I want to come and eat with your Iris Society. Your dinner
sounds wonderful. Was it a pot-luck or ?? We will have our annual
San Fernando Valley Iris Society Holiday potluck the first week in
December. Turkey and everything people make for the evening. I think
that iris people are wonderful cooks!
I think that you may be able
to water in the morning because you have higher humidity than we do. We
are usually below 20-25%. We also have our hot weather with humidity under
15% (one of the reasons we have such fire danger). We can get up to 105
for a week at a time any time from May until October, with the low
humidity. If we get rain it is usually between November and March.
This year was very strange as we actually had some rain in April and,
unbelievably, in October. Our annual rainfall is usually between 13 and 15
inches. And we have watering restrictions - before 9 and after 4 - three
days a week. When we water in the evening the soil stays wet for the night
and the plants can take in the water. Watering in the morning means that
the soil will be dried out quickly.
We can reach 80 degrees sometime
every day during a mild December and most of them are fairly mild. Our
cold weather, low 40s in the daytime, occasionally down to 32 at night (I
might get 2 nights a year) - more likely high 40s to mid 50s in the day time,
usually comes in January and February. But it can be in the 70s and 80s
anytime, even in those months.
Of course our weather means that
nothing hibernates here. I had my car towed to the shop this morning
because, for the second time in two weeks!, the ground squirrels had eaten the
spark plug and other wires. ANYONE with methods to stop them from eating
the wires - suggestions welcome!
I planted my 'spring' bulbs about 3-4
weeks ago when I planted my last iris. We were having one of those unusual
rainy days - we got 1/2". Then last week we were in the high 90s for 4
days. I have a flower on one narcissus today and the buds on about many
others will be out any day. I must have planted late this year as last
year they were in bloom for Halloween. Different kinds will bloom each
month from now until about March. Photos taken a few minutes ago
Jan in Chatsworth