Rebloomers tend to be among the first tall bearded irises to bloom in the spring, and they often color the garden for a week before the oncers begin blooming. In early April, 'Tara's Choice' and several other rebloomers were looking great. Unfortunately, I knew it was way too early for them to be safe in my Kentucky, zone 6, garden.
|'Tara's Choice' (Wilkerson 2004)|
As I finished my last AIS blog entry, the garden was hit by a heavy frost extending over three consecutive nights. Many of my seedlings were in full bloom and I'd begun making crosses for the 2012 year. They turned out to be busy work. The immediate concern was damage. What was damaged and how bad was it?
|Frost damaged stalk|
There were no pods in the tall bearded section for 2012. About twenty crosses had been made when the frost hit and none survived. Another ten crosses were made post frost and none of these took. Recently germinated seedlings were frost bit but few were killed, fortunately.
Since the spring bloom was three weeks early, so it should be no surprise that rebloom also started earlier this year. 'Pinkness' (Byers 89) tried to spring bloom, was damaged. and it was the first introduced iris to put up a new stalk, followed by 'Gate of Heaven' (Zurbrigg 2004) and 'Artistic Showoff' (Wilkerson 2011.) This is early for my garden, but there are reports of early rebloom in many parts of the US of A.
|'Pinkness' (Byers 1989)|
|'Gate of Heaven' (Zurbrigg 2004) (Yum!)|
|'Artistic Showoff' (Wilkerson 2011)|
Even before these three irises bloomed, two of my summer blooming seedlings gave a show. Both 2025-02Re and 2130-01Re have bloomed in July but started rebloom in June this year. Both have been used in breeding.
|2025-02Re Wilkerson seedling (Total Recall x 1625-01Re (Star Gate x (Violet Returns x Breakers)|
|2131-01Re Wilkerson seedling (Again & Again X Echo Location)|
|2102-04Re Wilkerson seedling (Star Gate x (Bridge In Time x (Feed Back x Titan's Glory) X Arctic Fox|
|1907-10Re Wilkerson seedling (Blatant X All Revved Up)|
Much of the country had an early bloom season in the spring. Did any of your irises get hit by frost? Have any of your reblooming irises sent up new stalks already this summer?