Paul, your 2000-S is a
Referring to your remarks about it, I can add--not
only Keppel luminata lines--but Blyth and Ghio's too. They have
worked back and forth, and a number of very good ones have shown up
in all three gardens.
As plicatas go, one of the strongest pink-ground
ones for me has been LONELY HEARTS. It is a beautiful flower, good stalk and
normally good growth. Unfortunatly I trimmed back a little too far on
stock, then had a near bloom-out last year. Finally, two sprouts showed up
late in the season. I was relieved to see them. This is one that's
definately a "keeper," even when I am trying to follow Byer's comment response
to some question about "If you could only have ten irises, what would they be?"
or something similar to that.
Monty is quoted as saying "I'd have two to breed
from and the rest seedlings." I'm trying to utilize my limited space
similarly--keep only those I might use in breeding--and use the rest of the
ground for seedlings. But there's a few I keep just because I like them so
much. LONELY HEARTS is one of those.
An example of the quality luminatas from Keppel and
Blyth recent things shows inside the back cover of Keith's 2003
catalog. His TELEPATHY and Blyth's HIGH MASTER are pictured
there. They almost make me consider changing my breeding objectives.
They're beautiful. I don't know how much "t" they carry, if any, but the
wide outcross involved, were you to cross 2000-S with one of them, could do some
interesting things, particularly in the area of "growability." I hear a
lot of unhappy comments on how difficult West Coast luminatas behave in the
South and East. Your breeding lines might well make a difference in
Your 2000-S has a stronger pink ground color than
any of any plicata type I've seen. It seems you have a
significant potential there.
Neil Mogensen z 7 western
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