NW Arkansas Bloom Report
In the Ozarks, we are at the southern edge of zone 5 (?)--and if anyone's
interested, here's where my bloom is today.
TB--finishing up, SONG OF NORWAY with only a few remaining blooms
LA--LAURA LOUISE is doing fantastic, looks like this mild winter was great
for these "Southerners."
SIB--finishing up. This heat is really tough on the blooms--last only one
day. MESA PEARL (what a great iris this will be for me), is fading fast.
The "stars" of this area, with its strange, acid/clay soils and weather are
going to be:
SPU--I bought several rhizomes from several growers last fall--and
incredibly, almost all have bloom stalks and are beginning their season.
CINNAMON STICK is doing well. I have several clumps of MISSOURI GAL nearing
JI--I didn't believe the descriptions of JI being rapid increasers last
year, but this year, with timely fertilizing (following frequent advice) and
moisture, they are impressive. I have a clump of this old variety, GALATEA
MARX, planted in September '96, with 16 bloom stalks, about 4' in height.
Thank you, Ensata folks!
Bob of the Ozarks,--a happy man.