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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Apr 24, 2018 3:50 PM CST
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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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Apr 24, 2018 5:22 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! I hope it is a good season for you Arlyn
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
Apr 24, 2018 5:49 PM CST
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
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Apr 24, 2018 6:00 PM CST
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:)

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
Apr 24, 2018 6:58 PM CST
Spring at last, Arlyn. Hurray!

Tom, your blooms are just days away. Hurray!
Rise and shine and give God the glory!!
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
Keeps Goats Bee Lover Irises Peonies Daylilies Bulbs
Butterflies Cat Lover
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urania1
Apr 24, 2018 7:26 PM CST
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.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Apr 24, 2018 8:59 PM CST
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!
LizB
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises
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AndreaD
Apr 24, 2018 11:38 PM CST
Happy iris season, Arlyn! Hurray!
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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shizen
Apr 25, 2018 12:18 AM CST
Hurray! arlyn. looking forward to seeing your iris season as it unfolds.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Apr 25, 2018 5:28 AM CST
@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'
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Apr 25, 2018 5:29 AM CST
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 !
Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Charter ATP Member Amaryllis Region: United States of America Tropicals Seed Starter Plumerias
Plant and/or Seed Trader Peonies Lilies Irises Hummingbirder Echinacea
Deebie
Apr 25, 2018 7:05 AM CST
Blinking Wow what an impressive list, and you say that you're just getting started @Frankrichards.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Apr 25, 2018 11:27 AM CST
Really nice collection of Sibs in that list Frank!

Congrats Arlyn on seeing the first of your spring!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
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
Apr 25, 2018 11:48 AM CST
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
Rise and shine and give God the glory!!
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 25, 2018 12:23 PM CST
bud up on Wild whispers. Hope it opens tomorrow.
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
Apr 25, 2018 3:59 PM CST
I saw a dandelion today! Rolling on the floor laughing
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
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 25, 2018 5:16 PM CST
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.
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Charter ATP Member Irises I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pennsylvania Region: Japan Garden Photography
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Misawa77
Apr 25, 2018 5:20 PM CST
I have very little activity going on. None of the usual suspects show any inclination of blooming anytime soon Angry
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
Keeps Goats Bee Lover Irises Peonies Daylilies Bulbs
Butterflies Cat Lover
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urania1
Apr 25, 2018 9:30 PM CST
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
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Apr 26, 2018 11:42 AM CST
Greg! Long time no hear. Hope you guys get a break from all the bad weather so iris can start for you.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield

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