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Jun 28, 2018 4:11 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
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For those of you who are interested, the 2017 AIS awards are here: https://www.irises.org/pdf/AIS...

These are separate from the TB Symposium popularity poll results thatI posted a few days ago. This, too, downloads as a .pdf document, openable with the Adobe Reader app.

I don't know about you, but I like getting all the info on cultivars that I can, before making purchasing choices. My budget and space for irises is very limited, unfortunately. I'm not saying that all my iris are Dykes and Wister winners. They're not. Some are just Award of Merit winners that I happen to be wild about, LOL Big Grin

Enjoy the info.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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Jun 28, 2018 8:12 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
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OMG. Another acorn! Thanks so much, Evelyn!
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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Jun 29, 2018 9:08 AM 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
Daisy ~ You are Welcome!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Jun 29, 2018 9:38 AM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
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I'd like to make some observations about the TB honorable mentions for 2017. I thought it quite interesting that the one with the highest number of judges votes, Footbal Hero, got 100 votes, while the next one down, High Desert, got 59 votes. Why the spread?! It does make one wonder. Anyway, it does make ME wonder.

Here 's the database photo for Football Hero

And I just have to say ho hum. Seems to me I've seen many similar and this is nothing particularly new or special. I seem to recall my Mom had a similar one, back in the 1950's. But then I've never been fond of the yellow/ purple or yellow/ blue combos, so maybe it's just me.

Now let's look at the next one down the list, High Desert.

Now, in my view, that one is more special. Just my opinion. Next I'm going to look at more of the TB Honorable mentions, because in just a few years, these will be the ones vying for Award of Merit, Dykes and Wister awards.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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Jun 29, 2018 11:30 AM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
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Now, further down on the 2017 TB Honorable Mentions list is one that really does press my buttons: Watercolor Print Just love that broad blue band on the falls.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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Jun 29, 2018 11:38 AM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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And also on the 2017 Honorable Mentions list: Marying Kind
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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Jun 29, 2018 12:04 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
The HMs are newer introductions. It takes a few years to work their way up the ballot.
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Jun 29, 2018 12:26 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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"What a Beauty" is another Honorable Mention beauty. Truly gorgeous
. I may have to buy this one.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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Jun 29, 2018 12:58 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
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Another 2017 HM. A pretty ruffled purple: Fit for Royalty:
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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Jun 29, 2018 1:02 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
The vote spread is just the actual count from the ballot. And there are an awful lot of irises on a ballot. You can vote for up to 50 of them.
"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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Jun 29, 2018 1:15 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
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Lestv, I realize that, but look at the rest of the distribution. It's strange to have just one iris with a total number of votes 49 votes in excess of the next closest one, and then all the others just 1 or two votes apart from each other. Distribution-wise, it's screwy.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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Jun 29, 2018 1:19 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
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Here's another 2017 HM. Pictures show it having gorgeous form. But I won't know how really red it is until I see it in person. Red Dirt Road:
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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Jun 29, 2018 1:31 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
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Pretty for a hot garden. Salsa and Chips:
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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Jun 29, 2018 1:33 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
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Anothet 2017 HM looker. I love the gold eges on the standards comined with the picote falls and bright beard. In the Loop:
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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Jun 29, 2018 1:40 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
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What a pretty blue with contrasting beards. Multnomah Falls:
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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Jun 29, 2018 1:58 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
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Oh, wow. Look at this 2017 HM winner: Having a Party
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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Jun 29, 2018 2:11 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
Hellebores Growing under artificial light Container Gardener Cat Lover Bulbs Bookworm
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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Jun 29, 2018 2:27 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
Hellebores Growing under artificial light Container Gardener Cat Lover Bulbs Bookworm
Okay, those are my favorites from the list of 2017 HM winners. Any of you who have these in your gardens should let us know how they do for you.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
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Jun 29, 2018 4:52 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
I only have Hello Darling and Having a party. They were both bought last year and are still in pots. *Blush*
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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Jun 29, 2018 5:38 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
Hellebores Growing under artificial light Container Gardener Cat Lover Bulbs Bookworm
Barbara, I hope you get them planted soon. Smiling
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams

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