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Re: Let's talk about green

  • Subject: [PHOTO] [iris-photos] Re: Let's talk about green
  • From: "J. Griffin Crump" <jgcrump@erols.com>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 13:08:11 -0400

Here's the little critter I was talking about in the message (below) sent about a week ago.  These are its true colors.  As may be seen, the "eyes" are chartreuse.  As may also be seen, the flower at upper right has much more white and much less yellow than the other two blooms.  Yet, all three are the same seedling.  About a third of the flowers in this large clump are the whiter sort.  Also, many of the whiter sort are, indeed, thinner in substance and not as well formed as the more yellow ones --  but not all!   I had 18 seedlings from this cross  --  BLITZ x HAVEN  --  and, so far, have never been able to get a cross involving any of them.  Weather?  This year, the weather is good, and I have made many more crosses, so we'll see if it's weather or infertility.
Another interesting fact about this cross is that it was made by a bee or other insect.  Then how do I know that HAVEN was the pollen parent?  Because HAVEN was the only other iris blooming at the same time.  But how do I know it wasn't BLITZ selfed?  Because -- and here comes the great part  --  HAVEN has a distinctive fragrance, and so do some of these seedlings!  So, let's not forget to give fragrance its due. --  Griff
----- Original Message -----
From: "J. Griffin Crump" <jgcrump@erols.com>
Sent: Saturday, April 17, 2004 7:53 PM
Subject: Re: [iris] HYB: lets talk about green

> Christian  --  If chartreuse counts in the green category, I have a seedling
> with strong chartreuse "eyes".  Trouble is, I haven't yet been able to
> capture the green on film.  It turns mustard yellow.  I've tried again, and
> will have the film developed by sometime next week, so we'll see whether
> it's worth posting.  --  Griff
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Showtime Farm" <showtime@bbtel.com>
> To: <iris@hort.net>
> Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 2004 4:58 PM
> Subject: [iris] HYB: lets talk about green
> > someone has posted another pic of an iris that is supposedly green.
> >
> > Another someone on this list has made the statement that the 'green' often
> > referred to in iris is just the chlorphyll green, which is what the newly
> > posted picture looks like to me.
> >
> > Something that I think I've noted is that often those iris which claim to
> be
> > green are also rather lacking in the substance department, as compared to
> > say JESSE'S SONG or SILVERADO which has led me to conclude that these
> green
> > iris are merely iris so devoid of pigment and substance that they are in
> > effect an Invisible Man.  In essence they are a living X-ray.
> >
> > Does anyone know of a 'green' iris which has substantial substance to
> prove
> > my theory wrong?
> >
> > Is anybody out there working toward green iris and what approach are they
> > taking?
> >
> > christian
> > ky
> >

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