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Re: Seeking Triple Socket Assistance

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Seeking Triple Socket Assistance
  • From: "Racheal Nekuda" <lilylvr@kansas.net>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 11:55:59 -0800
  • Content-length: 12050

Hi all,
The perfect iris to me is 1st one that won't blow over easily and tends to at least try to stand back up when huricane force winds are past. 2nd The standards must be touching at the top even if just slightly and the falls must stand out at at least a slight angle from the flower. The flower must show balance in it's overall look. I like clean colors that do not look faded weather they are light or dark, plicata or streaked or solid. I like the whole clump to look balanced regardless of height. And as a clump to put up a nice color display for at least 2 weeks. Not the one flower here and one there. the higher the bud count the better and I love the ones that ted to have more than one flower open at a time. The perfect branching is displayed by the old species iris that grows wild here always with triple socketed buds and a bud count of up to  15. Now if someone could get the new form on that. It can't need pampering because I am not very good at that. I do not expect rebloom here and think of Iris as my big spring display.  I do have some that come close to these preferances but nothing perfect. On colors I will say I prefer them to look as different from each other as possible because I really love diversity of colors and color combinations. Here Edith Wolford comes amazingly close to this and has triple socketed buds frequently for me. I just don't care for the wide open standards. However I really envy all of you that can grow those fantastic California creations. Guess we always want what we just can't have. VBG
Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2002 4:54 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Seeking Triple Socket Assistance
The perfect iris is a relative thing.  I have oft been rebuked for referring
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
perfect iris. 

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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