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RE: Bloom Report

I know how you feel, Arnold.  TU TU TURQUOISE was our first bloom on May
1.  It normally blooms about May 15.

New blooms opened today on FIRESTORM (SDB), a beautiful dainty
burgundy-yellow plicata -- almost MDB.  The brightest yellow that I've
seen in this class.  RINGLETTE (SDB) is a nicely proportioned violet
plicata.  THRICE BLESSED is unfurling its first bloom -- maybe we'll get
more than one rebloom out of it this year.

Still in bloom are EXTRA (MDB) a tiny purple with a deeper purple spot,
TU TU TURQUOISE (SDB), one of my favourites, a light blue with a a
lovely darker blue spot, SMELL THE ROSES (SDB), rose violet with one
irregular bloom (4 falls and beards, 3 style arms and 2 standards) and
QUEEN OF SHEBA (AR) that I find impossible to describe.  I'll have to
look up a description.

We already have bloomstalks on TBs and our show isn't until June 13.

Maureen Mark
Ottawa, Canada (zone 4) -- I can't believe that Don and Sue Delmez
managed to send me GRACEFUL DANCER (JI) in the mail with their catalogue
without a phytosanitary certificate and the box was clearly marked iris!

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Arnold Koekkoek [SMTP:Koekkoek@dordt.edu]
> Sent:	Tuesday, May 05, 1998 4:29 PM
> To:	Multiple recipients of list
> Subject:	Re:  Bloom Report
> It really is a most unusual year.  We all knew it, and now I've 
> further proof.  This morning 2 SDBs were open, RUBY WINGS and SPLASH 
> OF RED.  I've never, never had anything open this early, May 5, the 
> earliest before being May 19, a "normal" time.  So many IBs and SDBs 
> showing bloom stalks, a few with color already evident.  We wonder if 
> we'll have anything for our show, scheduled for May 30, but at least 
> I don't see any TB stalks yet, so there should still be things by the 
> end of the month, esp. if it cools a little.  But WOW!!  Iris on the 
> 5th of May.  Who'd have believed it in NW Iowa!
> Arnold Koekkoek
> Arnold Koekkoek                         Home Ph. (712) 722-0724
> Assoc. Prof. of History                 Off. Ph. (712) 722-6326
> Dordt College                           e-mail koekkoek@dordt.edu
> Sioux Center, IA 51250

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