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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Dec 30, 2017 12:57 PM CST
Interesting, I just read Evelyn's post and noticed my avatar picture has changed and I didn't change it. When I click on the picture it comes up with my profile and shows my old Iris avatar picture. Is anyone else having this problem?
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• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Dec 30, 2017 1:11 PM CST
I still see your new photo.

Forum gnomes? Shrug!
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
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lovemyhouse
Dec 30, 2017 1:19 PM CST
That's odd. If it keeps up, Barbara, maybe you should ask Dave to check into it for you.
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Garden Procrastinator Irises Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California
Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Dec 30, 2017 1:20 PM CST
Since I have been using my tablet and phone for reading the forums this morning, I am unable to view any avatars, as they are trimmed for better viewing, so I cannot tell you what pictures are there.

Rob ~ "forum gnomes"?? Confused
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Dec 30, 2017 1:34 PM CST
I copied my post and posted it in Site Talk. Sorry Brad for side-tracking your thread. *Blush*
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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ARUBA1334
Dec 30, 2017 9:23 PM CST
Barbara.. The white one was my favorite also this year every flower was crossed Big Grin

Poly..It is the same but the flower looks different as it ages and fades and in the standards is where it's most noticeable, The flower is beautiful up close but this year only had 5 buds so hoping once it's settled that will change. Another picture in different light
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Tom.. nodding Those cattle and I have a little history here when our house was getting built I rented a skid loader for a month to move dirt around and clean up ditches all over the property it is amazing what you find once you start cleaning up an old farm.. We had thorny locust growing all over the back and barbwire fence and posts sticking out of the ground or strung up along tree lines to keep livestock in.. I sent one of my maintenance guys out with one morning and told him to remove any barb wire that was in the tree line by the house was worried about one of the kids getting cut on it so he did as I asked but he also went to the back of the property line and removed all 800 ft of it that borders my property and the farmer behind me.

A couple weeks went by and I had no idea what had happened until one day got off of work and headed to the iris field to weed and something caught my eye moving back there Rolling on the floor laughing guess what was standing in the back yard just over the hill.. I picked up the phone and called the farmer to tell him his cattle were out and went back to work pulling weeds within 15 minutes they were there and I could here them shooing them back within minutes they came flying up to me screaming Grumbling D'Oh! wanting to know why in the Hell did I tear the fence down and of course I had know idea what he was talking about because the kid running the skid loader never relayed that information too me.. I started to argue about it and then it hit me what happened Crying it was my fault by this time it was almost dark and there was no way to get anyone there to build a fence at night so guess who spent the night in the truck to keep the cattle from crossing Sighing! if they would have got out and wondered past my house into the highway I would have really had a problem.

The next day the farmer had someone there to replace the fence and even split half the bill for it.. so I was a lot more understanding then most people would have been if they came out and found a herd of cattle in there backyard Rolling on the floor laughing and I got a good laugh out of it until I wondered back there and looked at all those Cow Patties Blinking all over my new plants.

Paul.. Thank You !! It's the Ghio Parentage that gives them such good form.

William.. Thanks I really enjoyed 13-102 this year it jumps out in the garden and has held up well in all of our crazy weather it has big beards that really stick out once the flower ages it is becoming a favorite here.
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Bonnie.. The purple one has a wonderful smell Smiling The west coast gardens had a really good bloom season.. California had some rain and it made a big difference in the plants everyone I visited had amazing new seedlings was especially impressed with the Plicatas, there were so many new color patterns this year I have never seen before Smiling We have a lot to look forward too in the future ..

Deborah.. Thank You for the kind words Smiling Here are some more pictures of the one you liked.
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Jan.. Happy New Year !! and Thank You having Dad's garden to go play in has been a savior the past couple years and I finally got him to start doing some Pollen Daubing I think he may have more seedlings last year then I did Smiling we have a lot of fun together working with these and I got the Iris fever from him. My wife on the other hand loves to look them and point out something if it doesn't look right but wants nothing to do with the maintenance Rolling on the floor laughing I always try to convince her how much fun it is to play in the dirt and I get the same look everytime Hilarious! I'm glad you enjoy the pictures but I think it may be more the camera then the Photographer Smiling

