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December 1 surprise

Windsor, CA(Zone 9b)

Despite that I have been working on clearing the Iris and other front and back yard plants for weeks I never noticed this Bearded Iris until this afternoon. How do they hide in plain sight? I hope that it opens. Xuling

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Hannibal, NY(Zone 6a)

Sneaky little sucker, eh? Please post a pic when it opens. We've got snow here, and I would love to see an iris in bloom.

Windsor, CA(Zone 9b)

okie dokie :)

Crossville, TN

A lady on FreeCycle gave me some Bearded Iris today....I look forward to having them bloom next spring. Jo

Hannibal, NY(Zone 6a)

How exciting!

Lyndon, IL(Zone 5a)

I sure envy you people in those warm 8 & 9 zones this time of year!! 5 months of waiting in store for me till the next Iris bloom......Arlyn

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

I hear ya Arlyn.

Deep Run, NC(Zone 7b)

This has been a really good fall and early winter for rebloom in my area. Lo Ho Silver has multiplied and just continues to bloom right into December and is full of buds now. Golden Immortal (not sure of ID) is shown from bloom last January!!! It's in multiple bud now for another winter showing. Sorry for guality of this photo but I'll try to get a new one this time around. bob

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Windsor, CA(Zone 9b)

Here is a current photo of the BI. Look carefully at the short stalk on the right side and another flower is attempting to open. Xuling

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Hannibal, NY(Zone 6a)

Looks like it's going to be a dark one. I love the dark colored ones. Your irises look so nice and healthy, with the leaves all nice and without any disease, and no weeds. I have to say you do a really good job with them!

Bob, that lo Ho Silver is know to be a good rebloomer, where it's happy. Good job there, too.

Windsor, CA(Zone 9b)

ever so slowly it is opening (kind of opening). However it is going to be 28-29 degrees here tonight so that may end it. xuling

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Hannibal, NY(Zone 6a)

Arrgh, in suspense, what happened?

Windsor, CA(Zone 9b)

It survived fine. And a third bud started opening a tiny bit. Will tryto post pics later. Xuling

Windsor, CA(Zone 9b)

Here is the current picture as of 12.22.2012. The flowers are growing and trying to burst out despite the cold and rain.
Xuling

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Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

Wahoo. I watched Twiggi rebloom the same way.I couldnt believe it.Frost and snow and finally there it was on a milder day.

Lyndon, IL(Zone 5a)

If the temps are right, it may happen on Christmas, that would be neat!...Arlyn

Hannibal, NY(Zone 6a)

It's going to be so pretty! Looks like almost a navy blue. Has it bloomed for you before?

Windsor, CA(Zone 9b)

Yes, it has bloomed before, several years. but I have had to separate so many Bearded Iris and replant, and name tags get lost so I don't know what the name is. But here are two current pics. PS one large bed of the BI is smoothered with spots and isnt growing well. With all the rain I hate to spray them now, but I might be forced to. Xuling

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Hannibal, NY(Zone 6a)

Who cares about the name, it's going to be gorgeous. Can't wait to see if it opens tomorrow. Maybe cut a stalk and put in water inside if it's going to be cold?

I was hoping my amaryllis would open, but they're not. But an iris for Christmas. Wow!

Lyndon, IL(Zone 5a)

Yes, that would be one for the book, alright! And I'll bet you're right Polly. A cut stalk, indoors in a vase, with a bud that far along should open fast....Arlyn

Windsor, CA(Zone 9b)

I don't pick flowers unless the stems break or bend from the weight. I enjoy them just where they live. Xuling

Windsor, CA(Zone 9b)

Here are photos from today. The more closed one is the top flower while the first down the stalk is more open.
xulling

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Windsor, CA(Zone 9b)

Hola, two pics from today. The bee and the other winged creature (can you see it?) showed up as I took some photos. Then another shot without them. Xuling

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Orlando, FL(Zone 9b)

i loved reading through this thread, so exciting, good thing i looked on this forum! i miss bearded irises.

Crossville, TN

What a beautiful picture!!! Jo

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

Hard to believe that somewhere a flower not only grows but blossoms. Thanks so much.

Hannibal, NY(Zone 6a)

Phew, I was sitting on the edge of my chair. It's a beautiful iris, and it looks diamond dusted. So glad it bloomed, almost a New Years Eve iris. Amazing!

Windsor, CA(Zone 9b)

And here is today's image. There are several more buds working on opening, but they won't be in time for 01.01.2013 Xuling

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Windsor, CA(Zone 9b)

Sorry for the delay, but here it is New Year's Day. And it has been into the 28 degree temp. for 3 nights now and is doing well, but aging quickly. Xuling

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Windsor, CA(Zone 9b)

The first pic shows a baby trying to grow right out of the base of the blooming flower. I do not remember ever seeing anything like this before. Is this normal? And the second pic is another with the same or another bee back gathering pollen. I watched it as long as it stayed with the flower. Xuling

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Windsor, CA(Zone 9b)

Before I took this pic I picked off two dead bloomed flowers. I just can't imagine what is going through the BI's mind to be doing this in December and January. And another BI is trying, but I don't think will make it. Supposed to have temps of 30 tonight and 27, 27, 27, and 30 before it starts to warm up to 34. Every thing is covered up. Xuling

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Lyndon, IL(Zone 5a)

Don't question Mother Nature's reasoning, just enjoy!...Arlyn

Windsor, CA(Zone 9b)

You are correct about that one Arlyn. Here are two shots from yesterday.

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Windsor, CA(Zone 9b)

The cold got to the right stalk which has 4 flowers buds opening to some degree. But it is bent over and soft. Of course I threw 4 sheets of cold protection over them so they would bend due to the weight!! Here is the top flower on the left stalk. It has been opening up under the cold protectors. Xuling. You can see one of the drooping flowers of the right stalk in the middle of the right side of the photo.

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South Hamilton, MA

Do you know the name of the iris?

Windsor, CA(Zone 9b)

It might be 'His Royal Highness'. Otherwise I do not know. With all the years of digging up clumps and separating and giving them away and replanting and then stepping on plastic names tags I do not know the names of most of them. My C/S are well organized (pretty well) but not the BI and I no longer even care about their names since I will never ever be able to sort them out. But boy do I enjoy them when the blooming starts!! Xuling

Lyndon, IL(Zone 5a)

It's a pretty one, whatever it's name!..Arlyn

Oviedo, FL(Zone 9b)

One of the things I love best about iris is that one day you have just leaves and the next, all kinds of buds!
Martha

Stamford, CT(Zone 6b)

And sometimes you have leaves and no buds until next year! I still love them.
Marcia

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