to this bunch of happy iris fanatics. Many people, you'll have noticed,
are so enthusiastic about the blossoms they're seeing that they didn't even have
time to say, "Hello." Not to fault them; I'd probably be the
same if Iowa weren't so far north we're just happy to see green leaves at this
time of year. Bloom season is several weeks away.
issue you raised is one recently discussed on this list (check the archives) and
one that has been discussed from time to time before. Since it is a
botanical impossibility for the iris to change from one color to another,
barring a sport or mutation, we look for another answer. Judging from what
you said in describing how you got your iris, when you got them, etc., I'm
guessing you got more than one variety and that they were mixed in planting in
your yard so that the white and the plicata (that is, the one that had white
falls with a purple rim) were next to each other. Maybe you even thought
they were of the same plant, since you couldn't see exactly what you were
getting. Anyway, one of them bloomed last year, the other this year.
May I suggest you tie some sort of marker on the stalk that's blooming now, then
dig that rhizome in a few weeks, plant it someplace where you can clearly
identify it, and then watch to see what blooms in the original spot next
year. Unless the plicata died, I'd bet you will see it bloom next year,
too. There are other possible explanations, too, by the way, so this
doesn't exhaust the possibilities. Be assured you didn't "do anything
wrong." Meanwhile, enjoy the white!
case, welcome to the realm of iris enthusiasts on the e-mail!
We get all sorts of iris subjects going here, and everyone's welcome to chime in
with questions or answers or comments. I hope you'll enjoy it along with
the rest of us on the list.