Evelyn.. Thank You !! His garden never disappoints always good at bloom time and no safer place to stash Iris for safe keeping Smiling
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Irises Birds Region: United States of America Region: Kentucky Clematis
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janielouy
Dec 30, 2017 9:51 PM CST
Brad:
Your tropicals are beautiful as are all of your seedlings! I started writing down the ones I liked and ended up with almost the whole list so they are all gorgeous.
I especially like the ones that are from Just Witchery crosses! They are all so ruffly and pastel which are my favorites. The first one 13-63 is very pretty too but almost too hard to pick favorites.
Your perseverance is admirable and you deserve our gratitude for sharing such beauty with the iris world and us.
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Pollen collector Dog Lover
Moon Gardener Irises Heucheras Vegetable Grower Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Polymerous
Dec 30, 2017 10:47 PM CST
Another great cow story, Brad, but so sorry that it had to happen to you!

(Re the seedling... I was wondering if the different standards coloration was an aging effect...thanks for explaining that.)
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Dec 31, 2017 5:39 AM CST
I love that powder blue beard on 13-102A *Blush* Sticking tongue out Makes it unique.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Butterflies Canning and food preservation
Region: Illinois Dog Lover
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BlueFlagFan
Dec 31, 2017 8:10 AM CST
Brad, beautiful gardens and beautiful landscape! Hurray! Thanks for sharing your photos. May 2018 be a great year for you!
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” --John Muir (1838-1914)
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Dec 31, 2017 10:08 AM CST
Since those cows like to come visiting I might be tempted to add a second fence around the far outsides of the iris fields. Not as pretty perhaps, but possibly iris saving. And the iris inside the fence would stay pretty. I think I might cry if I saw cows had trampled everything. (After getting over the shock of having cows in my city backyard of course...)

Hope the new year brings good luck, and strong seedlings to you Brad!
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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
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grannysgarden
Dec 31, 2017 10:25 AM CST
When i was younger i raised black angus cattle. I had a bull, called 'Bully' of course, that weighed in at over a ton. He was raised as a pet. I would put oatmeal cookies in my pocket and he would beg for them. I would scratch his back with a garden rake. Anyone could ride him. But once my spring flowers started blooming, on the several acres i fenced off from them, he would put his head under the lowest wire on the fence and raise his head and the posts, concrete bases and all, would begin to come out of the soil and he would walk under the barbed wire. He would come to the house and start eating my flowers. Grumbling Grumbling Grumbling I would go up to him and yell very loudly 'stop that, spit that out, that's not yours, etc.' and he would blink rapidly, duck his head and back out of my flower beds. I would continue to shout at him as i followed him back to the place along the fence row where he came in. He would go to his side of the fence and stand there with his head down. I had hurt his feelings I am sure. It is a good thing he was a gentle soul or i would have been in big trouble. Smiling As it was i did not lose many irises each spring.
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?
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
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Dec 31, 2017 10:29 AM CST
What a great bull story, Bonnie! Hurray!
A garden is fundamentally a process—there is change, and sometimes it is dying, and sometimes it is hibernating,” Tom Stuart-Smith
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
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grannysgarden
Dec 31, 2017 10:44 AM CST
He was such a big baby and loved everyone. I have had some mean ones too, mostly an angus cross with a polled herford....... those made nice roasts and stews.
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?
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
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lovemyhouse
Dec 31, 2017 1:47 PM CST
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It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
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Deebie
Dec 31, 2017 5:20 PM CST
Thanks for the extra photos, Brad. nodding Interesting stories, all of you. Whistling
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
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IrisLilli
Jan 1, 2018 5:47 AM CST
Bonnie! Of course you had a pet bull! Big Grin
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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shizen
Jan 1, 2018 3:19 PM CST
@aruba1334

you didn't dishearten me, brad. your overwhelming number of losses did. however, your huge spirit and strength of perseverance is amazing! Group hug Hurray! Hurray!

the forms and colors of your irises are phenomenal. keep up the great work. i look forward to your future introductions into the marketplace. Thank You!
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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ARUBA1334
Jan 1, 2018 5:39 PM CST
Happy New Year Everybody !! I hope you all had a great day and were somewhere warm we are stuck in the deep freeze here -20 lows and the high was -2 Crying Grumbling absolutely hate the cold will take heat anyway over this..

