Better Late Than Never

harryshoe zone6 eastern PennsylvaniaOctober 8, 2013

Although I grow over a dozen iris, this spring I added my first bearded iris. I bought "Double Your Fun" on impulse because the plant looked so healthy and the tag promised a compact plant with repeat bloom.

I've been impressed how well it has held up and even more so when I noticed that indeed rebloom was in progress. The pictures below were taken this morning.

Is this unusual?

Do these blooms have a chance before season end?

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Nancy zone 6

Congrats! Hard to say whether it will have time to bloom. They can handle some light frosts, though, so keep your fingers crossed.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2013 at 8:17PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

It depends on when you get frost. Most of my rebloomers bloom in October/November. But we don't get frost here very often.

That plant really does look healthy and happy.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2013 at 12:46AM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

Upon closer inspection there are 4 scapes in the works. No frost in ten-day forecast. Maybe I'll see some blooms.

Hopefully, rebloom will be earlier next year when plant will have been in ground entire season.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2013 at 12:48PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

If a frost is about to hit, you can cut them off and bring them indoors. Sometimes the blooms will open.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2013 at 12:55AM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

Its a bloom! An unexpected fall pleasure. Weather looks OK for the next week.

Maybe it'll come a little earlier next year.

    Bookmark   October 18, 2013 at 1:59PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

I like the color combo of your IB. Different from what we saw 20 years ago. I bought 'Party's Over' this year to have one with this combo. Hope it does as well.

By the way .... in the top photo there is a lavender blooming shrublet to the right of the iris .... do you know its name? TIA

    Bookmark   October 22, 2013 at 2:27PM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

The plant to the right is an Aster. I can't remember its name. On the left is a Mum with a red self-sowed sage (hummingbird garden) growing behind the iris.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 11:12AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

That's a wonderful iris. I think I would stick that in a few different locations!

    Bookmark   October 23, 2013 at 2:35PM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

Its November 3rd and we've had a few frosts. But she doesn't seem to mind:

    Bookmark   November 3, 2013 at 9:34AM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

The first real freeze has wilted the flowers, but not the buds! The foliage was not affected. Maybe a few more warm nights will bring a new set of blooms.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2013 at 11:53AM
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