Irises forum: Length of Iris Bloom Season

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Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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urania1
Apr 17, 2017 8:49 PM CST
Hi,

I just joined this forum although I have been lurking for several years. Which irises (other than the remontants) bloom the latest in the season for you. I live in zone 7a/7b Tennessee. I want to stretch my iris season out as long as possible.

Also, any species iris fans out here?




Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Apr 17, 2017 9:33 PM CST
Hello Urania and welcome to the iris forum. I am in zone 7a but bordering on 7b. One of my last to bloom is Cosmopolitan. It is a tall bearded.


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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Apr 17, 2017 9:38 PM CST
Welcome, urania! Welcome!
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Name: Niki
Bend, Oregon (Zone 6a)
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HighdesertNiki
Apr 17, 2017 11:18 PM CST
Welcome! Urania, I missed the late season bloom in Salem so I know I missed seeing and
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Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 6b)
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cbunny41
Apr 18, 2017 1:52 AM CST
Welcome! Urania

Your best bet to extend the season is to grow all types from reticulata and other bulb iris through all the bearded from Miniature Dwarf to Tall Bearded. Then the beardless Siberians, Louisianas, Spurias, Japanese and others. To that add rebloomers. Both Sutton and Winterberry list varieties that bloom in different zones and there are more and more that are modern and lots of medians.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Apr 18, 2017 5:31 AM CST
Welcome! ! Charlotte is correct.....between the Bulb iris, bearded, beardless, and rebloom, I've had over 150 days of iris bloom........some days only *one* is in flower.....some days a whole bed full.
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arilbred
Apr 18, 2017 5:38 AM CST
Hi Mary I am Randall Dixon zone 7 Knoxville have a thread zone 7 bloom in the iris forum if you will watch it you can see my garden as it blooms. I have a new phone and no photos yet. Be sure you get Daughter of stars she reblooms for us also Bountiful harvest. New photos on that thread sorry work calls
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Apr 18, 2017 7:27 AM CST
Welcome! Mary!

Most of the vendors and of course our data base indicates the bloom season. I think you can even do a search for late bloomers, not sure I've never done that. I too like to extend the bloom season as long as possible. I have built a bed with mostly later bloomers so that when the bloom season is winding down, I still have one bed that looks pretty colorful. Some of the latest bloomers for me are Aristocracy, Whispering Spirit, Ring Around Rosie, and Coastal Mist
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Name: Mary
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urania1
Apr 18, 2017 8:33 AM CST
Thanks for all the input. I have the early season down. I plant lots of reticulatas and a couple of species iris. My Japanese laevigata started blooming a few weeks ago.

Has anyone tried iris unguicularis? This description from Plant Delights in Raleigh, NC

"Iris unguicularis 'Purple Snow' is a 2014 Plant Delights introductions...a seedling selection from Iris 'Mary Bernard'. We selected this exceptional clone because of its good vigor and lovely dark purple flowers from November through March. The flowers of Iris unguicularis 'Purple Snow' are dark purple with a contrasting narrow purple eye zone, flanked with white chevrons...quite attractive."
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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urania1
Apr 18, 2017 8:40 AM CST
P.S. Where is the database to which Tom refers?
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Apr 18, 2017 8:40 AM CST
My unguicularis bloom near Christmas. I keep them in a tub near the front door. Otherwise I would never see them.
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Apr 18, 2017 8:42 AM CST
Look at the tabs above and click on PlantsDatabase. Then in the right box click on irises. Have fun.
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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Apr 18, 2017 10:05 AM CST
I have 2 unguicularis - obtained from Superstition Gardens. At a time when no other iris are blooming these two are appreciated.
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UndertheSun
Apr 18, 2017 10:46 AM CST
Welcome Mary! Welcome!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Apr 18, 2017 11:19 AM CST
Welcome!

Well, usually the bulb iris and dwarf iris start the show, but lately my dwarfs are blooming at the same time as the tall bearded. All the iris are listed in the database as E (early) M (middle) L (late) or mixtures thereof, such as ML or VE (very early). This helps guide you as to when in the bloom season you can expect them to start blooming.

Last year I had blooms first open from 03/26/16 to 06/10/16. The first were all SDB's. I had bearded iris through May. I also have Louisiana's that usually start later in the TB bloom season. And my very last iris are always the Japanese.
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Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Apr 18, 2017 1:06 PM CST
Welcome! to the iris forum, Mary! Hurray!

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Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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urania1
Apr 18, 2017 1:17 PM CST
This year everything is out of sync in my garden. The iris cristas, the Dutch Iris, the Louisiana iris, the laevigata, and bearded Iris of every size are all blooming right now. I want them to stop and return to blooming in the right order. I issued threats to those recalcitrant iris while I was out weeding today, but I do not think they took me seriously.
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
Apr 18, 2017 2:08 PM CST
I am in KY just above you and mine are all out of sync too! I would say that Don;t Stop Believing was my last one to bloom last year but has a stalk now that is way ahead of schedule. Our show and Region 7 meeting is May 13 and I am afraid we will have nothing to show but Siberians and Louisianas. Most of the early bloomers were hit by frost and now each one is doing its own thing.
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
Apr 18, 2017 2:16 PM CST
Mary

The Iris Database;

On the iris forum page, go to the far right of the page just under the banner. There is a "search Forum" box. Below that is a box containing "Moderator" information. Below this is a "Green" colored box which contains a link to the "Iris database". Click on this link.

Scroll down the page until you get to the first box with a "Green Bar". This box has four links in it. Choose the second link labelled "Search by Characteristics (Height, Bloom, Color, ect).

This takes you to a list of items that you can search for by including. You can search by hybridizer, height, color, bloom time and many more possibilities.

As an example; I chose Hybridizer , TB, and bloom time. So.....

Tasco
TB
late

I got four results for that set of search parameters.

Peach Pearl
Shadows of Night
Velvet Valentine
Waves of Joy

..........neat side note-I have all four of these in my garden Hurray!
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Apr 18, 2017 3:06 PM CST
Hurray! Welcome! mary. you'll find that people on this forum are warm, witty, sharing, and funny (plus more). hope you enjoy it here.

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