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Re: : HYB: Blyth survivors

  • Subject: [iris-photos] Re: : HYB: Blyth survivors
  • From: irischapman@netscape.net
  • Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2004 23:47:23 -0500

"Juri Pirogov" <jukp@aha.ru> wrote:

>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?
>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.

Cloud Fire is one of the best for cold area of its colour (White with red 
Chuck Chapman, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Zone 4/5

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