Thank you to Gary White for letting us know how blooming 2015 is happening in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Here’s what I have in bloom in my Lincoln garden in southeast Nebraska so far this spring (after the small bulbous reticulatas):
My bearded bloom started on April 15 with Red Heart (SDB) and Baby Baron (SDB)
The next day, April 16, I had my first MDB – Libation, in bloom.
The next few days there were numerous irises coming into bloom, including 3 more MDBs – Grey Pearls, Minikin, and Zipper.
Rose Mist is an H.P. Sass iris from 1931 and was listed as a DB in the 1939 checklist. DB irises (for Dwarf Bearded) included all irises up to and including 17 inches in height. Rose Mist today would be included in the SDB class, but there was only one class back then for all dwarf irises under 18 inches in height. The Iris Encyclopedia lists Rose Mist as an MDB based on the DB designation in effect in 1939. Rose Mist started blooming on April 19.
We have 31 other SDBs in bloom now. Those include (in sequence of bloom): Just A Croc, Cup Cake, Cherry Garden, Wow, Knotty Pine, What Again, Ooh La La, People Pleaser, Minikin, Jilleroo, Pink Fawn, Sweet N Neat, Smell The Roses, Seventy Seven, Jewel of Jakarta, Plum Perfect.
Then yesterday, the following 8 came into bloom: Doe Z Doe, Wedgewood Blue, Being Busy, Blue Denim, Do Si Do, Blue Mascara, and Ice and Indigo.
Today (April 23) the following SDBs opened the first time this year: Irish Chant, Petite Polka, Rosalie Loving, Acey Deucy, Limpid Pools, Born Free, Abba Alias Abba, and Neutron.
And the most amazing iris to bloom this early is an unnamed Siberian iris I have had about 4 years. It started blooming about 5 days ago and is an almost electric blue, with numerous open flowers today. None of the other Siberians are even showing buds yet. It was extremely early last year as well, so its in its genetics, I think. I will have to look into saving some pollen and making crosses to obtain very early blooming Siberians.
Several of the irises are historic (introduced prior to 1986), and 15 of those listed above were introductions from Allan Ensminger, a Lincoln hybridizer.