Christy, that is a beautiful *and* accurate photo
of 'Sea Shadows.'. One thing you do not include is how the height compares
to the presumably normal height in the registration.
I still have some of the named diploids with
blooms, but our weather has been awful for photography. Two of the late
bearded ones just started blooming today, but why bother making crosses?
They just rot off or the stalk rots out from underneath them.
I could try photographing 'Sea Shadows' as it is
growing here, and 'Baby Sister' as well. I think the only other diploid
still in bloom is 'Butter and Sugar.' It has finally gotten acclimated and
started to grow in a reasonably healthy manner
All my siberians from you, including the
siberian-type JS hybrids, but not the blue and white NO-ID's that are their
siberian papas, are blooming rather short. The *Iris caucasia* seedlings
from SIGNA seed had several that bloomed, all identical or nearly so, as one
would expect of a self-pollinated set from a clone one generation away from the
wild (or so I assume). The foliage character is particularly interesting
as it is quite different from usual siberian clones. It is very narrow,
fairly tall compared to other siberians in the area of the garden in which they
are growing, but the foliage is a bit yellower than what I would assume healthy
specimens of this would be.
None of my presumed-to-be seedlings from 'Flight of
Butterflies' are thriving. The foliage remains at about 2" tall and many
perished over the winter. None bloomed. I am going to set some of
them out into beds where other siberians and the sino-siberians you sent for
me for a "torture-test" are growing. Those, incidentally, are
thriving so far in our relatively cool, (high seventies to low eighties
max) with a daily shower or thunderstorm cycle at work.
Out in better conditions 'Ruffled Velvet' and a
NO-ID of the 'Caesar's Brother' sort bloomed at normal height, and your
'Adrenaline Rush' has become a huge clump with a lot of bloomstalks. Many
stalks have three buds. It is getting JI culture with very abundant
moisture available. It couldn't be happier.
I have found a substantial supply of *pseudacorus*
plants and flowers and currently have one in bloom in a tub on the deck.
The clone nearly lacks a signal. There is just a halo of short dashes
where the signal should end, and a few short lines where some color is
expressed in the veins of the signal area. It does not have the size or
substance of the *pseudacorus* seedlings I grew in Idaho, but weather and
soil conditions may account for the difference. I tried some of its
poorly-developed pollen (rain issues) on 'Adrenaline Rush' just for the fun of
it. As far as I can tell, no pod is developing.
Mice and Voles ate most of my JI's except
for the JS hybrid ones, planted a long ways from the big
advanced-generation named pure Ensatas. I have a small remnant of two,
plus the violet single near-species type mama of the JS hybrids which the
mice ignored. I find that interesting. There was no interest shown
by mice or voles in any of the JS clumps either.
I've ranged pretty far afield of commenting on
your photo of Sea Shadows. have I not.
Neil Mogensen z 7 western NC
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