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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Jan 18, 2018 12:34 PM CST
Blooming today, SDB Hot
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I'm impressed with this little guy - planted in September, bloomed in October and now blooming again.

Several other irises have stalks with buds on them, so I'm hoping some might open before we next leave.
And of course there's my good friend Rosalie Figge, happy to bloom whatever the month: Thumb of 2018-01-18/cliftoncat/4903e8

Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Jan 18, 2018 12:53 PM CST
You have new blooms, Mika! Lucky you. Smiling Is this France or England?
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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Jan 18, 2018 1:09 PM CST
It's France, Bonnie. I've seen buds on Irish Darling, St Petersburg, Blueberry Tart, It's Not Over, Je M'Appelle Reviens (I think!) and a few others. In England we won't see any iris action for a while yet!

I've been picking mimosa for the house - I really love it, it's like a sign of warm Spring weather on the way. Wish I could send you a bunch to put in a vase by your bed - it's so cheerful and it smells lovely. Smiling

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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Jan 18, 2018 1:12 PM CST
Thumbs up Big Grin
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jan 18, 2018 2:02 PM CST
Wow, 2018 blooms already! Your pictures of Hot are lovely.
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Jan 18, 2018 4:16 PM CST
Hurray! 2018 blooms.
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Jan 18, 2018 6:08 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! HAPPY 2018!
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 18, 2018 8:50 PM CST
Lestv said:Wow, 2018 blooms already! Your pictures of Hot are lovely.


I agree Hurray!
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Jan 18, 2018 9:09 PM CST
Maybe two months or so from now I'll see blooms - although Little Stitches continues to send up a flower every few weeks.
Nice photos, Mika! Hurray!
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Name: Sherry Austin
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Henhouse
Jan 19, 2018 1:34 AM CST
Thinking I might have some chanterelles up behind the house, I caught sight of this as I was walking by.
Iris unguicularis 'Ginny Hunt'. This is apparently not a registered name.. Flowers are much larger than the species.
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'Ginny Mitchell' is blooming, but not worth a picture (she's trying...).. also in bloom are 'Eleanor Roosevelt' and 'Grape Echo' and a few others with stalks..

'Mariposa Autumn' is open.. not an award winning stalk, but A+ for the middle of January.
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'Flower Shower' has been a great SDB for rebloom here.


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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Jan 19, 2018 1:40 AM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Love your Ginny Hunt, Sherry; also Flower Shower, which I haven't seen before. Lovey dubby
Name: Ian McBeth
Lincoln NE (Zone 5b)
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SonoveShakespeare
Jan 19, 2018 8:36 AM CST
cliftoncat said: Hurray! Hurray! Love your Ginny Hunt, Sherry; also Flower Shower, which I haven't seen before. Lovey dubby


I agree they are very pretty. Here in Nebraska, it's still in the teens or negatives in temperature. I really dislike the cold in January. Grumbling But once March comes, my irises will pop up and bloom. Some of you guys are lucky to have blooms in January. ( Hilarious! I am so jealous Hilarious! )
Not only people give others signs, but plants do too.
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Jan 19, 2018 10:58 AM CST
It's great to have early blooms, Ian, but of course the earlier they start, the earlier they finish.... Hilarious! Hilarious!

Name: Ian McBeth
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SonoveShakespeare
Jan 19, 2018 11:51 AM CST
You're right Mika, then you wont see the iris blooms for that long in the spring. D'Oh!
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Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 19, 2018 11:55 AM CST
...unless she is in England. nodding
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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Jan 19, 2018 12:09 PM CST
Yes, there is that, Evelyn - I can in theory move from iris season in France to iris season in England. But in practice I always seem to get the timing a bit wrong, so finish up not seeing certain blooms in both places! Hilarious!

Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 19, 2018 1:09 PM CST
Mika ~ Crying
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jan 20, 2018 9:39 AM CST
Mika - guess you have to work on your timing! Everybody arranges their schedules by their iris don't they? Blinking

Hilarious! Hilarious!
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William
Jan 20, 2018 10:14 AM CST
A lovely start to the season, Mika and Sherry. Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
Yellow happens to be one of my favorite spring colors and SDB 'Hot' sure looks warming on a grey day and who can resist the charm of Iris unguicularis 'Ginny Hunt'?

Only hellebores are brave enough to flower at this time of year here!
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Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Jan 20, 2018 11:37 AM CST
I have several blooming Hellebores and the first Winter Aconite of the year showed up earlier this week. Almost spring! Big Grin
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