Well, worrisome in what way? That bunny trail could go in three directions... eh! If I'm worried that they're not going to get a "good" Michigan winter, I'm not. If anything, this could be closer to what most of these varieties think is "normal". :-)
I wonder sometimes if we give plants too much credit for acting like humans, too. I mean, winter is winter, and dormancy is dormancy. So, if a plant can withstand a good hard freeze, then could it stand the freeze for just 2 weeks or 2 or 4 months?
We do this all the time "forcing" bulbs. But do the iris *really* know the difference when it come to winter dormancy?
One thing I really have noticed, is that so many newer varieties of TB's tend to "sink" into the soil like turtle-like submarines over the course of 3 - 5 years. The historics, if they ever do this, would!
still bloom, but newer varieties sometimes never to unless they are "lifted" -- or sometimes I refer to it as "get redeemed!" :-)
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On Jan 11, 2012, at 11:49 AM, d7432da wrote:
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 mo!
ved 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 plants 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.
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> 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 FOR!
TY degree. As it was yesterday, and the day before, and
l probably be tomorrow!
> Crazy. Just Crazy.
> Adam Cordes
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> Region 6
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> 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