Irises forum: A Visit to Bluebird Haven Iris Gardens

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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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evelyninthegarden
May 13, 2018 4:57 PM CST
Today was the day, and fortunately the rain cleared away overnight.

There were a lot of rows not marked, but on maps to which we had no access. Still, there was beauty all around. It is easy to become overwhelmed by all this beauty.

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This is only a small sample as there are acres of irises.

(P.S. These pictures are best viewed enlarged, and on a computer, if you have one available.)

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
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Rebekah
May 13, 2018 5:00 PM CST
Thanks for sharing Smiling you know I really like the kaleidoscope of colors all together.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 13, 2018 5:02 PM CST
I'd love to visit there....Mary is an amazing lady !....with some amazing irises, too !
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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evelyninthegarden
May 13, 2018 5:12 PM CST
Fortunately, I was able to find some irises that had tags visible.



Glittering Gold ~ New Moon




Synopsis ~ Spiced Honey

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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evelyninthegarden
May 13, 2018 5:25 PM CST
crowrita1 said:I'd love to visit there....Mary is an amazing lady !....with some amazing irises, too !


Arlyn ~ @crowrita I agree She is a wonderful person and a very hard-working woman! I feel lucky to live in the same county. However we are at different elevations so her bloom time is ahead of mine by about two weeks.

If you ever travel in this area around Mother's Day, you and your wife are invited to stay in our guest apartment over the garage if you like. If not, we can meet at a nearby restaurant and then go iris-looking!


“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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evelyninthegarden
May 13, 2018 5:46 PM CST


Feminist ~ Deft Touch

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Royal Premiere ~ Dusky Flare


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Epicenter ~ Copper Classic

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
Keeps Goats Bee Lover Irises Peonies Daylilies Bulbs
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urania1
May 13, 2018 6:22 PM CST
Lovey dubby
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
May 13, 2018 6:54 PM CST
I bet it was a fascinating visit, Evelyn! Thanks for sharing photos.
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” -Aldo Leopold
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
May 13, 2018 7:08 PM CST
Thanks for the pictures!

I've got to wonder, though, how on earth she can tell one iris from another (come digging time), as close as they seem to be packed! Confused
A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
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
May 13, 2018 7:13 PM CST
I have gotten irises from Mary several times and she always seems to manage to get the right one to me. She knows her iris fields. Thumbs up
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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evelyninthegarden
May 13, 2018 9:03 PM CST
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Inspiration Point ~ Pinafore Pink


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Sunset Sky ~ Spooned Lace


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Silence ~ Green-Eyed Lady

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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evelyninthegarden
May 13, 2018 9:11 PM CST
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Winter Panorama ~ Anna Belle Babson

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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evelyninthegarden
May 13, 2018 9:14 PM CST
The rest of the irises that I photographed, did not have tags that I could find. Would you like me to post them as well?

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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evelyninthegarden
May 14, 2018 12:46 AM CST
grannysgarden said:I have gotten irises from Mary several times and she always seems to manage to get the right one to me. She knows her iris fields. Thumbs up


If for some reason, she is not sure about an iris, she won't send it out.

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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evelyninthegarden
May 14, 2018 10:56 AM CST
Polymerous said:Thanks for the pictures!
I've got to wonder, though, how on earth she can tell one iris from another (come digging time), as close as they seem to be packed! Confused


She does have maps, and possibly more tags are added as they begin to bloom. I saw in one area, where she had the label crossed out, and I can guarantee that the irises in that section will not be shipped to anyone until that iris is identified properly. She is very mindful of identifying the irises properly. I have never heard of anyone say that they got a different iris than what they ordered.

That being said, she would notify you immediately if she ever discovered an error.

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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evelyninthegarden
May 14, 2018 11:02 AM CST
Arlyn ~ Thank you for the acorn! (Your accommodation is now pre-paid!) nodding

@crowrita1

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
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Name: Sara
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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flukybloom
May 14, 2018 11:06 AM CST
Oh goodness...that would be a dream to walk through Lovey dubby Thanks for sharing!
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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
May 14, 2018 6:49 PM CST
May I ask you to post your photo of Inspiration Point in the database? It is such a beautiful iris and the current photo doesn't do it justice.
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
May 14, 2018 10:25 PM CST
I agree that is a beautiful photo of Inspiration Point. Thumbs up
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
Foliage Fan Irises Organic Gardener Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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evelyninthegarden
May 14, 2018 11:26 PM CST
Robin and Barbara ~ Thank You!

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens

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