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Apr 7, 2015 4:44 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
And no I don't mean winning the National Championship in college basketball. I mean that time that causes all iris lovers' hearts to race, causes one to pick up binoculars to search out growth, then run out as soon as possible to take pictures! Why? Because the most wonderful time is bloom time!

My first buds are popping out on the SDB's. Early this year, but we have had crazy weather. These are all maiden blooms.

Inner Space. You can see the frost damage in the folded leaves. This has really affected some of the TB's.

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A bad picture of Yummy Accent's bud:

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Gizmo The Gremlin is in bud:

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And finally, Awake, which should be opening tomorrow:

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"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 7, 2015 5:00 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
You'll have color everywhere before you know it. Thumbs up
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Apr 7, 2015 5:18 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
Amazing. I am just now getting a little growth in the fan leaves.
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Apr 7, 2015 5:49 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
bloom time is still several weeks away. Later than usual.
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Apr 7, 2015 7:05 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
But it is fast approaching, Lucy. I had 20 more irises bloom today. All SDB's and two MDB's. I had a garden tour after the rain stopped and a photographer here for several hours this evening.... until he lost the light (I really think it was the mosquitoes). I took photos this morning in the rain but they turned out so blurry that I will retake and post them tomorrow. This has been a great fun day. I cant wait to see your iris photos Leslie. yippee!!!!!
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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Apr 7, 2015 7:14 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
My dwarfs especially have had a massive amount of growth in the last two weeks. Unfortunately, we are having above average temps now so I am worried about the development of the tall bearded. And those folded leaves from frost? Well there are a couple TB's that have it where the bloomstalk is trying to grow. I have no idea if the blooms can break through the leaves but I sure hope so!!!
But enough of that! This thread will celebrate the blooms regardless of how un-normal they may be! Angel
"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 8, 2015 6:13 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
Good morning, I'm Awake (Blyth):


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"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 8, 2015 6:27 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Perfect!
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Apr 8, 2015 4:29 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
More awaited me when I got home!

Almost ready - Gizmo The Gremlin in bud:



Yummy Accent opened, and it also has a yummy fragrance!!! (Thanks again Tom!)



and pretty beards

"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 8, 2015 4:35 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
Also, some more (& better) pics of Awake:

Ready for it's closeup

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More true to color than the earlier pic:

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"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 8, 2015 4:46 PM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Bulbs Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Roses
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2
I love that baby more with every pic!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Apr 8, 2015 5:04 PM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Hurray! Hurray! I love them all!
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Apr 8, 2015 8:25 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
Just beautiful, Leslie!!
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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Apr 9, 2015 7:37 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
Gizmo The Gremlin and Alladdin's Flame were just starting to open when I left for work. Hope to get pictures before we get more rain. The thunderstorms last night beat up Awake and Yummy Accent a bit. Thumbs down I have lots of other buds getting ready to pop but hope they hold out until the weekend since we are suppose to have severe weather on Friday. (Please Mother Nature....)
"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 9, 2015 8:33 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
I got awake last year from our local iris sale. Glad I did. Smiling
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Apr 9, 2015 8:59 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 should say! It's beautiful!!!
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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Apr 9, 2015 9:32 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 most Blyth iris... Smiling

Can't wait until Guise opens! Another Blyth with interesting coloring.
"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 9, 2015 4:22 PM CST
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Good Pictures Leslie !!! I like Awake
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Apr 9, 2015 4:31 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
Thanks Brad. Awake is really striking. Big bloom and really holds it's color.
"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 9, 2015 4:43 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
It is only day two of blooms and there are already problems in Irisville!

First, I planted SDB Muggles next to IB Dumbledore (because Dumbledore was a protector of muggles). In the pic you will see Muggles on the left and Dumbledore on the right. Hmmmm. Same height. Same growth of buds. Either Dumbledore shrunk or I have a lot of Muggles! I am hoping the second Grendelwald I planted is actually a Dumbledore.

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The plus side is there are tons of bloom stalks!
"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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