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Imagecrowrita1
Apr 28, 2015 8:10 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
cross-posted.........Yeah, 5a it is ! Spring came early this year by more than 2 weeks ! And, "zone number" really doesn't mean very much ! It's based on 'how cold does it get", NOT how long it's cold !The number of "frost free" days is, IMHO, much more relevant , but they (USDA) don't "chart" that.
I'm "guessing", or maybe "hoping" it is herbicide drift affecting the color...if not, I don't think I really have Baby Snowflake Sticking tongue out ! Although, as I said, colors seem "off' on things ,this year(even those not near the Round Up)
ImageDaveinPA
Apr 29, 2015 5:59 AM CST
Name: Dave
south central PA, Zone 6a
Number of days at or above some certain temperature is probably a better measure for sure.

Apache is showing a bloom stalk, despite being moved last year. One of my few "Indian" or Native American named ones.
Imagecrowrita1
Apr 29, 2015 6:15 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
I. germanica has stalks, and I see a couple IB's starting to form fat leaves, but the MDB's are about gone, and the SDB's are starting to really go ! n "extra warm", or" extra cool", couple od days, makes a BIG difference, this time of year! We started the iris season way early, and I'm curious to see if that trend continues all season, or, if Mother Nature checks her calendar ,and gets back in line !
Imageirisarian
Apr 29, 2015 9:39 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Irises are seemingly just leaves, not containing stems (at least the early plants which I have inspected). Even the batch of Snow Maiden which Arlyn sent to me seem sparce & he sent a batch. just a few leaves showing there. the older clump above them is full of leaves, but I wonder about the flowers.

We have Baby Snowflake & the flowers are quite white, if you need a start, Arlyn.
Imagecrowrita1
Apr 29, 2015 1:03 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
I'll take you up on that, Lucy ! I'm sure mine must be "wrong"....it's just too "cream colored'...I'll know better when (and IF) a flower opens normally, but with all the buds 'showing yellow" Shrug!
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A better picture of Reddy Set.....colors are more normal today

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Autumn Orange

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Red At Last caught these before they "went to pot" !

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Cimarron Rose being shy

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Earth And Sky

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Plicutie

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Indian Pow Wow
Imagelovemyhouse
Apr 29, 2015 1:26 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (Dallas)
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Imageirisarian
Apr 29, 2015 3:22 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Thank you for the picture of Reddy Set. It's looking better than mine. they need to be divided here & their bed redone & just have too much else to do.
Imagecrowrita1
Apr 29, 2015 4:16 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
I noticed that it (and almost every other SDB, for that matter) wasn't 'the right color" on the first bloom, or two.....maybe Round Up drift, or, maybe the cool snap we had Shrug! ....anyway, they are all 'showing their TRUE colors" ,today; I noticed buds forming on Sun Sprite, as well....I'm anxious to see that one!, but Elfin Shadows shows no sign yet, although some of the IB's are starting....so it shouldn't be long before the MTB's and TB's start 'swelling up" Hurray!
Imagegrannysgarden
Apr 30, 2015 2:42 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
Reddy Set is a beauty. I have Elfin Shadows ordered for this year. Arlyn, your Autumn Orange is lovely too. The peach/orange SDB I have that is doing well is Lenna M. It had a long bloom period and I hope it increases. I had one named Peach Cooler but it did not bloom and it gave up last week. I may replace it once. if it does not do well then I will not try to grow it here. sigh
ImageMShadow
Apr 30, 2015 8:14 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
Beautiful little ones Arlyn!

Lucy, I love the yellow rim and hafts on Reddy Set. Thumbs up
Imageirisarian
Apr 30, 2015 9:32 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
oh dear-you too, Marilyn. I am trying to bring the red all the way to the edge of the fall. It is a case of enlarging the red spot. My vision of what to do seems different than other people. Rolling my eyes.

But please, thank you for your comment. On other seedlings I seem to be losing the red. very uncoropertive plants.
Imagecrowrita1
Apr 30, 2015 12:26 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
This one is the 'supposed to be Baby Snowflake':
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I don't think it is ! What do you say, Lucy ? It doesn't seem 'white" enough, and the haft markings don't seem to match the pics on the Twiki.

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Baby Blessed



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Blue Denim

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Brom Bones.....tell John he did good !!

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Bugsy
Imagecrowrita1
Apr 30, 2015 12:43 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
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Cherry garden

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Easy Style

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Flower Shower

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Gingerbread Man

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I. lutescens......this thing has real substance....it lasts, and lasts !

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Indian Pow Wow.....getting to be very impressive, as the clump gets larger!

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another "4" on Jewel Baby....that's 3 blooms, 2 of which had 4 falls !

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Knotty Pine

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Little Mohee

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Oddbod

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Reddy Set..........I like this one more, and more, Lucy....even WITH the edging on the falls Sticking tongue out




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Stitch Witch....this one is growing on me, too !

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Tantara isn't that beard GREAT ?!

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Truly......the 'blues"are back !

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Yankee Skipper

and while not individually credited, I want to thank all those "iris Buddies" that helped in the production of this post I tip my hat to you. , as Ringo said, "I get by with a little help from my friends!"...ThankYou, All!!
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only a couple open, but look at the "coming attractions" on Snow Maiden !!
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ImageLestv
Apr 30, 2015 12:46 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC
I usually just lurk on Cubits, but I really am enjoying seeing more of your blooms Arlyn! You have some beauties. Really like Indian Pow Wow. Thumbs up
Imagecrowrita1
Apr 30, 2015 1:22 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
It probably could stand a 'splitten", Leslie....just sayin'.................
Imagelovemyhouse
Apr 30, 2015 3:26 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (Dallas)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
OMG, I LOVE Oddbod!! Drooling Drooling

You are free to choose. You are not, however, free from the consequences of your choice.

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Imagegrannysgarden
Apr 30, 2015 7:29 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
Me too, Debra. That one is remarkable for a little guy. You have some great ones, Arlyn.
ImageMuddymitts
Apr 30, 2015 7:39 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Wouldja look at the beards on Gingerbread Man!!! Thumbs up Lovey dubby
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imageirisarian
Apr 30, 2015 9:22 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I hope Brom Bones reblooms for you in the fall. Late in Oct. here. Doesn't look like Baby Snowflake to me. I will chick it when it flowers here. Your garden is getting full of Burton stuff. Thank you for the R.S. photo. Quite nice in your garden. Ours are getting crowded, will have to see if we have time to fix it this summer.
Imagecrowrita1
May 1, 2015 6:08 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
I sure would appreciate your checking on your baby Snowflake! The buds on this one have a definite ,light, lemon color, before they open.....and a 'light cream' color after they do. I suppose some "could' call it white...but when you compare, to say, Snow maiden.....to MY eye, they ARE cream Shrug! . It's one I have had for a couple years, and just now bloomed ( it was a VERY tiny chunk, and came from a HIPS "left over"sale, so it was pretty dry) .
A couple more "Burtons" coming this year, too , from Winterberry.

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