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Jan 1, 2017 6:01 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
in mid october i planted 'autumn explosion', that i acquired from our local iris society auction. it is trying to bloom. here's a shot of the stalk. i hope to post actual pics of the flowers in the next few weeks. the stalk happened during the two weeks we were in florida.


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i will post my photo later. for some reason the camera/phone is being uncooperative in transmitting the photo to my ipad. so i can post my pic that i took this morning.
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Jan 1, 2017 7:11 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
Glad to see you created a 2017 version Daphne!
"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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Jan 1, 2017 10:03 PM 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
You are certainly first out of the gate.
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Jan 2, 2017 5:48 AM CST
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
Iris blooms in January! Hurray!
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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Jan 2, 2017 11:21 AM CST
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Dog Lover Greenhouse Hibiscus Plumerias
Seed Starter Region: Texas Garden Ideas: Level 2
I was out taking down Christmas lights this morning and walked around to where I'd put in some dwarf Iris's that were given to me in 2014 and to my surprise


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Jan 2, 2017 12:56 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
It's lo lovey. Does it have a name?
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Jan 2, 2017 1:59 PM CST
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Dog Lover Greenhouse Hibiscus Plumerias
Seed Starter Region: Texas Garden Ideas: Level 2
Thank you and no, it's just another of my NOIDs
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Jan 2, 2017 4:30 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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here's the photo of the iris stalk i was trying to upload with the initial post.

a hint of color on one of the lower buds that's not visible from this angle. it's been rather chilly for us.....daytime high is just 59 deg. hopefully, we'll see it bloom by next week? 'ae' is considered a re.

when i planted the rhizome this fall, it looked as though something had been munching at the top. now, the wound has turned dark, and there's still an indent to trap moisture. i guess i have to keep a more watchful eye on it since weve been having showers every other day or so.
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Jan 2, 2017 10:02 PM 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
none here until April unless one counts the bulbs earlier.
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Jan 2, 2017 10:09 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
None until April for us either. Glare
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Jan 3, 2017 5:25 AM CST
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
Same! So looking forward to your blooms! Hurray!
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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Jan 4, 2017 8:16 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
Daphne, I'd scrape that wound to see what's going on.. If it's rot, you don't want it getting to the increases.

I had several stalks poking us, but it's been so cold and wet, I'm sure they're mush by now. Haven't had a chance to get out to the garden other than to get wood and dig some ditches (river of mud and woodchips running through my carport Glare )
The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.
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Jan 5, 2017 3:34 AM CST
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
Yikes, Sherry! Hope the irises and other 'preciousses' are well rooted as not to come floating by too! Blinking
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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Jan 5, 2017 4:31 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Wow, Sherry, that's sure a different weather scenario then it's been in a while for you.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Jan 5, 2017 6:59 AM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Hang in there Sherry! There's a reported 4-8 inches of rain coming to the Santa Cruz mountains this weekend. (We're supposed to get another 2-4 inches.)

It's also going to rain all next week.
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Jan 5, 2017 11:32 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
The long-range forecast for us is a lot more rain all month, I really can't complain, We've
prayed for it for so long. I just hope the irises hang in there. They look good so far.

I heard on the radio that CA reservoirs (maybe just those in N CA? ) - are at 53% of full.
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Jan 5, 2017 1:06 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
I'm not complaining either, but it's going to ugly this weekend. Stay safe and stay dry. Group hug

I think my other blooms stalks must have froze. They've stopped growing and the flower buds are turning brown.
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Jan 5, 2017 3:25 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
@Henhouse

thanks for that tip sherry....right now it's been too wet and cold to go outside. but when the rain stops i'll go outside with a knife and some comet.
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Jan 6, 2017 5:49 AM CST
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
Good luck, Daphne! Crossing Fingers!
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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Jan 6, 2017 4:06 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
We've got our firewood in for this rainy period ahead. It's cold, but not freezing today.

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