Yeah!!! Haaaaaa!!! I'm still bogging it. Here is my latest pictures.
Took these today The bog
The ground, these look shorter but will get my tapemeasure and check it out and let you all know....
In the ground 17 1/2'' to 19''
In the bog, Classical Charm looks to be tallest at 25" also range in 19" tp 23" for the most part.
does that help???
Polly I'm going on a tour that usually stops at Parkland Perennials next week. They have had JIs in their catalogue in the past (but not this year) and they grow their own stock which they say is hardy to zone 2. Here is their website http://www.parkland-perennials.com/ If they do have stock and they agree, I could get some pictures for you.
Charleen - Those look great!!! Wow! Look at all the growth you've gotten on yours! Mine are starting to look a little like yours, too! Fingers crossed I get blooms this year! And next year and the next, etc. I hope I get cold enough winters so that they will bloom here in Florida for me! Polly shared some really nice cultivars with me, too!
Polly - I haven't seen any buds yet, but I know Irises can be sneaky about it! Often I don't even see the buds. I just notice one morning that my Louisiana irises are in bloom! Mine are huge, but just one bloom this year so far. I think I need to hit them all again with fertilizer. I will definitely take photos if and when they do produce flowers,
Glad to hear you are planting some MG seeds! I hope they do well for you and bloom like crazy. You'll love them! Just remember they like the warmer temps to grow and bloom.
I go a new picture. Won't be long now.
Yesterday, today I see color, will take picture this afternoon or tomarrow. The bog....
The ground ones are not as tall but they are keeping up pretty good and they have blooms too, just not as many....
Becky, have you got any buds yet???? Seems like it is taking forever. but when I went out to move a plant (vine) I saw light blue. didn't get too close, might scare it back in!!!! Isn't this wonderful, I love to be a helper....
No buds here yet, but mine are finally spreading and getting bigger. I was worried none of them would even make it here, but they seem to be doing well. The biggest issue with mine is whether they will bloom or not. Without long, cold winters, they may not bloom for me. That is part of what Polly's grow-out at my house is to determine. Whether the Japanese Irises will bloom here or not. I know she would love to offer them to those of us in the lower southern states, but only if they bloom here. And she mentioned that they might bloom this year, but may not next year because before she sent them to me, she had cold temps so they may have gotten their cold exposure at that time. We did have some cold temps around freezing for just a brief time here in early winter.
That means we will be watching them next year too!! hmmm..... We will find out for sure. That is right they already got the bloom set from Polly they will have to re-set for us next year....How interesting???
Charleen, you are a wonderful iris mommy. Those look fantastic! I can see the buds in the one in the ground, but the bog one is so much better.
Becky, you really paid attention to what I said! Thank you!
I think they will grow in Charleens area, anyway. I really wanted to see hers in a bog, as they don't grow here in bogs, but I'm wondering if Becky's will keep on blooming after this year, due to the lack of chill.
Don't give up Becky. I guess I could winter them over for you and send them back in the spring. Can you put them in a dark shady place in the winter. Some shades can get pretty cold. I'd sure give it a try. don't give up. Let's see what happens.
The past few years, I've had some really cold winters here. Brief, but very cold. Ice on the surface of all my water containers. So if those kind of winters keep up, it may help set future blooms on the Japanese Irises. We'll see. This is a good experiment for Polly since her business is to make folks happy. She certainly doesn't want to sell them to southerners if they won't bloom here, so this will be very interesting to see how they do this far south in Florida. :-).
Polly, Becky, We got blooms! real blooms , wait til you see them
Then I went out later this morning and had to run back to get my Camera. Yes, I was hollering "I got blooms!"
Close up for you to see
Bet I'll hace a blue one in the morning. I love them Polly, they are gorgeous....
Congrats on your amazing growth and Polly's great experiment! I agree, these test drives are such a pleasure! I hope I get blooms on mine, too, but so far I am not seeing anything. I wonder if I am not fertilizing them enough. I think I am, as I do it every couple of weeks with Bloom Booster and Fish Emulsion as I water them. :-)