Irises forum: What's your latest (in your region) TB iris to bloom?

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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 15, 2018 1:21 PM CST
Monty ~ In that case, you will enjoy Pink Unicorn, as it blooms for a very long time. And I just got it new last year. A lot did not bloom the first year.

And Cat's Eye! It blooms, then blooms again later. I did not write down every time it bloomed.

It will be fun to document the exact bloom times, as it won't necessarily bloom on the same date the following year. Anomaless weather can make them bloom at different times as well.

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Sep 15, 2018 4:21 PM CST
Cat's Eye is a champion grower. I started with a dried up little rhizome and ended up with a lovely clump. Thumbs up
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
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UndyingLight
Sep 15, 2018 4:40 PM CST
I planted Cat's Eye in a pot, and it was already rooting around 2-3 days in the pot. I also have a Midnight MDB in another pot, a ceramic one, and it is in a relatively shady area and it is doing well already.

Hopefully, Cat's Eye will do well for me, because it is a magnificent looking little one!

How long did Pink Unicorn bloom for you, Evelyn?
The iris season has begun with Cat's Eye!
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 15, 2018 8:48 PM CST
Monty ~ I just looked through my pictures and saw that it started blooming on May 18th, and the last picture I have of it is on June 4th!
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“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
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UndyingLight
Sep 16, 2018 6:52 AM CST
Sure is a pretty one. Whoever lived here picked old historics that bloom 'roughly' around the same time.

Iris pallida (or one lf its clones) begins late April through mid May.
I was tracking my whole collection, and, the tan noids began blooming May 2nd, and had blooms almost done by May 15th, but there were two new stalks coming up and starting to bloom.
The purple/white bicolour most like Helen Collingwood started blooming not two days after the tans, and they bloom for about as long.

The 'Gay Paree' doppleganger bloomed around May 7th and it lasted long enough for me to leave on my trip. It actually seemed to be a slow bloomer, even though it had an abundance of blooms. The most I ever saw was two blooms on one stalk, with a third just opening as one or both died away. There were even a period of a day or two of no blooms whatsoever. Is this like Gay Paree, for those who have 'em? Shrug!

The yellow and pink noids bloom anywhere from May 7-12th until the end of May. I wasn't able to capture the final blooms this year because of a trip, but perhaps, next year!
The iris season has begun with Cat's Eye!
Name: Liz
East Dover, VT (Zone 5a)
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Dachsylady86
Sep 16, 2018 12:22 PM CST
I was looking back at all my pictures from this past season and I had a full 7 week of blooms Hurray! Monty, 8 weeks isn't far off so maybe if you get the right combo of irises you could make that happen. When I got my Tempo Two irises last year and they bloomed in July due to the confusion of seasons, I ended up with 10 weeks of bloom time. That was magical Lovey dubby
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
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UndyingLight
Sep 16, 2018 5:42 PM CST
This year has been super odd for weather. Super wet in both July and August, and now September is being very, very wet as well because of Florence.
It snowed pretty heavily for winter in Virginia....four times....three of which in March. I believe it really did help the irises' bloom season. I do not know how long it lasted, but there was an abundance of blooms which I haven't seen in years and years because of crowded spaces.

Hopefully, more of my irises won't suffer from a little bit of rot. I believe some have. Hopefully as well, these 27 new varieties will give me a thrill next year!
The iris season has begun with Cat's Eye!
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
Sep 16, 2018 6:04 PM CST
I had irises blooming as late as May 25th, my last ones being Seakist, Bollywood, Ashley Noel and then one little one, Devil's Waltz (I think), bloomed on June 14th in a pot.
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Sep 17, 2018 2:20 AM CST
Monty, if you like very early irises, you could try I. reticulata:



It's very early, easy to grow, should do well in your zone and comes in many different colours.
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
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UndyingLight
Sep 17, 2018 6:58 AM CST
It supposedly blooms late Winter? Well, that's rather miraculous. I'm lucky to get a crocus bloom or daffodil bloom to show up before the 15th of February.

Interestingly, we have some sort of Japanese Cherry tree (it has never given us cherries), and they bloom early February. Around two or three months before our huge cherry tree out front. They sure are pretty!

These are some of my best pictures, of these nice cherry trees.
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Big ole' cherry in the front. Magnificent!
We have another, that we ourselves planted 3-4 years ago, but it doesn't bloom very well.
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The iris season has begun with Cat's Eye!
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Sep 18, 2018 12:21 AM CST
Lovely! Lovey dubby

My reticulatas bloom in early spring.
You don't know if it will grow until you try!

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