Irises forum: Chimeras! Oddities of Nature

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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
May 17, 2015 12:40 AM CST
Dirt, I never know until the time comes. I work in a movie theater so my schedule is all over the place. We can talk when the time gets closer.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 18, 2015 4:48 PM CST
I am behind in posting everything - even chimeras - Gads!!!

Poor Petal Pushers, if she had only grown 4 standards to go with the rest of the bloom!

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And after bloom upon beautiful bloom, Badlands turned, well, bad:

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"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
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Zencat
May 18, 2015 4:51 PM CST
Interesting how you can get more of one part and fewer of another. I do like when I get double beards, though. Lol
Name: Dirt
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dirtdorphins
May 18, 2015 7:33 PM CST
Yeah--I never know either Celia--
I have never had double beards (unless you count the eyebrows with that feral goat Hilarious! )
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
May 18, 2015 8:18 PM CST
Ha! Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 19, 2015 8:10 AM CST
I had a few with double beards this year. Never had that before. Lots of late blooms with only two standards and two falls too. Either some blooms hide it well, or I am getting way to used to it, but there was one I walked by, then looked at this morning, and it took me a minute to realize - hey this is missing the third!

I am afraid to even ask about the eyebrow/feral goat commment..........
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
May 19, 2015 8:55 AM CST
Leslie, that was my reaction when I saw my first one like that. What the...?

Yeah, goat. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
May 19, 2015 12:24 PM CST
One more point about herbicide damage... I've had it affect only a couple rhizomes of a clump, making some stalks color challenged and others normal. I'm thinking it has to do with how many rhizomes are attached to each other.
Last year I had a lot of Swan-necking and extra or missing petals.. extra beards.. We had a freeze in December, then 70's and 80's in January and February. This year, we had the same, except for no cold.. Everything is off schedule and confused, but I've had very little distortions this year.
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
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Lestv
May 19, 2015 2:20 PM CST
So it sounds like the blast of cold really triggers the mutations. Makes sense for what happened here too, since I have a real increase this year after a late snow storm, and later ice storm.

"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 19, 2015 5:39 PM CST
Well, High Class deserves it's name. Even it's chimera goes classy, choosing the one fall/standard combo:

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"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
May 19, 2015 5:50 PM CST
Pretty Smiling
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
May 19, 2015 6:05 PM CST
Oh, I like it!
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
May 19, 2015 7:08 PM CST
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Only two standards and one of the falls has 2 beards!
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Muddymitts
May 19, 2015 8:47 PM CST
Yes -- but what is the name of this beauty????? Lovey dubby
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
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Zencat
May 19, 2015 8:51 PM CST
Yeah! You need to share the name!
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
May 19, 2015 10:49 PM CST
I agree
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 20, 2015 12:22 PM CST
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Round Up damage
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Not sure of why, exactly ,but color and form are goofy !
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Batik with 4
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Mohican Tears......with extras
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Loreley..... quite often throws "odds'
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swertii......usually looks like this, "perfect" flowers are very rare
these are all from yesterday, or today
Name: Ken
Traverse City, Michigan (Zone 5a)
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bramedog
May 20, 2015 12:26 PM CST
Be interesting to see what happens here in the next week or so with the freeze we had last night.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 20, 2015 3:48 PM CST
Arlyn, even with 4 I love Mohican Tears!! Lovey dubby

The Round-up damage makes you want to say "Ouch!"
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 20, 2015 3:50 PM CST
Durham Dream doing what is the usual chimera for me this year - very last blooms - missing a standard:

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And I think this is kind of cute - Owyhee Desert is doing his Nemo impression:

Thumb of 2015-05-20/Lestv/9b1cfd Hilarious!

"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black

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