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{Disarmed} Re: Color change

  • Subject: {Disarmed} Re: [iris-photos] Color change
  • From: "J. Griffin Crump" jgcrump@cox.net
  • Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 17:29:55 -0400

Donald  --  Even allowing for different lighting, it appears to me from the photos that the flower in subsequent bloom suffered the same overall loss of intensity of color (standards, stylearms and falls --  but maybe not beard???) as the other flowers we've been posting on this thread.  Can it be that the "bloom of youth" fades on flowers as it does on folks?  And could it be that this is a phenomenon long recognized and which gave rise to the expression?  --  Griff
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Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 3:34 PM
Subject: [iris-photos] Color change

I haven't seen too much of this. Usually any change is more subtle and has
to do with change in bloom time, substance, size and branching rather than
color. It seems to me that here the main thing is the red wash on the falls
disappeared, otherwise I think light conditions give the effect of lighter
standards. At least the top bloom was true maiden bloom. Too often buds on
maiden bloom get frozen here so I might see more of this sort of thing if I
actually saw maiden bloom on a seedling. By the time a seedling has been
around a couple of years and had things happen, the first blooms that
successfully bloom may not qualify as 'maiden'. I can't help but wonder if
the growing conditions could be recreated, the appearance on the top bloom
might show up again. The genetic codes for appearance should be the same.
I have trouble with the idea of that sort of change, but for sure I don't
understand what all does go on.

Donald Eaves
Texas Zone 7b, USA

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