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Apr 22, 2012 2:49 PM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Roses
Irises Daylilies Cat Lover Region: California Region: United States of America
I'm now waaaay behind, and these pictures are from Tuesday the 17th through today, the 22nd. And I'm probably going to have to do in more than one post because I have so many. But I have about five exciting new ones I'm dying to share that I'll start with.

SPECTACLE - Ghio, 2011 - WOW! Love those bubbly curls!


ITALIAN MASTER - Blyth



BATTLE OF THE BANDS - Mike Sutton, 2011


LUXURIANT LOTHARIO - Blyth


GLAD ALL OVER - Blyth


PRETTY SWISH - Blyth - Looks quite different in sunlight and in shade


BLUEBERRY FUDGE - Richardson, 2010


YAQUINA BLUE - Schreiner's -- My favorite blue!


BOLD VISION - Kerr - One of my favorites!


BUBBLE BUBBLE - Ghio - Another of my favorites!


SAMMIES JAMMIES - Burseen


LA SCALA - Keppel


I'll stop here for now -- time for lunch!
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Apr 22, 2012 6:07 PM CST
Name: Stacey Utermoehlen
Warfordsburg, PA (Zone 6b)
Birds Peonies Region: Pennsylvania Lilies Irises Hummingbirder
Garden Art Echinacea Dragonflies Daylilies Cut Flowers Bulbs
Just love your photos, Betty! We both have nearly identical taste in our favorite iris plants. I have quite a few the same ones as you but since they are only one or two years old I'm still waiting to see how they will look. Sure hope they will look as lovely as yours do.
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Apr 22, 2012 7:20 PM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Roses
Irises Daylilies Cat Lover Region: California Region: United States of America
Stacey, just looking at the iris bed in your avatar I can tell that you're a much better iris grower than I am! And those first five have been in the ground for less than a year, so they seem quite vigorous, Here is a picture of my front iris beds (there are three going up the hill) taken about a week ago, and I think your irises look better. My iris bed in the back yard doesn't have hardly anything in bloom there yet, although four out of those five are in that bed.

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I'm really noticing that I'm getting some really tall stalks this spring, and I'm wondering if it's because our weather has been fluctuating so much. I used up all my stakes in our last big wind, and some of the new ones are kicking up their heels and keeling over because they're so tall and top heavy with blooms. Amazing!
Betty
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Apr 22, 2012 8:26 PM CST
Name: Brad
iowa (Zone 5a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Betty those are beautiful thats the first pictures I have seen of Italian Master besides the catalog pics and I think yours is even better then the catalog pics Thanks for posting them I really like Spectacle and Sammies Jammies great colors on both.
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Apr 22, 2012 8:28 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
Ooh, Spectacle! Hurray!
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Apr 22, 2012 8:44 PM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Roses
Irises Daylilies Cat Lover Region: California Region: United States of America
FIERY FIGURE


THAT'S ALL FOLKS


ENCHANTER


DREAMLIFE


WEDDING NIGHT


LEMON CLOUD


GRACIOUS CURVES


MARBELLA
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DANDY CANDY - The second two pictures have the more orange tones in the falls - love this interesting iris!



LADY LAREE


BLACK MAGIC WOMAN


EXTROVERT


More later...
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Apr 22, 2012 8:57 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
Fiery Figure!!! Hurray! Lovey dubby Hurray!
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Apr 22, 2012 9:08 PM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Annuals Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plays in the sandbox
Tender Perennials Tomato Heads The WITWIT Badge Region: Utah Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
Betty...is that a little unneeded lawn I see in your front yard. What a waste Rolling on the floor laughing
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Apr 22, 2012 11:34 PM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Roses
Irises Daylilies Cat Lover Region: California Region: United States of America
Isn't that the truth? Green Grin! But unfortunately it's like a ski slope. My husband very graciously built my three beds there on the one end of the yard, and to be honest I don't want any more flower beds than we already have -- I can't even keep up with what we have! I guess I'm getting old now and starting to think about scaling back a little -- at least on the iris. And I'm really going to have to plan my daylily crosses carefully now -- very little space. So no crosses without teeth, mini's or complex eye patterns involved!
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Apr 23, 2012 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
Betty, you have my mouth watering! lol. It keeps freezing here during the night, I sure hope that stops soon, as the TB's are sending up their stalks. and it won't be long. Some of my SDB's had their blooms frozen and they never opened. One called Dark Crystal that I wanted to see. Still has some newer buds coming, so if it stops this cold stuff, it might show its face yet. It finally warmed up a bit yesterday (50's) so I was able to dig in the beds a bit. I'm getting behind with this cold and wet weather we've had.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Apr 23, 2012 5:25 AM CST
Name: Jan
Hustisford, WI
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Daylilies Dog Lover Irises Region: United States of America
Region: Wisconsin
<drool>
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Apr 23, 2012 7:59 AM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Roses
Irises Daylilies Cat Lover Region: California Region: United States of America
Oh Tom, I'm so sorry you're losing blooms to -- freezing weather? We were at 98 yesterday and I had a lot of blooms wilt, unfortunately. It's either one extreme or the other lately! And we're supposed to go down to the 70's by tomorrow, and maybe even the 60's. All I know is, I spent a good portion of the last three days either here at the computer, trying to post pictures here and in the ATP and Irises Cubit's databases -- or outside hand watering just about everything.

