SPEC: bulbous irises (dose of reality ;)
From: Ellen Gallagher <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To Bill Shear and Ian Efford who wrote about their BLOOMING
Ok, you guys have pushed me over the edge especially Ian who
purported to be in Ottawa all this time but really lives in
Toronto in Zone 5 or something....cold-climate turncoat. :)
I was actually out in the garden (if you can call frozen mud
a garden) and inspected my bulbous irises namely I. danfordiae
(planted at Ian's urging, BTW and also named I. reticulatae from
McClure & Z., at Bill Shear's suggestion). Not one mm. of green
showing anywhere except on one Siberian, some SDBs, IBs and
MDBs and I mean one mm. You need a magnifying glass to see it
which I had, BTW. Stop laughing, Bill.
I also planted English irises from McClure & Z. at the suggestion
of Bill S. as well. I know they bloom late so I will be patient.
>Iris danfordiae opened here on January 12th, and the last reticulata hybrid
>('George') faded out on March 28th! The remarkable variety 'Springtime',
>from eight bulbs planted two years ago, produced over 30 flowers.
>The stellar performance of the reticulatas this spring was undoubtedly due
>to the hot dry summer we had. It gave them a good baking, which is what
>they seem to like in a summer.
What planet was Bill on last summer? :) We had a monsoon here for
months it seemed.
>Mirable dictu, we have buds showing color on Iris graminea--even before the
>SDBs and pumilas!
It is a miracle...my I. graminea is dead...we had some freeze,
thaw and it decided to hike itself out of the ground where it
was planted deeply, lay on its side and become a rotted puff
ball that tried to pass itself off as a rhizome but I knew
better and it is now TRASH. Hee, hee.
>What a wonderful difference a day of warm spring rain and a balmy, foggy
>night have made. Trees with a faint haze of green, red maples in full
>bloom. Roadsides bright with forsythia and quince. Daffodils everywhere,
>and even the occasional tulip. Ah yes, winter's over! Get out there and
>pick that rhubarb!
I can't even be gracious about it...I am too filled with envy.
Where in heck did I plant those daffs anyway? I think we had
A grumpy Ellen from the North and I don't mean Northern VA.
Ellen Gallagher / email@example.com
Northern New Hampshire, USA / Zone 3
Berlin, NH in 'The Great North Woods'
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