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Re: HYB: Blooming today, also
  • Subject: Re: HYB: Blooming today, also
  • From: Betty Wilkerson <Autmirislvr@aol.com>
  • Date: Fri, 29 Oct 2010 16:52:19 -0400 (EDT)

Guess that's not the correct term.  I need things that rebloom earlier in the fall, summer even.  But I don't know if I'm allowed to call them summer bloomers. 
Basically, I mean things that will rebloom early enough to miss the first freeze here in my zone 6 garden.  My average first freeze is Oct 15.  I need irises that start fall blooming approximately Sept 1 thru Oct 1 in order to enjoy fall bloom.  So far, I'm two weeks past the average date this year, with a light, unannounced frost today. 
<<by "cold hardy rebloom", Betty. >>
What can I call it? 

So many of the things that rebloom in zones 7 and above will not rebloom for me.  On very rare occasions I'll get a random stalk, maybe once in a lifetime.  I still talk about the fall bloom on 'My Valentine.'  Pity it won't even grow here.  I've little need for stalks that show up in late October just before a hard freeze.  They only bring frustration. 
2025-01Re--5 stalks.  Started blooming early Sept. just finishing now.  More yellow on the shoulders than shows in this photo. 
2025-02Re- Seven off season stalks.  1 in July and 6 in Oct. 
These two siblings rebloom well.  But they don't always have nice tall stalks, and they're both default colors.  Not much demand for either.  I've a couple of others that are half siblings (to these) and also bloom early, but neither are really finished products. 
If I get early rebloom, good height and branching the bloom usually suffers and if I get good blooms something else suffers.  Sigh! 

-----Original Message-----
From: J. Griffin Crump <jgcrump@cox.net>
To: iris-photos <iris-photos@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Fri, Oct 29, 2010 2:15 pm
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] HYB: Blooming today

Not sure what you mean by "cold hardy rebloom", Betty.   --  Griff

Sent: Friday, October 29, 2010 8:38 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] HYB: Blooming today


<<Needs to be crossed with something that has flaring falls.>>
It's my experience that it's really difficult to get cold hardy rebloom while retaining all other desirable traits in the same plant!  Maybe it's just me!  ;-)
Betty W. 

-----Original Message-----
From: J. Griffin Crump <jgcrump@cox.net>
To: iris-photos <iris-photos@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Thu, Oct 28, 2010 9:28 pm
Subject: [iris-photos] HYB: Blooming today

Here's one blooming today for the first time  --  and that's about all that can be said for it, except that it has a nice stalk.  Needs to be crossed with something that has flaring falls.   --  Griff

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