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Imagecrowrita1
Apr 21, 2014 10:17 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
I never would have thought it possible, after the harsh winter, but I have my first bearded bloom today !! This little Gal is a NOID MDB that I've had for years, and it's almost always 1st to bloom. Sometimes, Alpine Lake beats it, but this year, the NOID wins !....ArlynThumb of 2014-04-21/crowrita1/1e0cdd
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Imagegrannysgarden
Apr 21, 2014 12:54 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
And look how many buds are on that little iris!!! beautiful!
Imagelovemyhouse
Apr 21, 2014 7:52 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (Dallas)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! I tip my hat to you.
You are free to choose. You are not, however, free from the consequences of your choice.

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Imageirisarian
Apr 21, 2014 9:32 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
The little guys are great.
Imagelovemyhouse
Apr 22, 2014 5:34 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (Dallas)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
They are. Smiling I tip my hat to you.
You are free to choose. You are not, however, free from the consequences of your choice.

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ImageMShadow
Apr 22, 2014 8:37 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
And so we begin...... Thumbs up
Imagetveguy
Apr 22, 2014 6:58 PM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
I finally can feel some "fat leaves" on a couple of my very tiny irises. Should be about a week to 10 days. That's a cute purple one Arlyln, When's the next one coming?
Imagecrowrita1
Apr 22, 2014 7:14 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Maybe tomorrow! That's if the cold front doesn't slow it down too much Glare , Dang Weather !....Arlyn
ImagePollyK
Apr 25, 2014 7:17 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Nice iris, Arlyn. Looks like time for division, too.
Imagecrowrita1
Apr 25, 2014 8:45 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
That's an amazing little NOID, Polly ! I had it , years ago, and planted some in a stone "planter box" at the village park (across the street from us). When we moved to the "new place", and moved all our iris and plants, it was one that was unintentionally "left behind", and the new owner of our "old place" had "rooted it all out" to widen the driveway! So, ,last year, I went across the street and "borrowed back" a start from the park ! Talk about increase ! That thing has gone totally nuts ! The plant at the park has not only filled in, but almost doubled in size, and the 2 starts I took off from it have MORE than doubled in size! And they are all full of buds, and bloom ! There is MUCH to be said about "fertilizing iris", both pro, and con, but it surely made a statement with these ! When I removed the starts, I sprinkled alfalfa pellets, some bone meal, and my "mix' of fertilizer on the "Park Plant", as well as on the starts. And ,as you say, I really should 'split things up" AGAIN!...arlyn
ImagePollyK
Apr 26, 2014 6:43 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Amazing iris.
Imagecrowrita1
Apr 30, 2014 12:28 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Alpine Lake actually opened two days ago, but the blooms have been badly affected by the weather! They don't seem to have the "substance" to stand up to wind and rain. The little noid that was first to bloom, though, came through it with flying colors...and still lots of buds coming!....ArlynThumb of 2014-04-30/crowrita1/972b21
Alpine lake
Thumb of 2014-04-30/crowrita1/9c3b0b
another clump

Thumb of 2014-04-30/crowrita1/4d641c
NOID
Imageirisarian
Apr 30, 2014 9:30 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
'Spring Beacon' is showing color, but that is all. About time.
ImagePollyK
May 2, 2014 8:31 AM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Love those clump shots!
Imagecrowrita1
May 2, 2014 8:40 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Thanks ! I should have some "new' ones tomorrow ! Lots of the SDB's are full of buds, with most showing color, so I expect a good show ! It's been so crummy out that I haven't made a real close inspection for a few days, so I guess the rain coat will be used this afternoon...I need a "fix" pretty bad!...Arlyn
ImageMuddymitts
May 2, 2014 9:05 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
(chuckling here)
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imageirisarian
May 2, 2014 9:36 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Spring Beacon & pumila wild Whispers & some pumila seedlings are open. Can't do instant photos. but I will see if I can find a couple in the ency.
Imageirisarian
May 2, 2014 9:41 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
yes go to iris encyclopedia MDB-S scroll down to Spring Beacon.
Imagecrowrita1
May 2, 2014 10:05 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Nice ! I'm a sucker for any with blue beards ! Sticking tongue out ...Arlyn
Imagecrowrita1
May 4, 2014 9:30 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Here's a few taken this morning
This is that first NOID, still going strong
Thumb of 2014-05-04/crowrita1/c4171d
And Alpine Lake is still going
Thumb of 2014-05-04/crowrita1/649c4c
And here's Blue Denim
Thumb of 2014-05-04/crowrita1/618bd6
Purple Joy

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And Red AT Last

Thumb of 2014-05-04/crowrita1/17a103

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