Irises forum: Bloom Season 2016

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Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
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coboro
Feb 15, 2016 2:49 PM CST
Here in California it seems like early spring and the irises are waking up. Not much of a cold winter and the last two weeks are like late spring with temperatures flirting with 80 degrees. The rain seems to have quit for a while. I hope it comes back.

Meanwhile, Blackwatch has opened and Trick or Treat is showing color. Hell's Fire has seven bloom stalks. It's one of the early ones, just not usually this early. And two of our Pacific Coast irises are blooming, Big Money and a Ghio seedling.

Looks like it is going to be an early season for us.

I'll post pictures later.
Carl
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Feb 15, 2016 4:16 PM CST
Please do. Lovey dubby
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Feb 15, 2016 4:20 PM CST
I agree
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Feb 16, 2016 12:42 AM CST
I've got color showing on the buds of 'Spring Bliss'.. I missed the first bloom on 'Snow Maiden'.. more buds coming.
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iciris
Feb 16, 2016 2:07 AM CST
I took a quick walk around and everything looks fine but I didn't see any bloom stalks. I might have missed them because it really was a quick look ....
Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
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coboro
Feb 16, 2016 3:53 AM CST
Not much to photograph yet.
Trick or Treat had decided to trick us this year with misformed flowers.
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Black Watch is very short, a problem we have when it stays mostly warm.
We did have some cold this year, but not enough for the medians.
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Hell's Fire has 7 bloom stalks. Several are showing color and look to be fully formed blossoms.
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Two PCI's are already blooming, but short and down in the foliage.
The purple is an Ghio seedling and the yellow is Ghio's Big money.
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Keppel's Easter Candy has two bloomstalks coming up in a pot.
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Carl
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Feb 16, 2016 6:36 AM CST
They are really trying to put on a show especially Hells Fire. I hope my medians ignore the warm, dry winter here and try and bloom.
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
Feb 16, 2016 8:46 AM CST
Carl, I had some last year do that. We had an early Spring so they decided to put up stalks. Then they got hit with cold and snow for a day and it really messed with them.
Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
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coboro
Feb 16, 2016 1:03 PM CST
Yes, that's a problem we usually have to worry about with our rebloomers in the fall. I have resorted to putting paper bags on stalks when it is very cold. But very cold for us is a mild day for many. I'm hoping that they can bloom and we don't get a cold snap.
Carl

Region: California
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UndertheSun
Feb 16, 2016 2:49 PM CST
Living on the Edge, Echo Location, Violet Music and NoID Crimson King are in bloom. October Sky, Bold Move, Double Shot and Cocoa Pink are sending up stalks.
Name: Carl Boro
Milpitas, CA (Zone 10b)
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coboro
Feb 16, 2016 4:55 PM CST
Hell's Fire opened. Tailored form but a reliable performer.
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Carl
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
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Linneaj
Feb 16, 2016 4:57 PM CST
Bonnie, with my stolen label fiasco, it will be interesting to see if I really sent what I thought I sent. I know the lilies are correct. Wait till you see the little red guy! Save some Sunny Joy pollen in the freezer. She comes up first.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Feb 16, 2016 5:26 PM CST
Oooooh, Carl, lookit that color! Lovey dubby
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Feb 16, 2016 7:15 PM CST
Linneaj said:Bonnie, with my stolen label fiasco, it will be interesting to see if I really sent what I thought I sent. I know the lilies are correct. Wait till you see the little red guy! Save some Sunny Joy pollen in the freezer. She comes up first.


No worries, Linnea, I love them all. And it will be a bit of a puzzle if they are not labeled correctly. I am anxious to see the lilies. smiles
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Feb 16, 2016 9:15 PM CST
Open today:
'Concertina'


'Low Ho Silver'


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Name: Liz
Concord, MA (Zone 6a)
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Dachsylady86
Feb 16, 2016 9:26 PM CST
I'm loving those beards on Concertina Lovey dubby
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Feb 17, 2016 11:51 AM CST
Fantastic photos and color on that iris Carl!

I agree with Liz about the beards Sherry.
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
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Henhouse
Feb 18, 2016 12:04 AM CST
That's a really nice color on 'Hell's Fire'. I'm always willing to give up a little on form for a good performer in the garden..
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.

Region: California
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UndertheSun
Feb 18, 2016 1:54 AM CST
Taken yesterday.
Living on the Edge
Echo Location
Thumb of 2016-02-18/UndertheSun/7b9092 Violet Music (I couldn't capture the true color)

Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Feb 18, 2016 7:46 AM CST
29° today. It will be awhile before we see flower of any kind.

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