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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: United Kingdom Region: Northeast US Irises
Region: United States of America
Jan 6, 2017 3:36 PM CST
Fantastic, job. Brad.
Name: Pam
Irises Keeps Horses Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: Pennsylvania
Jan 6, 2017 5:53 PM CST
WOW, Just WOW!! An amazing transformation in a short time. Can't wait to see it all in bloom!
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jan 6, 2017 7:44 PM CST
Bonnie.. Thank You Smiling I hope so too we are certainly due for a good season after this year hoping another year the plants have gotten established and bloom will be awesome for the convention.

Robin.. Thank You !! It's good to have some down time Smiling

William.. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing please take pictures if you move forward with that plan nodding

Tom.. If all goes well there should be a lot for them too look at if half of it blooms it will be a lot of flowers Smiling I didn't move anything this year partially because the other gardens had my attention this year and got stuck with a garden hose must of the summer trying to keep those trees alive.. a irrigation system will be a must in the future but for now what I have should be established Smiling

Lilli.. Hydroseed is a mixture of grass seeds and what looks like some kind of insulation that is sprayed on where I got the idea was our county uses it along the highways on hills or after road construction it seems to germinate quickly with out constant watering and it won't move in down pours which was my problem I had grass seed drilled with a tractor twice and it washed out every time the heavy rains hit so I was looking for something else that would help although more expensive then seed it was worth it. Smiling

Treehugger.. Thank You I slept good a lot of nights Smiling

Neal.. It took me 10 years to design the other property how I wanted it and this I tried to do it in a year Smiling It helped having a plan from the last one and knowing the look I wanted our old house did not sell until this fall so I was able to spade a lot of things out of there that I wanted which helped tremendously if I would of had to dig all those holes by hand I would still be out there with a shovel in hand nodding

Debra.. A record year Rolling on the floor laughing I got a few more grey hairs but mission accomplished Smiling

Liz.. Thank You !!

Arlyn.. Thanks hopefully you guys can visit for the convention ?

Cory.. The bed shaper is an attachment that is pulled behind a tractor to give you the raised beds they have different settings depending on how wide you want the dirt mounded.. Ours were set at 36" but I ended up tilling some of the seedling rows down a little to make them wider to fit more plants... They work wonders for drainage if your ground is flat but one of the problems I ran into on the newer rows from this summer is erosion in extreme downpours like what we get here in the midwest those rows will erode if there is any slope to your grade. I went with 3 rows and then a space so I can get a truck or tractor down to work in the field.

Barbara.. Thank You !!

Les.. Our home is very similar to the old one we changed colors and moved some walls around but we really enjoyed the other place I told everyone if I could have picked it up and moved it I would have Smiling

Nikki.. Thanks !!

Jan.. Thanks..

Luci.. Thank You

Pam.. I can't either Smiling
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jan 6, 2017 9:13 PM CST
I visited Oregon this year from May 10th through the 14th it was incredible as always to see fields of Iris in bloom always a pleasure to visit Mr. Keppel's garden and walk the the fields at Mid America and Schreiner's and see what they are working on. The weather was perfect 3 out of the 4 days not a cloud in the sky and it was great to get away and enjoy the beautiful bloom in Salem. I always leave wishing I had more time to spend there and it is always amazing to see everything blooming in that area in May. If you are a plant lover Salem in May is incredible..

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When I left to visit my field seemed to be set to have a great bloom we had stalks showing everywhere and the plants looked good.. The phone rang on my last day in Salem and the report was heavy rains at home and lots of stalks laying on the ground Confused I got back and found some of the rows filled with water and the plants looked like something was starting to develop in them, over the course of the next couple weeks I had more rot and fall over than I had bloom, it was if they had been hit with some chemical or something that made them abort bloom. I think this is what was so disappointing felt like somebody cancelled Christmas after moving the whole garden, they survived the winter, woke up and grew and then all the stalks fell over D'Oh! Crying so I wandered around like a chicken with there head cut off for a week or so trying different sprays trying to get it under control before I realized that it was too late and too wide spread whatever was going on was going to have to run it's course here. It was hard to get anything done the majority of my time was spent at Dad's his bloom was the opposite of mine and looked great and I was able to get some pollen daubing done without worrying about the stalks falling over.

I had 1 row that actually bloomed decent it was filled with mostly 2012 seedlings that had survived the other disaster in 2014 and they exploded Smiling so that was a bonus but the weather over that period was tough on them it seemed to pour buckets every night and the wind beat them by the time I got to take a look in the morning it was tough to judge anything but there were some that showed promise and what lived through it seemed to grow really well this summer. I left most of the garden in tact for the convention with the hopes theres lots for people to look at in the spring good or bad Smiling

I still have no idea what went through here we sent samples to ISU and the report came back as Soft Rot which is always the end result of any infection of the plants but no anwser as to what caused it or why it started. My field was a cornfield 2 years before I planted in it.. I suspected that it was some kind of a herbicide that remained in the soil from that but Shrug! I decided to do nothing and let nature take its course within a month by the time it got hot they seemed to completely recover and there was no signs of it anymore so I guess we will see what spring brings Crossing Fingers!

