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Imagegrannysgarden
Nov 16, 2013 6:03 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
Once you get one Mary Ann you will be hooked. I grew TB's all of my adult life and received a clump of SDB's as a gift. I still have a lot of TB's and every year I add more but I have almost as many dwarfs now. And Lucy, to think that a bee made Rosa Brooks is incredible.
ImagePollyK
Nov 16, 2013 7:01 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Welcome Bonnie, Group hug

What a beautiful pink!

Hope you talk to us more in the future

Are you Grannysgarden at Daves too? I remember a nice Grannysgarden there.
ImageMuddymitts
Nov 16, 2013 8:16 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I have to make a note of the name of that one Bonnie -- it's going on my wishlist!!
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imagegrannysgarden
Nov 16, 2013 8:36 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
Hello Polly and thank you. Yes, I am that grannysgarden at Daves too. I did post a question on that site asking advice and received several emails from very helpful iris people. That is where I found this site. I lurked for awhile and then decided to jump in. Although growing irises for a long time I am ignorant of many terms, diseases and requirements to get the best results and keep my irises happy. While reading the posts I realized that the folks here will not hold that against me and I will garner a lot of expert information that I will use in my garden (and hear about iris plans and see iris pics so that I can make it thru the weary winter until they bloom again).

And Mary Ann, come dividing time next year I would love to send you a rhizome of Enchanted Princess. Many of my favorite Irises were 'shared' with me and I love to 'share' back. She is a MUST HAVE! smiles
ImageMuddymitts
Nov 17, 2013 6:59 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Oh Bonnie -- I would love for you to do that! I will be happy to pay you postage, or trade for something that I have. I only have TB's -- but have varieties every year that need thinning. Oh -- I'm so excited!! Hurray!

I'm glad that you "decided to jump in" -- this is a great group of Iris people. We share our thoughts, hopes, plans, disappointments -- and best of all, photos of our gardens and our Irises.

We love pictures -- got any more? Big Grin
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Misawa77
Nov 17, 2013 8:23 AM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA
Lurking is just one step in the long chain that IS Iris addiction. Welcome to the affliction!
Imagegrannysgarden
Nov 17, 2013 9:14 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
thank you for the welcome Greg. And do I have pictures Mary Ann! When I meet others my age they often say 'by the way, have you seen the pictures of my grandchildren'. I oooh and aaaah and then say, 'by the way, have you seen the pictures of my Irises'. lol I do not take good pictures and the color is sometimes not what it should be but that does not stop me. My grands come often and I do adore them but the irises are fleeting so we must appreciate them when they are in bloom. Here is a little guy named 'Candy Apple'. He is not a re-bloomer but when the clump does bloom you just want to pull up a chair and watch them. Thumb of 2013-11-17/grannysgarden/3fee5a
and here is a TB Major Tom Thumb of 2013-11-17/grannysgarden/429652
Imagegrannysgarden
Nov 17, 2013 9:21 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
So sorry, Mary Ann, that was not my photo I attached of Candy Apple. that was a photo someone emailed to me. Here is my photo. Thumb of 2013-11-17/grannysgarden/1b4146
ImageMuddymitts
Nov 17, 2013 10:14 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
All beautiful nonetheless! Your photography is excellent! Thumbs up
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imageirisarian
Nov 17, 2013 1:49 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Candy Apple is in our garden as well. Our chance of 'historics', I think hybridized in the '60s. Have to look it up Hybridizer was Melba Hamblin.
ImageMuddymitts
Nov 17, 2013 5:13 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Bonnie -- I read messages in a hurry this morning -- just re-read your message with the part about trading photos of your Irises for photos of their grandchildren! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Girl -- you have my kind of humor!! Rolling on the floor laughing

And I meant to say -- *Major Tom* is gorgeous!!! Lovey dubby
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imagegrannysgarden
Nov 17, 2013 5:40 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
Mary Ann, Major Tom blooms every year even when we have had severe drought. When I see him in my garden it is like seeing an old friend.

And Lucy, as I look up the info on my irises I find I have several historics that I bought several years ago new. lol Speaking of historics, does anyone have a picture of Dear Dollie? I was given one this fall and planted it. I have looked for a picture on the AIS site but there is no picture attached (at least I could not find one). Dear Dollie was a 1969 or 1970 - I think. Anyway, if anyone has a picture I would love to see one.
Imageirisarian
Nov 17, 2013 10:33 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
No luck here. Who was the hybridizer? A photo might be in old catalogues.
ImageMuddymitts
Nov 18, 2013 7:33 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I couldn't find a picture either. Sad
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imagegrannysgarden
Nov 18, 2013 9:06 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
Thank you Lucy and Mary Ann for checking for me. The only place I can find mention of Dear Dolly, a TB, is on the AIS web encyclopedia as follows:

1970, Carter

'Dear Dollie' (W. Carter, R. 1969). Sdlg. 68-1. TB, 36" (91 cm), EM. Color Class-Y4V, S canary yellow (Wilson 2/2) F campanula violet edged with 3/8" border in golden tan; gold beard tipped violet. 'Bon Vivant' X 'Milestone'. Carter 1970.

There are 0 images.

It sounds lovely but now that I realize it is so hard to find, and not really that old, it may not grow well in this area. I planted it in a bed of mixed plants and it seems to be doing well so far.
Imagecrowrita1
Nov 18, 2013 9:30 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
That's true of so many iris that aren't REALLY that old ! They just aren't out there in the vendors fields anymore. Since it sounds like you are more than a little interested in the "historic' iris, I would urge you to check out the HIPS website, and consider a membership. These iris are just disappearing too fast! ..Arlyn
ImageMuddymitts
Nov 18, 2013 9:43 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Bonnie -- I hope you'll take a picture of yours when it blooms and show it to us, as well as provide it to the database here and at ATP!
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imagegrannysgarden
Nov 18, 2013 10:12 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
Arlyn, I am a member of the CAIS (central Arkansas Iris Society) but I have not joined any of the broader AIS divisions, I probably should as I have a great interest in both the historics and the dwarfs (or medians). I was captured by irises as a child and although I love, and grow, new irises I think the old ones are elegant, charming and just beautiful. I hate to see one iris going away. I have many NOIDS that are not full of ruffles or sparkles and yet I love them just as much. I have several that have wandered about with me over the years and they, like me, bloom where they are planted. That is such a valuable trait in a plant. I will try and attach a picture of one of my old NOIDS.Thumb of 2013-11-18/grannysgarden/cfc611

Mary Ann, if I can coax miss Dear Dollie to bloom I will share pics with all. Perhaps we can make her more popular!
ImageMShadow
Nov 18, 2013 10:43 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
Your NOID is beautiful! I would call it a keeper. Thumbs up
Imagegrannysgarden
Nov 18, 2013 11:11 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
Thank you Marilyn. He is actually a little more brown than the picture shows and I refer to his color as 'brick'. It takes him a little longer to settle in than others before he blooms but once he gets started he is faithful. I love him.....but, of course, I love them all. lol

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