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Mar 26, 2015 1:27 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
My first little iris opened two weeks ago. It was a little purple NoID less than four inches tall.

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Today my first SDB is open. It bloomed during the thunderstorm that came through this morning. It is still rain wet but it is blooming.

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Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Mar 26, 2015 1:28 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
It's so good to see blossoms!
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Mar 26, 2015 1:39 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
It is, Arlene. And today it is so cold and the wind is really blowing after the front moved through. It really is nice to see blooms. smiles
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Mar 26, 2015 1:44 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Any bloom is welcome right now but yours are special. We can't expect irises for another months and even they will just be tiny yellow irises, so your photos are a delight.
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Mar 26, 2015 1:51 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Nice Bonnie! Thumbs up

I'm looking forward to seeing all your little beauties!
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Mar 26, 2015 1:51 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
This thread will be slow but as the blooms increase I will try to keep on task so I can keep track of their bloom dates here. Lazy, huh? lol
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Mar 26, 2015 1:57 PM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Haha! That's why I take pictures... to keep track of bloom times... I've got a book, but am also somewhat lazy. nodding
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
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Mar 26, 2015 1:59 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
I for one am really looking forward to seeing your SDB collection! And if you slowly feed us photos then it will just whet our appetites for more. You call it lazy, I call it clever. Hilarious! Hilarious!
"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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Mar 26, 2015 2:01 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
I keep an online spreadsheet but when the irises are really blooming and there is work to do in the garden and other gardens to tour I fall behind in keeping up with the spread sheet. It is easier to post a photo and let the ATP site remember for me. I can always go back and fill in my spread sheet later.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Mar 26, 2015 2:05 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
I counted 80 different cultivars showing bloom stalks yesterday. Some are just barely showing but they are there and I expect more. This is my crazy time of year. I think it was Neal who said he could just sing and dance in his garden as it comes alive. I think waiting all year for a bloom just makes the bloom wonderful. IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Mar 26, 2015 2:08 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
80? Wow that's going to be some amazing eye candy!

My first little one (Rainbow Rim) bloomed for me and now I'm hooked. I knew this would happen... Glare
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Mar 26, 2015 2:21 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
Aww. Poor Rob! Hilarious! I am weeks away from blooms so bring on the 80!!
"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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Mar 26, 2015 2:32 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
Me too. Weeks away. Sad

Both of them just beautiful, Bonnie -- and a sight for sore eyes.

I have just one complaint -- I think you should have titled the thread *Bonnie's Bloomers*!!! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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Mar 26, 2015 2:43 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
Too funny!!! Mary Ann! I was afraid some of the gents might never look.... might even go off ATP for good. I am such a thoughtful person. lol
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Mar 26, 2015 3:00 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
I keep a notebook with the days of blooms. No I do not keep it on the computer. Not able to take my tower around the garden. Thumbs up

so glad that you bloom has started, Bonnie.
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Mar 26, 2015 3:04 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
Thank you, Lucy. It is supposed to be sunny tomorrow and if the temps warm up a bit..... Killarney Green is close to blooming.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Mar 26, 2015 5:10 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
Nice ones Bonnie, and looking forward to more!
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Mar 26, 2015 5:30 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
Rob, my Rainbow Rim has a bloom stalk but it is another week from blooming unless we get some really warm weather. The little guys are beautiful and so cute too that you will not be able to resist growing a garden of them. I grow all sizes and there is a lot to like about all of them.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Mar 26, 2015 6:14 PM CST
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
Annuals Irises Dog Lover Composter Cat Lover Region: California
Butterflies Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I only have a couple of the little ones. This one bloomed a couple days ago and I have a new Noid. It was given to me as Buccaneer...which is an historic TB so I was guessing it was Little Buccaneer. Wrong! So now I have no idea what it is.
The snails chewed it up a little but you can still see what it looks like. Any suggestions for an ID would be welcome!

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Oops! Bonnie...I should have put this on a different thread! The talk about SDB's just reminded me about this one. Sorry!
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Mar 26, 2015 6:24 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
No problem. It is a very interesting little SDB. Do you have more photos and the average height of all bloom stalks? I don't grow Little Buccaneer but I have been looking for it. Found it yesterday at the site Sunrise Orchard in, of all places, New Zealand.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?

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