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irisawe
Mar 11, 2014 9:30 AM CST
Name: Katherine Howe
Raytown(Kansas City) MO
I am in Missouri. Last evening I was talking with my son who lives in the San Jose area of California. He said he was looking at irises in bloom there as we were talking. I know some iris are the earliest of irises to bloom so he could have been referring to some of those earliest varieties. I would like to know at what stage the overview is right now of iris bloom in California. Are they at the earliest, or somewhere further along? Does anyone know?

Betty, what is happening in Bakersfield? I think that is where you live.

K
Katherine
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Hosenemesis
Mar 14, 2014 12:10 AM CST
I only have one iris blooming right now (Green and Gifted: it got faked out by a warm January and February and thought it was spring) but a few people here in Southern California are posting pictures of very early blooming historics here and there. None of my early varieties have begun to bloom yet. My earliest blooms are usually mid to late March: Recurring Dream, Lady Friend, Frequent Flyer, Northwest Progress, Peach Royale, Telepathy, City Lights, Green and Gifted, and Total Recall have all bloomed for me in the last two weeks of March in the past, but reach their peak bloom in April.
irisawe
Mar 14, 2014 11:01 AM CST
Name: Katherine Howe
Raytown(Kansas City) MO
Renee,
That does answer my question. I had G & G as my earliest bloomer last season. Gives me a bearing on what is going on. Thank you for responding. I think my son was seeing an historic that blooms early. This would make sense of it.

Thank you again, Renee,

K
Katherine
Hosenemesis
Mar 14, 2014 10:44 PM CST
My pleasure, Katherine. I hope we all have a great bloom this year!
ImageCalif_Sue
Mar 26, 2014 10:27 AM CST

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
I used to live in San Jose, moved 3 years ago up north of San Francisco now. I only started collecting iris recently. I made note of when they started to bloom last year and noticed this year that my first ones, mostly dwarfs so far, are about 2-3 weeks weeks earlier than last year. I attribute it to the mild winter we had and early warmth.
I have seen several tall bearded in bloom around town and was down in San Jose a few days ago and saw many there too.
ImageMuddymitts
Mar 26, 2014 12:50 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Wow Sue -- you'all are WAY ahead of us!!
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
ImageCalif_Sue
Mar 26, 2014 2:05 PM CST

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
Well it's pretty much year round gardening here. I just took these shots 1/2 hr ago.

Thumb of 2014-03-26/Calif_Sue/91f4b1 Thumb of 2014-03-26/Calif_Sue/d8cceb

Gizmo the Gremlin after the morning rain shower
http://allthingsplants.com/plants/view/72613/Iris-Iris-Gizmo...
Thumb of 2014-03-26/Calif_Sue/7645ee

Sue Zee buds should open soon
http://allthingsplants.com/plants/view/72634/Iris-Iris-Sue-Z...
Thumb of 2014-03-26/Calif_Sue/2e56e8

The earliest tall bearded for me, Honey Scoop, it also reblooms in late fall for me, usually Nov. http://allthingsplants.com/plants/view/72140/Iris-Iris-Honey...
Thumb of 2014-03-26/Calif_Sue/9baa21

Delirium also not too far behind

Thumb of 2014-03-26/Calif_Sue/3cf8a6

A few roses are blooming already
Golden Celebration
Thumb of 2014-03-26/Calif_Sue/b39312

Joseph's Coat
Thumb of 2014-03-26/Calif_Sue/6498fe

and my first clematis 'Dawn'.
Thumb of 2014-03-26/Calif_Sue/3f0569

and all my nemesia self sews so I think of it as a perennial.
Thumb of 2014-03-26/Calif_Sue/339353


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ImageMuddymitts
Mar 26, 2014 2:13 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Wow. Just wow. How beautiful!! Lovey dubby
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
Imagecrowrita1
Mar 26, 2014 2:46 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
I agree ...Arlyn
ImageUndertheSun
Mar 26, 2014 8:41 PM CST
Name: Rob
California
Wow, what a beautiful yard you have Sue! Thumbs up
ImageCalif_Sue
Mar 26, 2014 11:20 PM CST

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
Thanks Rob, it's a new garden, started planting 3 years ago when we moved here, it's still a work in progress (always will be, aren't most gardens?!)
You can see it's progress in my ATP blog link below, starting at the end with the first post. (oldest page linked at the bottom)
Imagetveguy
Mar 27, 2014 7:38 AM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
very nice indeed!
ImageMuddymitts
Mar 27, 2014 8:35 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
Loved it -- read the whole thing with my morning coffee! Just beautiful, Sue -- and makes my yard look like s**t!! Crying
Every day is a second chance. Every day is precious time.
ImageMShadow
Mar 27, 2014 8:47 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
Awesome! Hurray!
Imagecrowrita1
Mar 27, 2014 9:22 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
I agree ...Arlyn
ImageCalif_Sue
Mar 27, 2014 9:45 AM CST

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
Thanks everyone! Big Grin
ImageDaveinPA
Mar 27, 2014 10:49 AM CST
Name: Dave
south central PA, Zone 6a
MaryAnn Muddymitts
With irises blooming no yard could look as you stated yours did!
Rolling my eyes.
irisawe
Mar 27, 2014 11:18 AM CST
Name: Katherine Howe
Raytown(Kansas City) MO
Sue,
I more than got my answer from you!!! Thank you for sharing. What wonderful pix of your garden. Oh my!!!

K
Katherine
ImageCalif_Sue
Mar 27, 2014 11:26 AM CST

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
Glad you enjoyed it Katherine! Thumbs up
Imagegrannysgarden
Mar 27, 2014 11:59 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake, Arkansas, zone 7
The Magnolia Zone
what a lovely garden you have created Sue. Thank you for sharing it.

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