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Apr 17, 2017 1:32 PM 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
I was really surprised. I was just coming in from mowing the lawn and I happened to glance down and there was little Pussy Toes with an open bloom. I had just checked it close on Saturday and saw no signs of any buds, and today it's open. I checked Shindig, which is near by and always one of the early ones to bloom, and it has buds too. Several other of the littles are showing some "fatties" as Rob calls them. Smiling Hurray!

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This little tyke is not more then 3 inches tall and blooms every year, usually the first to bloom. A real trouper.
Politicians are like diapers, they need to be changed often, and for the same reason.
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Apr 17, 2017 2:14 PM CST
Name: Niki
Bend, Oregon (Zone 6a)
Flowers are food for the soul.
Bee Lover Butterflies Daylilies Dragonflies Frogs and Toads Hummingbirder
Irises Region: Oregon Organic Gardener
What cute one Tom. Your flowers beat me to it. I have one MDB on order this year though.
"The Earth laughs in flowers."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Apr 17, 2017 2:17 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
This is a good year for MDB's it seems. So many more are being posted. Hurray!

Cute name and a cute little one.
"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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Apr 17, 2017 2:37 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
No photo but I. pumila 'Wild whispers' showed up today. It is so much fun when they do that, especially when no bloom last year. Tom, I hope you don't mind me hanging on to your thread.
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Apr 17, 2017 4:03 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
Hurray! Hurray! Its the beginning, Tom!
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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Apr 17, 2017 4:52 PM CST
Name: Barbalee
Amarillo, TX (Zone 6b)
Carry on, Tom. Many more to come!
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Apr 17, 2017 4:54 PM 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
This should be the first of many. But the next one is a while away yet. Lucy, the more the merrier. Smiling
Politicians are like diapers, they need to be changed often, and for the same reason.
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Apr 17, 2017 5:22 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
A few warm days and all of the little irises will start putting up bloom stalks. By the time my irises are in their last hurrahs yours begin their show. I will console myself with your, and others, photos. Smiling
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Apr 17, 2017 6:04 PM CST
Name: Teresa Felty Barrow
South central KY (Zone 6b)
Consider the lilies of the field
Birds Hummingbirder Hybridizer Irises Lilies Peonies
Sempervivums Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: United States of America Vegetable Grower Hostas Heucheras
Bee Kind, make the world a better place.
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Apr 17, 2017 7:14 PM CST
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
Birds Butterflies Dog Lover Canning and food preservation Region: Illinois Irises
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant and/or Seed Trader
Hurray! Yay, Tom! No buds showing yet here in No. IL. I guess I don't have the earliest cultivars in my garden yet.
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” --John Muir (1838-1914)
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Apr 18, 2017 4:25 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
We have to do something about that, Scott! Hilarious! I'm only 8 miles from the Ill. border, so I'm almost in Northern Illinois! Rolling on the floor laughing
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Apr 18, 2017 12:42 PM 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
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

Happy early bloom season, Tom! Hurray!

Mine are not ready yet - even if I do have a handful of established MDBs. Maybe in two weeks...or three! Crossing Fingers!
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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Apr 18, 2017 1:50 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
oh, Lilli, I am waiting for your iris pics. Big Grin
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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Apr 18, 2017 1:54 PM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Region: Japan Region: Pennsylvania
I was doing garden work over the weekend (LOTS OF IT) and notice buds on "Diggles". Then on Sunday, stalks on "Encore Lady". They were not apparent on Saturday. "Encore Lady" is in my "micro clim" garden area (which I am losing due to too much garden space and too few minutes/hours in the day)
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Apr 21, 2017 1:21 PM 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
Here's my second one to bloom, and there should be another one open tomorrow.
This is my tinny purple NOID. (although it's not really just purple) It's so velvety and cute, but I don't know it's name. It was given to me as a NOID.
Not the best picture, but I'm charging my camera battery.

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I will have some of this to share. Smiling
Politicians are like diapers, they need to be changed often, and for the same reason.
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Apr 21, 2017 2:53 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
Looking cute too. Smiling
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Apr 21, 2017 5:16 PM 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
I took 4 more pictures of it and they seem to be fuzzy. Here's the clearest of them although not so hot.
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Politicians are like diapers, they need to be changed often, and for the same reason.
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Apr 21, 2017 8:53 PM CST
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Cat Lover Dog Lover Keeps Horses Irises Region: Pennsylvania
Congratulations on the early bloomers! Still a couple of weeks away here.
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Apr 22, 2017 3:52 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
Pam, are yours mostly TB's?
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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Apr 22, 2017 5:44 AM CST
Name: Smitty
Northern Midwest USA (Zone 5b)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Raises cows Daylilies Dog Lover Farmer
Irises Region: Michigan
I have one little one about to bloom. It'll be my first of ghe season. I'm getting excited, but have about a month to wait yet.

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