Copied for iris photos:
This year has been interesting so far. As the title says, with mixed
blessings. The season is something like two weeks EARLY in my
garden. Which means I'll have nothing left for the show. But that's
okay by me cause I'm more into the pollen daubing anyway.
Early hot weather meant that some of the irises grew to fast and too
tall. When the winds hit . . . they never let up really, many stalks hit
Some of my best rebloom crosses have plastic like substance and good
form! Some of those same seedlings grew too
short! One parent rebloomed like mad last fall, but seems
to be having a height problem. Like I said . . . mixed
1620-02, my bitone ruffled blue from last year . . . (love of my life) now
has a wide light band on the falls! But the hard rains shredded the
1922-1 is a bee pod from 1026-1re, a pretty Jessie's Song x Earl of Essex
seeding that grew too short until I moved out here. Only reason I planted
the seed was because it was a slow year! I was thrilled to see a couple of
nice strong seedlings. One stalk grew almost 4 ft tall with perfect
branching! Cool! Then the buds started to show. It's
red! How can that be/bee? A check of the garden map shows red irises
all around it. It could be from any one of about 6 different reds . . .
all rebloomers. It's open today. Red with haft lines.
AND? nice round falls. A bit beat up by the rains, but nice.
Many seedlings that were ho-hum last year are looking better this
year. Some are a lot bigger blooms too. Here is 1709-1re. It
has some of the tallest foliage in the garden. It's from Summer Radiance X