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Re: Seedlings and the bad weather years.
  • Subject: Re: Seedlings and the bad weather years.
  • From: AIS Janet Smith <gbyp456@gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 5 May 2011 09:40:58 -0700


OOOO AHAHA I like the colors Betty.  I am enjoying reading about the various parts of the country and how different irises are groing everywhere.  Glad yours are working out.  Even though we are not use to all the rain we have had - would have been nice to have stretched it out - don't think we in California have not appreciated the water.  We really needed it.  Now the 2 foot hight weeds - ah missplaced flowers - weed whacking time!  Oh my.
Have a great day!
P.S.  Almost forgot to say,  John Weiler is feeling his age and has been moved to a smaller senior community area.  His home is being kept for him by his daughter in case he gets to feeling better (can't keep up his lovely HUGE garden at the moment).  So it is not so bad, but, John is feeling a little sad at leaving his flowers (46 years worth) but also happy that he won't be looking out the window and seeing all that needs to be done that he can't do.  July 8th - 86 years young this year.  Always a delight to talk to and continues to be a walking encyclopedia waiting to be asked a question (smile!)

On Thu, May 5, 2011 at 4:54 AM, Betty Wilkerson <Autmirislvr@aol.com> wrote:

Hi Janet,
My garden is experiencing all kinds of strange things this year.  For most, but not all, it seems about the opposite of what you describe. 
<<Didn't bloom at all and some, the color of the flower even looks different.>> 
In a couple of cases the blooms have been larger and not as pretty. 
In the seedlings, I'm seeing more stable, often taller, stalks with great branching and bud count!  It has been wonderful! 

My only regret it that it isn't like this every year. 
Seedling 1906-03--this one is showing off but the blooms are smaller than usual. 
Betty W. 
Bridge in Time Irises
KY Zone 6

-----Original Message-----
From: AIS Janet Smith <gbyp456@gmail.com>
To: iris-photos <iris-photos@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wed, May 4, 2011 8:48 pm
Subject: [iris-photos] Seedlings and the bad weather years.

A question to you who hybridize.  As we have been stating and reading about the difficult  weather and bloom throughout this country it has occurred to me to ask.  When a new seedling opens in a weather year like this one, does one add another couple of years before deciding to introduce it just to make sure it is consistant?
I know in Central California my friends are saying their blooms are very strange.  Lots of leaf spot, bent staulks, deformed flowers, too short for talls, too small for medians etc.  Didn't bloom at all and some, the color of the flower even looks different.
Janet Smith
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