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OT: (was Re: Decadence)
  • Subject: OT: (was Re: Decadence)
  • From: "d7432da" <donald@txol.net>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2012 16:49:42 -0000


Isn't that worrisome to you? Reminds me of the thread on Decadence. I think there are areas where plants have difficulty adapting because the growing conditions are erratic and variable. No two growing seasons anywhere close to the same. I think plants do try to adapt, but they get fooled. So good performance here tends to be different for different cultivars in different seasons. I think the early bloomers do tend to adjust to a bit later bloomtime after being zapped by late freezes a couple of times, but late season bloomers never seem to move to an earlier schedule and usually get fried in the bud. Also, adaptive plant growth isn't necessarily the same thing as getting good bloom. What I call the old 'homestead' iris that was growing on the property when we moved here is very well adapted for plant growth, but its genetic bloom time is geared too early and tends to get frozen out about 3 out 4 years. It tries to bloom, but tends to jump the gun. For pla! nts here, there are a lot they can try to adjust for only to not see the pattern repeated for 7-8 years. I wonder sometimes if those that might survive a few decades would build enough memory to survive as plants, regardless of bloom.

Donald Eaves

--- In iris-photos@yahoogroups.com, Cordesview <cordesview@...> wrote:
> OH yes,, it *should* be!!
> Glad you noticed. I was thinking of mentioning that as I came in
> from taking the pictures, but somewhere between supper and a fast
> download, it got lost. (and I thought I was too young for that ...)
> Normal temps for us should be in the low 20's fahrenheit, and today
> it was FORTY degree. As it was yesterday, and the day before, and
> will probably be tomorrow!
> Crazy. Just Crazy.
> Adam~
> Adam Cordes
> President - Mio Irisarians
> www.mioiris.org
> Region 6
> Zone 4 (and a half . . .J)
> Like us on Facebook! ~ 'Mio Irisarians' ~
> On Jan 10, 2012, at 7:45 PM, d7432da wrote:
> Uh, Adam? Shouldn't all that be under snow in your location at this
> time of year? That looks like some of my iris!
> Donald Eaves

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