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May 26, 2018 7:48 PM CST
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Cat Lover Dog Lover Keeps Horses Irises Region: Pennsylvania
It seems to have taken an awfully long time this year, but there are finally some spots of color on the hill.
I keep a log book of the bloom each year and so far this season we are about 10 days to two weeks behind last year. And now, everything seems to be getting ready to bloom at once and all out of normal sequence. oh well...it beats six more weeks of winter!

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Trouble, my shadow doing his daily inspection. He is 18 this year and is slowing down a little.

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A clump shot of Outspoken from the front garden.

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And Bluebeard's Ghost

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Game on

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Blackcurrant I thought I had lost this one, but it has slowly come back over the last two years

Some of the first to make an appearance on the hill were

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Sheer excitement

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My Lady Awaits This one is a very strange color.
and

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Mean Sharon Normal and chimera

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The newest addition to the herd
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May 26, 2018 7:53 PM CST
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
Nice Pam.
Seems like you are behind this area of PA. IB's about done, many TB's done or almost there. Hot weather will speed up the blooms but also the demise of them.
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May 26, 2018 7:56 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I really like Game On. Haven't seen it before.

Great photos from the hill.

I wonder why the hybridizer would name it Mean Sharon. Poor iris. Does yours bully the other iris? Big Grin
"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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May 26, 2018 8:11 PM CST
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Cat Lover Dog Lover Keeps Horses Irises Region: Pennsylvania
Dave the garden is farther along than the first picture shows. still hasn't caught up with last year though. I am behind in posting this year. The heat from the last two days has increased the bloom dramatically!

Yeah Leslie, I think that poor flower has a complex..... haven't had to break up any fights yet though!
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May 26, 2018 8:20 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Beautiful photos of beautiful irises Pam!
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May 26, 2018 9:17 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
Pam ~ Maybe if Mean Sharon had another picture put in the database, she wouldn't feel so left out. nodding (There is only one picture of her in there!)

BTW, beautiful pictures...the irises and the fields! Lovey dubby
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May 26, 2018 10:20 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Great beginning of the season Pam! Thumbs up
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May 27, 2018 4:16 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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You're off and running. Cute cat, looks good for 18! That fawn is cute!
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May 27, 2018 5:33 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
Hurray! Pam. Your irises are beautiful. Keep the photos coming! Big Grin
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May 27, 2018 9:35 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Thumbs up Hurray!
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May 27, 2018 10:05 AM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
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tveguy3 said:You're off and running. Cute cat, looks good for 18! That fawn is cute!


What Tom said!
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May 27, 2018 5:47 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
Hurray! ditto Smiling
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May 27, 2018 8:20 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Vermiculture Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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May 27, 2018 9:17 PM CST
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Cat Lover Dog Lover Keeps Horses Irises Region: Pennsylvania
The weather here has been all over the place - hot, cold, rainy and humid. Really has the iris confused as to who should go first!

We also had little snow over the winter and lots of heavy rain intermixed with freezing and thawing. The hillside garden suffered a good bit of erosion in the steeper places. I am expecting a lot less bloom in the older established beds as a result.

The good news is that there have been lots of buds forming on the newer stuff!

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De Nile in de front garden

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Crowns For Credit
Lovey dubby Love this one!

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Patch relaxing

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A new one for me
Go Lightly and a chimera version. Lots of those this year too!

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Painted From Memory and another chimera

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An oldie, Point Made

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Visions of things to come.....
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May 27, 2018 9:41 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
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Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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May 28, 2018 3:12 AM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
Lovey dubby Patch. I'm looking forward to seeing the "vision of things to come" at its peak Thumbs up .
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May 28, 2018 4:27 AM 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
Hurray! Nice group of pictures!
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Jun 8, 2018 9:48 PM CST
Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
Cat Lover Dog Lover Keeps Horses Irises Region: Pennsylvania
Sorry to take so long between postings. Just lots of stuff going on here. Son and his girlfriend recently bought their first house and we have been helping them do some remodeling. Also had two foreign riding instructors visit to give clinics at the barn where I work part time. Great clinics, but lots of work!

Trying to keep up with the garden....never seems to be enough time. The garden is pretty much finished for the year. The last couple to open popped out.today. I did not have the mass bloom that I usually see, but still managed to take over 1500 pictures - so I guess it was successful!

I will try really hard to keep the pictures posted to things that are new to me...or pretty ...or kinda weird, strange and odd. Angel

Rio Rojo made an appearance in the rain. Still an impressive red.

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Witching is always one of my first to bloom. I just love the colors in early Blyth iris!

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Pirate Ahoy! This took last year off, so I was happy to see it back this season.

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Dracula's Kiss made quite an impression! And added a chimera to the collection!

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Colorado Expressions Great colors and a good grower here.

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This was a surprise. I have been waiting for two years to see Wild Wings bloom. Evidently a longer wait is needed...

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Taken on a cloudy day. Pretty in an odd color sort of way...
Any guesses as to what it might be?
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Jun 9, 2018 7:23 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Hurray!
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Jun 9, 2018 9:21 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
That looks very much like Blyth's Room For Romance. It has odd coloring.




Loving your pictures. Witching is bewitching. Big Grin
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