you, Linda, for your thoughtful assessment of my 35-27 A seedling. Its
parents are Carnival Song (plicata) X Fancy Woman (luminata). It is what
is called a fancy plicata. I believe that its red-brown color is probably
recessive. It has one nice sibling, 35-27 B, a pink and yellow luminata
that I think is very pretty. It is a much better grower and this year
even had a couple of nice stalks with seven buds. Usually there are only
five. I crossed them both in ’06 by New Leaf with strange
results. The weak 35-27 A produced about two dozen strong seedlings, most
of which bloomed this spring. The strong 35-27 B seeds had very poor
germination. Of those which did germinate, only two have survived and
neither bloomed this year.
35-27 A X New Leaf seedlings are all luninatas, but I didn’t find
anything outstanding among them. Most were purple like Fancy Woman.
One had an interesting orange base color on the falls. None were either
good enough or bad enough to protect or destroy, so overcrowded as they are, they
will get to bloom again next spring. If I still can’t find anything
outstanding, they will all be gone. I am afraid that they may be lacking substance,
and that is one fault I will not put up with. New Leaf may lack substance
too. The 35-27 siblings both have good substance.
goal is vigorous, unique, pink or pink blend irises, preferably
rebloomers. 35-25 A produced two blossoms in the middle of their fans in
June. That is not an acceptable rebloom. I don’t know if it
could be classed as rebloom at all. All it did was destroy two rhizomes
that might otherwise have multiplied.
most vigorous and beautiful pink blend seedling that I have grown so far will
probably be destroyed because of poor substance. It is fairly good in the
hot, dry Phoenix area, but I saw it in Austin and our
son has sent me pictures from Vancouver, WA, and it
looked terrible. Apparently rain makes it melt. I have crossed it
with two reblooming irises with very strong substance. Seeds are going
into the refrigerator today. In two more years, I may have something
interesting. Hope keeps us hybridizers going!
Francelle Edwards Glendale, AZ Zone 9
Behalf Of Linda Mann
Sent: Friday, September 05, 2008
Subject: [iris-photos] Re:
Francelle - how about this - look at it in terms of
goals. Are all (most, some) of the sibs really great at meeting
criteria for your breeding program? In other words, would another
generation get back to 'the right stuff' and is it fertile?
Another consideration - do you have enough of a feel for the genetics of
the cross to know if this color/pattern involves a combination of a
bunch of recessives? In other words, is it unique looking because it
combines a bunch of recessives in a way that would have vanishingly
small probability of happening again? (i.e., you won the recessive lottery!)