Bee pods are numberous here this year. Even though they tended to be clustered in areas, when I sliced into half a dozen or so, they were all air pods. I've many more than last year, when the majority were air pods. There are about half a dozen I plan to let mature. The rest are being picked as I work in their area.
<<the bees were having a field day.>>
Betty W. . . . when I first moved out here bee pods only showed up on a couple of plants per year. Something is different.
KY Zone 6
From: J. Griffin Crump <email@example.com>
Sent: Fri, Jun 4, 2010 12:28 pm
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] REB: LAB 5 at Redbud Lane
Quite a strange bloom season, Mary Lou! Here in my neck of Virginia, we, too, had an early bloom season, but the TBs came on (and departed) so fast that all classes were blooming together. An exception was sdlg 083F12, which came on late and whose 9 buds gave more than 2 weeks of bloom. Yesterday, as its last blooms faded, two SDB seedlings were blooming.
There was also a phenomenon I've never seen here before. Although almost none of my early and height-of-season crosses took, the bees were having a field day. Almost all SDBs had pods, most clumps having multiple pods, up to half a dozen. From one 21x3-ft bed, we filled two large grocery bags with pods. Now, although it could have been bumble bees, I saw no more of them than usual, this year. What I did see were lots of honey bees -- a welcome change from the past many years. -- Griff
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Sent: Friday, June 04, 2010 3:16 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] REB: LAB 5 at Redbud Lane
Melody told me that LAB 5, the white LA seedling by Hooker Nichols,
was a rebloomer. At the time, I took it to mean it rebloomed there,
in central Illinois. However, she could have meant it had rebloomed in Texas,
or that it had bloomed out of season after being moved to Redbud Lane.
The Wilhoits have made Redbud Lane an Eden for plant lovers in farm country.
Purple Reprise starting another stalk.
Couple of seedlings coming: Precious Little Pink X Mystery Blush and
(Bonus Mama x Neptune's Cloak) X Forever Blue. These may not be true
rebloom, but are showing a total disregard for the accepted spring bloom
season, especially considering everything was 10 days early this year.
Mary Lou, near Indianapolis, Z5 - seedling slaughter nearly complete