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Re: CULT:REB:shade

  • Subject: Re: CULT:REB:shade
  • From: "J. Griffin Crump" <jgcrump@cox.net>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2008 19:33:14 -0500

Yes, Betty. 'Champagne Elegance' doesn't usually rebloom for me. But when it does, it's the clump under the oak tree that began from a forgotten rhizome that rooted there. -- Griff

----- Original Message ----- From: <autmirislvr@aol.com>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 5:36 PM
Subject: [iris] CULT:REB:shade

I found two more stalks on the semi-protected clump of Returning Chameleon.?

I mention this to illustrate a point about rebloom in hot areas and the need for shade.? This particualr clump of Returning Chameleon has a history.? At the end of one season, 2006 I think, I had a large number of mid to small rhizomes left over when I moved?a large clump.? The wind is tremendous here!? The box of rhizomes blew off the bench, which was beside one of my car ports.??

Mary Lou got 6 of these rhizomes late in the season,?but the rest were left to their own devices, there on top of the ground.??They took root and have bloomed faithfully ever since, spring and fall, plus last summer.? RC is planted in several places.? The two areas that receive partial shade have performed far better than those unshaded in the garden proper.?

Linda, is there a way you can use shade to delay bloom on some of those early irises that give you such trouble?? For years, I'd planned an experiment where I planted the same thing in two different beds,?one on the east?side of a building and one on the west side.? It didn't happen, in part because I usually thought of it when it was too cold to do the work!?

I pitched some scrap STAR?GATE next to the RC.? (this summer)? It's looking good, but it's right in the corner drip spot!? Not sure how it will work out.?

Anyone have experience with shaded reblooming irises??

Betty W.
Bridge In Time Irises
Zone 6

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