I,m about to give up
This is the third year in a row we have had record rains and low temps. Every year I get so excited about seeing the iris bloom then every year I get a kick in the teeth when the rhysomes either rot out or the blooms rot off as they are opening. I cann,t keep buying new iris just to never see them bloom. This year we have had 4 days of no rain so I was able to stop the rot I hope but it was on almost all my new releases from Shreiners so I won,t be seeing any blooms on them. A few of my older iris are starting to bloom but for some reason they are only about 6 inchs tall and the flowers are tiny. I think after a couple of bad years they just didn,t store enough energy to make normal sized blooms. My only hope is that my new bed on a really steep slope with morning to evening sun will drain off fast enough to deal with all our rain.