this year and it was Awesome we Love Santa Cruz in April, especially after last winter the scenery is Outstanding driving along the Ocean. I thought this year I would share some of my personal favorite's blooming in each of the gardens when we visited, and then some seedlings from different places I have hopes for.

Joe had a great assortment of plants for sale in his catalog last year a few of these I had seen from previous years but it was a real treat to see all these new varieties from all over up close and personal in his gardens a lot of times the catalog pictures just don't do them justice. My wish list kinda went crazy after seeing all of these Green Grin! I tried to order a lot of them but the newer ones sold out fast so missed quite a few definitely looking forward to his catalog this year and hoping what I missed last year is still in it Smiling

Cosmic Connection & Tango Express
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Flaming Lava & Spiral Galaxy
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Cotillian Gown & Blued Indigo
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Head Over Heels & Wedding Night
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Beauty Becomes Her & Royal Ruby
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First Pick & Love Changes
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Desert Moth & Glamorama
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Mayfair Melody & Style Traveler
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Jazz Berry & Are We In Love
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Cross My Heart & Captain Thunderbolt
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Whisper Her Name & Beauty Contest
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Heavenly Host & Star Turn
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Rare Coin & Going Big Time
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Celebratory & Splurge
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Civility & Your's Truly
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Core Values & Pretty Bubbles
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Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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ARUBA1334
Jan 31, 2015 4:19 AM CST
Hi Sherry not sure of a date yet will probably wait closer to bloom time to buy tickets until I know he is close to Peak bloom I was a little early last year and missed all of the later blooming plants and seedlings. With our crazy weather all over the country who knows Shrug! when bloom will be peak but would definitely like to meet the group Smiling
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
Jan 31, 2015 8:25 AM CST
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh -- Star Turn!!!! -- ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh......................... Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Every one of those is beautiful!!
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Jan 31, 2015 8:30 AM CST
There's that red rose, again. Lovey dubby
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jan 31, 2015 9:50 AM CST
The falls on Wedding Night are incredible! There are too many in that group that just belong in my garden. Sighing!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Jan 31, 2015 9:59 AM CST
I have 14 of these in my garden, mostly planted last year. Had Splurge, but it died.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jan 31, 2015 1:31 PM CST
What is the bloom time in your garden Tom? Does it go into June? I will be up your way in June? Are your viewing gardens still open then? (wink)
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Jan 31, 2015 1:54 PM CST
(If my memory serves me right) Blinking On a normal year, I have a quite a few open in that first week of June, Second week the early ones are done, but later ones are coming on. You are most welcome to come and see them. Any ones guess whether we have a normal year or not. Then you could put your stamp on the ones you want! I ususally have lots of people coming during that time to select their choices. Now I'll have to go to last years thread and see if I'm accurate, as last year was a typical year.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Jan 31, 2015 2:20 PM CST
I checked the tread "Hallelujah Brother" and my dates are pretty close.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Jan 31, 2015 2:27 PM CST
Gorgeous shots, Brad! Thank You!

My earliest iris opening last year was April 10.
let the mystery be
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Jan 31, 2015 2:31 PM CST
March 28 for me with Killarney Green, SDB.
Rise and shine and give God the glory!!
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jan 31, 2015 2:35 PM CST
Holy cannoli! You're killing me!

I love them all and my list just keeps growing and growing....
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Jan 31, 2015 4:01 PM CST
Well Rob, there's only one way to get that list smaller, and that is to get everything on it, then is stay's small for a week or two! Rolling on the floor laughing
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
Jan 31, 2015 4:24 PM CST
Lat year was so weird. I had 'Crimson King' blooming Feb 4th (this year mid January), followed by 'Spring Bliss' March 3rd, the SDB 'Yankee Skipper' March 19th, and 'That's All Folks' on the 22nd.... Everything was early. If we don't get a winter again this year, I have no idea what to expect. I'm wanting to have an open garden, but am having a hard time deciding which weekend... I'm thinking I should plan earlier, rather than later given the weather we've been having.
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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ARUBA1334
Feb 1, 2015 12:15 AM CST
Thanks you guys glad you liked the pictures I had a lot of fun taking them !!

Mary Ann.. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing nodding I thought the same thing when I seen it at Joe's What a color.

Tom... I know who's garden to raid if there all sold out again Big Grin Good luck figuring bloom time it seems like every year it changes it used to be the majority of mine were done by June and the past couple years they have been well into it. I am hoping for mid May this year and some cooler temps during bloom season so they will last and not burn up in the heat.

Sherry.. I hope you have gotten enough rain to get you out of the drought restriction's and I hope your bloom season is a little early this year by early April I will really be looking forward to seeing bloom Smiling


Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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ARUBA1334
Feb 1, 2015 3:03 AM CST
Joe had some really Awesome and Unique seedlings to go through we were awestruck looking at all the new colors and patterns that he has been working on and I only got to see a small portion of the earlier ones Blinking Drooling Hope to change that this year these were the ones that got me excited and looked promising someday. The Ovation Pink flowers he has put out and still working on are special there really is nothing else like them anywhere in that color of pink. I love the one at the bottom left with the pink band it will not need a name tag when blooming Big Grin

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