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Apr 11, 2018 9:50 PM CST
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
Birds Roses Plumerias Peonies Lilies Irises
Hummingbirder Region: Georgia Daylilies Clematis Charter ATP Member Bulbs
I'm asking for help to identify unusual growth on my irises.

I've noticed this year that many of my irises have have a "leaf" that developed on the distal end of the bloom stalk around the bud. I've never seen this happen before.

We had a colder and wetter winter than usual, could this have contributed to this occurring?

Thanks ahead, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts about this.

Annette

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Apr 12, 2018 4:44 AM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
Hello Annette,

This is normal. The number of flower sockets and how high up the stalks they occur varies depending on which variety you have. I don't think your stalks have reached full height yet so these top leaves look more prominent at the moment.
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Apr 12, 2018 5:48 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Bulbs Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Roses
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2
I've seen this from time to time Annette, I don't think it's anything to be concerned about. I think Robin is right, a normal occurrence that may be more prominent some years than others.

Good to see you on the Iris forum! Hang around and soon these folks will be seducing you into lots of new varieties for your new garden! Hilarious!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Apr 12, 2018 11:33 AM 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
Annette ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum! Hurray!

Stick around as the show has just begun!
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Apr 12, 2018 5:18 PM CST
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
Welcome Annette
Good advice from Robin. Normal "oddities" so to speak.
Do stick around; you will be tempted to add lots of irises to your gardens.
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Apr 12, 2018 10:33 PM CST
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
Birds Roses Plumerias Peonies Lilies Irises
Hummingbirder Region: Georgia Daylilies Clematis Charter ATP Member Bulbs
Thank you all for the input about the leaves, and the welcome, I greatly appreciate both!

I'm glad that this is a normal variant, I had not seen the stalks present this way before.

It won't take much to get me addicted, I love irises. Here are a few blooms from the garden this week.

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Batik and a noid
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Blackbeard
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Cat's Eye
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Closer view of the noid
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Apr 13, 2018 12:32 AM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Vermiculture Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
thanks for sharing your garden photos. lovely.
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Apr 13, 2018 4:57 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Bulbs Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Roses
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2
Great to see some of your Irises Annette!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Apr 13, 2018 5:57 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Welcome! !
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Apr 13, 2018 6:23 AM CST
Name: Deborah
midstate South Carolina (Zone 8a)
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Charter ATP Member Amaryllis Tropicals Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Plumerias
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Lovely garden photos nodding and Welcome! Annette.
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Apr 13, 2018 7:26 AM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Beautiful garden Annette! Plus another Welcome!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
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Apr 13, 2018 8:52 AM CST
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
Birds Roses Plumerias Peonies Lilies Irises
Hummingbirder Region: Georgia Daylilies Clematis Charter ATP Member Bulbs
Thank you all for the kind words and the welcome!

I'm so glad spring is finally here, and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's blooms.
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Apr 13, 2018 10:22 AM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
Welcome Annette! Welcome!
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Apr 13, 2018 10:31 AM 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
gemini_sage said:Great to see some of your Irises Annette!


I agree Lovey dubby
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Apr 13, 2018 11:01 AM CST
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
Irises Roses Bulbs Hellebores Foliage Fan Cottage Gardener
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Seed Starter Winter Sowing Bee Lover Dog Lover Region: Europe
I agree too! Welcome! Hurray!
Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice!
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Apr 14, 2018 9:00 AM CST
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Annuals Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Peonies Lilies Irises
Hummingbirder Dragonflies Dog Lover Daylilies Bee Lover Birds
Hi Annette! Looking forward to seeing more of your garden photos on the iris forum!!!! Glad to see you over here!
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Apr 14, 2018 7:08 PM CST
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
Birds Roses Plumerias Peonies Lilies Irises
Hummingbirder Region: Georgia Daylilies Clematis Charter ATP Member Bulbs
Thank you all again for the warm welcome! Liz, I'm glad to be a able post some pictures here.

Here's 'Sneezy' from this afternoon.
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Apr 15, 2018 4:57 AM CST
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Bulbs Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Roses
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 2
Sneezy is a beauty! I bet that would look great with some of the peachy, muted colored Itoh peonies!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
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Apr 15, 2018 5:42 AM CST
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
Birds Roses Plumerias Peonies Lilies Irises
Hummingbirder Region: Georgia Daylilies Clematis Charter ATP Member Bulbs
Thanks Neal, and you're so right, I should transplant some of it in the fall close to Misaka!
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Apr 15, 2018 11:20 AM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Vermiculture Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
hello annette, welcome . glad you joined us on the iris forum.
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