Hi Beverly, I'm in zone 9 also, specifically 9a. I
really haven't had much trouble growing tall bearded irises here. The
summers are tough on the irises here, but otherwise they do very
well. There are many Arizona (zone 9) iris growers. What state/country are
you in? I've heard just south of our border (like in Mexico - an hours
drive away) tall beardeds are hard to grow. A few will, but not many. I'm
not sure why.
In your situation - I wonder if it's the PH of your
soil?? Possibly a soil test would be a good idea.
~ Margie V.
Oro Valley, AZ.
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Sent: Friday, July 17, 2009 3:53 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] TB Photo:
Hi Margie: What ag. zone are you in? I would love to grow
irises but my zone (9) seems to preclude anything but Spurias,
Ungulacaris, etc. I do have a yellow iris, TB, that blooms very
here and a purple that blooms a little later. The pictures
publish just make me drool but I know I cannot grow them.
On Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 12:48 AM, Margie
> This is GUATEMALA................A
2005 Tom Johnson Introduction. Unusual.
> It is listed
as an early bloomer, but it blooms mid-season for me. It could
be that it just seems to be a midseason bloomer to me, because I'm
> with quite a few V VE, VE to E varieties in my crosses.
Our weather is
> usually warm enough to have irises bloom in late
February, or early March,
> but there are just not many of those V
VE irises that exist. Part of my
> hybridizing efforts is to create more
of these irises so those of us in the
> warm southern states can
experience a longer bloom season. The biggest
for introducing irises that bloom this early in the season is
> many of them are usually long past 'their bloom
season' by the time the Iris
> Treks or AIS Conventions are in full
swing. So <alas> they are rarely seen
> by the
> ~ Margie V.
> Oro Valley, AZ.
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