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Apr 24, 2018 3:50 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
My "bearded season" started today, with "Suslik" (John Burton 1995/96). Last year , this was also "first", but, it opened on April 8th, last year....so, spring IS late !


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Apr 24, 2018 5:22 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
Hurray! Hurray! I hope it is a good season for you Arlyn
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Apr 24, 2018 5:49 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
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd their offffffff! The race has started! Hurray! Hope you have a nice bloom season again this year Arlyln. My irises have really grown a bunch in the past couple days with this nice weather. Spring may just have arrived at last. Smiling
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Apr 24, 2018 6:00 PM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
I am in zone 5-6 in SE Michigan and I do not have any iris that are even thinking about blooms...

I have mostly non beards, but I added many bearded (from a new friend) last year. Maybe next year I will see some earlier blooms:)
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Apr 24, 2018 6:58 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
Spring at last, Arlyn. Hurray!

Tom, your blooms are just days away. Hurray!
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 24, 2018 7:26 PM CST
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
Bee Lover Peonies Native Plants and Wildflowers Irises Keeps Goats Dog Lover
Daylilies Composter Cat Lover Bulbs Butterflies Keeper of Poultry
frankrichards16 said:I am in zone 5-6 in SE Michigan and I do not have any iris that are even thinking about blooms...

I have mostly non beards, but I added many bearded (from a new friend) last year. Maybe next year I will see some earlier blooms:)



Frank,

I thought you were a peony guy.
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Apr 24, 2018 8:59 PM CST
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Annuals Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Peonies Lilies Irises
Hummingbirder Dragonflies Dog Lover Daylilies Bee Lover Birds
Us peony folk aren't one trick ponies, are we, Frank? Room in our gardens for a variety of flowers! My iris collection grew more last year (and will this year as well) than my peony collection. Welcome to yet another flower to obsess over, Frank!
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Apr 24, 2018 11:38 PM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
Happy iris season, Arlyn! Hurray!
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Apr 25, 2018 12:18 AM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Hurray! arlyn. looking forward to seeing your iris season as it unfolds.
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Apr 25, 2018 5:28 AM CST
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Hydrangeas Peonies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Master Level
@urania1 @LizinElizabeth

I am just getting started...

