John Jones and others have asked about the stalk
and such on the seedling P1-13 from Swingtown X Romantic Evening.
I am less that entirely satisfied with the
individual stalks of this seedling. The branching varies from one to two
branches, no spur, with three buds in the terminal and also in the terminal of
the lower branch which originates about midway up the main stalk. The
lesser branch, which in some cases is present alone, has two. The over-all
bud count varies from five to eight in the stalks I've counted. The third,
middle bud is initially overlooked as it is tiny still when the first terminal
Compensating factors lie the growth
habits. Increase numbers typically several. Of these, one or
two will often bloom in their year after appearance, giving a one-year plant two
to three bloomstalks with two to three increases remaining. These
secondary stalks allow P1-13 to make a thoroughly satisfactory garden
presentation even if our problematic winters kill the primary central stalk,
which happens considerably less frequently than with most TB's
The buds do not toe in. They set at just the
right angle outward to my taste. The blooms emerge in stately succession,
rarely crowding, but never making "show stalk" presentations. The bloom
season extends from one of the first TB's to bloom to past mid-season, usually
more than two weeks of display.
The clump visible in the photo is a two year old
The standards relax ever so slightly outward on the
second day, parting just enough to give a glimpse of the colorful style
arms. It is also both pod and pollen fertile and has a spicy fragrance
that varies in intensity with weather and temperature.
The photo gives a very slightly warmer or
redder cast to the bloom than the garden appearance, but is far closer than I
have been able to obtain photographically before. This was shot with a
digital Nikon Coolpix 5000 which has an auto color balance feature I have not
yet tried to turn off. Most violet iris photograph too blue. This is
the first I've had slip slightly to the red. I'm not adept enough yet with
the tools I have to tinker with chroma, balance and such.
As to naming and introduction, I am hesitant.
The sister seedling, of which a photo will hopefully show up on Iris-photos in a
couple days, weather permitting, has more of the coppery infusion, and I've
dubbed it "Cranberry Copper" for the garden name. It's introduction is
more likely than this ones. I am at a loss on whether to put this one out,
as I'd like my babies to have Silverado or even Jersey Bounce branching and bud
counts. Alas, this one doesn't. Still, it adds up to a delightful
and pleasing garden subject that demands attention. I'd like to know how
it performs in climates different than this as well before casting it out to
take its kudos or lumps, whichever comes its way.
This may be more answer to the questions placed
than asked for.
Neil Mogensen z6b/7a near
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