Irises forum: Is It Climate Change?

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Name: Mary
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urania1
Sep 22, 2017 2:35 PM CST
All in all a strange season in the garden. I have a NOID iris, a pass along. I have had it for years. This year it (as in the entire clump) has decided to rebloom. This is the first time it has ever rebloomed in the 20 years I have had it. I also have approximately 15 day lilies (the standard your-grandmother-had-it, orange ditch lily) that have decided to rebloom. I am not doing anything different in the garden. Still my same clueless self blundering about in the garden.

So ... is this result of climate change. Has it happened to anyone else. I am zone 7 East Tennessee.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Sep 22, 2017 3:13 PM CST
It has been a very very odd year weather wise in our region. Everything started bloom early and out of sync. Not sure if it is climate change, but it has been an odd year. Are your trees shedding leaves early up there? It is still in the 80's here but I may have to rake leaves already!
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Name: Mary
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urania1
Sep 22, 2017 4:54 PM CST
Leslie,

Yes my trees are shedding leaves. I have already raked once in the last month.
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Sep 23, 2017 4:18 AM CST
Many of the trees up here started to loose their leaves very early due, I'm told, to the extremely high amounts of rain we had all summer. Now we're in a very dry spell with temps in the 90's. I wonder what winter will bring?
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Sep 23, 2017 5:40 AM CST
I worry that the early leaf fall will mean an early winter. I am not done planting yet!
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Sep 23, 2017 7:03 AM CST
Got pictures of the noid ? I'd love to see it ! Although I doubt climate change has much to do with it's rebloom.......it DOES have a lot to do with a LOT of other things !
I have always "guessed' what kind of winter we were in for, by the amount of black walnuts on the trees.....lots of nuts = lots of 'winter', scarce crop= mild weather. Well, last year, we had a bumper crop of walnuts...all the trees were full...to the point of breaking branches, and Whistling one of the mildest winters in the books Shrug! . This year, the nuts are "rather thin", and I don't know WHAT to expect! Peaches, and apples were / are running about two weeks earlier than 'normal" (as to ripening). The squirrel have built their 'winter nests" already, some (not all) of my "summer reblooming" iris started rebloom way earlier than "normal", etc., etc.! The whole year has been full of wacky weather, and has been "hard" on lots of the plants. A way wetter than usual spring, and early summer made for shallow roots, and no appreciable rain since has stressed trees and other plants (and people !) to the point that some fairly well established trees seem to be really 'hurting".
And, for the first time that I can remember.....I'm READY for that "killer frost"...the trees, the irises, and most of the other plants are looking so "ratty", ..I just want it over ! Get stuff cut back, and cleaned up....and hope for a better year, next 'go around" Sticking tongue out
Name: Leon
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TBGDN
Sep 23, 2017 9:15 AM CST
IMHO I do not know if it's climate change or just another wacky summer with extremes. The most extreme part was the rain never seemed to stop! And I realize this was mostly localized rainfall, but I cannot remember a summer with this much rain in all my years! I'm sure it contributed to many growth factors as well as diseases like mold, bacterial soft rot and plant virus.

Then in April when plowing, tilling and early planting was to have begun the weather was cold, frosty and wet for most of the month. This is the first year I can remember when SDB irises failed to bloom, or worse just rotted in the soil! I lost several that I always felt were "foolproof", and had grown 20+ years without problems.

I waited until Late May & early June just to get some of the vegetables planted. Peppers, tomatoes and snap beans were late. And I am still waiting on my first ripe cantaloupe! Local farmers couldn't plant crops (corn & soybeans) because of wet fields. They are all late. This week has been a "bear" with the heat & humidity. We have hit the low 90's locally most of this past 7 days! More is coming next week. So to make a long story short, "I do not know if it's climate change". But it certainly has been a different summer!

Still waiting on this one! Sad


I lost these due to rot. And I know there are several others.


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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Sep 23, 2017 1:08 PM CST
I too had to plant my veggie garden a couple weeks late, but my cantaloupe are all finished already, and I am loaded with huge watermelons. The Pablano peppers started out producing really well, then stopped setting fruit during the wet spell. They are now setting loads of fruit but I fear it will be too late to grow to full size.
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Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Sep 23, 2017 1:22 PM CST
I take my peppers inside this time of year to let the last of the fruits mature. I overwinter my favorite chili peppers inside - but I admit that is a lot easier if you keep them in pots.
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