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Mar 19, 2019 9:39 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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A new thread, not just mine, but for the diverse members here on the forum that live in California. Of course, all are welcome to join in and comment.

It's a little early, but some of you have a few blooms already. Can we see them? Mine are still in "dream mode", as I live in the cooler foothills of the Sierra at about 3500'. I am hoping that we do not get snow this April, as we have had in the last several years, as usually it is after a nice spring warmup, then a freeze after the snow.

It had an effect on the irises last year, having had their leaves stuck in place, not knowing what to do. Of course, they stayed that way until I cut them off. It only happened on some irises, and not all of them. Also there was pineappling! The iris leaves became thick and dark green with corrugation, which I had never seen before. Most of you will not have that problem, as usually your temperatures don't swing that violently, well, I hope not anyway.

Alright now, on with the show! Hurray!

Andrea, Barbara, Carl, Daphne, Jan, Marilyn, Richard, Richard2, Sherry, Sue, Rob...? Who did I leave out?
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Mar 20, 2019 3:17 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
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These two dwarfs are blooming now





My big disappointment was when Charismatic put up a stalk over a month ago, and that bloom froze...then another bloom,then another- all found it too cold and rainy to bloom. Sad
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Mar 20, 2019 3:23 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
Jan ~ Does Charismatic usually bloom this early for you? It is such a pretty one. Do you think it will bloom again?

"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Mar 20, 2019 6:11 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
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evelyninthegarden said:Jan ~ Does Charismatic usually bloom this early for you? It is such a pretty one. Do you think it will bloom again?



Evelyn, I can't remember exactly when it bloomed last year - but it wasn't this early. I hope it sends up another bloomstalk. Crossing Fingers!
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Mar 20, 2019 6:50 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
With the weather being so wet and rainy, with just a few sunny days in between, it may be a while before blooms appear, and if they do, they may not be at their best. That's OK!

It is early spring, when the weather is cool and changeable, sometimes all in the same day.

Less than perfect pictures are welcome! I wish I had one to show you!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Mar 20, 2019 7:27 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Milk in my Coffee bloomed yesterday. I did get a bad picture yesterday. A few minutes I went out and the pot was on its side with a flatten bloom.: here's the best picture I was able to get today.
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Mar 20, 2019 8:41 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
Barbara ~ That is beautiful! Lovey dubby

I just got that one last year, so I won't be expecting much from it the first year.
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Mar 20, 2019 8:44 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Thank you Evelyn. I wish the wind didn't knock it over.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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Mar 20, 2019 8:58 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
I would have never known...just beautiful!
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Mar 20, 2019 9:00 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Evelyn, thank you, but I can see the damage. Sighing!
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Mar 20, 2019 11:20 PM CST
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Irises Region: New Mexico Region: Southwest Gardening Region: United States of America
Jan: Love that finish on Plum Wine.

Barbara: Beautiful colors on Milk in my Coffee. I have been thinking about getting it. What are your thoughts about it.
I get bored easy and Irises Don’t Bore Me!!!
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Mar 21, 2019 12:06 AM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Elsa, this is the first bloom I've seen on it. There are so many colors in it, it is unique. If it does well this summer I can send you a rhizome.
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Mar 21, 2019 12:46 AM CST
Russia (Zone 6b)
Irises
I saw the name of the topic and thought at first that we are talking about an iris with a similar name)
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'California Dreamin')
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Mar 21, 2019 1:06 AM CST
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I have two so far, a PCI and a purple unknown that was here when we moved in.
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Mar 21, 2019 2:07 AM CST
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Evelyn, I hope you will have a good nice bloom season with perfect weather. Maybe the late start for your irises is a good thing. It might help minimize frost related problems. Crossing Fingers!

Pretty blooms Jan, Barbara, Serjio and Sue. Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up

Jan, sorry that Charismatic froze for you. Sad . I guess this is the prize that sometimes must be paid for having a prolonged bloom season. Here with a much later and usually more concentrated bloom season, I have so far been fortunate to be spared of that problem.
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Mar 21, 2019 8:39 AM CST
Name: Elsa
Las Cruces, New Mexico (Zone 8a)
Dog Lover Irises Region: New Mexico Region: Southwest Gardening Region: United States of America
Jan: Is that NOID an Intermediate? Could it be Elanor Roosevelt? I had historian NOIDs growing in the house I live in too! That brought back memories of my moms Irises. Ground zero for the virus breakout for me Hilarious!

Barbara: Thank you!!! I would love a piece of Milk in my Coffee. But I never split an Iris until it has grown a few years so please don't compromise it. Next year would be fine too
I get bored easy and Irises Don’t Bore Me!!!
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Mar 21, 2019 9:26 AM CST
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GreenIris said:Jan: Is that NOID an Intermediate? Could it be Elanor Roosevelt? I had historian NOIDs growing in the house I live in too! That brought back memories of my moms Irises. Ground zero for the virus breakout for me Hilarious!


@GreenIris, I was the one that posted the Noid purple iris and you may have just solved it for me! I will put Intermediate Bearded Iris (Iris 'Eleanor Roosevelt') as a tentative ID.
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Mar 21, 2019 11:16 AM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
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Serjio- now I have a California Dreamin' ear worm.! Hilarious!

I meant to ask you - how is your soil where you garden? Your irises are exceptionally beautiful. Do you fertilize?
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Mar 21, 2019 2:38 PM CST

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The purple appears to be CRIMSON KING (I. kochii) a reblooming weed in Calif., especially coastal Calif. The Pacifica, appears to be Roaring Camp.
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Mar 21, 2019 3:42 PM CST
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