The one that totally impresses me is SPECTACLE -- I believe it was a bonus plant from Joe Ghio, and it seems like it just popped up out of nowhere and is a big, beautiful, elegant flower -- the stalk was tall too. I think this fluctuating weather has produced more than my normal amount of tall stalks this season -- I used all my stakes early on and had to leave some to lean over, and that has never happened before.
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Apr 23, 2012 8:04 AM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Annuals Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plays in the sandbox
Tender Perennials Tomato Heads The WITWIT Badge Region: Utah Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
Spectacle coming this year with Ghio order Thumbs up
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Apr 23, 2012 8:06 AM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Roses
Irises Daylilies Cat Lover Region: California Region: United States of America
Fantastic!
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Apr 23, 2012 8:10 AM CST
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
Grandchildren are my greatest joy.
Annuals Enjoys or suffers cold winters Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Procrastinator Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Plays in the sandbox
Tender Perennials Tomato Heads The WITWIT Badge Region: Utah Vegetable Grower Hybridizer
Betty..I always love your pictures and often see what I have coming. What a treat. I went crazy with ordering Ghio iris this year.
Paul Smith Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Apr 23, 2012 8:26 AM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
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You know Betty everytime I have gone to order Bold Vision it is late in the season and always forget early on to order because that is something that will be great to use on hybridizing,. Thank you for posting and reminding me to order EARLY

D
Denise Stewart
541-259-2343
Snowpeak <url>http://snowpeakiris.com</http>

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Apr 23, 2012 9:10 AM CST
Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Birds The WITWIT Badge Garden Ideas: Level 1 Roses
Irises Daylilies Cat Lover Region: California Region: United States of America
Me too, Paul!

Dee, I'm so sorry to put all this extra work on you to have to take time to approve all these pictures -- and I still have a lot more to post. The iris are really going crazy right now -- was 98 yesterday, and some things wilted, but everything seems to be opening right now! BOLD VISION never disappoints me, even though it's a shorter TB, and I believe it's one of the parents of Keith's SUMMER SHADOW.
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Apr 24, 2012 6:23 PM CST
Name: Stacey Utermoehlen
Warfordsburg, PA (Zone 6b)
Birds Peonies Region: Pennsylvania Lilies Irises Hummingbirder
Garden Art Echinacea Dragonflies Daylilies Cut Flowers Bulbs
The chilly weather in the Northeast has really slowed down the bloom here at my location in southern PA. We had frost the past two nights with one more to go. At least we got a nice rain the past couple days - It was really dry and my iris are much shorter than normal.
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Apr 24, 2012 7:08 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Betty -- your Irises are gorgeous -- as always. I'm partial to Fiery Figure and LaScala myself. Of course, Spectacle is outstanding!!

How I would love to stroll through your Iris garden!! Green Grin!
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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Apr 25, 2012 2:44 PM CST
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Plant Database Moderator Region: California Cottage Gardener Garden Photography Roses Clematis
Houseplants Foliage Fan Keeper of Poultry Dog Lover Birds Hummingbirder
Oh Betty, really enjoying your fantastic blooms!!
Hope you don't mind my tagging onto this thread, I was gone for a couple of days at my Mom's and came back to brand new blooms, it's an exciting time for me, seeing new blooms since I started collecting the last couple of years! Hurray!
As you can see, I favor the deep rich colors. Green Grin!

SECRET SERVICE
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SPICED TIGER
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This one below hadn't bloomed the last 2 years and the tag went missing with the move so I was so excited to see it this morning and that it's survived the move and is doing fine, despite still in a large 3 gal. pot.
DECADENCE
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ENTANGLED~ Ghio sure creates some rich colored blooms! The weather is overcast here so it seems the colors are all deeper.


STROZZAPRETI


And I shared these already in another thread but I took more shots, such yummy blooms!! Oh I am in love!
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