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

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UndertheSun
Jun 25, 2018 2:41 AM CST
Swingtown was among the last to bloom here too.
Name: DaisyDo
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
DaisyDo
Jun 25, 2018 8:07 AM CST
Polymerous said:I looked it up.... dang, that's a fine looking purple!





It sure is! It's gorgeous. Award of merit winner in about 2000, I believe. A worthy bloom not just for extending bloom time in your garden, but a treasure to anticipate.

Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Jun 25, 2018 10:19 AM CST
And since it was new this year, I wasn't even sure that it would bloom. It was among the last to get any leaves. Ì thought it wouldn't bloom. It fooled me! Hurray!

β€œIt 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: Lyn Gerry
Watkins Glen, NY (Zone 6a)
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LynNY
Jun 25, 2018 10:30 AM CST
In my garden here in upstate New York, there is one iris still blooming!!!!



This is a wonderful but underappreciated iris I think. It spreads quickly and blooms profusely. I would be hard pressed to tell it apart from the famous Money in Your Pocket, which bloomed for the first time for me this year. They were so much alike I went through the "why do I have both of these" question, but in this case I decided you can't get too much of fabulous. I can strongly recommend Blue My Mind
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Jun 25, 2018 6:57 PM CST
Money in Your Pocket is very similar, except that it is quite a bit taller than Blue My Mind. (44 inches vs. 35)

Blue My Mind got an Honorable Mention in 2016. Not bad recognition!
Name: Lyn Gerry
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LynNY
Jun 25, 2018 7:39 PM CST
Thanks for the info Andrea. Yes, Money seemed taller in my garden too. I actually like the shorter height because it doesn't fall over in a thunderstorm. This kind of echoes a discussion on another thread about the criteria of awards --- the wonderful show stalk is often a flower with its face in the mud out in the garden
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AndreaD
Jun 25, 2018 8:24 PM CST
My issue with some iris that are wonderful show stalks is that they don't always look that good in a clump. You have shortish leaves and then the blooms are on stalks that are much higher than the leaves.

For example, this is a four-year clump of Dare Me that bloomed in my yard this spring:

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I was very dissatisfied with this clump and the clump of Gypsy Lord which is behind it. The stalks are too leggy, IMO. I like shorter stalks which may not be great show stalks, but look good in a clump.

Here's a three year clump of Nouveau Riche that I like a lot better.

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Name: DaisyDo
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
DaisyDo
Jun 27, 2018 9:46 AM CST
Andrea, that's a great illustration of your point. Nouveau Riche is so lovely!
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Rebekah
Jun 27, 2018 10:11 AM CST
Nouveau Riche is such a lovely color combination. I still like irises with height but would love that one at the from of the border.
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AndreaD
Jun 27, 2018 4:02 PM CST
Nouveau Riche's registered height is actually 40 inches, but it never gets that tall for me. Shrug!
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janielouy
Jun 27, 2018 8:58 PM CST
My Nouveau Riche never gets that tall either and this is the first year out of 5 that it did not bloom.πŸ˜• I love it.
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AndreaD
Jun 27, 2018 9:46 PM CST
Jane, I agree NR is a great bloomer.
Name: Jan Wax
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janwax
Jun 27, 2018 11:10 PM CST
Just when I thought I'd seen the very last iris to bloom, this one shows its pretty face! I'll take a more recent photo tomorrow. It's supposed to be an "early" - and, it's an intermediate, not a tb.

let the mystery be
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Jun 28, 2018 9:44 AM CST
I guess that irises cannot read. They probably won't do what they are told, either...in regards to when they are "supposed" to bloom. Deer don't read those so-called deer- proof plant lists either! I have spent a lot of time and money on those lists!

I haven't yet matched up actual bloom times from this first years bloom with the early-mid-late categories in which they are placed.

I have some "littles" and IBs on order so the iris season will be extended, as it is too short for me.

Jan, that is a pretty lavender.

β€œIt 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: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Jun 28, 2018 10:54 AM CST
Here's Western Sage this morning - and it probably will be the Last Iris Standing. ( although my second plant of Pretty Kitty still has a nice blossom on it).
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But it's an intermediate - not a tb.
let the mystery be
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Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
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UndyingLight
Sep 13, 2018 11:29 AM CST
I'm always late to these it seems....

My latest bloom usually is this pink noid, or the purple/white bicolour noid.


A later bloomstalk coming up around May 14th~15th.
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A few year's back, there was one of these pinks that came up way after every other iris had stopped blooming. I'd judge around very late May, early June.
Usually, these purple/white bicolours bloom from around May 5th to May 25th. A few days after my birthday! Hurray!
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I'm still looking to expand my iris bloomtimes. Would anybody be willing to lend me some 'very late' bloomers according to your bloom seasons?

The iris season has begun with Cat's Eye!
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Dachsylady86
Sep 13, 2018 1:26 PM CST
I was really happy with late bloomers I had this season and I think I will be seeking out more late ones in the future. The absolute latest one to bloom for me was:

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AndreaD
Sep 13, 2018 1:40 PM CST
First bloom May 10:

Crete
Cross My Heart
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 15, 2018 10:45 AM CST
Dachsylady86 said:I was really happy with late bloomers I had this season and I think I will be seeking out more late ones in the future. The absolute latest one to bloom for me was:


Liz ~ Yes, that one is a beauty! I never thought to seek out early or late, but I have done that this year, hopefully extending the blooming season. Got a few "littles", too. Still, the majority are tall beardeds.

I was surprised to see how much growth there was on Cat's Eye and Midnight. They were such tiny rhizomes, I wasn't expecting much. I even got to share parts of them as they had such good growth. They were not what I expected at all.

It seems like a good idea to have a variety of bloom time. A lot of them are "mid season"!

β€œIt 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 15, 2018 11:01 AM CST
I am always looking for new irises, and really, new plants in general to expand the year's blooming season.

Daffodils come up, and they bloom. Then they're done and it is a wait until the irises come up. Then they bloom and they're done. Then lilies, which all get eaten anyways bloom and die off....then it is a wait for the very few quantity of mums we have, and that's it for the entire season.

Irises are my favourite, and now I have some SDBs and a MDB that may or may not bloom early/with the daffodils. Hopefully, that is the case! If I can get a few irises that bloom a few weeks before my noid historics do, that'd be great. As well as some that tend to bloom late or very late. My iris bloom season seems to end around the 25th or May (undocumented), so if I could find some irises that begin to bloom as the others have finished, that's extending my bloom season. Now that I have rebloomers as well, there's a stronger chance for some iris blooms up into July, August, September and on.

My goal is to have upwards of eight weeks of iris season. Very early TBs and SDBs blooming in March/April, then the historics in early to late May, and then some very late bloomers throwing me some blooms in late May, early June. Plus the rebloomers and whatever they do, that could be extended even further. Right now, the historics bloom for just under a month it seems. A noid that looks like "Cherie" blooms around May 10th-11th on through May 25th. It is my latest bloom! I'll happily take some unwanted irises off of y'alls hands if you need. Rolling my eyes.
The iris season has begun with Cat's Eye!

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