First iris bud spotted! Feels like spring. . .

rosebush(z7 NC)March 12, 2008

Okay, this weather is too gorgeous to be stuck inside an office. When I went home for lunch, I spotted my first iris bud of the year! The leaves have been growing inches each week, especially after the rains, and now they're shooting up bud stalks.

The daffodils and grape hyacinths are still pretty, despite the storms and overnight low temps. Now we're hitting high 60s and tomorrow may go to 73!

Sure feels like spring and I'm loving it! :)

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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

I've seen a few iris blooming in gardens around Smithfield. They must be I. kochii, because they always bloom in March and have that characteristic royal purple color. They're just beautiful.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 4:04PM
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karen__w(z7 Durham, NC)

Alicia, have you ever seen Iris kochii for sale around here? Elizabeth Lawrence talks about it in her books and I would love to plant it in my garden. I've got Iris lazica and unguicularis in full bloom here now.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2008 at 7:18AM
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rosebush(z7 NC)

Mine are the old German irises, pale purple, that smell like grape Kool-aid. Mmmmm! :) Someone was giving them away when I first moved here, so I happily dug them up and planted them in my front flower bed.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2008 at 8:43AM
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alicia7b(z7b/8aNC)

Karen I ordered my Iris kochii from Argyle Acres online. AA is a topnotch iris vendor and sells a lot of historics. They sell it under the name Kochii. I don't have enough of it to divide yet.

Rosebush your iris sounds like one of the pallidas. They are yummy!

    Bookmark   March 14, 2008 at 12:13PM
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