This looks like it has good potential. If memory serves, Blue Moonlight always bloomed short when I grew it at Alvaton.
Mary Lou, please elaborate a bit. Are you saying they don't have the strength to hold up the blooms? Or do they "look" bad? Or other?
<<Of all inherited traits, seems like weak stalks in pod parent is as close to
'always' as anything gets in tetraploid genetics.>>
Years ago, I grew several of Bernard Hamner's irises. Some of them had strange terminals. I don't quite know how to describe them except they were very slender at the tip and just looked different than the terminals on other irises. One of Lloyd's seedling that I grew had this type of terminal and they still occasionally show up in the garden.
Betty W. . . .
From: MryL1 <MryL1@msn.com>
To: iris-photos <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sun, Jan 9, 2011 5:52 am
Subject: [iris-photos] REB Blue Moonlight X Sharpshooter fall maiden
This one opened back around Thanksgiving. I didn't post it, hoping
to get a more normal shot of a later bloom, but the other buds just
dried up. Since cold damage typically shows up in falls before standards,
(petals on outside, so more exposed), I'm guessing I did this to the
standards (and later blooms) when I disturbed the roots.
I expect this one to show weak stalks when established, like Blue Moonlight.
Of all inherited traits, seems like weak stalks in pod parent is as close to
'always' as anything gets in tetraploid genetics.
I'm gratified that you guys are enjoying these. Makes it seem more
worthwhile tippy-toeing through 20 pots. Still a long time till spring.
Mary Lou, near Indianapolis Z5