I sure do feel for you Linda, Mike, and
Connie. If this happened to me (especially if it happened more than
once) - I'd probably give up irises. How devastated you must be!!
Sorry for your loss.
~ Margie V.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2007 6:06
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] CULT: weather
Hi Griff Wish I could say the same but
unfortunately after 6 freezes 3 of 21' and 15' temps I have more damage to my
iris this year than I've seen in the last 30 years combined. On the talls the
majority had the center leaf in the fans mushed. My sdb's had just started and
it appears to have stopped them dead none of them have shown any comeback yet.
The Ib's appear to have lost all flowers as well. My siberians and species
were hit hard .Acouple of the species appear to be mushed fans to the ground.
The only ones that seem to look ok are my mtbs. A little early to be certain
if they suffered major damage. My seedlings so far had just started to
germinate and the little plants appear to be ok. We had frost here
this morning again but the temp is 30' so not so bad. I hope that spring will
return soon and with a little luck maybe some of the more hardy will still
give some bloom for the late season part. Hope that more people had the better
luck with their Iris like you did than the severe damage like
"J. Griffin Crump" <email@example.com>
With a lot of relief, I can report that the
several freezing nights and ice storm here don't seem to have done any
damage to the SDBs, except that some are blooming very close to the
ground. Still, the bloom is 9 days later than it was last year, and
the current cold days, cutting wind and rain, and a projected week of
more of the same promise to delay bloom even more.
Happily, I have some germination in all of the
crosses made last year; however, the overall germination rate looks like
it's going to be much less than usual. A blessing in disguise,
perhaps, since I wouldn't have room to accommodate them all if it were a
normal year. That said, the least germination is occurring in
some of the most prized crosses, which is a disappointment, The
pots had been uncovered when the freezes hit, and germination
seems virtually to have stopped at that point. Maybe some warm days
may produce some more? I'll have to
check with others here in Region 4 to see what their germination rate turns
out to be. Generally, we experience similar results. It has made
me think that there may be cycles or other factors affecting iris
seed germination that occur without regard to the weather in the
sprouting year. -- Griff
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