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Mar 17, 2016 10:12 PM CST
Name: JoJo
Texas (Zone 8b)
Bee Lover Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers Irises
Hibiscus Garden Art Frogs and Toads Dragonflies Dog Lover Daylilies
Mine was Crimson King , I had never seen such a beautiful flower. It was my grandfather's
I remember crying when I found out that when the blooms went away, it would be a long time before they came back Blinking Confused thumbsup:
Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That's the fun of them.
You're always learning !
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Mar 17, 2016 10:16 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
I just ordered this one. I sure hope it looks just like this picture. If it does it will be a favorite.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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Mar 17, 2016 10:22 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Identifier
Shoot, that iris is SO pretty, I'd almost trade my own face for it Hilarious!
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Mar 17, 2016 10:25 PM CST
Missouri (Zone 6a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Identifier
That is a good question, I guess I never thought about it. I don't remember the first iris I had other than grape scented ones, plain white, and some cream and bright yellow that were at my last house when we moved there. Sometime along the way I guess I probably seen some pics in a mail order and started 'trying' some... then realized there were so many and tried lots more!
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Mar 18, 2016 3:12 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
It would be the wild irises that grew in the cow pasture in the wet area in one section of the pasture. When I was a kid my mother and grandmother would go pick wild blueberries. We kids went along of course, to help and grandma would always take time to check out the wild irises growing there. They were short and purple. Irises were her favorite flower and she had some in her flower gardens. They soon became my favorite. Of course I also remember the wild blueberry pies my mom would make. Sticking tongue out Drooling
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Mar 18, 2016 5:50 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
Our neighbor's back yard was nothing but irises. He gave some seedlings purple & dirty yellow ones to my Mom. I remember pointing out a pink one (as if he didn't know). this was in the 1940s when the 'true' pinks rather than the orchid pinks were appearing in gardens.
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Mar 18, 2016 9:43 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
My dad always had a variety of selfs, so I remember large TB's in dark purple, light violet, yellow, orange, and red. I never thought about the names of such things back then, but they always grew so well for him. He is currently enjoying the iris bloom out in Arizona, but it is hard to get him to send pictures! I may need to raid his beds up in Michigan when we are up there for his 90th birthday in May. Whistling
"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 18, 2016 11:20 AM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Last year Coffee Shop gave me a thrill for being one of the very first tb's to bloom in my garden.
This year it will also be one of the first, because it has a big bloom stalk now. It also is a fertile parent and is responsible for 6 of my 9 seedling crosses.

Barb - I am hoping for a bloom on Australian Rose this year! (planted last season) If it's as
pretty as its picture!
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Mar 18, 2016 11:30 AM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Which brings me to the subject of photography. A really outstanding photo will grab me every time! I absolutely went bonkers over Brad's
photo of Patchwork Puzzle last season and had to have it.
A good photo will make you love, and want to own an iris. Hats off to the photographers! I tip my hat to you.
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Mar 18, 2016 1:20 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 agree Especially to Brad and Kent and Carl who have gotten me into a buying mode on more than one occasion!
"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 18, 2016 1:42 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Mar 18, 2016 1:45 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
I blame everyone on here for giving me iris fever...it's very contagious! Glare

I'm calling the CDC.
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Mar 18, 2016 1:56 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
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

That is a beautiful picture of Patchwork Puzzle, and when I first saw it, I wanted it really bad.

So of course, I ordered

instead! Hilarious!

(What can I say?)
"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 18, 2016 1:56 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Paul has shared some wonderful iris photos too!

Gloriafied Glenn is going on my list. Leslie!
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Mar 18, 2016 1:57 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
Yes he has.
"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 18, 2016 2:53 PM CST
Name: JoJo
Texas (Zone 8b)
Bee Lover Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers Irises
Hibiscus Garden Art Frogs and Toads Dragonflies Dog Lover Daylilies
I just asked my son, he has more than I do and he said Fireplace Embers
I would've never guessed that. My son and dil seem to like purple so I've always gotten them purple irises, nodding
There have been some beautiful irises shown and mentioned
I should've waited to order Rolling on the floor laughing
Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That's the fun of them.
You're always learning !
Helen Mirren
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Mar 18, 2016 2:58 PM CST
Name: Mary Anne Jay
Wentworth, NS, Canada (Zone 4a)
Region: Canadian Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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These are the two that did it for me in '09. I saw the first at a backyard sale in Brantford--no name-- and the picture is blurry {sorry} but I was smitten by the velvety color from afar. The woman brought me a bare root piece. I flew home with it, planted it and it disappeared! I thought it died. The next spring, new growth! A tough iris.
The second one was Superstition from a nursery. Both continue to bloom like crazy every year and have been divided several times.
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Mar 18, 2016 3:15 PM CST
Name: Patrick Alan
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Cactus and Succulents Clematis Dog Lover Irises Lilies Region: New Jersey
Roses
I grew up in Pennsylvania, and many of my neighbors all had Iris pallida planted in their back yards or ally's and I recall smelling them and falling in love with their fragrance. They smelled
like "Grape soda" to me. I was smitted with their beauty and elegance immediately, and new
that one day I was going to have my own Iris garden. Well that dream has now come true and
in May my Iris garden will be in bloom for the first time and I am going to fall in love all over
again and it has only taken me 61 years!
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle ~ Plato
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Mar 18, 2016 4:19 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
UndertheSun said:I blame everyone on here for giving me iris fever...it's very contagious! Glare

I'm calling the CDC.


Does the CDC sell irises, Rob?
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 18, 2016 6:11 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
No specific Iris, just remember my grandmother and great-grandmother had them in their yards. And their houses were my favorite places to be, always. I associate Iris with them.
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