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First iris bud spotted! Feels like spring. . .

Posted by rosebush z7 NC (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 12, 08 at 13:15

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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RE: First iris bud spotted! Feels like spring. . .

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.

RE: First iris bud spotted! Feels like spring. . .

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.

RE: First iris bud spotted! Feels like spring. . .

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.

RE: First iris bud spotted! Feels like spring. . .

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!

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