hort.net Seasonal photo, (c) 2006 Christopher P. Lindsey, All Rights Reserved: do not copy
articles | gallery of plants | blog | tech blog | plant profiles | patents | mailing lists | top stories | links | shorturl service | tom clothier's archive0
Gallery of Plants
Tech Blog
Plant Profiles
Mailing Lists
    Search ALL lists
    Search help
    Subscription info
Top Stories
sHORTurl service
Tom Clothier's Archive
 Top Stories
New Trillium species discovered

Disease could hit Britain's trees hard

Ten of the best snowdrop cultivars

Plant protein database helps identify plant gene functions

Dendroclimatologists record history through trees

Potato beetle could be thwarted through gene manipulation

Hawaii expands coffee farm quarantine

Study explains flower petal loss

RSS story archive

Re: Re: Peach Spot

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: Peach Spot
  • From: "Neil A Mogensen" <neilm@charter.net>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2004 10:24:28 -0500

Linda, the mention of the problem of shortness in the yellow/pink amoena group reminds me of the Barry Blyth article that appeared in *Tall Talk" in the past couple of years.  He ran into a host of problems that were stubbornly difficult in lines that stemmed from Sunset Snows and Lightning Ridge as well.  When he branched out and worked from other materials, especially involving Ghio lines, his breeding took off and led to the present wealth of superior introductions.  I *think* I am representing or summarizing what I read--or read into--what he had to say.  If you don't have that article, I might try copying it and sending it to you--or you could get that issue, as back issues of most *Tall Talk* publications are available for a nominal fee.
In any event, what Barry had to say may be very worth while in view of your objectives.  I've heard it often said--"Build on the successes of the past."  It takes just as much work and frustration to raise seedlings from hopeless dead ends as it does working from the best of the best.  Our difficulty, it seems, is to figure out *which* potential parents fall into which category.  Just because a variety is new or from a top-notch breeder doesn't always mean it is going to be a "best of the best" as a parent.  Bill Burleson made a remark not long ago about trusting his instinct in making crosses.  I think he is laying his finger on something very important--there is a gift in knowing what is going to be good.  Some have it, judging by results.  Some of the rest of us depend on the sheer mass of numbers to get to good offspring.  If you make *enough* compost, you eventually get a good one or two, maybe.  How fortunate they are who have the intuitive gift!
Neil Mogensen  z 7  western NC

Yahoo! Groups Links

Other Mailing lists | Author Index | Date Index | Subject Index | Thread Index

 © 1995-2017 Mallorn Computing, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
Our Privacy Statement