Iris, Iris BB 'Bullwinkle', Iris BB 'Flo', Iris BB 'Waters Of Miraba', Iris ensata 'Banjo Blues', Iris ensata 'Center Of Attention', Iris ensata 'Classical Charm', Iris ensata 'Crystal Halo', Iris ensata 'Dragon Mane', Iris ensata 'Enchanted Island', Iris ensata 'First Act', Iris ensata 'Flashing Koi', Iris ensata 'Freckled Peacock', Iris ensata 'Greywoods Antique Blush', Iris ensata 'Greywoods Gypsy Plumes', Iris ensata 'Greywoods Mulberry Cascade', Iris ensata 'Greywoods Vanity Fair', Iris ensata 'Lake Effect', Iris ensata 'Luxor Temple', Iris ensata 'Pinkerton', Iris ensata 'Satozakura', Iris ensata 'Second Wave', Iris ensata 'Silverband', Iris ensata 'Tideline', Iris ensata 'Upson Downs', Iris ensata 'Vintners Pride', Iris ensata 'Wave Action', Iris ensata 'Yamanobe', Iris ensata 'You Won', Iris IB 'Constant Companion', Iris IB 'Mans Best Friend', Iris IB 'Pan For Gold', Iris louisiana 'Michigan Belle', Iris pseudata 'Chance Beauty', Iris pseudata 'Kinshikou', Iris pseudata 'Kinshikou' (Golden Monkey), Iris pseudata 'Kurokawa Noh', Iris pseudata 'Lawton Ridge', Iris pseudata 'Phantom Island', Iris pseudata 'Phantom Island', Iris pseudata 'Tsukiyono', Iris pseudata 'Yukiyanagi', Iris SDB 'Ahwahnee Princess', Iris SDB 'Dark Crystal', Iris SDB 'Stitch Witch', Iris sibirica 'Blueberry Fair', Iris sibirica 'Butter And Sugar', Iris sibirica 'Caesar's Brother', Iris sibirica 'Charming Billy', Iris sibirica 'Charming Billy', Iris sibirica 'Coronation Anthem', Iris sibirica 'Dirigo Indigo', Iris sibirica 'First Frost', Iris sibirica 'First Frost', Iris sibirica 'Fishermans Morning', Iris sibirica 'G3', Iris sibirica 'GeeOne', Iris sibirica 'GeeOne', Iris sibirica 'Golden Edge', Iris sibirica 'Gull's Wing', Iris sibirica 'Handsome Harry', Iris sibirica 'Imperial Opal', Iris sibirica 'Jennasee', Iris sibirica 'Jiggles', Iris sibirica 'Jiggles', Iris sibirica 'Joyce Cole', Iris sibirica 'King of Kings', Iris sibirica 'Lavender Bounty', Iris sibirica 'Rosy Bows', Iris sibirica 'Shall We Dance', Iris sibirica 'Simon Says', Iris sibirica 'Sprinkles', Iris sibirica 'Steve', Iris sibirica 'Steve', Iris sibirica 'Strawberry Fair', Iris sibirica 'tbd', Iris sibirica 'tbd', Iris sibirica 'tbd', Iris sibirica 'tbd', Iris sibirica 'tbd', Iris sibirica 'tbd', Iris sibirica 'tbd', Iris sibirica 'tbd', Iris sibirica 'tbd', Iris sibirica 'tbd', Iris sibirica 'Trim The Velvet', Iris sibirica 'unknown', Iris sibirica 'Vorhies', Iris spuria 'Golden Lady', Iris spuria 'Lemon Dilemma', Iris TB 'Alpine Butterfly', Iris TB 'Alpine Harmony', Iris TB 'Arctic Fox', Iris TB 'Bianca Micheletta', Iris TB 'Bridal Icing', Iris TB 'Catwalk Queen', Iris TB 'Christmas Eve', Iris TB 'Delta Lady', Iris TB 'Destined To Dance', Iris TB 'Drifting', Iris TB 'Fancy A Flutter', Iris TB 'Fortunata', Iris TB 'He Man', Iris TB 'Heavens Reply', Iris TB 'Highland Lord', Iris TB 'Juke Box Hero', Iris TB 'Legerdemain', Iris TB 'Magical', Iris TB 'Navajo Code', Iris TB 'Obi Wan Kenobi', Iris TB 'Show Your Colours', Iris TB 'Smokin', Iris TB 'Stars And Stripes Forever', Iris TB 'Stop Flirting', Iris TB 'Valentino', Iris TB 'White', Iris TB 'Wonders Never Cease'
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Apr 25, 2018 5:29 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Thank You! I hope it rains, tonight...we do have a *chance*.....it's been very dry and I've been watering the trees, and will have to start on the iris beds, too. There are lots of, very small , rhizomes that were "late planted", last year......and between the super cold tamps, no snow cover, and now the dry conditions....they are "suffering". The foliage has "brown tips", already, and isn't a real *healthy looking* green Shrug! . It is kind of a "catch 22"...if I water...i get rot, and if I DON'T water, they dry up Blinking !
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Apr 25, 2018 7:05 AM CST
Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Charter ATP Member Amaryllis Tropicals Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Plumerias
Plant Identifier Peonies Lilies Irises Hummingbirder Echinacea
Blinking Wow what an impressive list, and you say that you're just getting started @Frankrichards.
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Apr 25, 2018 11:27 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Really nice collection of Sibs in that list Frank!

Congrats Arlyn on seeing the first of your spring!
"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 25, 2018 11:48 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
I know the feeling Arlyn. I am chancing watering while they are actively growing and blooming. I think they may be less likely to rot than when they are just standing idle. Crossing Fingers! Anyway, that's what i am telling myself. Smiling
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 25, 2018 12:23 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
bud up on Wild whispers. Hope it opens tomorrow.
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Apr 25, 2018 3:59 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 saw a dandelion today! Rolling on the floor laughing
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Apr 25, 2018 5:16 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
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
Hey, I like dandelions! There is a family story that says, when my father was five or six years old, he picked every single bloom from all of his grandmother's prized Iris because he wanted to give her pretty flowers. He got into so much trouble, the next time he decided to pick flowers for her, he pulled up all the dandelions he could find and gave THOSE to her instead. Hilarious!
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Apr 25, 2018 5:20 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 have very little activity going on. None of the usual suspects show any inclination of blooming anytime soon Angry
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Apr 25, 2018 9:30 PM CST
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
Bee Lover Peonies Native Plants and Wildflowers Irises Keeps Goats Dog Lover
Daylilies Composter Cat Lover Bulbs Butterflies Keeper of Poultry
Frank, you have more peonies than anyone I know of, and now you are going for hundreds of iris. Nice to see some ensatas on your list. Smiling
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Apr 26, 2018 11:42 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Greg! Long time no hear. Hope you guys get a break from all the bad weather so iris can start for you.
"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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