Irises forum: Iris bloom time

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Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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alilyfan
Apr 13, 2019 6:43 PM CST
I feel like this is a really dumb question I have about the bloom time of individual iris. Seems like generally the SDB iris start blooming first, and often intermediate soon after. On the database when it says that a SDB bloom time is ML, is that mid late for SDB varieties as I assume, or does that take into account tall bearded too.
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
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UndyingLight
Apr 13, 2019 9:44 PM CST
I have had this question too. You're generally right about bloom times based on size. MDBs come intermixed with SDBs (as far as I know), then come IBs and then MTBs while BB and TBs bloom at the same time.

I feel like a M-L or a very early on a SDB iris does not mean very early in the TB bloom season, or very late. Who knows? Hilarious!
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Apr 14, 2019 5:24 AM CST
For the "M" , (or whatever) designation, that means ....'for it's class'. So, an SDB that's "M",would bloom in the middle area of all the SDB's. It IS a bit confusing , or can be! MDB's bloom 1st, then SDB's, followed by the IB's, MTB's usually open with the later IB's , and the BB's, and TB's bloom together. That said, in certain climates / conditions The "blooming order" of the classes *may* not always "follow suit", because some classes don't do as well in some areas.
And those bloom-time designations were put there by the hybridizer, according to what he / she saw in THEIR garden....which may...or may nor...reflect what happens in YOUR garden. All -in -all, it's just a "guide," and not an exact "date".
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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alilyfan
Apr 14, 2019 7:59 AM CST
Thank you for confirming. I had read an article in a local paper that seemed to suggest otherwise, but it was worded rather oddly. Just wanted confirmation, since I have been very wrong before in my assumptions D'Oh!
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Apr 27, 2019 2:38 PM CST
Thank You! Arlyn! Thumbs up
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Falls Church, VA
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tantefrancine
May 11, 2019 11:16 AM CST
May is iris' blooming time:
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
May 11, 2019 4:03 PM CST
They look beautiful Thumbs up
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
May 11, 2019 10:14 PM CST
I agree Just beautiful.
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Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
May 11, 2019 10:16 PM CST
tantefrancine said:May is iris' blooming time:
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Do you know their names? They are very pretty!
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Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
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IrisLilli
May 12, 2019 9:32 AM CST
I agree Very pretty indeed! Hurray!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Falls Church, VA
Irises Region: Mid-Atlantic Garden Art Dragonflies Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator
Bookworm Birds Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hellebores Peonies Roses
tantefrancine
May 13, 2019 11:44 AM CST
THANK YOU ALL for the Thumbs-ups---I was away from my laptop all week-end, and I have a hard time typing on my cell phone--I really appreciate them. Unfortunately I do not know the names. I hope I can find their names, I will look for the markers, buried in the thick Sedum covering my whole yard. I will find out and when I find out, I will post them.
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 7a)
genealogist specializing in French
Irises Region: Utah Hostas Bulbs Heucheras Butterflies
cbunny41
May 24, 2019 4:03 PM CST
The second one looks like Louisa's Song

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