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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Jan 6, 2017 9:15 PM CST
wow, brad, an unfathomable feat in my mind. what you've accomplished in a year is more than i can hope to do in my lifetime! congratulations!

pardon my ignorance, i'm fairly new to this forum. i have to ask, the vastness of your iris fields leads me to believe you're a hybridizer/commercial grower? when you moved were you in the same state, or another part of the country? (sorry to play twenty questions with you; i am curious and interested.)

i am curious as other growers are picking up and moving also.....a few examples that come to mind sutton's from porterville, ca. to the pnw (pacific n. west), maryott's from san jose, ca. to freedom, ca. (and are no longer growing irises but day lilies?), and blue j a recent relocation from the mid-west to texas.

i can hardly wait, (in anticipation of all the bursts of color and gorgeousness) for all those beautiful flowers to start blooming and the photos that will be posted from your newly appointed fields!
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jan 6, 2017 9:46 PM CST
Daphne.. Welcome to the group here Thank You!! I am not commercial or at least have nothing to sell at this point. I just enjoy the plants and wanted a little piece of Oregon at home my favorite part of the season is seeing the new seedlings bloom for the 1st time and thats kinda what my field is all about it was meant more for my own entertainment.. I had some rather good sized gardens at our old place but having acres of them is a completely different experience all together : and more work than I can handle by myself so will see what spring brings Smiling

I don't know much about Blue J or Sutton's but I do know Bill and have visited there a few times it is wonderful and I don't blame him that area is gorgeous and a lot of good people there.. as far as the plants there is quite a difference in the margin between Iris and Daylilies and my guess is the Daylillies are more profitable nodding
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Jan 6, 2017 9:56 PM CST
thank you for your candid answers, what you've accomplished is nothing short of awesome. good luck in your future endeavors.
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jan 6, 2017 10:57 PM CST
I think my favorite Cross from 2012 was the (Smoke and Thunder x Class Ring) 12-12 it has given me quite a few fun plants in all different colors and patterns and they are proving so far to be excellent growers and hardy along with blooming through our tough seasons. There are a couple that really stood out in the garden again this year. My favorite of the bunch being 12-12 B it is unique enough blend of colors I don't have anything else like it and the stalks were good it held up well in the downpours this spring. Here are some pictures of it from the past couple years.

12-12 B
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12-12 A This one was really neat as well it lacks the ruffles but the colors are unique and every bloom can be a little different color on the falls it was crossed with a lot of the Ghio blood hoping to get more modern form and a branch if all goes well there should be quite a few seedlings blooming from this one in the spring.
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The others that bloomed were nice but not as unique still have 20 or so left from this cross to bloom in the spring hoping to find one more unique one in the bunch Smiling

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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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Jan 6, 2017 11:40 PM CST
Drool worthy,all. Drooling
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Hummingbirder Region: California Dog Lover Irises Organic Gardener Daylilies
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Jan 6, 2017 11:44 PM CST
An amazing group of photos of your seedlings, Brad Everyone of them's a winner.
12-12b and the 2 next ones down made me gasp. And all the rest were wonderful too.
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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
Jan 7, 2017 1:21 AM CST
All of them are gorgeous! 12-12B is stunning! With so many of the great hybridizers getting older and retiring we "need" you to to help out our addiction and start selling your beautiful creations. nodding
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Jan 7, 2017 3:28 AM CST
Green Grin! I agree
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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Jan 7, 2017 3:35 AM CST
Amazing irises, Brad. They are more lovely than most of the irises vendors have on their websites. Not only is the color unique but the form is gorgeous also. Smiling
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?
(Zone 7a)
Irises Garden Photography Hybridizer Region: Tennessee Seed Starter
Jan 7, 2017 4:25 AM CST
Nice work Brad
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
Jan 7, 2017 4:47 AM CST
12-12 B and the last 5 of the 'not so unique' ones, please! Lovey dubby
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Jan 7, 2017 5:42 AM CST
There are some really nice ones here, I'm sure the conventions goers will be thrilled with seeing them! It would be hard to just pick one or two as favorites. Such amazing color blends. Those first two are very unique!
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Name: Gabriel/Gabe Rivera
Charlotte, NC (Zone 7b)
German imported, Michigan raised
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Jan 7, 2017 6:21 AM CST
12-12 B is nice. Tight form up top down to the overlapping falls.

As far as the sitting water in the's the mid-west alright. Hopefully you've worked the drainage out. This spring was terrible all around with rain. Good thing for trenches though or they'd really be swimming.

Hopefully the soil levels or minerals within settle down too. My first raised bed brought on so much rot after the blooms. I treated it (obviously easier since only 16'×4'), replanted this fall and it now looks like the happiest bed of all.

Gimme it and I'll grow it!
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
Jan 7, 2017 11:19 AM CST
😍 So beautiful, your seedlings deserve to be introduced to the world. Thank you for sharing.
"The Earth laughs in flowers."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Jan 7, 2017 1:30 PM CST
I agree It's hard to choose from that cross because they are all exceptional, but I think my favorites are 12-12A and B.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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
Jan 7, 2017 4:16 PM CST
I like 12-12A, but there are a good six or seven at least of the ones below I like better, especially that magnificent purple just under 12A. Drooling Lovey dubby
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