Jane.. Thank You !! The Just Witchery crosses have been everything I hoped for, it is a good parent for form and passes on the extreme Ruffles really looking forward to the next generation coming from those seedlings.

Tom.. The beards make it the jump out at you but the color of the flower is pretty common don't know if it would be popular or not lot's of purples in all shades out there already so maybe not unique enough to do anything with but the pedigree is good and I used it quite a bit this year.

Poly.. Your welcome I try to take pictures and show them in all sorts of different lighting they look different depending on if the picture is taken with cloud cover or in full sun.. This isn't always a option when visiting the west coast only have so many days there so I work with what I get for light Smiling

Scott.. Thank You !! and the same to you. I see your in Illinois so probably going through the same cold snap we are outside temp was -19 this morning when I got up Crying missing the warm weather from a couple weeks ago.

Bonnie.. That is an awesome story nodding I can picture it happening as you described it before this year did not have any experience around them but there smarter then they let on as soon as I came out hollering at them the whole herd bolted back towards the gate they knew they were not supposed to be there.. I have more problem with Deer then anything they are stubborn until I get the truck and start chasing them Rolling on the floor laughing they move very quickly then.

Les.. Thank You and I hope you have a Splendid bloom season also !! If those Cows escape again and end up in my plants we will go to war Smiling and I will take Tom's advice and eat a lot of Steak next year Smiling

Daphne.. Thanks it may be quite a while at this pace but this summer was much more enjoyable though a lot less to weed and take care of and I actually got a little summer Vacation in that hasn't happened in a long time Smiling


I took advantage of our warm weather in December and got water trenched to the back of the property for future plans and all the underground work done for the greenhouse electric, water, and gas ran Big Grin hoping for a early spring and I can get it built before work picks up again.. I also got a spot cleared and tilled at the back of the property for future plants it sets up higher and drains better will slowly start to move some things out there next August Crossing Fingers! as will quickly out grow the berms and always needing more space.
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Here is what's left and growing well of seedlings ..the 1st bunch 12-12 is from (Smoke and Thunder X Class Ring) had lot's of seedlings from this and still some that haven't bloomed these plants have survived the worst of it over the past 5 years and moved multiple times with us relocating so giving them a little extra time, the best growers are A and B starting to get a lot of them only a couple of them bloomed this year and they were in the field. I have yet to see a 2 year clump of any of them bloom so this spring will be decision making time on them. They all have pretty flowers but most so far have lacked buds hoping that changes in May.The fun part of working with Barry Blyth's plants is you can get almost anything out of them as shown here with this cross.

12-12A ..The most unique flower of them all it has a wide range of colors you will notice it beside anything , and every flower has a little bit different of a pattern the only knock on it is I prefer more ruffled modern form.. In 2015 it was crossed on to a lot of Joe's plants hoping I could get some Ghio Ruffles and still keep the colors and then onto kieth's plicata's because it has Plicata in it from Class Ring so thought Shrug! maybe something fun may come from it.

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12-12B .. My Favorite of them all it has everything I want in a plant good growth, definitely hardy if it lived through our mess a unique flower, and a good strong stem the only knock is the buds so far only 6 buds hoping now that it is established for 2 years that will change. I did the same thing with it crossed it onto Plicata's and one of Joe's Reds (Iconic) should get to see some of them in the spring Crossing Fingers!
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12-12C.. Bloomed for the 1st time last year and it caught my eye because how dark it was the falls look almost black up close in the garden , it has wide falls and a good stem but so far only 6 buds would really like a couple more the longer the bloom season the better..
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The rest of these I have not seen much out of so not sure what I got they are all growing well so will see what we get in May.
12-12D
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12-12E
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12-12F
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12-12G
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12-12H
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Daylilies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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tveguy3
Jan 1, 2018 6:26 PM CST
Sure is a lot of awesome ones from one cross! 12 12 B sure is unique! but so are many of the others.

12 12 A Bloomed in my garden this year Smiling The foliage is all beat up from the hail storm. Each bloom was a bit different. I really love it, and am so glad you shared it with me. It bloomed the M L season here. Had a long season too.
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