Good to have another Aussie on
board, sometimes Jan and I feel a bit alone. So now we have a Victorian and a
South Aussie and a New South Welshman. Where about on the South Coast do you
live? As far south as Eden? I live near Lobethal in the Adelaide hills, which
means our climate is a lot cooler in winter than down in Adelaide and about
half as much rain again. We normally get about 750mm a year. But the drought
hasn’t broken here yet, as it seems to have on the East Coast. I’m picking that
it will break here about Feb.
I’m into space-agers and
rebloomers and anything with great form. I’m also trying to extend the bloom
season by breeding for very early and very late.
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Mark & Wendy
Sent: Friday, 30 November 2007 2:01 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] G'day from "Down Under"
been lurking here for a few weeks now and have built up the
courage to introduce myself.
name is Mark and I reside on the far South coast of New South Wales in
grown bearded iris now for six years, more seriously for the last three. I
made my first hybridizing attempts in 2006 and these seedlings are now being
grown out and will hopefully flower next Spring (2008).
guess you could say I've been infected with a big dose of "iris
virus". I attended the Australian Iris Society - NSW Region Annual Show
and joined up as a member. Whilst at the show I had the privilege of talking to
Grahame Grosvenor regarding iris hybridizing.
also had an opportunity recently to visit the Tempo Two Nursery and to speak
with Barry Blyth about hybridizing.
Grahame and Barry were receptive to a novice's questions and have
encouraged me to give it a go.
well as bearded iris, I like the PCI's and hope to obtain some soon
and will dabble in a little hybridizing with these as well.
a fan of Brad Kasparek's broken colour iris, and this is where my personal
hybridizing program will be concentrated.
enjoyed seeing all the photos of the seedlings posted, and hope to have
something of my own to share with you all in the future.