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(Zone 9b)
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UndertheSun
Nov 16, 2017 4:08 PM CST
@tveguy3

I was going through my photos today and I found a good shot of a relaxed bloom of Men Are From Mars.
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Nov 16, 2017 4:09 PM CST
Cold Fusion and Champagne and Strawberries took 3 years to bloom. They were both gorgeous and worth the wait.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Nov 17, 2017 4:18 AM CST
Maybe I will get lucky and Men Are From Mars will bloom this year. Smiling
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Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Nov 17, 2017 5:04 AM CST
Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers! Crossing Fingers!

You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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alilyfan
Nov 17, 2017 8:13 AM CST
I have a few that only bloom every other year, but Dawn to Dusk only blooms every 3rd year. It bloomed 2 years ago so should bloom next spring. This will be the first time it has increased enough to have 2 blooms. Much as I like it, it will probably head out & maybe do better for someone else.
I have cats who love to play among the iris in the spring. I'm sure because I am out working there so much, but they always break the blooms of the ones I am most anticipating, I don't know how they know just which ones to focus on.
Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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alilyfan
Nov 17, 2017 8:16 AM CST
I have a few that only bloom every other year, but Dawn to Dusk only blooms every 3rd year. It bloomed 2 years ago so should bloom next spring. This will be the first time it has increased enough to have 2 blooms. Much as I like it, it will probably head out. Next year I will have had it 11 years & if it blooms that will be the 4th time.
I have cats who love to play among the iris in the spring. I'm sure because I am out working there so much, but they always break the blooms of the ones I am most anticipating, I don't know how they know just which ones to focus on.
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 17, 2017 12:37 PM CST
UndertheSun said:@tveguy3

I was going through my photos today and I found a good shot of a relaxed bloom of Men Are From Mars.


Rob ~ That is awesome! Lovey dubby
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Nov 17, 2017 1:13 PM CST
Absolute Treasure bloomed right away here Bonnie, so it mustn't mind heat. So far so good on it.

Secret Rites took 4 years to bloom for me. I threatened it and it has now bloomed the last two years.
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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 17, 2017 1:18 PM CST
Leslie ~ That must be the trick. If an iris wants to stay in your garden, it had better get busy and grow, put out increases and bloom! Whistling

Otherwise they are useless.
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Nov 17, 2017 1:37 PM CST
One person at our iris club said she thinks that every once in a while you can get an iris that is a dud. Won't bloom no matter what you do. She said, throw it out and get another one of the same cultivar and it will often do just fine. Not sure if there's any truth to that or not.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 17, 2017 3:52 PM CST
I was wondering if I should throw out all of my 'Immortality'! I really don't know if they are "the real McCoy" or not. They have never rebloomed! Glare
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Nov 17, 2017 5:56 PM CST
Immortality seems to like to be replanted often. It will bloom better here, and rebloom then.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Nov 17, 2017 6:05 PM CST
I waited 8 years to see Chutney. I sure do like it though.
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I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
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BlueFlagFan
Nov 17, 2017 7:20 PM CST
Always interesting to hear others' experiences. I acquired 'Water Waltz' and 'Champagne and Strawberries' from Tom two summers ago, and they both bloomed for me this past summer. Must have been that extra care (or abuse) from Tom. Smiling

Three summers ago, I bought 12 varieties from a vendor in the same hardiness zone as I, and so far, only 4 of them have bloomed. Seems like a low percentage compared to other acquisitions. Not sure what's going on there. Shrug!
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” -Aldo Leopold
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Nov 17, 2017 7:21 PM CST
Chutney is a nice one! The name makes me what some aged cheese and crackers.
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Nov 17, 2017 7:56 PM CST
or curry 😀
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
Nov 17, 2017 8:10 PM CST
Has Chutney bloomed regularly since its first bloom? I like it too Lovey dubby
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Nov 17, 2017 11:11 PM CST
tveguy3 said:Immortality seems to like to be replanted often. It will bloom better here, and rebloom then.


I replanted them the year before last into my White Flower Border, and they covered the dying foliage of the daffodils and tulips very well. Most bloomed in spring, but that was it.
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Nov 18, 2017 3:32 AM CST
8 years, Tom?? Blinking That must be some kind of record? I admire your patience and I am happy it was rewarded with such a beautiful bloom ...but 8 years??? Blinking
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Nov 18, 2017 5:01 AM CST
Yes 8 years, but back then I was building new beds, and space was no issue, so I just let it grow. If that were to be the case now, it might have not made it.

Robin, it has bloomed 2 times since it's first bloom, but not last year, it think it was due to the hail storm, but not sure on that one.

Champagne and Strawberries and Water Waltz have both been good and regular bloomers with excellent growth habits here.
I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion. - Alexander the Great

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