Betty, I'm so glad for your questions.
Why? Because I mistakenly wrote Celeste when in fact the pod parent
was Lady Celesta. (which is a (more modern day) light blue).
Thus the one (so far) resulting blue seedling w/ beard.
(Bernard Hamner by Shepard Iris Garden, R.
1994). Sdlg. 89-27. TB, 38" (97 cm), M.
Pale blue white self; beards dark
blue. (Song of Norway x Sea Spell) X Evening Echo.
I thought I had a photo of it, but apparently I do
not. It grows at LEAST 38 inches tall, and even taller. One year Lady
Celesta grew to be 44".
Sometimes I use paper bags once an iris is
pollinated, or I remove the falls, ........and sometimes I do not.
NOTE: I've begun to think that
more than one pollen parent can fertilize an iris, in fact I'm about 99.9% it
happens. So, if a bee had went into one of the chambers to pollinate the
pod parent before me, and I came by a few minutes later...................the
other 2 empty chambers would now also hold the 2nd pollen parents' pollen. I've
purposely did this earlier in my hybridizing not really expecting BOTH
pollen parents and their genetic matter to materialize. I
expected one or the other pollen parent to have been the parent of all the
seeds. This was not the case. I had some very bizarre results! This year I've
tried duplicating a dual set of pollen parents onto one iris. Alas - the cross
did not take. But, in years to come - - I'll now carefully be choosing to do
just this on certain desired crosses. :-)
~ Margie V.
Oro Valley, AZ.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2009 4:25 AM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] HYB TB Photo:
SLY FOX x CELESTE seedling #1
<<surely do not look like it.>>
Margie, I love
the beard on this blue one & the ruffles on the yellow.
I can't find
any information on Celeste as it appears to be a historic
from the early
days. What color is it?
Do you protect your crosses from stray pollen
It will be fun to see the rest of the
Mon, Jul 13, 2009 12:08 am
Subject: [iris-photos] HYB TB Photo: SLY FOX x
CELESTE seedling #1
I had 2 irises bloom from this cross this
year. (I'm hoping the rest of
the other siblings will bloom next
year). These 2 are siblings but
surely do not look like it. Here is
the first one:
Oro Valley, AZ.