Sorry -- Meant to send this to
iris-photos in the first place. -- Griff
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Sent: Sunday, October 23, 2005 6:00 PM
Subject: Zurbrigg irises
Since we're discussing rebloomers and I had
mentioned the form and color of RENOWN, I had intended to comment further
on some of Lloyd Zurbrigg's other irises. In the interim, I received
a message off-list from one of our list subscribers, who felt that my remark
about RENOWN disparaged Lloyd's work. My exact quote about RENOWN,
which had just rebloomed in my garden, was, "Unfortunately, its color and form
are still as unappealing as ever." I have responded to the person who
wrote to me off-list, but in case anyone else got that impression, I will
just list those of Lloyd's irises which I grow or have grown: BABY
BLESSED, BROTHER CARL, CLARENCE, EARL OF ESSEX, GRACE THOMAS, HARVEST OF
MEMORIES, I BLESS, I DO, IMMORTALITY, JENNIFER REBECCA, LATEST STYLE, MOUNTAIN
GREENERY, RENOWN, SILVER TRUMPETS, SPIRIT OF MEMPHIS and VIOLET
MIRACLE. Of these, I have deliberately discarded only one and, as
mentioned, I don't care for RENOWN. I'd say that a score of 14 out of
16 ain't bad. Several of the above are also in the pedigrees of a number
of my seedlings and in two of my registered seedlings. As to Lloyd's work,
anyone acquainted with the world of irises is well aware of Lloyd's pioneering
work in rebloomers and of the numerous beautiful irises that he
produced. And those of us lucky enough to have been able to spend
time with him have warm remembrances of his generous sharing of hybridizing
experience and of our enjoyment of his wider-ranging knowledge, interests and
talents. His stature and his accomplishments, I am confident,
aren't going to be diminished by an individual's comment about
how one of his cultivars suits his taste.
Turning to the others of Lloyd's irises
that I, particularly, am concerned with, I would list, first, JENNIFER REBECCA
(Grace Thomas X Vanity), Avonbank,1984. Don Spoon often used to say
that JR was the most beautiful iris he'd ever seen, rebloomer or no.
It has exceptional beauty and grace, in my opinion, and I have been working
doggedly for 10 years to try to get it to set seed again. The first year
that it bloomed for me, 1994, I got pods on it from three different
pollen parents. The hellacious wet, icy winter of
1995 wiped out whole rows of my seedlings, including all of the
JR seedlings. I've never been able to get another pod, but will continue
trying, because its color, form and branching are just as good now, in my
opinion, as they were a decade ago.
SPIRIT OF MEMPHIS (68-43-RYB: (Miss Illini
x Grand Baroque) X Halloween Party), Avonbank 1977, is in many of my
seedlings. I don't recall its brassy yellow color coming through, but its
distinctive saucy form comes through again and again.
SILVER TRUMPETS (NN 32-2-3, Baby's Nook
sib, X Mesmerizer), Friendship 2003 is a newcomer in my garden and I am looking
forward to certain crosses with it in the spring.
LADIES' NIGHT (Holy Night X Lady Friend),
Friendship 1997. I have wanted this red-violet beauty since I first
saw it in Lloyd's garden, but circumstances have intervened to prevent it.
Maybe I'll get lucky.
I'm attaching photos of two of my
registered seedlings involving SPIRIT OF MEMPHIS which are waiting in the
wings. -- Griff
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