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.
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
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