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Re: Re: Re: Allbicans ?

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Re: Re: Allbicans ?
  • From: Robt R Pries <rpries@sbcglobal.net>
  • Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2004 12:08:07 -0800 (PST)

Bill; It shouldn?t be hard to prove me wrong. My wife tells me I am wrong at least twice every day. Nonetheless it is hard to prove a negative. I believe with all my heart and soul that it would be very, very difficult to get a cross with Iris albicans. But one just can?t say it is always sterile or you have to pick the argument with three dead, famous Irisarians. Bliss in 1919 registered ?Berenice? as a cross between albicans and trojana, Countess Senni registered ?Galeata? in 1939 as albicans X ?Apache? and Jean Stevens had a cross of ?Wanganui Gem? said to be a cross of Iris lutescens x albicans. Since I have long since given up on interrogating dead people, I just have to take their words for it. Actually none of these people ever registered these crosses but they where registered for them. It may be possible that communication failed. Since I have tried very hard to switch this discussion off photos and have been rudely lured back, I assume that I am absolved from the guilt of saying something without a photo attached.

oneofcultivars@aol.com wrote:
In a message dated 3/31/2004 10:32:48 AM Central Standard Time, neilm@charter.net writes:

In more than two decades what we had that I thought was albicans never had a trace of a pod.

There are maybe a couple of thousand albicans here. I had watched them for ten years, had never seen a pod so reached the same conclusion as you. Too, like you, I had no great desire to produce progeny from the scraggly things. But proving Pries wrong? That's a different camel. Proving me wrong? Happens every day.

The Bad Bear Kramb that used to post here states on the SIGNA database web site they will rot and gives the conditions under which it happens (damp I think). I've never seen soft rot among the albicans here... with their rate of increase it might be considered a beneficial pathogen if it did attack.

Bill Burleson

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