Irises forum: Early Bloom season

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javaMom
Aug 15, 2018 8:19 PM CST
I just notice when I read the list of my new Irises this year, most of them shows bloom season as Mid to Late, very few shows early bloom season.
I just wonder if you can help me with what Irises that usually bloom early (hopefully here in North Texas too) so I can add them to my 2019 order list.

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Name: Richard
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creativeclover
Aug 15, 2018 9:51 PM CST
Javamom, he re are a few early bloomers.


Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Saturday Night Live')

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Strawberry Frosting')

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Grateful Red')

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Disguise')

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Grand Bargain')

Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Aug 15, 2018 9:54 PM CST
Look in the iris database and specify "early" and see how many there are.

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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
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Polymerous
Aug 15, 2018 11:22 PM CST
In my garden,

BUSY BEING BLUE is early.

CHARISMATIC and AUTUMN THUNDER seem to be registered all over the map re bloomtime, but have bloomed early here (not a long track record, though).

SNOW DAY bloomed starting in early April this year (which would be Early to Early Mid), although it is registered as a Mid or Mid Late. (But it is also a rebloomer, so who knows what was going on with it.)

BUSY BEING BLUE was always the first to bloom in my garden, but this year CHARISMATIC might have beaten it.

A 'Premonition of Spring' - PCI time already?!
Name: Barbara
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iciris
Aug 15, 2018 11:31 PM CST
Full Tide is one of the first to bloom in my garden.
Needlepoint is another. :
And Delirium too :
Will edit to post pictures.
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Name: Sherry Austin
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Henhouse
Aug 16, 2018 12:53 AM CST
I think 'Nessun Dorma' has been my first the past few years, quickly followed by 'Persian Berry'. They bloom with the first of the IB's..
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Name: Robin
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Totally_Amazing
Aug 16, 2018 1:00 AM CST
My earliest tall bearded irises are
Hells fire

Momentum

Ballet performance

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AndreaD
Aug 16, 2018 1:54 PM CST
In my garden, some of the first irises to bloom are:

Aaron's Dream



Navy Blues



Lady Friend



Going My Way



Barbara My Love

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javaMom
Aug 16, 2018 3:26 PM CST
Thank you Richard, Evelyn, Marilyn, Sherry, Barbara, Robin, Andrea for all the help.
From this year order, I saw these Irises as early, early-mid :

Adoree
By Jeeves
Drama Queen
Enjoy the Party
For Lovers only
Good Looking
Pirate Ahoy
Royal Harlequin
Role Model
Tango Amigo
Toronto
That Song

It would be interesting to see next year when they are blooming...
From what I have growing and look at the photos dates my Irises here are started blooming around the last week of March with Ring around the Rosie and one yellow that I don't know or forgot the name:
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The bloom season are April and May.

Thanks again all,

Name: Jane H.
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janielouy
Aug 16, 2018 3:28 PM CST
I try not to order too many early ones as they usually do not do well in Kentucky - get frost-bitten. I have noticed that I tend to order mid-late ones now since our show is usually in mid-May. I do enjoy the hardy ones that do bloom early like Ballet Performance.
Name: Barbara
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iciris
Aug 16, 2018 4:20 PM CST
Most of the time I fall in love with the blooms and don't even look at the bloom time. D'Oh! If I do remember, then I try to not order the very late ones because most of the blooms melt in the heat here. I do need to try putting some of the very late ones in more shade to see if that helps.
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janwax
Aug 16, 2018 4:34 PM CST
Coffee Shop and Jumpin' Jack Flash are my earliest tb bloomers.
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janwax
Aug 16, 2018 4:38 PM CST
Coffee Shop and Jumpin' Jack Flash are my earliest tb bloomers.JJF is listed in the database as Mid-late! Coffee Shop is listed as Very very early.
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javaMom
Aug 16, 2018 6:02 PM CST
Thank you Jane, Barbara and Jan, I also notice from not many of late shows latre bloom season.
Not part of this thread, but we got 5 continuous days of rain, pouring down hard until Tuesday night. Today I went out and check some of them and few feels a little squishy, so I pulled 1 out and take hot, also took a couple photos of ones on the bed.. IDoes it look rotted or normal?
The first 2 are the same rhizome I pulled.

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AndreaD
Aug 16, 2018 6:27 PM CST
That first rhizome doesn't look good to me.
The others that are still in the ground look ok, I think. When I had rot due to too much water, the leaves turned yellow and mushy at the point where they met the rhizome. Your plants still look green, as far as I can tell. That's just my opinion and I am certainly not an expert.
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AndreaD
Aug 16, 2018 6:31 PM CST
iciris said:Most of the time I fall in love with the blooms and don't even look at the bloom time. D'Oh! If I do remember, then I try to not order the very late ones because most of the blooms melt in the heat here. I do need to try putting some of the very late ones in more shade to see if that helps.


Barbara, I avoid the late bloomers for the same reason. It would be nice to have a long bloom season, but when the 90's start in May, the blooms just don't last.
Name: Richard
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creativeclover
Aug 16, 2018 6:57 PM CST
So true Andread. Last year on my way home at 115 in the aafternoon I was hitting 120 degree temps.
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javaMom
Aug 16, 2018 7:24 PM CST
Thanks @AndreaD, so should I cut off the little increase and dry them off and plant later on ?
I am sorry about mistype words (couldn't really see with my old eyes nodding ) I used my phone so I can upload the photos.
They are in raised beds, but because so much rains I worry about some got rotted, but today when I went and cleaned a little bit, I saw that the rain also brought up so many increases Hurray!
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AndreaD
Aug 16, 2018 8:40 PM CST
You could cut off the increase if it looks healthy, give it a bath in a 10% bleach solution, let it dry for a day and replant it. The other thing you can do if there are soft spots on a rhizome but most of it is firm is scrape out the soft tissue and sprinkle the exposed part of the rhizome with Comet.

Anybody else have any another opinion?
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Australis
Aug 17, 2018 4:51 AM CST

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I'm afraid I have no experience with rot, so I cannot advise. It has been a relatively dry winter here (which is not good for the upcoming summer).

My earliest blooms are Mum's Indestructible Purple NOID, which started flowering in the last few days of July (remember, winter is June-August here). Unfortunately they get smashed about with the wind and rain that we get during this part of the year. I will probably keep a few and maybe use it in future for breeding (since it's so hardy), but will need to have it in a protected spot in my next garden.

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