Romeo for the Holidays

eukofiosDecember 2, 2012

Here is Romeo, produced by Millet et Fils in 1912. I bought it mail order this summer. Having run out of room, I planted it in a container. A few weeks ago the raised bed was ready to plant, but this one had a flower shoot. So I placed it in a cool room, sunny window. Here it is today.

It doesn't look a lot like photos of Romeo. Maybe it's the odd timing, or the odd situation, or the growth medium. It's in a used potting soil. Maybe it's mislabeled. I like it better than than the linked site. The colors have a sepia tone, like an old Kodachrome photo.

I don't know if winter blooming can be done intentionally. This was unplanned.

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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Hmmm, that doesn't look at all like Romeo- I'll bet it's a reblooming tall bearded iris that was mislabeled. I bought some this year that have already bloomed too- Desert Legacy by Margie Valenzuela, but it is listed as a reblooming iris. I don't think it's possible to get an iris without the gene for fall bloom to bloom in fall.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2012 at 11:05PM
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It probably won't bloom next Spring, having used the one mother rhizome for bloom now. The new growths are tiny. So I guess it will be 2014 before I see what it looks like in the garden under proper conditions! Long way away! Meanwhile I'm happy to have a unique holiday flower for the table!

Here is a link that might be useful: American Iris Society: Romeo

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 12:06PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

It looks like 'Romero' at this link.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 5:14PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Should mention C and T Iris Patch in 2008 had more mis-identified pictures of iris than any other seller online.

Don't know if they've corrected the mistaken names/pictures. Heads up.

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 5:24PM
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Thanks, that sheds some light on the matter. C&T does list that one as Romeo even though their pic is labeled Romero. I googled on Iris Romero and could not come up with any irises but there was an interesting mug shot of someone by that name.

I actually like it better than the photos of Romeo. I guess I should call it "Uncertain ID"

Here is a link that might be useful: C & T Iris: Romeo

    Bookmark   December 3, 2012 at 8:54PM
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