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Re: RE: More about Jennifer Rebecca

  • Subject: Re: [iris-photos] RE: More about Jennifer Rebecca
  • From: "J. Griffin Crump" <jgcrump@erols.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 10:31:46 -0400

Adam  --  I have grown JENNIFER REBECCA for several years and consider it a very beautiful flower.  However, it has been really frustrating to try to use it as a parent.  I have never found it fertile as a pollen parent.  The first year that I grew it, I got 3 pods from different pollen parents.  The pods produced very few seeds and the seeds produced little germination.  I ended up with 2 sprouts from JR x SUMMER OLYMPICS, 3 from JR x TRIPLE WHAMMY and 1 from JR x 988-1, a seedling of Clarence Mahan's.  All of these sprouts were heaved and killed in the ensuing winter (a garden-wide disaster  --  not JR's fault).  Despite scores of crosses attempted in subsequent years, I have never again been able to get a pod.  I think Don Spoon has gotten one or more pods on JR, but he, too, has found it difficult.  -   Griff
zone 7 in Virginia
----- Original Message -----
From: Cordesview
Sent: Sunday, September 19, 2004 10:52 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] RE: More about Jennifer Rebecca

Come to think of it Patrick, my JR was my first ever pink iris I grew!  I can honestly say I probably won't toss it either, since I'm also short on pinks.  hehehe
>>If I remember correctly, weather records have been kept here for 139 years.  Until this summer, we've never gone without hitting the 90 degree mark before.  In addition, our natural overhead watering system worked with remarkable regularity this summer.  I did one good soak of all the rebloomers about the 3rd week of August.
Hey, Mary, that would be a great reason for good bloom!  I wish I could say the same here. . . I always have high winds that come across our open farmland.  I can hear ya'll now. . . "plant more trees!".  :-)  You'd think in Michigan we'd have enough of 'em! 
>>You might feel a little better looking at this photo, taken today, of the same stalk ( the first photo was taken 5 days ago). Yes, this is a single stalk.  Note I only have 5 rhyzomes and the one closest to the mortar in the little brick wall is the one blooming.  Make of that what you will. 
 I can't believe that with all that (great) care, you JR still is shy about increasing.  Maybe your hybridizing will make something better out of it! :-)  Blessings to you!  I would be curious as to whether it sets pod.  Did you use JR as a pollen parent for anything? 
Patrick was right, all in all, it was a lovely bloom, and thank-you for sharing it!  (and your secret, too!) :-) 
Adam Cordes
Hillman, Michigan
Region 6
Zone 4 (and a half. . . )

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