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Re: Bloom report, dwarfs, Zone3/4

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: Bloom report, dwarfs, Zone3/4
  • From: Cliff Snyder <snyder@eden.com>
  • Date: Sun, 10 May 1998 21:43:48 -0600 (MDT)

Elaine Grings wrote:
> Greetings:
> I'm coming out of lurking for a bloom report for anyone whose keeping
> track.  Thanks to the list,  I discovered  Schreiner's last year.  That
> improved 2 things in my iris beds - 1 - varieties are really what I order
> (several  other general gardening sources have sent irises that were
> nothing close to varieties I ordered) and -2- they arrived for planting
> around August 1 instead of October 1.  October 1 is usually after our first
> frost and I don't get good root development before winter and have always
> had tremendous winter loss. Not this year though!
>   I put in several new dwarfs and tall beardeds last year.  The dwarfs:
> GRAPE ORBIT, ON FIRE, and GENTLE GRACE started blooming last week and are
> doing very well, REAL COUQUETTE has yet to open, but has 7 buds! (In the
> first year!).  And this is without any mulching or extra winter care. We
> didn't have snow cover for very long this year and we did have some nights
> of -35 F in January so I know these varieties are tough!
> There are some mids blooming now, but its about a month until tall-bearded
> bloom.  The only TB  of those I planted last August that is struggling is
> BROADWAY, but I haven't given up on it yet. It was also placed in a spot
> with more clay and less soil amendment than the other TBs.  Have others had
> any experience with this variety being more sensitive to the cold? Or is it
> more likely a soil problem?
> I can report back on the TBs after that bloom starts.
> Thanks for all the ongoing  discussions. Us lurkers (usually)  pick up lots
> of good info from it!
> *************************************
> Elaine Grings
> Miles City, MT
> egrings@mcn.net
> zone3/4
> *******************************************

I have had no experience with Broadway and really cold weather, but mine
seems to bloom in odd number years, 95, 97, 99?

Cliff Snyder		Austin, Tx
Rainbow Iris Farm	Zone 8

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