Isn't Jan 31st too early for iris?

dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)February 1, 2012

All of a sudden, this bed of iris at the house I bought recently has two buds and one has broken color (pale blue).

I really mean all of a sudden because three days ago I was trying to figure what kind of iris this bed was since the foliage has not withered or dried but still lush and green.

It seems it's the bearded type.

But seriously, January???

I realize this is down drain of a gutter and against a brick wall with full sun but still earlier than I ever

expected any blooms.

(and I must thank the dog for frequently walking through the bed to pee on it)

Should I wait for the first bud to open before cutting a stalk to bring into the house?

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jay_7bsc(8a)

Dear dottie in charlotte,
If your dog has peed on your irises, are you sure you want to take them inside your house?

Re: Irises blooming on January 31. They're responding to this year's warm winter weather and, thus, are not reading the calendar.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 9:50AM
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ncrescue

Maybe it is Iris unguicularis? Mine is blooming now, and that is about the right time.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 10:01PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

awww, that's funny..no I left it alone in full bloom.

ncrescue..you always send me to Google to look up the latin names. Maybe you're right, I'll go check.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 10:17PM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Nope, not winter iris..that's the asian type I think.
This one is an old fashioned ordinary bearded iris.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 10:20PM
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gusolie

I distinctly remember in January 2008 seeing a blue bearded iris in bloom in a flower bed at a church on South Tryon Street. And, this bed was out in the middle of a grassy area, in partial light because of overhead limbs from willow oaks!

    Bookmark   February 2, 2012 at 11:44PM
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dragonstone

Wow. My iris aren't this far along. They started leafing out in December and my iris seedlings popped out a few days into January. My iris haven't started sending out any blooms yet though. I'm too nervous about the idea of them sending out any blooms when I'm sure we'll have some more frosts between now and spring...

    Bookmark   February 14, 2012 at 12:38PM
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Carolinaflowerlover NC Zone 7b

I had one bloom right in the middle of December. It shocked the daylights out of me! It was beautiful...until it rained a few days later and then froze. :( A second bloom never opened (froze). When do irises normally bloom in North Carolina?

    Bookmark   March 13, 2012 at 10:25PM
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