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My iris are extremely EARLY!!! Wow! There will be nothing left when it it show time! This is when I usually weed, but can't because of the bloom stalks! We bought another 5 lots in town and have 250 growing there this year. I think we'll open it to the public next year, after everything is established. Hope you all made it throught the winter! Happy Tuesday BIF's!!! Kisses from Kansas!
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My first to bloom was TB 'Matriarch' and then SDB 'Crystal Ship'
I don't even want to hear that dirty word (weed). Where I was not here last fall I didn't get all of my beds cleaned out. Now everything is growing all over and the irises are blooming. Cold windy days...well a lot of days are warm but the WCFactor makes it feel freezing! I have been pulling and digging as best as I can without getting so close that I might break the stalks.
For some reason, my camera makes this iris look much lighter than it appears when I look at it in the garden. I tried a new photo this morning, but it still comes off lighter than it appears in the garden.
IrisMA - The copper color iris is in an area I planted with divisions I received from a local gardener who offered them when she re-worked her beds. I wrote down the names of everything she said she gave me, but none match the description of this iris. I've sent her a note, to see if she recognizes it, but no response so far.
Happy Sunday BIF's!!! Spent week-end digging a few iris and potting cannas. Most iris are still blooming, but others are preparing to move to new garden!! LOL Really getting some gorgeous first time blooms, along with some obvious mistakes! Kisses from Kansas!
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Happy Tuesday BIF's!! My back hurts, and I grow weary!! LOL Trying to move some iris that are overstepping their boundries!! The flowers are beautiful and I wish more iris nuts lived closer ! Kisses from Kansas!
That's good to hear, Max! I've never known the name - this iris was in a bag of rhizomes handed to me by a guest at dinner in the fall of 2009. He had just cleared out his parents' garden and knew I like iris, so he brought me samples. Of course, nothing was marked and he had no idea of color or name. I assumed they were all heirloom, NoIDs. I just measured - the bloom is 22" tall.
Nickysiris, your yellow iris posted along with astrobubbles sure looks like Skyhooks to me. I don't know how to do the link thing but, Skyhooks is in plant files if you want to check it out. Nonetheless, it is beautiful...whatever it is.
I think you are right about the Sky Hooks. I also have Honey Scoop that is close in color, but has scoops. Happy Monday BIF's!! We are having a wet Monday. I should be out pulling weeds, but it is drizzling. I'm hoping it drys up a little bit this afternoon. KISSES FROM KANSAS!
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Happy Sunday BIF's!!! We bought some land last year to extend my iris and to plant a garden. It came with fruit trees, and the cherries are ripe!! I've never put up cherries before, so wish me luck!!
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Last year I saw a website album with iris and allium and nepetas and veronicas planted together. Thats when I started taking iris more seriously.
A year to wait for this bloom is quite a feat for an impatient person like myself.
My Immortality is the tallest I have ever seen. I am going to try and remember to take my yardstick out to measure it. Only buds, at this point, but thre anticipation of what is to come is pleasurable, too. I am enjoying all your beautiful pictures.
LeawoodGardnener You are correct but it is spelled Tanzanian Tangerine. I also have it and love it.
Most of my irises are blooming and I am doing crosses like crazy. Got quite a few pod growing already. My seedling from crosses in 2009 are beginning to bloom. I am thrilled.
Below is the seedling from my cross Raspberry Blush x Little Chestnut, both are dwarf bearded. It is its first bloom with 4 that followe. It is is 12" high with a 3" flower. Will be interesting to see what it will look like blooming next season. I have other seedlings that bloomed last year and this year they are much improved.
Another early riser. Immortality is very robust and quite tall. How tall is yours? Mine average 44" to 48". No fragrance. Iris pallida is blooming in the same bed and smell like grape. Enya's noid smells fruity.
I also have a very tall, robust white iris noid and I thought it might be Immortality, but someone said that Immortality is not that tall. Do you have a pic of your white? I'll try to find a pic of mine.
