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Re: REB Blue Moonlight X Sharpshooter fall maiden
  • Subject: Re: REB Blue Moonlight X Sharpshooter fall maiden
  • From: Betty Wilkerson <Autmirislvr@aol.com>
  • Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2011 12:47:31 -0500 (EST)


Quite sure.  It was a bit late in the fall, too.  It was one I got the year it was introduced directly from Monty.   I was looking for things that produced like Feed Back & Immortality. 

<<Blue Moonlight? >>
Thanks for the explanation on the stalks.  My garden gets a lot of wind. 
Some people are really impressed by big blooms but I grow a few that are too big for their stalks.  Beautiful but when the second bloom opens the stalks hit the ground.  Still, I'll use them as pollen parents if they have other qualities I like.  They rarely pass on blooms that large. 
I've managed to get some tall stalks using short pod parents but it's risky. 
Speaking of passing on genes---How do I get rid of open standard?  ;-) 

Betty W. 

-----Original Message-----
From: MryL1 <MryL1@msn.com>
To: iris-photos <iris-photos@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Sun, Jan 9, 2011 10:13 am
Subject: [iris-photos] REB Blue Moonlight X Sharpshooter fall maiden

Are you sure it was Blue Moonlight?  It consistently blooms above 36 inches 
here spring and fall.
A lot of the most reliable rebloomers I have show slender stalks and
light substance.  Many are limber, swaying in the strong winds, but
staying up (like MTBs). Putting a big, heavy bloom on that structure
is too much for it.  I want the burly stalks of modern oncers.
Actually, the burly stalks don't look graceful at all to me.  I would rather
have limber stalks that sway and come back up, rather than stiff stalks
that break off in the wind.  But it's all about the bloom, and the strength
is required to hold up a big, heavy modern bloom.
A strong stalk that's yet graceful and limber - now that's rare as hen's teeth.
I had one, years ago.  It was Mother Earth X Sugar Blues.  Nice color - clean
white over bright yellow and bright blue, but retro form.  Huge thing, chosen
by a van load of people on a windy day as their favorite.  Blooms were head-high,
bouncing back and forth like ping pong balls.
Probably the best option for something homeowner-friendly would be a small-
flowered tall.  Downsized ultra-modern blooms an limber TB stalks.  Anybody
working on that?  With, of course, high bud count and continuous rebloom.
Mary Lou, near Indianapolis, Z5

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