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ImageRidesredmule
May 5, 2011 2:20 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
Yeah!!! Haaaaaa!!! I'm still bogging it. Here is my latest pictures.


Thumb of 2011-05-05/Ridesredmule/c01488
Took these today The bog
Thumb of 2011-05-05/Ridesredmule/43ada7
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???
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Imagedahlianut
May 5, 2011 2:38 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
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.
Imagebeckygardener
May 5, 2011 7:37 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
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! Thumbs up
Another Day in Paradise!
ImagePollyK
May 5, 2011 7:44 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

Any buds on yours yet, Becky? My LA from you is doing really well, and I just started MG seeds. We're having a very late spring here.
Imagebeckygardener
May 5, 2011 8:01 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
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.
Another Day in Paradise!
ImageRidesredmule
May 6, 2011 6:32 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
I mix up MG in a bunch of water for my Brugs and once in a while por some on the iris. first time I have done it. I'm afraid of fertizers but this time I'm feeling so good.
ImageRidesredmule
May 10, 2011 12:02 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
I go a new picture. Won't be long now. Thumb of 2011-05-10/Ridesredmule/697837
Yesterday, today I see color, will take picture this afternoon or tomarrow. The bog....
Thumb of 2011-05-10/Ridesredmule/423f19
The ground ones are not as tall but they are keeping up pretty good and they have blooms too, just not as many....
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Imagebeckygardener
May 10, 2011 12:12 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Ooooh! I see those blooms forming on the container one! Cool! Lucky girl! I hope I have the good fortune to see that soon, too! My clumps have spread also and are looking really good!
Another Day in Paradise!
ImageRidesredmule
May 10, 2011 12:14 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
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!!!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Isn't this wonderful, I love to be a helper....
Imagebeckygardener
May 10, 2011 12:25 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
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.

Time will tell!

I can't wait to see yours! How exciting!!! Thumbs up
Another Day in Paradise!
ImageRidesredmule
May 10, 2011 12:29 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
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???
ImagePollyK
May 10, 2011 12:56 PM CST
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY

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.
ImageRidesredmule
May 10, 2011 12:58 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
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.
Imagebeckygardener
May 10, 2011 8:32 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
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. :-).

Another Day in Paradise!
ImageRidesredmule
May 11, 2011 6:28 AM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
Yep. the blooms are showing a soft lavender and I can't get it to load, I may have to shut down computer and restart it. I have a HP and it just is a pain, to me, anyhow!!!
ImageRidesredmule
May 11, 2011 6:21 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
Polly, Becky, We got blooms! real blooms , wait til you see themThumb of 2011-05-12/Ridesredmule/62b427
Then I went out later this morning and had to run back to get my Camera. Yes, I was hollering "I got blooms!" Thumb of 2011-05-12/Ridesredmule/cf6b0e
Close up for you to see Thumb of 2011-05-12/Ridesredmule/077946
this afternoon Thumb of 2011-05-12/Ridesredmule/e837c5
Bet I'll hace a blue one in the morning. I love them Polly, they are gorgeous.... Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
Imageboojum
May 11, 2011 6:31 PM CST
Name: Kathy
Western MA zone 4-5a
Thumbs up
ImageRidesredmule
May 11, 2011 6:35 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
Love this "test drive" thank you Hurray! Hurray!
Imagebeckygardener
May 11, 2011 6:41 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
OMG!!! Charleen, those are beautiful!!! Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

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. :-)
Another Day in Paradise!
ImageRidesredmule
May 11, 2011 6:47 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Alford, Florida
Walk in Peace.
I use Miracle grow that I water my Brugs with. You know what??? When I am adding the water I get the hint of a smell of fish emulsion in there.
Check this out http://www.ensata.com/HTML/PlantPages/japanese_ac.htm

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