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risingcreek
sun city, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 26, 2011
4:39 PM

Post #8717014

this iris bloomed today, months after all the others. is this common? it was not planted this year. i inherited this bed from my cousin and have been trying to document colors to plan for next year. this is the first bloom of the year for this one. my cousin has not planted any iris since spring of 2010. i love having an iris bloom now ! i guess my question is would this be the time of year i could expect a bloom next year and are they many that bloom now? here they bloom in april and may.

it is actually a very pale lilac although it looks white.

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irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

July 26, 2011
7:38 PM

Post #8717352

It could be a reblooming iris. Did it bloom earlier in the yr?
risingcreek
sun city, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 27, 2011
9:26 AM

Post #8718475

not that i am aware of. i went back over all the photos i have taken since april 1st and none look like it. i could have missed it though. do the colors ever fade? like be a brighter lilac in the spring and then a very light lilac now?

irisMA

irisMA
South Hamilton, MA

July 27, 2011
2:04 PM

Post #8719132

Colors can fade as the flower ages, but usually not season to season.

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ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

July 28, 2011
8:16 AM

Post #8720746

good to know
cathy166
Stamford, CT
(Zone 6b)

July 30, 2011
8:19 AM

Post #8725090

Most of my irises bloom in the mid-late spring. They finished blooming by early June, yet every 2-3 weeks I get a surprise iris bloom. Most have been Ensatas, but there is a bud out there ready to open that may be a TBI.

On the other hand, some of my irises have not bloomed at all this year (separate garden), and I don't know if they will. Zone 6 has had the flukiest weather. So glad I'm not a flower shop who has to produce on demand.
risingcreek
sun city, CA
(Zone 9a)

July 30, 2011
8:55 AM

Post #8725170

i love the surprise blooms. wish i had more. i also had a whole area of irises that did not bloom at all (zone 9a) however, i dont know if i planted ones that had already bloomed. i do know i am hooked on irises. mine are all TB.

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