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Dec 24, 2015 8:08 AM CST
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Daylilies Irises Vegetable Grower Moon Gardener Dog Lover
Bookworm Garden Photography Birds Pollen collector Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 1
Sherry, I know what you mean by "cold sinks". I grow a lot of lantana (deer proof), and also pelargoniums (*not* deer proof Grumbling ). Every winter they both take a hit, and if the winter is cold enough, I can lose the in-ground pelargoniums. Half a mile away, on a sunny, flat, and level street, the lantana is in bloom all year long, ditto the in-ground pelargoniums there. The only difference I can think of is that we are down in a dip, with hills rising on either side of us.
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
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Dec 24, 2015 12:45 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
Yep. I can't grow lantana or Pelies here. I just treat them as annuals. The cold here seems to roll down the hill behind us, then stalls on the flatter spots around the house. I thought I'd have more marine influence when I moved here, and lost a lot of plants that I moved from Los Altos. Every place I've lived has been different... Some in subtle ways, some obvious. Soils, water quality.. everything changes from what you thought you knew. It's my constant, never-ending horticultural learning curve.
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
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Dec 29, 2015 4:25 PM CST
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Roses Garden Procrastinator Region: North Carolina
Lilies Irises Hybridizer Hostas Dog Lover Daylilies
Not gonna take credit for this and will take another tomorrow. Through all the storms this just emerged in my neighbor's yard. I now know one noID I have Hurray!
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Gimme it and I'll grow it!
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Dec 29, 2015 4:27 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
And it is a reblooming NoID. 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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Dec 29, 2015 5:43 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
Either that or a very confused early bloomer! Rolling on the floor laughing
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Dec 29, 2015 5:52 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Living on the Edge is currently blooming and Echo Location is sending up some stalks. I had Echo Location dug up and sitting under a tree for a couple of months and I just replanted it a few weeks ago.
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Dec 29, 2015 6:10 PM CST
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Roses Garden Procrastinator Region: North Carolina
Lilies Irises Hybridizer Hostas Dog Lover Daylilies
One neighbor said some neighbors planted them 20 years ago. I think the weather tricked them, but they did bloom this past spring he said also. These odd conditions have everything screwed up honestly. Out of all the fans in the huge cluster, there was only one stalk with branches.
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
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Dec 30, 2015 1:21 AM 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
I'll have to check my pictures, but I think I had Crimson King bloom in January last year when we'd had warm weather all winter long. The buds are really slender on your neighbor's iris, which makes me think it's a lot older than 20 years. Looking forward to seeing the flower bloom.
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
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Dec 30, 2015 6:25 AM CST
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Roses Garden Procrastinator Region: North Carolina
Lilies Irises Hybridizer Hostas Dog Lover Daylilies
That's the first thing it thought Sherry. Hopefully they survive today's rains for me to snap a pic. They're about ready to surprise us
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
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Dec 30, 2015 10:46 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
Form on the unknown is older than 20 years IMO.
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Dec 30, 2015 12:07 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 agree, probably planted 20 years ago, but likely came from another gardener. Irises are among the most popular "pass along plants".
"...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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Dec 30, 2015 2:30 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
gemini_sage said:I agree, probably planted 20 years ago, but likely came from another gardener. Irises are among the most popular "pass along plants".

Thumbs up And thank you to all my Iris friends who passed them along to me this summer. Thumbs up
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Dec 30, 2015 3:29 PM CST
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Roses Garden Procrastinator Region: North Carolina
Lilies Irises Hybridizer Hostas Dog Lover Daylilies
One day later we have a very beautiful purple historic. Lovey dubby Shocked she looked this good after all the continuous downpour today. 4 other blooms to still open, maybe theyll be spared. The third pic is the river creek by my house. Was on the go, so very blurry, my flooding is real out here right now
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Gimme it and I'll grow it!
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Dec 30, 2015 3:43 PM CST
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Roses Garden Procrastinator Region: North Carolina
Lilies Irises Hybridizer Hostas Dog Lover Daylilies
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
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Dec 30, 2015 4:24 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 was just going to suggest Crimson King. How tall is yours? CK gets about 18-20" here. I almost hit the ' - I think 18-20 feet is kinda tall for an intermediate, LOL.
"...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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Dec 30, 2015 4:27 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
IBs can go up to 27''.
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Dec 30, 2015 5:08 PM CST
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Garden Photography Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers hot summers Roses Garden Procrastinator Region: North Carolina
Lilies Irises Hybridizer Hostas Dog Lover Daylilies
Not mine, not taking credit, but it was sideways and to the eye about 20 inches. Like I said hopefully the rain doesn't destroy the next bloom so I can get a better pic. Really looks like it though.
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
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Jan 11, 2016 8:02 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 have to post this under Rebloomers because the stalks were up last year. Here is Buckwheat. Despite all odds and low 20 temps last night blooming away on January 11.

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I also found a lot of little groups of lavender crocus in full bloom and the yellows are beginning.
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I still have brown leaves on the oaks and a lot on the ground. sigh
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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Jan 12, 2016 8:36 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
What a lovely sight to see, Bonnie -- and in January, for goodness sake!!!
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