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Happy Saturday BIF's!! The garden is about to do me in!! I've been digging orders , picking green beans, making jelly and waiting for the tomatoes!! YUM! I have a table full of iris that have been dipped and a driveway full of iris to pot, so they will make the move to the other garden more sucessfully. I had intended to put a sale up on Dave's , but haven't done so yet. Kisses from Kansas!
I am on overload. Yesterday DH took me to a You Dig (Borglum's) iris sale for our 49th anniversary. I tried not to even look at the TB iris, as I was on a mission to replace some of my stolen Siberians. I had a wonderful time.
The sad thing is that I have made an agreement with the WKBG to donate my iris collection to them for the botanical garden. I had them all dug and potted and all the tags engraved, as my son was going to deliver them after packing up our machine shop. Unfortunately he couldn't fit them in so I had to replant everything back into the ground. ( A perfect example of no good deed goes unpunished). I'm not digging again until I know there is room on the flatbed. He's coming this summer to take more of the machine shop. We'll see.
Happy Friday BIF's!!! Getting ready for an iris meeting, covered dish!! Still digging and potting!! Did I ever tell you, iris are alot of work! LOL We have had onions stolen from our vegetable garden, very irritating! I consider star of Bethleham a weed, if anyone wants bulbs, contact me.
Kisses from Kansas!
Two pics of new blooms today. Sadly the markers are missing but worth a look. The one I will call Chocoalate is just stunning...almost good enought to eat. The second one is so golden yellow and tall. I hate it when the tags get lost.
There are midleaves but no bump yet. I had another TBI that put up a bud half way and it rotted befor it bloomed.
That is such a great color on Samurai Warrior. I hope its teriffic with Penstemon mystica.
Thanks for compliments. Yes, Play With Fire has that glow in the center of the falls. I bought it from Napa Iris in 2010 and this is the first season it bloomed. However, it is outdoing itself. When it didn't bloom it was concentrating on producing 3 blooming stems. I am using it in my hybridization program.
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Happy Thursday BIF's!! Still digging for club sale this Saturday, and a few orders! Club meeting in Joplin Sunday! I was going to share a picture of Elvis Dreamer, but apparently didn't take one!! bummer Everyone have a great week-end if I don't talk to you sooner.
Happy Tuesday BIF's!! We have been picking tomatoes!! YUM! The iris sale was successful and went to the meeting in Joplin!! Still potting iris and digging orders! Everyone have a great week!
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Love Burseen's names!! Happy Sunday BIF's!! It is 92 degrees and I'm playing computer games!! It is too darned hot! Kisses from Kansas. I need to write up a design for my Dykes flower bed at the new garden! I won the region 18 contest and will get a free room at the fall convention!! Whoopie!
Greeting from Kansas!! We are heating up!! 93 already and we are supposed to have several days over 100! I'm still potting iris getting them ready to move to the other garden. Hope you are all keeping cool!
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Happy Sunday BIF's!! Went to Tulsa Iris Society sale yesterday. Bought 9 iris. Four older DM winners for my Dykes bed. Well sounds like more potting this afternoon. Wish me luck in not burning up. Next year I will need to invite anyone close enough to come see our iris garden.
I heard a strange thing that last day or so. A nursery owner was going through my garden and noted the huge fans of bearded iris. Not too many, only three or four. She said she had heard that they will only bloom once here, then not again. I find that strange to understand. Granted they usually don't grow here so just having them is unusual, but why they would only bloom one year doesn't make sense. Mine had tall beautiful blooms and plants last year in one bed, tall healthy plants but no blooms in the nextbed. Neither had bloomed the year before. This year, no blooms. But the beds don't make it out from under snow (especially last year) very early. I am wondering if that is the issue. If they can't bloom in their usual time frame, then they won't bloom at all. Ideas? Maybe I will ask Schreiners.
Mary, the reason for that is that the irises set their flower buds at the end of summer. So you might get an iris from a grower that has already set it's flower buds, and will bloom the year after you have planted it, but then due to your conditions won't bloom again.
