Marge, I live just east of Houston, TX. As I mentioned, I do have
irises that grow and bloom here. I also have other iris plants that
believe are TB but although they grow they haven't bloomed as yet
I have had them for several years. Maybe I am like your "south of
border" friends whose irises don't do well. I don't think it has
do with my soil as I grow anything in the Amaryllis family,
and other common flowering plants. It does get hot here. Today
near 100 and we desperately need rain.
I look at the pictures
you and other growers show and I just about die
wishing I could grow
them. Thanks for your reply.
On Sat, Jul 18, 2009
at 1:50 AM, Margie Valenzuela<IrisLady@comcast.net> wrote:
Hi Beverly, I'm in zone 9 also, specifically 9a. I really haven't had
> trouble growing tall bearded irises here. The summers are
tough on the
> irises here, but otherwise they do very
well. There are many Arizona (zone
> 9) iris growers. What
state/country are you in? I've heard just south of our
border (like in Mexico - an hours drive away) tall beardeds are hard
> grow. A few will, but not many. I'm not sure
> In your situation - I wonder if it's the PH of your
soil?? Possibly a soil
> test would be a good idea.
> Oro Valley, AZ.
> ----- Original
> From: Beverly Robinson
> To: email@example.com
> Sent: Friday,
July 17, 2009 3:53 PM
> Subject: Re: [iris-photos] TB Photo:
> Hi Margie: What ag. zone are you in? I
would love to grow "regular"
> irises but my zone (9) seems to
preclude anything but Spurias, Dietes,
> Ungulacaris, etc. I do have a
yellow iris, TB, that blooms very early
> here and a purple that
blooms a little later. The pictures many
> publish just make me drool
but I know I cannot grow them. Thanks
> Beverly A.
Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 12:48 AM, Margie Valenzuela<IrisLady@comcast.net>
>> This is
GUATEMALA................A 2005 Tom Johnson Introduction.
>> It is listed as an early
bloomer, but it blooms mid-season for me. It
>> be that it just seems to be a midseason bloomer to me,
because I'm working
>> with quite a few V VE, VE to E
varieties in my crosses. Our weather is
>> usually warm enough to
have irises bloom in late February, or early March,
>> but there
are just not many of those V VE irises that exist. Part of
>> hybridizing efforts is to create more of these irises so
those of us in
>> warm southern states can
experience a longer bloom season. The biggest
for introducing irises that bloom this early in the season
>> many of them are usually long past
'their bloom season' by the time the
or AIS Conventions are in full swing. So <alas> they are rarely
>> by the public.
>> ~ Margie
>> Oro Valley, AZ.
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