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Re: Re: HYB: Blyth survivors

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: HYB: Blyth survivors
  • From: "Juri Pirogov" jukp@aha.ru
  • Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2004 20:43:14 +0300

Neil,
there is in a pedigree of LOUISA'S SONG an iris that is mysterious for me: CLOUD FIRE (B.Brown'83). It is only one that is out of Barry's line. Is that only happy occasion or CLOUD FIRE has some exclusive qualities?
 
Juri
in Moscow
 
One thing that has been really interesting to me is a substantial shift in direction taking place in Blyth's breeding a few generations back.  The heavy reliance on SUNSET SNOWS, LIGHTNING RIDGE and similar line-breeding that ultimately is PINNACLE, pinks, and PROGENITOR/WHOLE CLOTH oriented has taken a subtle but significant shift.  Barry mentions this in a *Tall Talk* article.  The pinks and Progenitor-derived ancestry is still there, but the newer Blyth line is more dependent on Ghio sources than on Opal Brown's work. I have forgotten just what all came into the line, but the quality has shot up rapidly in recent generations.
 
Plume d'Or, Cafe Risque, Avona and some others figure heavily in the ancestries of recent varieties, and MAN ABOUT TOWN (from Plume d'Or x Cafe Risque) is especially notable, as are its several named sibs.  Currently LOUISA'S SONG and its sibs, including SILK ROMANCE have been especially productive of wide, beautifully formed and remarkable colorful creations. Another name that surfaces repeatedly is AVONA.  The genetics in the line are so complex that astounding variety is emerging.

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