Marge, I live just east of Houston, TX. As I mentioned, I do have two
irises that grow and bloom here. I also have other iris plants that I
believe are TB but although they grow they haven't bloomed as yet and
I have had them for several years. Maybe I am like your "south of the
border" friends whose irises don't do well. I don't think it has to
do with my soil as I grow anything in the Amaryllis family, daylilies
and other common flowering plants. It does get hot here. Today it is
near 100 and we desperately need rain.
I look at the pictures you and other growers show and I just about die
wishing I could grow them. Thanks for your reply.
On Sat, Jul 18, 2009 at 1:50 AM, Margie Valenzuela<IrisLady@comcast.net> wrote:
> 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.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Beverly Robinson
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Sent: Friday, July 17, 2009 3:53 PM
> Subject: Re: [iris-photos] TB Photo: GUATEMALA
> Hi Margie: What ag. zone are you in? I would love to grow "regular"
> irises but my zone (9) seems to preclude anything but Spurias, Dietes,
> Ungulacaris, etc. I do have a yellow iris, TB, that blooms very early
> here and a purple that blooms a little later. The pictures many
> publish just make me drool but I know I cannot grow them. Thanks
> Beverly A.
> On Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 12:48 AM, Margie Valenzuela<IrisLady@comcast.net>
>> This is GUATEMALA................A 2005 Tom Johnson Introduction. Unusual.
>> It is listed as an early bloomer, but it blooms mid-season for me. It
>> be that it just seems to be a midseason bloomer to me, because I'm working
>> 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
>> warm southern states can experience a longer bloom season. The biggest
>> drawback 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
>> Treks or AIS Conventions are in full swing. So <alas> they are rarely seen
>> by the public.
>> ~ Margie V.
>> Oro Valley, AZ.
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