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Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Apr 25, 2017 6:54 PM CST
I have been posting my pictures on the Bloom Season 2017 thread, but some people there suggested that we each start our own thread. I still have enough new pictures to post to justify having my own thread, I think, although my first blooms opened on April 2. I'm now moving into peak bloom. So here goes:

Disguise T. Johnson 2006



This is a 3rd year clump with six stalks. The first flower in this clump opened on April 6. Three of the stalks still have blooms on them, although
I think they will be done in a day or two. I wish this photo showed the whole clump, but clump shots are hard to focus, I find.

For example:

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The flowers in the foreground are Designer Gown (Ghio 1985). I have a lot of it, because it is in an area that I ignored for a few years and it is the only cultivar that survived and spread.

Goodnight Moon

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This is a pretty yellow self. I like the name, because it's the title of a children's book I read to my daughter when she was very small.

Sweet Musette

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Some Like It Hot

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I love the colors of this iris, but it is has a tendency to get lost down in the foliage.

Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Apr 25, 2017 7:19 PM CST
Here's a few more:

Some Like It Hot again



Louisa's Song

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Sea Cruise



This is a really lovely iris. It is very pale blue and very, very pale blue and has a silvery quality when it opens.

Bon Appetit

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Bon Appetit is a child of my old favorite, Pond Lily. I posted PL once, but here it is again, for comparison. The pollen parent was Boudoir.

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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Apr 25, 2017 7:50 PM CST
Sea Cruise Lovey dubby
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Apr 25, 2017 8:41 PM CST
Some Like It Hot Lovey dubby Nice clump photo Thumbs up
Name: Liz
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Dachsylady86
Apr 25, 2017 8:43 PM CST
I'm definitely liking it hot! How do I not have that one?? Blinking
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Apr 25, 2017 8:48 PM CST
lovely, lovely andrea. Thumbs up
Name: Niki
Bend, Oregon (Zone 6a)
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HighdesertNiki
Apr 25, 2017 11:15 PM CST
'Sea Cruise' was my favorite of that set. I also enjoy seeing pictures of the parents next to the child plants. Thank you, Andrea.
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IrisLilli
Apr 26, 2017 5:11 AM CST
I agree with everyone on Sea Cruise! Hurray!

Love your clump shots! Thumbs up
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Apr 26, 2017 9:52 AM CST
Loved seeing Designer Gown en clumpe, Andrea ! I'm in a constant state of suspended animation, waiting for the rain to stop.Tomorrow's the date sez the weather folk. We'll have sun! Beauty is going to break loose in my garden!

Lovely shots of your garden Andrea!
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Apr 26, 2017 10:22 AM CST
I agree with you on the difficulty of clump shots. It is just hard to get them all in focus. Grumbling

Your pictures are lovely. I will pay attention and not accidentally post my pics in California Bloom Season instead of Carolina Bloom Season. Hilarious!

I really like Pond Lily!
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Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Apr 26, 2017 2:25 PM CST
Robin and Liz, I'm glad you like Some Like It Hot. It looks like a Blyth iris,
doesn't it? It's actually from Paul Black. It's quite prolific. I divided mine last year and gave a lot to my iris society auction, but next year I should have plenty to share.

Jan, I hope your rain stopped today and stays stopped.
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AndreaD
Apr 26, 2017 3:08 PM CST
These opened yesterday:

Advanced Degree Black 2011



This was a bonus from Mid-America five years ago. Reliable bloomer. In
Mid-America's catalog, it looks kind of blah, but in person, it is quite pretty.

Neptune's Cloak Hager 1992



A survivor. Good bloomer.

Parisian Dawn Keppel 2006

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I bought this from Mid-America three years ago. It has bloomed reliably
and has made a nice clump this year.

Power Point T. Johnson 2005



Here's one for Bonnie's beard garden. A pretty iris, good grower and bloomer, but its stems are very tall and not terribly strong. Last year I had to stake it, and this year several stalk tips snapped off, either due to wind or too much rain. (I've had the experience that, sometimes, when a stem is ready to bloom and gets a heavy rainfall, it spontaneously snaps.)

Purple Serenade Schreiner 2005

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This iris is a beautiful royal purple that I got as a bonus from Schreiner.

Strut Your Stuff Black 2007



Another purchase from Mid-America in 2014. It has bloomed every year,
but this year it is struggling, with only one bloom stalk and one increase. I think this may be due to being planted between two more vigorous growers. I'll move it this summer and then we'll see.

Sunrise Elegy

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Another bonus from Schreiner. This is a very cheerful and bright yellow iris.
Good increaser and bloomer.

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AndreaD
Apr 26, 2017 3:14 PM CST
One last bloom opened yesterday:

Dancing Star
T. Johnson 2009

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Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 6b)
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cbunny41
Apr 26, 2017 3:23 PM CST
Wonderful pictures, Andrea.
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AndreaD
Apr 26, 2017 3:56 PM CST
Thank You! My husand is the photographer.
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Apr 27, 2017 12:25 AM CST
If I asked my boyfriend to take photos of my irises, I wouldn't get any photos of my irises. Hilarious!
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 6b)
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cbunny41
Apr 27, 2017 1:00 AM CST
Andrea,

My Power Point did the same thing last year. It is in the last row near a fence and two of my three stalks broke off before the buds showed color. One did snap above the last branch, but it was a disappointment as it was the first year it had bloomed. This year it is being moved. That area doesn't get as much sun as it needs.









Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Apr 27, 2017 6:03 AM CST
Robin! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

Lovely irises, Andrea and great photography too. I tip my hat to you.

You really should add those pictures to the iris database, especially the one of Power Point! Lovey dubby
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
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Misawa77
Apr 27, 2017 8:05 AM CST
Power Point is going on the "list" Hurray!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Apr 27, 2017 6:56 PM CST
Lovely iris. I think it is interesting that Sunrise Elegy and Parisian Dawn are super growers for you all. Mine bloom once every three years and hardly increase. It looks like Sunrise Elegy will bloom this year. I seriously have not seen it since it's first year in my garden.
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