I have this happen with siberians I sell. They set their flower buds here, and then someone in Florida grows them and they bloom the first year, and then never again as it's too hot for them to set buds. I've been doing an experiment with some people on that, and it does seem to be the case.
Zone 5b, you should be able to grow irises, even with the extended snow cover. We normally don't lose our snow here until early April.
Regular iris grow fine, even JI, but bearded tend to rot. I sent a note to Schrieners and they said that the bearded need a 6-10-10 type fertilizer before blooming and about a month after. Maybe the plant doesn't have enough 'poop' to form buds without the additional fertilizer. Going to give it a try this year. The plants are so healthy and large it is really disappointing that they won't bloom. If that is the case I will have to trade them away.
What I said previously is not the case then. If JIs grow well, then it's not too cold for bearded.
What kind of fertilizer are you giving them now? Sounds like it might be a little high in nitrogen, which will produce great foliage, but no blooms. I would suggest trying 'Bloom Booster fertilzer. IrisMA probably will be better able to answer this.
My problem is, I think, that I wasn't fertilizing at all. I just put a liquid fertilizer of 2-5-5 on them. NPK, so nitrogeon is fairly low.
I am not sure if wet is the problem. I have tried not covering the corms, lightly covering, using hay, using leaves. Uncovering as soon as I can get to them. Not uncovering til they completely are snow free. I believe that letting them somewhat do their own thing is the best, although a little dirt (maybe half inch) might help. but I wonder if I uncover them too soon they are then subject to cold and wet which rots them. If they are covered for a while longer as the snow melts, then they may stay frozen longer and not subject to rot. We will see what happens this year. And I will certainly fertilize them next spring with a light N fertilizer.
Yup, I sure do. the first year 90% rotted. Second year was the hay, third year was a little dirt, fourth year nothing. A little dirt yields the best results as long as it is removed fairly soon into spring. Like when it defrosts enough to remove it. And I have found that the ones on a flat garden are almost better than the slight grade of a hill.
Happy Monday BIF's!!! We usually get aroung 4 days a summer that are 100 or above. We have already had 20 days!!! This heat dome thing can go farther south or just disappear!!! My poor husbands garden is failing fast!! I've received orders from Blue-J, and Suttons. Tom Burseen sent me notice that his will ship in a couple of weeks. I've got them all sitting in the living room under the air conditioner. All the iris I've potted to move are still in the drive-way, it is just too hot to set them out. I need to order more pots for the new ones. I had planned to reuse the pots in the driveway. Well, those of us that live in the mid-west need to pray for rain and cooler days! Can't wait to have you visit the garden next year! Kisses from Kansas
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[quote="irisMA"]Good for you. Are you crossing to red or adding yellow or pink to keep the red showing.[/quote]
Was checking here and saw your question. Now I have a question.
I am soon to decide which irises to cross. I am drawn to contrast, or for instance a blue self x Batik. I have read--to refer to your question---that crossing certain colors can predict a color. You have seen my seedlings from my crosses which I would think unproves that theory. Doesn't the blooms on a cross depend on the genetic material in a sort of "what you see is what you get" in color.
Wow! DH & I agree that cross#1 can bring 'messy' looking flowers. We like your other parents for bc. Tiger Honey is a good grower here. Good that you used Mesmerizer as the pollen parent because it can be tender. I don't know much about appendeges, but having them both sides can get you some (I think), but not all seedlinngs. We will wait to see seedling pictures in a couple yrs. Do you know which pod parents give early bloom?
After having had breakfast i will return to my thinking on your corsses. First 'thank you for doing them". I can't think of TB crosses in a cold weather area at present, although I think that someone in Maine is starting. We have lost some of our 'cold weather' people through retirement. Chuck Chapman in Canada works for cold weather hardiness, but his climate is still different than yours.
