Irises forum: Sometimes weirdness happens

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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Jun 8, 2014 1:07 AM CST
My first re-bloom on this Iris (second season in the ground). I bought it as 'Bewilderbeast', and in spite of the Chernobyl effect on the standards and beards, I'm not so sure of the name now. The spring bloom measured 21" tall. This stalk is measuring 36", and there's only a small hint of yellow. So too tall, and not enough yellow, and re-blooms...

I'm wondering if it's just some of the fallout from a weird weather year, or if this is something besides 'Bewilderbeast'? Any thoughts??

The first picture was taken yesterday, the second 2 months ago.
Thumb of 2014-06-08/Henhouse/41af1f Thumb of 2014-06-08/Henhouse/38edfb

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Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jun 8, 2014 4:40 AM CST
Sherry, I have many reliable plants throwing off strangeness this year. After looking at the ATP database and on the web, my opinion is that is Bewilderbeast having an odd season. Just my opinion. Smiling
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Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
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Hemlady
Jun 8, 2014 4:46 AM CST
Very strange indeed.
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Jun 8, 2014 5:54 AM CST
With the "broken color" iris, every bloom will be marked differently ,but should be 'similar", I would think. As to the re-bloom, it could be still settling in, or, maybe it is weather -related. I'll do some looking later, and see if there have been any re-bloom reports for this iris...Arlyn
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Jun 8, 2014 7:20 AM CST
If Bewilderbeast bloomed reliably like the first picture, I would have one in my garden. That is spectacular!!
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Jun 8, 2014 7:49 AM CST
I can find no record of reported re bloom, which, in itself doesn't really mean too much!...may do it , and was just never reported, for example, or, it may be like Beverly Sills, or Tiger Honey, and DOES rebloom..sometimes, some places under ideal conditions! As to color, the first pic is very like most of the pictures on the AIS wiki, so I would say that pic #1, IS typical, and pic #2is the "abnormal" example, which may be expected for "maiden bloom", as lots of "first blooms", on newly planted iris ,are apt to be odd, in some way....Arlyn
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jun 8, 2014 8:17 AM CST
I definitely think it is Bewilderbeast, whose broken color pattern varies greatly from plant to plant (compare the database photos to see what I mean). And other than being weather stressed, the first one looks a lot like mine does on occasion.
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Jun 8, 2014 9:28 AM CST
Sherry -- can you take a side shot of yours? And share it here? Smiling
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Frillylily
Jun 8, 2014 10:45 AM CST
I have Ziggy, and it's blooms vary alot. Some of them are nearly solid "normal" color. The one next to it may be very striped. They are no two alike at all.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Jun 8, 2014 10:55 AM CST
I'm going to see what the other blooms on the stalk do. I doubt that they will all be wonky. This did bloom last year, so it's not it's maiden bloom, but the first time it re-bloomed.
What got me wondering, was the description as having a "sunshine yellow" shoulders, the height, and the beard as being golden brown.
This whacky flower has faded today, so I'll post a picture of the next one down the line.
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jun 9, 2014 7:14 AM CST
Mine does have more yellow on the shoulders (not sure how sunshiney it is), but my beards have always been more gold than golden brown. I would definitely not judge by the wonky bloom though.
Just as an FYI: I had an iris that produced a perfectly fine bloom, then a wonky one, but then the rest of the blooms were again normal. I think the wonky one had gotten a bit of frost damage.
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