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Re: CULT:Late bloomers

Jeff  --  I think that Joseph's Coat and Kaleidoscope are blooming here
later than usual.  They are planted in full sun, where they've been for 4
years, now.  Since it has been years since I tried any hybridizing with
them, I really haven't paid their habits much attention.  I do remember,
though, about a couple of weeks ago, wondering when they were going to
bloom.  Then, this past week, out they popped!  I must say, however, that
several other border beardeds and an MTB started blooming at about the same
time.  On the other hand, some other border beardeds started right along
with the TBs.

Another surprise to me was Jennifer Rebecca, which bloomed earlier than most
of the TBs and then sent up some late stalks that bloomed nicely.

This has been a strange year.  It has been generally cooler than normal,
with the number of balmy days countable on one hand.  Nights are still in
the '50s.  I've slept with the windows open only about three times.  People
were wearing jackets to church this past Sunday.

Bloom season here actually began early, it seemed to me, with TB bloomstalks
up all over the place in late April.  Then temperatures plunged and stayed
down for more than a week, and the irises went on "hold".  Peak bloom here
was the weekend of May 15.

There have been some other remarkable things occurring here this year, which
I'll mention in replies to Neil and Al Bullock later today.  Must run some
errands.  --  Griff

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jeffrey Walters" <jeffwiris@yahoo.com>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2005 11:15 AM
Subject: Re: [iris] CULT:Late bloomers

> jgcrump <jgcrump@erols.com> wrote:
> Other late bloomers here:  Joseph's Coat, Kaleidoscope
> Griff - zone 7 in Virginia
> Griff,
> I am aware that in my garden individual cultivars are generally consistent
in their relative time of bloom from year to year, though irises grown in
partial shade or newly planted/ replanted rhizomes do tend to bloom later
than they would otherwise. However, the mention of the two cultivars that I
copied above from your list of late bloomers causes me to wonder if there
might not be factors across different environments that affect the relative
bloom time of the same irises in different locales.
> I have grown HONORABILE and its sports, KALEIDOSCOPE, JOSEPH'S COAT, and
BROWN'S MUTANT anywhere from 3 to 15 years. Since they are all presumably
genetically identical except for floral pattern, they tend to come into
bloom simultaneously when grown under the same conditions. However, in my
garden these irises are best described as early midseason bloomers, and
certainly not as late bloomers. They are all in full bloom now, and I am
still several days away from peak TB bloom.
> In general, I consider bearded irises that are consistent late bloomers to
be poor garden value here, as the weather almost always turns abruptly hot
and dry about 2/3 of the way through the bloom season and causes the bloom
on those that bloom late to be both short in duration and disappointing in
> Jeff Walters
> in northern Utah
> (USDA Zone 4)
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