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Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Irises Birds Region: United States of America Region: Kentucky Clematis
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janielouy
Apr 3, 2018 1:01 PM CST
That first one,TF79B, is breathtaking!!! Love everything about it! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
I like the shape and lack of overpowering purple of Y155C. Very pretty...
G and I also get my vote in this bunch.
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
Apr 4, 2018 8:37 PM CST
Deb.. It's Purdy isn't it Thomas has done wonders improving this pattern wide overlapping falls and beautiful form he is a very talented Hybridizer.

Jan.. Thanks !! Glad you like them..Looking forward to seeing your seedlings soon Smiling

Tom.. nodding TG111 if I remember correctly it was lined out so may be getting close.. and your right I would buy lots of them in this group so many different and unique things but my favorite is the Pink one my pictures do not do it justice really a beautiful color in the garden.

Leon..They are tough on them lots of time there rejected for missing buds Glare which has been the case with lots of things I was drooling over. I'm glad you have enjoyed there work over the past couple months they create so many beautiful things that never get shared with the world I'm glad I can at least show a small sample of what the best are working with Smiling and I hope lots of them get named in the future. The pink one as mentioned above much better then my pictures of it shows I always try to get pictures of them in full sun and overcast because they all look different depending on lighting but with just a few days to go through thousands of seedlings I don't always get them in perfect lighting.

Jane.. I agree it's my favorite going to push hard for that one to get a name this year Crossing Fingers!

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
Apr 4, 2018 8:42 PM CST
It is time to close this thread out for the year this will be the last group of seedlings shown hopefully I helped get you all through the worst of the winter Smiling and I hope you all have enjoyed getting a small look into the future while the majority of the seedlings shown on this thread over the past few months will never make it to the market it is always a pleasure for me to see what is possible and to be able to share some of the hard work of my friends on the West Coast with you guys.. They create some remarkable beauty and I can't wait to see there gardens in bloom in May again..

My hope is I have inspired a few of you in our group to at least try to dab a little pollen on your favorite plants at home and at the minimum get the seeds and go through the process once.. there is no need to plant thousands of seedlings like the commercial gardens do but do a few crosses with your favorites get the seeds go through the process and plant 10 or 20 of them with whatever space you may have as shown here you never know what may pop up Smiling and that is the fun in this. If you need any help or have questions feel free to send a Tree mail and I will help with the process have fun and I wish you all an excellent bloom season and looking forward to your pictures and Threads I tip my hat to you.

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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
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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janwax
Apr 4, 2018 8:48 PM CST
(swoon....) This last group of photos just knocked me out...such fabulousness! Thank you so much for getting us through the winter, Brad!
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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
Apr 4, 2018 9:11 PM CST
You are the best, Brad. Thank you for letting us mush our faces against our monitors, and drool and slobber all over our keyboards at the sight of these lovely, astounding, jawdropping, simply gorgeous images.

ARUBA1334 said:If you need any help or have questions feel free to send a Tree mail and I will help with the process have fun and I wish you all an excellent bloom season and looking forward to your pictures and Threads I tip my hat to you.



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Now, this one...this one is different. I want it. Hilarious!
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It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises
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AndreaD
Apr 4, 2018 9:12 PM CST
Thank you, Brad. Amazing photos!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: United Kingdom Region: Northeast US Irises
Region: United States of America
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irisarian
Apr 4, 2018 9:57 PM CST
Love the white & pink.
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals Seed Starter
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 4, 2018 10:51 PM CST
Brad ~ Again, I want to thank you for taking the time to go through all of these pictures and posting them here for us. What a beautiful kaleidoscope of colors, each one slightly different, and sometimes greatly different.

