Irises forum: Visit to Thelma's Iris Garden

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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
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Henhouse
May 10, 2016 3:21 PM CST
I must have missed the back story about Thelma's.. I saw that she's in hospice.. Are her kids selling all the Iris? Or continuing on with her business? Are they doing any mail order? I have questions!!

How fun that the two of you were able to meet up!
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 10, 2016 5:11 PM CST
Sherry - Thelma has large clumps of all her iris. She started selling off the excess increases a while ago. Mostly, I believe, to pay for new ones. Her garden is open during bloom time for anyone to walk around, and Monday-Saturday her daughter digs iris that people want. She won't dig any that don't have enough increases.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 10, 2016 5:18 PM CST
Baghwan - Chet Tomkins




International Intrigue - early Paul Black!




Carnival In Rio - another Paul Black, very soggy though

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Blenheim Royal

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My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
May 10, 2016 5:23 PM CST
I am expecting to go to Thelma's this Friday with my mom. My list is only six strong so far. Here is what I am interested in that Leslie & Gabe posted pictures of:

Thelma want list:

Caro Nome
Candy Counter
Butterscotch Trim
Edenite
Speckles
Coral Chalice

I am waiting for more pictures to be posted so I can be swayed to buy more. Like "Can Can Red" if the price is right may end up in the car!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 10, 2016 5:53 PM CST
Oh I ordered Can Can Red. Yes, I did indeed love that one. I also have Coral Chalice winging it's way to me. And you haven't seen Strange Magic yet!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 10, 2016 6:03 PM CST
Another Chet Tompkins - she has several!

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And right beside it is a very similar iris, but you will see the standards are oranger and the buds are different. Not sure if this was a similar iris purposely planted, or if it is a seedling that grew. Whatever it is, I like the coloring.

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A couple shots of a purple NoID:

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As many times as I walked by this iris, and wanted to get it (not enough there to dig) you would think I would have gotten a decent picture!

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Latin Hideaway:

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My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Region: North Carolina Hybridizer Garden Photography Region: United States of America Hostas Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Dog Lover Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises Container Gardener
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Cuzz4short
May 10, 2016 6:26 PM CST
My nephew could care less about a single iris. His toys were his addiction. ALL the prices are right at Thelma's. The most expensive rhizome is saw was maybe $7. Les, you asked about Can Can Red pic...This one is AMAZING and was taken on the rain day. Faye was more than generous with shares of this one too...you'll see


Gimme it and I'll grow it!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 10, 2016 6:48 PM CST
I am so glad you had pictures!! Hurray! Thanks Gabe.


College Queen - David Hall




American Beauty - Shoop

Has short standards


A very wet Pinnacle - Jean Stevens

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Best Bet and the daisies. And in unweeded areas of the garden there are lots and lots of daisies!

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My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 10, 2016 6:58 PM CST
Ohhh! College Queen.........it's one I "had'........... Crying
Name: Niki
Bend, Oregon (Zone 6a)
Flowers are food for the soul.
Region: Oregon Bee Lover Butterflies Daylilies Dragonflies Frogs and Toads
Hummingbirder Irises Organic Gardener
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HighdesertNiki
May 10, 2016 7:04 PM CST
Group hug Arlyn, I hope the solarization works.

I am enjoying all the pictures Leslie and Gabe.
"The Earth laughs in flowers."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
May 10, 2016 7:13 PM CST
Me too Hurray! and Thank You! for posting them.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
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DaveinPA
May 10, 2016 7:36 PM CST
Further info on Thelma's to answer a question: no shipping! Sad
In person only.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: United Kingdom Region: Northeast US Irises
Region: United States of America
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irisarian
May 10, 2016 9:28 PM CST
Edenite is such a great 'historic'.
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
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grannysgarden
May 11, 2016 5:51 AM CST
Great photos of Thelma's iris garden. So much better to see photos taken by our lot than someone I don't know.
Rise and shine and give God the glory!!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 11, 2016 7:28 AM CST
Edenite sure holds up well in heavy rain! No wonder it's a survivor.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
May 11, 2016 9:19 AM CST
Looks like I will be going Thurdsay morning to Thelma's iris patch as there is a better chance of rain on Friday morning😅
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 11, 2016 9:28 AM CST
Smart move, I think it will be much nicer when sunny. (See my treemail.)
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
Region: North Carolina Hybridizer Garden Photography Region: United States of America Hostas Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Dog Lover Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises Container Gardener
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Cuzz4short
May 11, 2016 11:00 AM CST
Hell, I'm over this way now...awfully cloudy. This is a volatile season. May change any minute any day
Gimme it and I'll grow it!
Name: Missy
SC (Zone 8a)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader
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Zazinnia
May 11, 2016 1:15 PM CST
Thank you for all the wonderful pics yall!!! Hurray! Drooling
"Loving God... loving each other....
and the story never ends." Lyrics by Bill and Gloria Gaither

Aint nothing flashing but the fireflies...lyrics by Paul Simon

(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
May 11, 2016 1:53 PM CST
Thanks for sharing photos from your trip there! Thumbs up

I love the photo of the iris in the field of daisies.

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