General Discussion forum: 2020 iris season starts on April 21st, in Illinois !

 
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Imagecrowrita1
Apr 21, 2020 5:13 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Well...actually, it started EARLIER ! I'd been watching the pumilas, as they are always the first, but, I guess I wasn't watching close enough ! Found one, partially dried up bloom, on one clump! Too "far gone" for a decent picture, but, there should be some "fresh ones", very soon !
I lost two of the pumila plants, over the winter, and while I'm not positive of the reason, I *think* I need to blame the outfit that does the lawn care, at the "house lot". I'm just guessing, but I think they may have hit them with "weed & feed" spray, last fall ! They were planted on the edge of the bed, right next to one another, so, one "slip" would have got them both ! One....my so called "park noid", isn't a big issue, as I have it in several places. The other , though (Suslik...one of John Burton's) is one I hate to lose ! Sad
Imageirisarian
Apr 21, 2020 8:23 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I can check later this spring & see if we have any, Arlyn.
Imagecrowrita1
Apr 22, 2020 6:21 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Thanks, Lucy ! Both those plants were "clumped" to about the size of a dinner plate, and were always really good bloomers. I *had* planned on dividing them, this year. Quite a few of my "little guys" need some division, this season.....some clumps are WAY past due !
Imageirisarian
Apr 22, 2020 8:05 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
absolutely no irises blooming as yet. last year Wild whispers had a flower.
temp keeps going in the 30s after warming up so I DO NOT GO OUT!. 85 does not work for gardening, sorry!
Imagetveguy
Apr 23, 2020 12:38 PM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
I see some color on my little "Pussy Toes", it should bloom soon, it's later then last year already.
Imagecrowrita1
May 1, 2020 2:14 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
I've been pretty lax with picture taking this spring *Blush* , but here's a few that caught my eye, today:
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Gingerbread Man...…..a very dependable bloomer, even when it's "overcrowded" *Blush*

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Golden Starlet...….getting pretty "old", but still makes a good show !

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Sun Sprite....one of Lucy's that always gives me a little extra, on the first, few blooms Sticking tongue out . This is another that really "shows up" well, in the border.

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Reddy Set.....another of Lucy's

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Blueberry Tart......always glad to see this one bloom....does pretty good in rebloom, too.
Imageirisarian
May 1, 2020 2:55 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
naughty sprite. didn't know that it did that. good for Reddy Set.
Imagetveguy
May 2, 2020 5:03 AM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
Nice bunch of blooms. Gingerbread Man sure is a fast grower. Sun Sprite has never done that here yet. I didn't know that Blueberry Tart would Rebloom. I'll have to give it a bit of fertilizer this year and see if it will do it here too.
Reddy Set has grown into a large clump for me now, should put on a nice show this year. Smiling
Imageirisarian
May 2, 2020 6:12 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
glad that Sun Sprite behaves for you Tom. It must know that it is under the care of a fellow Badger. Hurray!
Imagecrowrita1
May 2, 2020 6:59 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Blueberry Tart is a "lethargic" bloomer for me...both spring AND fall...….by lethargic, what I mean is there are never a lot of buds open, at once....just one, or two, at a time....but, that "extends" the season, quite a bit. Some...…..Golden Starlet is a good example....open almost all their flowers ,at once....makes a great show, but it's all over in just a few days Shrug!
Sun Sprite IS sort of "cheese colored", so you may be on to something, Lucy ! I have several SDB's that almost always throw "4 's" on their first, few blossoms....always figured it was in response to colder temps when the buds were forming, as later blossoms are always "normal" Shrug! .
Quite a few opening up, this morning ! If the temps stay up, and the rain holds off...should really be showy by the middle of next week ! I only see a "very few" stalks in any of the TB's, yet...still pretty early, here, for them.
Imageirisarian
May 2, 2020 8:10 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
I think bud formation problems is the answer. Perhaps they come on too early.
Imagecrowrita1
May 3, 2020 9:15 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Here's some random shots, from this morning:
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the dogwood is just about at "full color"...supposed to be "pink", but, I think that's pretty "optimistic "....more of a "dirty white", to me Shrug!
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Tantara definitely needs divided !
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Dancing Bunnies isn't the best grower, here, but, It sure is cute !
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Bugsy makes a nice "bright spot" in the garden !
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the bees are really loving the wild plum tree, this spring !
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Big Blue Eyes is just beginning to start growing well...it's been rather a "slow starter" in my beds
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the wild strawberries are just finishing up blooming.....won't be long !!
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the "tame" strawberries are just starting to blossom
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Reddy Set...this is the same blossom I posted a pic of, a few days ago.....really changes in appearance ! NOT ! It's Red Heart !! Pardon my mistake !
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what we call "Bluebells"....it's really Virginia Cowslip Shrug!
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Imagetveguy
May 3, 2020 9:18 AM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
I've never seen Reddy Set with that wide and distinct edge on the fall. Are you sure it's not a seedling?
Imageirisarian
May 3, 2020 7:17 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
note he changed name to historic Red Heart.
Imagetveguy
May 4, 2020 3:23 AM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
OK, that explains it. Smiling
ImageMShadow
May 16, 2020 10:21 AM CST
Name: Marilyn Campbell
Houghton Lake, MI
Awesome blooms Arlyn. I love the little ones. It looks like you have a few new ones I haven't seen before. Thumbs up
Deebie
May 18, 2020 10:41 AM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
How did I miss this thread. Arlyn, you irises make lovely clumps. I need to get some Gingerbread Man. Lovey dubby And I haven't seen amy of my Tantara. It's on my list. Blinking
Imagecrowrita1
May 18, 2020 10:50 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside Co, Illinois Zone 5A
Here's a few bed shots, I took this morning.....MDB's, of course, are done, the SDB's are on their last stalks, The IB's , and the early TB's are just starting.Thumb of 2020-05-18/crowrita1/19931f
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Here's Earl of Essex....it's a lot further along than the pecan tree is !
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This is "Potawatomie"....a true Indian", it sneaks up on me, every year !
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Imagetveguy
May 18, 2020 12:33 PM CST
Name: Tom
Wisconsin
Lots of stalks getting ready, should be very colorful by you in a coupe weeks. Hurray! Potawatomie is a cute one even though he's sneaky.
Deebie
May 18, 2020 2:03 PM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
Hurray! Hurray! Love the iris bed views. Lovey dubby It will be a sight to behold in a few weeks. Thumbs up

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