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Feb 15, 2016 2:49 PM CST
Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Here in California it seems like early spring and the irises are waking up. Not much of a cold winter and the last two weeks are like late spring with temperatures flirting with 80 degrees. The rain seems to have quit for a while. I hope it comes back.

Meanwhile, Blackwatch has opened and Trick or Treat is showing color. Hell's Fire has seven bloom stalks. It's one of the early ones, just not usually this early. And two of our Pacific Coast irises are blooming, Big Money and a Ghio seedling.

Looks like it is going to be an early season for us.

I'll post pictures later.
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Feb 15, 2016 4:16 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
Please do. Lovey dubby
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Feb 15, 2016 4:20 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
I agree
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Feb 16, 2016 12:42 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've got color showing on the buds of 'Spring Bliss'.. I missed the first bloom on 'Snow Maiden'.. more buds coming.
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
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Feb 16, 2016 2:07 AM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
I took a quick walk around and everything looks fine but I didn't see any bloom stalks. I might have missed them because it really was a quick look ....
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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Feb 16, 2016 3:53 AM CST
Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Not much to photograph yet.
Trick or Treat had decided to trick us this year with misformed flowers.
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Black Watch is very short, a problem we have when it stays mostly warm.
We did have some cold this year, but not enough for the medians.
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Hell's Fire has 7 bloom stalks. Several are showing color and look to be fully formed blossoms.
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Two PCI's are already blooming, but short and down in the foliage.
The purple is an Ghio seedling and the yellow is Ghio's Big money.
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Keppel's Easter Candy has two bloomstalks coming up in a pot.
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Feb 16, 2016 6:36 AM 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
They are really trying to put on a show especially Hells Fire. I hope my medians ignore the warm, dry winter here and try and bloom.
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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Feb 16, 2016 8:46 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
Carl, I had some last year do that. We had an early Spring so they decided to put up stalks. Then they got hit with cold and snow for a day and it really messed with them.
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Feb 16, 2016 1:03 PM CST
Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Yes, that's a problem we usually have to worry about with our rebloomers in the fall. I have resorted to putting paper bags on stalks when it is very cold. But very cold for us is a mild day for many. I'm hoping that they can bloom and we don't get a cold snap.
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Feb 16, 2016 2:49 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Living on the Edge, Echo Location, Violet Music and NoID Crimson King are in bloom. October Sky, Bold Move, Double Shot and Cocoa Pink are sending up stalks.
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Feb 16, 2016 4:55 PM CST
Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Hell's Fire opened. Tailored form but a reliable performer.
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Feb 16, 2016 4:57 PM CST
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
Composter Daylilies Garden Art Irises Organic Gardener Permaculture
Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing
Bonnie, with my stolen label fiasco, it will be interesting to see if I really sent what I thought I sent. I know the lilies are correct. Wait till you see the little red guy! Save some Sunny Joy pollen in the freezer. She comes up first.
Don't make fear based decisions.
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Feb 16, 2016 5:26 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
Oooooh, Carl, lookit that color! Lovey dubby
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Feb 16, 2016 7:15 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
Linneaj said:Bonnie, with my stolen label fiasco, it will be interesting to see if I really sent what I thought I sent. I know the lilies are correct. Wait till you see the little red guy! Save some Sunny Joy pollen in the freezer. She comes up first.


No worries, Linnea, I love them all. And it will be a bit of a puzzle if they are not labeled correctly. I am anxious to see the lilies. 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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Feb 16, 2016 9:15 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
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
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Feb 16, 2016 9:26 PM CST
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
Annuals Irises Lilies Region: Northeast US Organic Gardener Peonies
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Seed Starter Enjoys or suffers hot summers Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Hummingbirder
I'm loving those beards on Concertina Lovey dubby
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Feb 17, 2016 11:51 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
Fantastic photos and color on that iris Carl!

I agree with Liz about the beards Sherry.
"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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Feb 18, 2016 12:04 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
That's a really nice color on 'Hell's Fire'. I'm always willing to give up a little on form for a good performer in the garden..
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
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Feb 18, 2016 1:54 AM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Taken yesterday.
Living on the Edge
Echo Location
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Feb 18, 2016 7:46 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
29° today. It will be awhile before we see flower of any kind.

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