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Feb 4, 2018 11:53 PM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
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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Feb 5, 2018 12:29 AM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
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!
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Feb 5, 2018 12:33 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
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Received Wicked Good this past summer. Hoping it blooms as gorgeous for me as it has for you, Andrea. Smiling
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Feb 5, 2018 1:05 AM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
Debra, I hope it grows taller for you! At its full height, it will be beautiful.
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Feb 5, 2018 2:28 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
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
Smiling
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Feb 5, 2018 2:30 AM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Lovey dubby beautiful iris...love the intense falls with that blue standard Thumbs up 'nother for the wish list.
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Feb 5, 2018 2:54 AM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Wicked Good has bloomed short for me too, but I loved it. I enjoyed seeing the lineage of it! Thumbs up
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Feb 5, 2018 4:31 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
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Wicked Good is a wimpy grower here, only bloomed twice since I got it as a new introduction. Increases are few.
Voltaire: "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities,"
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Feb 5, 2018 7:02 AM CST
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
A beauty for sure, Andrea. Thumbs up
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Feb 5, 2018 9:02 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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.
"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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Feb 5, 2018 4:33 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
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.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Feb 5, 2018 6:03 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
*wrong thread*
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Feb 6, 2018 1:52 AM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
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.
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Feb 6, 2018 10:55 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
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.
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Feb 7, 2018 1:37 AM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
I sure hope winter returns. Otherwise we are looking at drought again. Sad
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Feb 7, 2018 1:05 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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."
"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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Feb 7, 2018 1:43 PM CST
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
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!
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Feb 7, 2018 4:30 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I always get a few odd ones. Miles Keith right now looks like it is going to grow spectacularly bad stalks.
"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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