Jenny Cich of the Lincoln Iris Society has a great item with that title in the September 2017 issue of the LIS Rainbow Messenger, their newsletter. She would like to make a submission to the Reblooming Iris Society on behalf of LIS of irises that rebloom in their zone (5). She includes a list of the tall bearded irises reported by RIS to rebloom in zone 5 or lower which is very interesting. Can you help her? See the details in the newsletter(PDF).
The first reported rebloom in Region 21 this year comes from Linda Wilkie who received a report of ‘Immortality’ blooming in a midtown Omaha garden this week. Coincidentally or not, the Greater Omaha Iris Society meeting topic this coming Monday, September 11th, is Reblooming Iris. Location and further details can be found on their website.
Our first bloom stalk came up last week and we are waiting for it to open. It is ‘Oxmoor Hills’ by James Ennenga. What is blooming or preparing to bloom in your garden?
Again this year the first blooms in our central Iowa garden belong to Iris reticulata, a bulbous iris. There were 5 blooms open today (March 27th). In 2016 the first bloom we saw was on March 31st.
The last two years we did a series reporting when and where particular irises began blooming because we thought it could be helpful to have information on when irises are blooming in the Region in more or less real time. So that you, your friends and neighbors, and visitors will know when to see the irises. When/where to see the early irises. When is the peak bloom time in your garden this year? When is the best time to see public displays in our Region this year?
We would like to continue it this year for the same reasons and to see if having more years of observations helps to better understand when irises will be blooming. Do you have some bloom observations we can add to the list? You can either leave them as a comment or email the webmaster firstname.lastname@example.org to have them added. Thank you.
With our cold weather coming, two irises each had two stalks up and no blooms open or opening. A stalk from each was cut on November 19th and put inside in water. Finally on November 30th the one opened. ‘Mariposa Autumn’ is TB by Tasco (1999) which is listed as a rebloomer. Ours was planted 4 years ago and as far as I know has not rebloomed before. Does this count as reblooming?
One of the bonuses to being a host garden is seeing guest irises rebloom. Several different guest irises rebloomed in one or more gardens. You can see a summary including several photos of what was observed in the central Iowa host gardens as they prepare for next year’s AIS Convention “Rhythm of the Prairie” May 23-27, 2017. Check out the other details of the Convention while you are on their website.
Thank you to Eunice Cernohlavek for this November 10, 2016 report and photos from November 4th and 5th. You can click on the photos to see a larger version.
Sightings at Bentfork Gardens by Eunice Cernohlavek
This last week I was taking pictures of reblooming iris at Gary and Linda’s gardens. Here are pictures of two.
Two tall bearded varieties really put on quite a show. Daughter of Stars by Donald Spoon 2000 is a rebloomer and received the Award of Merit in 2005 and Wister medal in 2007. It had 1 stalk with 2 blooms, 2 buds and another stalk with 1 bud. The other TB is Aunt Mary, a 2000 introduction by Tim Stanek. It is not a rebloomer, but indicates it’s a late bloom, but this is really late!! It had 3 open blooms, 3 buds, and 6 spent blooms.
And Rosalie Figge has a bud stalk showing color as of this week also.
Among the other plants blooming in the garden are various clematis, and roses. Do these plants know that winter is coming?
Kris Jurik has another rebloomer in her garden. This is ‘Clarence’ by Zurbrigg (1991) in a November 2, 2016 photo. This rebloomer was a Wister Medal winner in 2000.