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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Oct 19, 2016 5:53 AM CST
By now, some of us have gotten the new catalog - and the online catalog will hopefully show up soon.
Barry Blyth includes a sheet with his observations on the collaboration between
Tempo Two and Mid-America gardens,re: shipping from Australia to the U.S. He and
Tom Johnson have worked out all the details to make it possible for us to afford his fabulous creations. I'm grateful! It was a smooth experience for me. The exchange rate
works in our favor too.

What are your favorites this year?




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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
Oct 19, 2016 8:03 AM CST
I am seriously afraid to look.

So do you order from Tempo Two with a note to send them to Mid-America?
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Dachsylady86
Oct 19, 2016 9:01 AM CST
I believe you contact Tempo Two directly and then they handle all of the US stuff as far as Mid-America sending along the boxes.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Oct 19, 2016 10:30 AM CST
May need to share an order with someone. Most of those I want are medians that aren't available in the states. And some more dragons....
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Dachsylady86
Oct 19, 2016 10:40 AM CST
I think the shipping is reasonable Leslie since they send all of the US orders at the same time to Mid-America. The more people that order, the less the cost per person.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
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janwax
Oct 19, 2016 10:46 AM CST
Leslie - yes, you order directly from Barry in Australia. They're on a different growing time zone, so they deliver to Tom Johnson in Oregon, in February. The orders come to Mid-America in separate boxes, with the customer's name on it - all in a larger container. The more customers' boxes in the container, the cheaper the shipping from Australia. When it gets to Mid-America in the U.S. ,Tom re-addresses each box and sends them out. He has an Ag permit so we don't each have to pay that high fee.
I think I got that right. You do, initially, pay Barry for your irises.
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Oct 19, 2016 12:34 PM CST
I know there seasons are the opposite of ours. It explains why they so often bloom the first time in the fall. My order would be relatively small so that is why I considering sharing an order. Otherwise my cost for maybe ten (not new intro) iris would be pricey even with the cheaper shipping.
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
Oct 19, 2016 9:02 PM CST
I really wish more US vendors would carry Blyth medians. Most only bring in the talls, which is a shame because Blyth has created some amazing BB's (think Thundery), IB's and SDB's.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Dachsylady86
Oct 19, 2016 9:04 PM CST
I agree
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Oct 19, 2016 10:36 PM CST
Leslie I have SDB 'Dapper' which I could send next year. Barry really got the pink SDBs going which led up to 'Chanted.'
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Oct 20, 2016 7:02 AM CST
I'm still going through the catalogue - it's really hard to choose - by which I mean, of course, that it's really hard not to choose them all... Sighing! Hilarious!
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Dachsylady86
Oct 20, 2016 7:58 AM CST
Hehe, I'm sure I'll feel the same way Mika. I have a list that I'm trying to stick with BUT I haven't seen the new catalog yet and I fear I may add on a bunch more. If I can add on over time before shipping I'll probably end up doing that.
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
Oct 20, 2016 8:04 AM CST
irisarian said:Leslie I have SDB 'Dapper' which I could send next year. Barry really got the pink SDBs going which led up to 'Chanted.'


I would love that Lucy! Thank you.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Oct 20, 2016 8:22 AM CST
Dachsylady86 said:Hehe, I'm sure I'll feel the same way Mika. I have a list that I'm trying to stick with BUT I haven't seen the new catalog yet and I fear I may add on a bunch more. If I can add on over time before shipping I'll probably end up doing that.


I thought the catalogue would be similar to last year's, but there are many irises in it that weren't offered last year, and others from last year that aren't being offered this year. I guess they're building stocks.
I really like that irises of hybridisers like Ghio and Keppel are included, because they're not so easy to find in Europe.
Like Jan I found the whole process of buying from Tempo Two exceptionally hassle-free and straightforward, and the cost was less than I thought it might be (that said, since sterling has plummeted since the Brexit vote, it will look more expensive this year). And the bonus, of course, was having iris blooms in mid summer. Smiling
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Dachsylady86
Oct 20, 2016 8:28 AM CST
The suspense is killing me!!
Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
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Cuzz4short
Oct 20, 2016 10:09 AM CST
Les, I may want a Blythe intro...or 3
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
Oct 20, 2016 10:10 AM CST
Good, we can plan a joint order!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a studio potter.
Hummingbirder Dog Lover Irises Region: California Organic Gardener Dahlias
Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Oct 20, 2016 10:24 AM CST
Liz, I'm sure your garden is greatly anticipated.!

I'm choosing any new irises (not many - I'm running out of available dug space!) that are
early or early-mid. The later it gets here in Northern California, the dryer it gets. I have much better luck with the earlies.
I just looked up Thundery, and I agree, it's a beauty, but it's also Very Late. Sad
Oh well, at least I'll be able to see others' photos!
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Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Oct 20, 2016 10:24 AM CST
Serious catalogue envy! Green Grin!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
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
Oct 20, 2016 10:27 AM CST
Jan - it is a very late one. Which isn't the greatest here in NC either because it gets too hot for it. But it is such a beauty when it blooms.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield

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