Japanese Irises have started to bloom.

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Japanese irises are one of my favorites and the show has begun despite all of our rain. I did manage to get these photos in the rain. My strange little pseudocarus cross looks better this year than last, so I'm glad I didn't compost it after all.
Please feel free to add your photos as your Japanese irises bloom.

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Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

On June 15th at 6:15 am I took some pictures, definately not Pink Lady Might be Fortune. I've renamed to 'Misfortune"

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(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

Are yours planted in a bog? If not, what sort of soil and light?

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

I have them planted all over the place, some like the purple in the first picture are next to a pond. Some are in the wettest spot in the yard (annex) I usually plant the extras there. Some are at the lake front and some line my pathway to the pond. Our property is divided by a road, the house is on the lake side and our garage sits across the street. Because of the pond it is entirely fenced. The entrance to the garden is through a Japanese style doorway. Our soil is clay, which I have been ammending for 50+ years. They are all in full sun. I mulch and fertilize and water when it's dry. Because of the pond and the lake I do not use chemicals that are dangerous.

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South Hamilton, MA

Are those a species siberian?

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Yes, probably the wrong picture as I was trying to show the entrance to the garden, not a picture of siberians. Harpswell Haze? and maybe another older Currier McEwen.

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South Hamilton, MA

nice!

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Newest bloomers
1. noid very prolific and
2. beautiful in a clump
3. Pink Frost
4. noid from Boojum
5. noid Darling

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Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Sakurajishi, I really favor the pinks. and how about this plumeria? I took the picture in Cocoa Beach at the River Lakes condo where we meet for our service quilting.

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Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

This morning Henry's White and Anytus both opened but I had to destroy the Anytus blossom to remove the tiny worm that would have burrowed down into the rest of the buds. I thought I'd solved this problem, but it looks like the Neem oil will have to be used again this year. Pink Frost clump shot, white garden shot and Greywoods Persian Dusk.

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South Hamilton, MA

Tiny worm is probably the orchacheata fly.

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Yes, that's it.

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Anytus, Hegira. I have been laying down newspaper as a weed barrier, to help keep new weeds from growing. I bought Preen but it shouldn't be used near ponds. Bummer.

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South Hamilton, MA

DH refuses to use Preen. However most of our current problems come from grass, so would not be of use anyway.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

waited a week for thee to open

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(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

Why no preen and WHAT is the name of those gorgeous iris?

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Japanese Iris Chio no Haru
Just takes my breath away.

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

I think it is the most elegant I have seen thus far.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

I dont seem to be able to locate it by google so the spelling is probably wrong. I think its an Ensata but not in their present catalog.

Hannibal, NY(Zone 6a)

Chiyo-no-Haru :) Means Eternal Spring.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Thanks Polly. Figures it was a spelling problem.

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

I actually found it by googling. It corrected my spelling. Not too many places have it for sale.

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Glad you made a connection.

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Beautiful! Today Frilled Enchantment opened. First Act was the earliest after the yellow flag. Well, it has more buds and will be blooming again, or still?

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(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

I think I will wait to see if I can keep the Japanese iris alive that a DG'r sent me. Then think about investing in them. I am thrilled to death that after several years trying bearded iris that I have a few that have come back for two years. Ain't moving them for love nor money!!

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

I'm on the same page. Most of my plant success is ure luck.

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

I'm charging my camera as there wasn't enough oomph left to give me time to focus. Nice show today.

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

A lot of my pictures aren't good and some are good enough that i have spotted little visitors that I missed when I was taking the pictures. Frilled Enchantment. A big thank you to Kathy Jo for trading with me.

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Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Number 2 has the fly in the picture above. Cry of Rejoice

For some reason my pictures are getting an error message that they must be in GIF or JPG, which they are, so must be a problem at DG's end. I'll try again.

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Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Another try 1 Ebb & Flow, 2 Lasting Pleasure, 3 L P again, 4 Diomedes, a terrible picture, still more buds to open so I'll try again.

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Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

1, 2, 3, Frosted Intrigue You may have noticed my tags. Jack gave me the old Green engraving machine when he took early retirement when they (GE) sold his dept to Lockheed Martin/ Martin Marietta) and he bought the machine shop. I have who the plant came from and the year on the smaller tag, and the Name (to the best of my ability) on the other one. The tags are plastic and attached to the wire stake with stainless steel wire. I have a bending jig to bend the "eye" loop into the wire. I no longer have the strength to cut the wire ( in a shear) so we have given the machine shop and all the accompanying extra stuff to our son Rob in KY. I have kept the engraving machine for the time being. It is obsolete in this age of computerized everything, but I just love it. AND the squirrels can't pull the tags out of the ground.
4 Walk Right In
5 Angel Mtn.

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Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Walk Right In, 1, & 2. The color is better on these but not as good as in person.
3, & 4. Cry of Rejoice, we got just a sprinkling of early morning rain, but look how lovely and fresh it made the blossoms.

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Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Royal Game 1, 2, & 3

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Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Diomedes

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Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Todays beautiful blooms 1&2 Sakurajishi 3&4 Hegira

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Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

1 & 2 Jocasta 3 What happens when you drag the hose around tall flowering irises, Angel Mountain

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Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

Angel Mtn taken this morning around 7 am The color is much truer in the previous post with it in the vase.

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Akron, OH(Zone 5a)

It was wonderful iris season and I been buzy snapping pics. I'd like to share some of them because they show my very first ensata blooms and very special to me. The plants are 2 y.o. and are grown from seed by me. It's been an interesting journey and I got my rewards!

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Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

beautiful

Cocoa Beach, FL(Zone 10a)

I absolutely love the first one pictured. It reminds me of Caprician Butterfly. Is it the first bloom of the seedling and did they all come from the same pod?

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