Do you write down all of these opinions and give them to Keith? I am sure it is a labor of love for you, as you really know how to portray them in the best light and the best angles. And thank you for encouraging us to try a little bit of pollen daubing. That is what keeps me working in the garden so hard, as I am no "Spring Chicken", but I do have hope of having some results. Maybe nothing of value, but, as you say, "Why not try it?".
"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
Apr 4, 2018 11:05 PM CST
Thank you Brad, as Debra said, you are the best! You gave us a glimpse into the future of what can be. Thank you for taking the time to post all these magnificent irises.
Of this last group, I want one of each. Lovey dubby seriously I'll take another look tomorrow, lots of beautiful irises there. Thank you again! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Apr 5, 2018 12:10 AM CST
ARUBA1334 said:It is time to close this thread out for the year this will be the last group of seedlings shown hopefully I helped get you all through the worst of the winter Smiling and I hope you all have enjoyed getting a small look into the future while the majority of the seedlings shown on this thread over the past few months will never make it to the market it is always a pleasure for me to see what is possible and to be able to share some of the hard work of my friends on the West Coast with you guys.. They create some remarkable beauty and I can't wait to see there gardens in bloom in May again..

My hope is I have inspired a few of you in our group to at least try to dab a little pollen on your favorite plants at home and at the minimum get the seeds and go through the process once.. there is no need to plant thousands of seedlings like the commercial gardens do but do a few crosses with your favorites get the seeds go through the process and plant 10 or 20 of them with whatever space you may have as shown here you never know what may pop up Smiling and that is the fun in this. If you need any help or have questions feel free to send a Tree mail and I will help with the process have fun and I wish you all an excellent bloom season and looking forward to your pictures and Threads I tip my hat to you.

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Thankyou so much for taking countless photos and sharing them with us. Thank You! Your photos have been taking my breath away for weeks. This last batch was stunning and these 3 are on my "Please someone import these into Australia. .. I am begging you" list. I love bold stripes Lovey dubby .

I must admit that seeing all these beauties has had me wondering why I bother making my own crosses because I don't think I could ever create anything so beautiful. Thanks for the encouragement Thumbs up
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Irises Vegetable Grower Butterflies Region: Wisconsin Keeps Horses Cat Lover
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tveguy3
Apr 5, 2018 3:35 AM CST
As usual your pictures are great. I sure agree with Debra, I had to clean the drool off the monitor many times due to these wonderful photos. Rolling on the floor laughing Hope you too have a great year for blooms, you are over due for one! Thanks again for sharing them with us.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Apr 5, 2018 6:35 AM CST
Thanks for taking us along, Brad....as usual you have some great pictures of some super irises ! Thumbs up .
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
Apr 5, 2018 1:01 PM CST
Thank You! so much Brad! I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: United Kingdom Region: Northeast US Irises
Region: United States of America
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irisarian
Apr 5, 2018 3:24 PM CST
Group hug Brad. We have enjoyed your photos.
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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shizen
Apr 5, 2018 6:50 PM CST
I tip my hat to you. Thank You! brad, for taking us on an outstanding journey through your eyes and lens. your camera shots are magnificent, and gave me glimpses for this year, and many years down the road of the future hopefuls of one of my favorite flowers.

i cannot thank you enough for patience, time, and hours of joy that you've shared. I tip my hat to you. here's to your endeavors may they become everlasting legacies.👏🏻👍🏻
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises
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AndreaD
Apr 5, 2018 9:21 PM CST
I agree
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: United States of America Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
Garden Ideas: Master Level Peonies Hummingbirder Cat Lover Dog Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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TBGDN
Apr 6, 2018 4:35 AM CST
Well spoken Daphne. Thumbs up I agree.
Even a fool, when he shuts his mouth, is counted (as being) wise.Proverbs 17:28
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Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
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Plant and/or Seed Trader Peonies Lilies Irises Hummingbirder Echinacea
Deebie
Apr 6, 2018 7:28 AM CST
I agree with all of the above. And what a great finish--all of those are as breathtaking or more as were the others. Hurray! Hurray! Thank You! for the insight into the future, the inspiration to pollen dab, and for keeping us occupied with our faces to the monitor. Now, I can wipe mine off. nodding
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
Apr 8, 2018 8:16 PM CST
So late to the party. Wanted to say EEEEE! about the groupbefore last.

Thanks for inspiring us Brad. And for the amazing photographs. I see lots of your pics being used by the hybridizers on Facebook. Can't say I am surprised, you make their work like incredible.

Hope you have a good bloom time and fruitful seedling results. Can't wait to see your next batch!
"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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