Sunday, June 29, 2014

"Talking Irises" TALL BEARDED IRIS--FIRST-YEAR BLOOMS, 2014

'PARISIAN DAWN' Keppel 2006


By Susanne Holland Spicker

The 2014 TALL BEARDED IRIS SEASON was the best for me in recent memory. I divided nearly all of my irises last year, and wasn't expecting a banner year, but their increase and bloom was more prolific than I have seen for several years. The weather in the top of Utah was ideal for them to establish a good root system in the fall, and the hard freezes in late winter and early spring came before there was damage to the buds, as had been the case the past few years. The new rhizomes I planted had a 95% bloom success--unheard of in my experience with new plantings. Although I was very happy with these new irises, sometimes first-year blooms aren't indicative of what kind of plant it turns out to be. I usually need to wait a few years to know important factors such as hardiness, vigor, and dependability in bloom. These are some of my favorite first-year blooms in 2014.

'PHOTOGENIC' Ghio 2006

'GOING DUTCH' Van Liere 2009


'RHINELANDER' Schreiner 2006

'LENTEN PRAYER' Schreiner 1998
'ABOUT TOWN' Blyth 1997
'PRETTY GENEROUS' Innerst 2004

'CHRISTMAS EVE' Van Liere 2010
'DESIGNER LABEL' Ghio 2003
'QUEEN'S RANSOM' Van Liere 2012
'TICKLE ME PINK' Van Liere 2011

'GYPSY LORD' Keppel 2006



'SISTERHOOD' Van Liere 2011

'DREAM TEAM' Johnson 2007

'BUBBLE BUBBLE' Ghio 2005
'ROLE REVERSAL' Ghio 2010





'LEMON CLOUD' Painter 2008
'GITANO' Keppel 2007

'ROSY FORECAST' Williamson 2010



'WINNING EDGE' Ghio 1997
'WEARING RUBIES' Blyth 2000
'SOUTHERN MORNING' Metler 2011 
'MARCHING TO ZION' Metler 2011

'OVERJOYED' Gatty by Keppel 1994


'ADOREE'  Blyth 2006

'FLORENTINE SILK' Keppel 2005
'EVENING TIDINGS' Schreiner 2009
'GOLDEN PANTHER' Tasco 2000

'ARISTOCRACY' Keppel 2006
'RED SKIES' Ghio 2007



First-year blooms are always exciting; it's much
like  Christmas  morning  to  go  out  and  see a 
new cultivar in bloom for the first time. Time will
tell if these new irises stand the test of time
for good increase, dependability and hardiness--
I hope so, they were beautiful this year.

I'd love to hear about a favorite first-year bloom 
you've had.  

Have any disappointed you with their vigor or 
dependability?





4 comments:

  1. I'm so new at growing iris "on purpose" that I really can't weigh in on this...but thank you so much for sharing these beautiful photos! Guess I'll add some of these to my "want" file for later reference. :~)

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    1. Thanks, Jan--I also have what I call an iris "Wish List", where I keep a file photo of the ones I really like. It has come in handy, this year especially, where so many beautiful ones have been posted.

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  2. Your pictures are always amazing Suzanne! What a nice article. I also had amazing first year bloom here in SW Michigan. We also had a great growing season last year which gave everything a boost in increase. Some of my first year favorites were Ming IB, Bundle of Love BB, Expose, Plum Pretty Whiskers, Loreley (historic), and Ring Around Rosie. There are many more but these all put up more than one bloom stalk and bloomed like crazy.
    You are so right about first year blooms being like Christmas morning. My husband laughs at me because I get so excited and squeal with joy when I see those first blooms. I am always happy when they surpass my expectations. As we all know photos often do not capture the beauty of many of them. Thanks for a fun article.

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  3. Thanks, Lana. I appreciate your comments on the article. I wasn't familiar with IB Ming, BB Bundle of Love or historic Loreley, so I looked them up on the AIS wiki--they are all very nice! I ordered Plum Pretty Whiskers this year and am excited to have it in the garden. It's nice to know irises do so well in SW Michigan. I'm glad there are iris enthusiasts like you that know what I mean about the feeling like Christmas morning--to some we are a strange lot. :)

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