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Re: Re: AB: 1st bloom

  • Subject: Re: Re: AB: 1st bloom
  • From: bdavis3738@aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 07:48:06 EDT

Good Morning Donald,
Thanks for the seedling picture.  I myself still get excited if I get any seedling far along enough to bloom. That quickly fades when I see that most of my seedling lack any unique qualities. Most get slated to head for the great compost heap in the sky.  I know the blah feeling when they just don't do anything for you in the long run.
I've noticed the attribute you mentioned of the arils types of iris really taking off once they come out of dormancy.  I am hoping that will not be a bad thing up here.  Two nights ago it suddenly got down to 22 and last night it was below freezing again, even though the forecast said it wouldn't freeze. Sigh.  I'm still waiting to see if the iris got zapped or not.  All of my arilbreds are planted on the south side of the house where the sun warms the cinderblock foundation for the basement.  I am hoping that this radiated enough heat to keep things from freezing too badly.  I am sooooo ready for warm weather!!!  I'll cross my fingers both for the plants here and your seedlings down there.  Maybe you'll still get bloom out of that second seedling.
We have our iris club meeting this weekend.  I will be quizing my friend from over near Peoria on how her Arils are doing in this weather.  If nothing else, it is still interesting to learn how new plants will do around here and, as much as I hate to say it, there is always next year.
Thanks and good luck!
Brian Davis
Champaign, Illinois
In a message dated 3/31/2009 9:58:50 P.M. Central Daylight Time, donald@eastland.net writes:

Hello Brian,

I'm glad you're trying some ABs. I think they'll prove to be like other
iris classes where some do well and others not so well and some won't. I'd
think a lot of the arilmeds would do well in colder climates with their
median background, but I think others might surprise people. I find a lot
of them work on speeded up growth. When they break dormancy or when they
are growing toward bloom season, many develope everything rapidly compared
to other iris. That can be beneficial, but can also be a drawback. The
race to bloom sometimes means they escape some bad things simply because
there's less time for those things to occur. A big downside is they also
dwindle faster if they go into decline. Sometimes that happens so quickly
you don't realize it until it's too late to salvage them. However, one of
the true weedy iris here is an AB. There's a clump in a bad location where
some rhizomes got dropped unnoticed when I was dividing.

Always look forward to seeing new things and the photo is the first of the
very few I'll see this year. It's a cross of RARE SPICE X (AT LAST x LUELLA
DEE). This was the second day of bloom after it opened in winds gusting to
40mph. Not really appealing to me. Some interesting aspects to it. It
retained the very dark beards that were a hallmark of the (ALxLD) seedlings
and I like those. The photo doesn't show it, but there's an orange cast to
the color in the falls. Also not clear is the tan midrib on the standards
has a matching tan color patched on the top of the standards. That's an
interesting effect I've not seen before. Still, overall, it doesn't work
for me. There's a sibling that I hope will bloom this year and maybe I'll
like it better. That sibling has actually had better plant growth, but so
far I don't see any sign of a stalk emerging. I'm seeing a lot of that this
year. I'm guessing some things have had to put their energy into survival,
not bloom.

Donald Eaves
Texas Zone 7b, USA

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