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Mar 5, 2017 1:13 PM 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


This is little MDB Aaah. It is a gorgeous little iris that is blue/lavender with chartreuse rims and lines. For a tiny iris it has quite a few ruffles.

I have been looking for this little guy for quite a few years. It was introduced in 2009 by George Sutton. I tried to track it down in vain including contacting George and asking for his help. He had lost the iris in the move and could not locate another and I had begun to think of it as a lost cultivar. I kept whining and contacting people, making a pest of myself I am sure, and then last summer a great lady that cares for the gardens at the Will Rogers Museum in OK sent me rhizomes. Hurray! Hurray!

They have been slowly opening all week and today before dawn made their full appearance.

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 5, 2017 1:27 PM CST
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
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Congratulations on finding that elusive cultivar and a lovely one it is too! Lovey dubby

...and how appropriate to start a thread named Bonnie's Bloomers with an Aaah! Big Grin
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Mar 5, 2017 1:34 PM 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
Thank you Lilli. This little iris is supposed to do well in warmer climes than most Miniature Dwarfs do. I have my MDB's in pots so I can move them to cooler places on the property as needed. This one may go directly in the soil if it does well.

For anyone interested in growing the 'little guys' don't confuse conditions needed to grow MDB's with those needed to grow SDB's. Only MDB's need the cold winters as they are dwarfs. SDB's are medians and can be treated like other bearded irises.
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 5, 2017 1:37 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Vermiculture Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
thanks bonnie, i will keep that in mind as i go forward on my iris journey.
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Mar 5, 2017 6:17 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
I wonder if George Sutton would like a rhizome back ....or do a trade?
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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Mar 5, 2017 6:23 PM CST
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Irises Region: New Mexico Region: Southwest Gardening Region: United States of America
Ahhh what a beauty!!!! 😀 I love all your small guys Bonnie!!!! I really enjoyed your thread last year and looking forward to this years pics!!
I get bored easy and Irises Don’t Bore Me!!!
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Mar 5, 2017 8:28 PM 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
Good idea Barbara. I shall send George an email updating him on little Aaah.

Elsa, I never know what will bloom first or when. I guess that is part of the fun. I have a bloom stalk on a little aril bred and one on a MTB that is ready to open. I moved a lot of irises around last year so I may not have as many to bloom this year but enough to keep me busy I daresay.

Daphne, you are beginning a very pleasant journey. 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?
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Mar 5, 2017 8:54 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Vermiculture Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
bonnie, where do mtb's fall? they need as much cold?
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Mar 5, 2017 9:06 PM 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
MTB's are classed as a median iris. Their requirements are like the taller bearded irises. MTB's are not only taller than SDB's and shorter than BB's the blooms are smaller on long but narrower stems. These are the irises florists use in bouquets and are often referred to as table irises. Often the blooms appear, from across the garden, to hover above the foliage and remind me of butterflies.
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 5, 2017 9:48 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Vermiculture Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
thanks bonnie....hope that they will bloom here, too, in 10a. nodding
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Mar 6, 2017 3:40 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
What a poetic description, Bonnie! I tip my hat to you.
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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Mar 6, 2017 4:15 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
Good to see your bloom season is on the way! Smiling
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Mar 6, 2017 6:53 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
It will be a slow start, Tom, but yes, it is on its way. 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?
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Mar 6, 2017 8:25 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
You and me both on the slow start Bonnie! Ahhh is quite the cutie!
"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 6, 2017 6:35 PM CST
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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Ahhh is a pretty little one!
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Mar 7, 2017 4:12 AM CST
(Zone 7a)
Garden Photography Hybridizer Irises Seed Starter Region: Tennessee
Y'all I believe George passed a couple of years ago. I'm glad you found your elusive Bonnie I did the same thing with the arilbred Merriglow. Found it lost it replaced again. Thanks D you know who you are
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Mar 7, 2017 4:31 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
You are right, Arilbred, George did pass and now it is Mike Sutton who is carrying on the business. It is my understanding that Mike lost both parents and moved the business shortly thereafter. I may be wrong but I think that may be why some cultivars were lost. Mike is a really nice fellow. 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?
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Mar 7, 2017 7:02 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
We had a storm come through this morning with a lot of wind and a bit or hard rain. This little iris was not open at all last evening and so I did not cover it. It must have opened during the night and it took a bit of a beating from the weather.


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This is a John Weiler iris that he introduced in 1993 - Little Blue Eyes. This is the first yellow iris with a blue beard that I bought. It is a hardy iris that seems to bloom every year and I have shared it a lot. Smiling I will try and get a photo of another bloom later that is not so weather beaten.

~~~edited to add the iris name.
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Mar 7, 2017 7:58 AM CST
Name: Valerie
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
Bee Lover Ponds Peonies Irises Garden Art Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Canadian Butterflies Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters
What a pretty little iris. I love the blue beards Lovey dubby
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Mar 7, 2017 8:15 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
Valerie, it is really pretty when it open to a lovely sunny day. It holds its color well too. 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?

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