Griff, I should only speak for me. I've been busy with the planting and haven't visted any other gardens. Not even the one down at the school.
<<Glad your gardens in that area are doing well. >>
It's possible that my report isn't quite fair, either. I grouped a bunch of irises capable of summer bloom in a new bed last fall. Finished it just before going into the hospital. Several of these have three clumps each, like 'Again & Again' and 'Star Gate.' We've not had any rain since Aug 18. (4 inches) A couple of sprinkes in the past two month with less than 1/4 inch of rain each. I've watered. Rain due Sunday night. Hope it's a good soaking so I don't have to water again.
Rebloom has fallen into two categories. Either they were in this bed or in one of two seedlings beds which were also watered, but not as well.
I've had exceptional bloom on three sets of seedlings out of a 'Star Gate' seedling. Four to 8 stalks each. The purple amoena I posted several days ago is one of these.
Total Recall X 1625-01Re (Star Gate seedling) gave two seedings that are reblooming well. Both bloomed short but have started getting taller in this later part of the summer/fall. Good rebloom with multiple stalks. The lavender one, 2025-02Re, had two stalks in July and now has four more in various stages. This one just shocked me with a relatively tall and well branched stalk.
The white & yellow one has kept me company all fall while I work on the new set of beds. Fours stalks at varying stages of development. Last one is taller and more balanced.
I'm already several days past the average frost date, but ONE weather report here has predicted a very warm winter so maybe the frost will hold off until the whole bed is in bloom . . . stalks on Platinum, Echo Location, Star Gate, Just Call Me, Again & Again with bloom almost finished on another Just Call Me, Lunar Whitewash, Returning Chameleon & Over and Over. Nine stalks total on Over and Over.
I finished the third and last bed of this new group, today. Last bed till spring I guess unless I transplant some little pots into a seedling bed.
When I get tired I just go over to the "summer" bed and stare for awhile!
It's been an interesting year.
Ky Zone 6
From: J. Griffin Crump <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Betty -- Glad your gardens in that area are doing well. The mid-Atlantic region has almost no rebloom. We (Chesapeake and Potomac Iris Society) just managed a valid reblooming show today, but not by much. Members were wondering how the rest of the country is doing. Our main problem here has been two droughts this past summer separated by only a little rain. My only rebloomers so far have been 'Over and Over' and some seedlings from 'Again and Again', just during the past week. There was no summer rebloom or repeat bloom. My rebloomers, for the most part, rebloom late (October into December), so they're always playing hide and seek with Jack Frost.
We were also recalling, at the meeting, the dire predictions of storms issued by the National Weather Service this year, such as this story, below, from the Christian Science Monitor of August 5. From here to the Blue Ridge mountains, we only got one or two hard rains all summer. -- Griff
The 2010 hurricane season in the Atlantic, now heading into its most active three month stretch, stands a strong chance of becoming the 11th above-normal season in the past 15 years, according to federal forecasters.
June and July were less active than the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center expected them to be when it issued its initial seasonal forecast in May, notes Gerry Bell, who heads the effort.
But conditions in the Atlantic's main hurricane-forming region are ripe enough to suggest the season's typical August-to-October peak will be very active. The CPC says there is a 70 percent chance that the season will log 14 to 20 named storms, eight to 10 hurricanes, and four to six major hurricanes -- storms of Category 3 or higher, with top sustained winds in excess of 111 miles an hour.
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Beautiful iris. Last picture is especially alluring with so many blooms open.
We're having a blooming good fall here. Mainly seedlings, but it's good to see.
KY Zone 6