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Re: Reds/Photo TB:seedling -Griff

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Reds/Photo TB:seedling -Griff
  • From: "Margie Valenzuela" <IrisLady@comcast.net>
  • Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2004 13:44:01 -0700

Hi Griff - -
I have read the article(s) in the recent AIS bulletins on reds (by Spoon,  the one by Ernst, and the one by Aiken).  I find all that they have to say is intriguing, informative, yet speculative. I believe you, me, Linda, Patrick, Mike, Neil, Walter, and so many others out there, anyone of us has the capability of coming up with a true red iris.  Be it through the use of 1.)  genetic information, through 2.) a God-given talent using our imagination, intuition, and the art of the "seeing eye", through 3.) just pure accidental luck, or a combination of any or all of the above. :-)
This red seedling of mine  -  comes out of Vanity.  The other parent is - wouldn't you know it -- unknown.  The seeds from this cross were made years ago - - before I moved out here to Oro Valley.  Unfortunately - most of my paperwork was lost in the move.  Seeds in the envelopes listed only the Pod parent  - so I could later track the cross.
At the time - - all I had were older varieties in the yard.  I guess I'm not much help - - but maybe something in Vanity may hold a key. 
Maybe someone could dig into Vanity's past and let us know what they have found. 
Margie V.
Oro Valley, AZ.
Zone 8/9
----- Original Message -----
From: jgcrump
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2004 11:00 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Reds/Photo TB:seedling

That's really a nice red, Margie.  Parentage?  And have you read Don Spoon's article on reds in the current Bulletin?  --  Griff
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2004 2:43 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] Reds/Photo TB:seedling

This is a seedling. (2 photos here - same seedling, different flower, different time of day)  It has a tailored/older look to it, but I am quite pleased with the red tones I see in it.  Nothing to be introduced of course, but I am using it as a parent.
The texture on the falls are velvety - and I really like that too.  Because of the velvety texture - - the light plays on it and can at times give it a near maroon-black velvet look to it as well. The substance is good, it doesn't fade, the branching is decent, it's nice and tall, and (I don't recall nor did I make note of how many buds it has due to it being first year - - but if memory serves me right) - - it has 6-8 buds. 
During certain times of the day - - it looks redder than other times when an orange tint seems to shine through.  Other times, it looks much deeper/darker in color. 
The standards are more silky, and so the color on them remain the same throughout the day.
I don't know if the color will stay true.  I hope so, but one of it's siblings in it's first year bloomed more lt. pink, then the following year it bloomed more lt.apricot in color. Even though it remained in the same place.
I've moved my seedlings this past fall to another location.  I'm anxious to see what they will look like come spring.
Margie V.
Oro Valley, AZ.
Zone 8/9

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