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Re: REB: Renown X Wearing Rubies maiden

  • Subject: Re: REB: Renown X Wearing Rubies maiden
  • From: "J. Griffin Crump" <jgcrump@cox.net>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 18:26:11 -0500

Starring, itself, is fairly short here, but some of its seedlings are of better height.  Crossed with your 'Renown' x 'Wearing Rubies' seedling, it might help to keep the velvet effect that I find is usually lost in a velvet x non-velvet cross.  I'm surprised to see what appears to be some velvet effect in your seedling's falls. 
It sure hurts to lose a really prized seedling.  I lost a unique SDB this spring, and then had an astonishing thing happen:  Three especially dramatic TB seedlings, two of them siblings and the third sharing common ancestry, all 3 years old, were hit hard by rot.  Although treated, one may not survive.  Since each was in a different bed and adjacent plants were not affected, I'm afraid the susceptibility is in the genes.  It's as if they were carrying a time bomb.  Things like that and the general similarity of germination rates in a given year between gardens in the same geographical area keep reminding me of how complex these plants are.  --  Griff
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2008 2:21 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] REB: Renown X Wearing Rubies maiden

In Sept & Oct of 06, Robin posted photos of Wearing Rubies X
Matrix seedlings pretty similar.
As far as goals, well.  I have a seedling from Bonus Mama X Rip City
that, I swear, bloomed at about 4 feet last spring with 5 branches
and at least 14 nicely formed, red mud-colored blooms. The foliage
is robust and stayed nice and was still almost 3 feet tall when killing
frost came, but no rebloom.  This one has a date with it and with
Mountain Sunrise.  Will see what else pops out in spring.
I still mourn a seedling from Double Agent X Memoirs that was
bright white over bright red with yellow edges and beard.  As with
Memoirs, it only lived a couple of years here. That's a color combination
I'd love to get back.  It didn't just draw the eye, it yanked it.
Basically, I'm just trying to get new colors and patterns that will
stay healthy and rebloom here early enough.  If some of the Starring
seedlings aren't too short, I may try that.
Mary Lou, near Indianapolis, Z5

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