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Re: HYB: TB: Eaves "Schreiner blues" #10

  • Subject: [iris-photos] Re: HYB: TB: Eaves "Schreiner blues" #10
  • From: "donald" donald@eastland.net
  • Date: Sun, 07 May 2006 13:06:38 -0000

> First of the 10 to bloom, but seems late enough here to avoid late
> freeze problems.  Look forward to seeing what this one does during
> summer rain - foliar health so far is <very> encouraging.  How has 
> held up in your late freezes?

I've had freeze damage once, but still had a lot of bloom.  This bunch 
would be M-L here.  The bigger problem is they are marginally too late 
to bloom here and have suffered from the heat.  'Course in a 'normal' 
year there is a very small window for optimum bloom.  I would guess 
they are more likely to miss the late freeze effect provided there 
isn't a really long warm spell during the winter.  At least I've seen 
bloom on them every year since they began blooming the first year 
after planting.

They can certainly get leaf spot, but they aren't as quick to get it 
and withstand it better than the group the yellow came from.  I had 
rot once; didn't treat it and couldn't tell there was anything missing 
since they have increased well.  I may see both leaf spot and rot 
after the hail.  Right now all the iris foliage is torn, bruised and 
generally battered from the hail.  A lot of fans are flattened to the 
ground and a good many are buried in a 6-8 inch layer of green oak 
leaves and twigs.  Warm days with some humidity could show me more 
things I'd rather not see.  There wasn't much leafspot this year, but 
when I have a bad year, it's really virulent.  I haven't found 
anything that really controls it when conditions are right.

That's a good shot of the stalk.  I presume the low bloom actually is 
on a very low branch?  That is something this group does a lot.  I 
don't know whether that's good branching or not, but I don't mind 
since it usually still reaches the top or above the foliage.  Would be 
hard to cut, though.  Often gives the effect of two stalks from the 

Donald Eaves
Texas Zone 7b, USA

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