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Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2002 4:54
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Seeking Triple
The perfect iris is a relative thing. I have oft been rebuked
to "the perfect iris!" I'm told it doesn't
exist. My ideal is the one
sketched opposite the Section A
sheet in the judge's handbook. Silverado
often comes close.
Unfortunately, Silverado doesn't rebloom (no does it
always, if ever, have
triple sockets) which is one of my criteria for the
Have rebloom begin Sept 1st in my yard.
And what does YOUR
perfect iris look like?
My perfect iris is tall and strong. It never rots, pineapples
or blooms out. It should be a bright coral pink a la Anna Belle Babson
or Beverly Sills, or a pink and lavender bicolor. It should be large and
ruffled. A little lace would be nice too, but not necessary. The
clump should stay in bloom for at least three weeks. I would like
October rebloom here, not like mine that all tried to do it in January and
froze. The blossoms should have strong substance, able to hold up for
three days in the hot sun. Appleblossom Days has the right size, form
and fragrance, but its color is too pale for me. I crossed it with Anna
Belle Babson three years ago and have several clumps that should bloom this
spring. The pink and lavender bicolor Poem of Ecstasy looked perfect in
Oregon last spring. This is its first spring in my bed. I'll have to
wait a couple of years to see what it will do here. Pond Lily would fit
the criteria too if it were taller, larger and more ruffled. I have six
crosses from it just sprouting now. I have too few good pink
rebloomers that I can cross my almost perfect irises to to get rebloom.
Perhaps someone can suggest some good pink rebloomers.
Francelle Edwards Glendale, AZ Zone 9 where the
temperature has been either too hot or too cool this spring, and the irises
don't like it very well.
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