Irises forum: Confused Iris 2018

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Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Feb 4, 2018 11:53 PM CST
This iris is now blooming in my garden:

Wicked Good
Black 2012 AM 2016

It is registered as being 35 inches tall and a mid-season bloomer.

Thumb of 2018-02-05/AndreaD/773fad

Right now, it stands 18 inches tall in my garden from soil to top bud. To show
you how out of sync it is with the rest of my iris, here is a picture of
the raised bed it is planted in:

Thumb of 2018-02-05/AndreaD/61bdb4

You can see that it has the genetic potential to have good branching, but on this particular
stalk the branches are too close together and one bloom is smooshed up against another bloom on another branch so they can't open properly.

Nevertheless, the bloom is stunning. The falls are a velvety blue-black that is almost black and
have a violet wire rim that looks like the sun is shining through the edges. The standards are a
moody blue.

There are some increases on this rhizome as well - I hope they bloom at the appropriate time so I
can see this iris at its full potential!

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AndreaD
Feb 5, 2018 12:29 AM CST
This is off the topic of erratic blooming, but I was intrigued by the color of the falls on Wicked Good, which is really intense, so I thought it would be interesting to trace WG's lineage to see where that color comes from:

Wicked Good is the child of Sirocco Mist



and Dinner Talk



Sirocco Mist is the child of Candy Clouds X Poem of Ecstasy. No deep color in those parents.

Dinner Talk is the child of Decadence X (Fogbound X Starring).

Decadence has pretty intense color in its falls



Fogbound has no deep color, but Starring ! !



Now we are seeing where the color comes from.

Starring's pod parent has a complicated parentage, but its pollen parent is Romantic Evening:



There's that gorgeous velvety almost black color!

But where does the blue color come from? That's for another post!



Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Feb 5, 2018 12:33 AM CST
Received Wicked Good this past summer. Hoping it blooms as gorgeous for me as it has for you, Andrea. Smiling
This, too, shall pass.
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AndreaD
Feb 5, 2018 1:05 AM CST
Debra, I hope it grows taller for you! At its full height, it will be beautiful.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Feb 5, 2018 2:28 AM CST
Smiling
This, too, shall pass.
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Feb 5, 2018 2:30 AM CST
Lovey dubby beautiful iris...love the intense falls with that blue standard Thumbs up 'nother for the wish list.
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UndertheSun
Feb 5, 2018 2:54 AM CST
Wicked Good has bloomed short for me too, but I loved it. I enjoyed seeing the lineage of it! Thumbs up
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Feb 5, 2018 4:31 AM CST
Wicked Good is a wimpy grower here, only bloomed twice since I got it as a new introduction. Increases are few.
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Feb 5, 2018 7:02 AM CST
A beauty for sure, Andrea. Thumbs up
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Feb 5, 2018 9:02 AM CST
Andrea - Did you have any periods of unusual cold or other non-normal weather lately? That can often affect the growth of an iris, causing the stalks to be too close, or leaves to be folded up in each other. These sorts of things seem to happen more often for me with new irises. After they have settled in for a couple of years they seem to get it all straightened out.
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 5, 2018 4:33 PM CST
To answer that question, we have had a very short winter here in California. It is like spring here now, but certainly subject to change at any time.
I have 'Grape Expectations' for making progress in the gardens....
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UndertheSun
Feb 5, 2018 6:03 PM CST
*wrong thread*
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AndreaD
Feb 6, 2018 1:52 AM CST
Evelyn, Thanks for answering Leslie's question for me.
I'll just add that in December we had no rain, then in January we had some very heavy rain (think Montecito mudslides) and some very cold weather, and now we are having record breaking warm days. So it has been a strange year.

The bloom stalk started growing about a month ago. I figured it was short because it started to grow at a time of year with fewer hours of sunlight than it would get if it bloomed at the normal time.
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Feb 6, 2018 10:55 PM CST
Yes, crazy weather for sure. My iris reticulatas are blooming a full month ahead of last year. I am still wondering after all this spring weather we have been having, that winter will return. That "ridge of high pressure" seems to be shielding California from any rain or snow.
I have 'Grape Expectations' for making progress in the gardens....
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AndreaD
Feb 7, 2018 1:37 AM CST
I sure hope winter returns. Otherwise we are looking at drought again. Sad
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Feb 7, 2018 1:05 PM CST
After being dry so long, the rains probably caused your iris to start early. Especially as it has been warm since. Also a good possibility as to why it did not grow "normally."
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
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grannysgarden
Feb 7, 2018 1:43 PM CST
I am worried a bit about mine. Their lack of water last summer and fall may have an impact on their blooms this spring. Shrug!
Who plants a seed beneath the sod and waits for growth believes in God. ~~Unknown
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Feb 7, 2018 4:30 PM CST
I always get a few odd ones. Miles Keith right now looks like it is going to grow spectacularly bad stalks.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield

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