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Mar 26, 2016 4:53 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
Well, it's only March but some of us have been busy beavers ordering irises. I warned you all that the day of reckoning was a comin, and it has arrived. Time to fess up and spill the beans. I know, the ordering season isn't finished yet, but as you buy and sink deeper into the pit of iris dependency, you can update your status. So, let us know where you are at this stage of the game, then keep us updated as you order more, or receive more trade boxes throughout the summer. Come on, it's fun!

Here is the "How many new iris cultivars did you acquire" scale

1 to 30 = Just kid stuff Smiling
31 to 50 = A good start Sticking tongue out
51 to 75 = Slightly off balance Confused
76 to 100 = On the Edge! Whistling
101 to 125 = Over the Edge Glare
126 to 150 = Pretty messed up Crying
151 to 175 = You need your head examined Grumbling
176 to 200 = Bring on the paddy wagon! Shrug!
200 to 300 = Men in white coats coming with strait jacket. Acorn
Over 300 =Living in La La Land Angel
(either that or you're a commercial dealer Hilarious! )

You'll notice a revision in the "How many iris cultivars did you acquire" scale, both the name of the scale is changed, and a higher number in the scale to separate out those on the top end.

Rules:
You count all of the iris cultivars that you acquired during this calendar year.

Irises that you receive from trades or gifts, or for postage count as well as those you buy.

Update your status with each new order sent in.

You don't need to list the names of the irises, although you may, but just the number.

NOIDs received count too.

You do not need to count irises that you are replacing that have died within the last 2 years.

You do not count irises that you already have but have ordered additional rhizomes.

You do not count seedlings that you started from seeds.

If you receive a seedling as a gift from someone that counts for the person receiving it.

You only count CULTIVARS that you add to your collection, this is not a count of rhizomes.

Whom ever is deemed the person who ordered the highest number of rhizomes (sorry, commercial growers excluded here) will be awarded a noteworthy title, and gift of some sort yet to be determined. The deadline for this award will be Sept. 30. Rhizomes received after this time will not count toward this title.

May the best man or woman win! Crossing Fingers!
Politicians are like diapers, they need to be changed often, and for the same reason.
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Mar 26, 2016 5:06 AM CST
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Foliage Fan Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses
Hostas Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Do you deduct for irises you give away? Blinking Confused
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Mar 26, 2016 5:23 AM CST
Name: John
Kansas City,MO (Zone 6a)
Composter Region: Missouri Plays in the sandbox Enjoys or suffers cold winters
How about the ones that just followed you home!! Rolling on the floor laughing

Blessings
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.' Theodore Roosevelt
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Mar 26, 2016 5:25 AM CST
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Foliage Fan Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses
Hostas Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Hilarious! Hilarious!
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Mar 26, 2016 5:34 AM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
how about the ones bought in dream land?
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Mar 26, 2016 5:58 AM CST
(Zone 7a)
Garden Photography Hybridizer Irises Seed Starter Region: Tennessee
I've not counted was waiting to see about bonuses I also know since I lurk here there ain't no way I'm winning but I'll play I have only 53 ordered or traded from four different places I only wait to see what the bonus iris will amount to
Shucks it'll take me all summer to be ready for these.
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Mar 26, 2016 5:59 AM 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
John, it sounds like you're inquiring about stolen irises Hilarious! I'm pretty sure those count too Rolling on the floor laughing

I think I'm still at the "off to a good start", but my latest addition may have put me at "slightly off balance"
"...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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Mar 26, 2016 6:03 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
140, so far
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Mar 26, 2016 6:12 AM CST
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Hybridizer Irises Butterflies Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Birds Region: Michigan Vegetable Grower Hummingbirder Heucheras Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge)
Just kid stuff for me. Think I ordered about 12.
Lighthouse Gardens
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Mar 26, 2016 6:16 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
No deduction for those given away unless you are giving away those you just ordered. The count is only for iris you ordered/received as gift or postage (including the bonus iris sent)/steal this year. Tom will correct me if this isn't right.
"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, 2016 6:22 AM CST
Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Region: Kentucky Dog Lover Irises Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
I'm holding at 93 right now. So I'm on the edge. I'll be over 100 by the time the bonus and trades come in. Which I expect to fAll into the pretty messed up category! Rolling on the floor laughing

I've ordered from:
Mid America
Iris sisters
Superstition
Napa country
Stout Iris gardens
Suttons
Iris whisperer
Beaumout Ridge
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Mar 26, 2016 7:02 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
Said with a slight air of superiority --

Angel Zero Irises Angel

sniff
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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Mar 26, 2016 7:05 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
Tom you need to add a category for zero irises! (LOL Mary Ann) Like 'in a coma' etc.
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, 2016 7:06 AM CST
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Foliage Fan Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses
Hostas Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
What about SDBs? Count as half?
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Mar 26, 2016 7:10 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
Outrageous, Mika. On behalf of SDB's everywhere I am offended!!!
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, 2016 7:15 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
Love it Bonnie! Rolling on the floor laughing (the "In A Coma")

Mika - what Bonnie said. Dwarfs are iris too!!!

Okay - I am "Over The Edge" Glare (but with Burseens I am only "A Good Start" Thumbs up ). If I add in all the bonuses I am sure will come it will probably tally to "You Need Your Head Examined." Oh dear.....
"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, 2016 7:25 AM CST
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Foliage Fan Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses
Hostas Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
I've put in just three orders so far, but each one amounts to a good start. So collectively I'm over the edge... Crying
Didn't mean to offend SDBs, just trying to reduce my count! Whistling
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Mar 26, 2016 7:29 AM 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
What? Whistling Well, this is the equivalent of asking my age and weight Confused Blinking *Blush* Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

I see how this goes now, y'all make me order irises and then want to label me "On the edge" and maybe beyond Hilarious!
Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That's the fun of them.
You're always learning !
Helen Mirren
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Mar 26, 2016 7:34 AM CST
Name: Angie
Concord, NC (zone 7)
Winter Sowing Region: North Carolina I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member Daylilies Roses
Clematis Butterflies Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Seed Starter
Definitely kid stuff for me unless my wish list counts!
I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day. ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

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Mar 26, 2016 7:46 AM CST
Name: John
Kansas City,MO (Zone 6a)
Composter Region: Missouri Plays in the sandbox Enjoys or suffers cold winters
No Neal, those are the ones that 'fell off the truck'.. Rolling on the floor laughing
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.' Theodore Roosevelt

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