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Re: Playing with historics

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Playing with historics
  • From: "Anna Smith" goatcreek@keremeos.net
  • Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2005 17:39:11 -0700

I have not even tried to set pods on my Rameses...have a ton of it and ONLY leave it as it smells wonderful, and is a vigorous plant. I did use pollen on a couple other this year, just because my blooming was so poor, and it looked like it could be interesting. I had a tough year getting pollen on my Iris that did bloom too...half of the really fancy ones just did NOT have any pollen at all...so I covered them with ones like Brindled Beauty ( I LOVE that one!), Zebra (got to get some varigateds in other colors than ... blue), Batik. Looks like almost ALL I pollinated set really good pods too. The only 2 that look like they missed were 2 of the first to bloom, a very short bearded yellow with brown splashes (must be historic, came out of beds over 50 years old!), and a NOID pale BB pink. And transplanted lots of Enchanted One X Swazi Princess seedlings from last year....But am sure mine are all done now, and didnt even have half bloom....not even my Bewilderbeast, which I was SOOO looking forward to.
in southern BC
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, June 06, 2005 5:14 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] Playing with historics

I've tried many times over the years to set pods on my Grand Mother's clump of Ramseses but never got a take.  Two years ago I set a pod on Maharishi with pollen from Ramseses and this is what has popped up in my seedling bed along with another one.  While this seedling is nothing to ring doorbells about, I quite like it compared to the pollen parent for a number of reasons.  First of all, it has added width and a touch better substance and form.  Colors are quite a bit more intense as well so I was some what entertained at how I was able to bring a bit of life back into the bloom. 
These are just curiosities for me, I thought I'd share what's blooming in the seedling bed.

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