"Double Your Fun flowered right up to this past weekend
(early November) when I brought the last stem inside with 4 buds on it. I had even cut back
all my iris and
that one still sent out a new flower stem in spite of that. Loving it!"
||S. O., Georgetown, Ontario
There are several varieties of Bearded Iris that can bloom again
in the late summer, early fall. While not guaranteed and subject to
weather conditions, a good re-bloom of some Irises is possible if you
select varieties that are known to re-bloom in your area.
Just a note to the wise, many Irises advertised as “Re-Bloomers”, will
only re-bloom where the summers are longer, ie, in warmer climates. Better
to buy from a local grower who has experienced success and can make
recommendations for your area.
Re-bloom can be encouraged with extra water and fertilizer during
summer droughts. A few years ago we planted a bed specifically for
re-bloomers. It's closer to the water supply so if necessary, we can
help Mother Nature in the event of a severe water shortage.
On cloudy fall days, there is nothing more cheerful than a bouquet of
particularly the fragrant ones. Bob photographed several
bouquets of them for you to enjoy.
|Bouquet In The Window
||Bouquet In The Garden
Some of the re-bloomers need a second season after planting to give a good
Immortality seems to be a little shy the first year and then is the most reliable.
Queen Dorothy, though not a
spectacular flower, is also an excellent re-bloomer and fragrant as well.
Rosalie Figge never fails. There
are Re-bloomers in every class. Make room for a couple of dwarfs such as
Blueberry Tart and
Forever Violet. Some
reliable Intermediate Re-bloomers are Double
and I'll Be Back.
Every year is a little different since the re-bloom is spread out over several months and it's not easy to
predict which will and which won't re-bloom. We plan to continue to introduce and test more of these varieties and to
maintain bloom records which will identify reliability patterns. You are welcome to give us a call and/or
drop by in the fall to discover which varieties are re-blooming for us.
Re-Bloomers In Our Gardens (South-Western Ontario - Canadian Hardiness Zone 5b)
Again And Again,
Daughter Of Stars,
|Miniature Tall Bearded
Double Your Fun,
I'll Be Back,
|Standard Dwarf Bearded
|Miniature Dwarf Bearded