Secondly I have never worked with broken color as there are fewer of them in medians. So I am assuming that they would work like the ususal plicatas. So bc crossed with bc should produce them. I think your last cross with the red flower (Red At Night) would produce carriers unless there is plicata behind it. There may be, we once went back 14 generations on one side to find plicata on one side of a cross. Recessives can be carried a long way. Keep up the good work & we may see some cold weather hardy beauties in a couple of yrs.
thank you for taking the time to explain. I have had Mezmerizer for 3 years from Schreiner. It bloomed last summer, but it seems to bloom every other summer. I have pollen in my freezer incase it won't bloom this year. Actually, I have lots of pollen from both irises and daylilies of the early flowering in my freezer.
Holy Cow you went back 14 generatons. Where did you find the information?
What is the difference if the same crosses that I have done here in WY and someone does the same---for example---in N. Carolina (or other warm climate) regarding hardiness. Isn't hardiness genetic? I have noticed that not all irises are hardy to the same degree.
I have lots of irises that bloom between June 1st and 10th. And 9 that blooms in May.
1] Hot Topic---May 23
2] Lace legacy---May 30
3] Merlot---May 26
4] Raspberry Blush--dwarf May 30
5] Tingle---dwarf, May 15
Also have some that blooms past mid-June.
This year I don't want to dab pollen here and there so will have a plan.
As you know you could repeat the crosses yourself with different results. People in other climates may not do the same crosses as they have different plants blooming. the fact that they have survived in your climate shows they are hardy, but someone in NC may not use the same plants. Your are right that they same cross in any climate would be hardy. Are these plants fragrant? We still need 'cold weather people' to have a greater hardy list.
We have the AIS registration books back to 1929 (although that information was repeated in the 1939 checklist. ( I gave up at generation 10 & went to bed & DH finished it for me). The information is now on the electronic registration if you have access. We are not e-members so do not & have to depend on the checklist. Since I was checking on a median, it went past the TB X pumila cross in the 1950s.
We all will be interested in seeing your results in a few years.
This is for others reading the posts: blomma is crossing like to like to get what she wants. Broken color is the function of an erratic plicata gene. Isn't it fun to watch?
You reminded me that I hadn't renewed my surbscription to AIS. Could have sworn I did but my name didn't come up in a seach for region 11. Nor did I receive the magazine they send in January. The website changed in the last year, or so. Need to rejoin so I can get a password. If you join online you don't get the magazine since it can be seen online and downloaded. I want the magazine so will send a check.
I was able to download some very early check lists a few years ago I have '59, '69, '79, '89. But they really need to edited for they are hard to read.
I know I can repeat crosses with different results. I have also reversed crossing so that the pod parent became the pollen parent. I have read that the pollen parent determines the flower/color and the pod parent determines the vegetative structure---height, growth, # of branches, etc. How much truth is in that?
I got an Arilbred from my son in Nebraska named Rosemohr (Lewis 1949). It took awhile for it to bloom and could then id it. Blooms great with many buds, about 24" high. Below is the photos. I purchased from Schreiner Gracchus (Ware 1884) and Pallida variegata. Both diploids. Gracchus did produce a small pod with 2 tiny seeds but I dropped them and could not find them due to size. Grrr! At least I know it is fertile.
Who can Rosemohr be crossed with. Some of these historic irises must have some interesting genes. I wonder if pallidas leaves can develop on seedlings with the right cross. I will try to cross Gracchus and Pallida this summer since both are diploids.
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Certainly the pod parent gets credit for plant structure.
I don't know your arilbred--depends if it is OG or OG- the latter not too fertile. Or is it a regealia instead? Would have to look up more information. the real toughie checklist is the 1949 one. The 2009 one is a dictionary, more people hybridizing, I guess.
I have never worked with fragrance. I think if you have it in both parents, there will be a larger % of seedlings with it.
I know nothing about the flatties. Same to same if they are fertile like anything else has a greater chance of success. Some people start out with those by having some plants with the extra flower parts (a fault in this garden) & try to have every flower produce the same. check your flatties for pollen 7 see what happens.