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Re: Re: HYB: Celebration Song seedlings

Hi Linda,

I just went to a meeting of the local Hosta club.  they had a speaker who
breeds Hostas.  Very interesting as he is trying to increase and extend the
length of bloom on Hosta.  One of the things he does is to take pollen from
spring blooming and cross with fall blooming and reverse.  Has anyone
thought of doing that with Iris?

Char Region 8

Linda Mann wrote:

> Lots of food for thought there Neil.  I really appreciate it.
> Of course, all of your suggestions assume a lot of things that may or
> may not come together - that the cultivars you mention will live here,
> that the season will cooperate and let them bloom, that they will
> produce viable pollen/set pods.
> For example, one of the ones you mention, BREAKERS, is notorious for
> living but not blooming throughout Region 7.  Ditto for me.  I got rid
> of it after 5 or 6 years of watching the leaves grow.  Another one,
> MOTHER EARTH, limps along here barely alive (thumb sized little
> fragments of rhizome), has bloomed twice in however many years I've had
> it (ten?), and there is no way it would set pods or produce viable
> pollen.   Maybe on the ridge top.
> Regardless, your suggestions would appy to future crosses.  What I'm
> trying to figure out right now is what to use from the pollen stored
> last year and/or available right now.  As others in difficult gardens
> have reminded me, I better try to get pods this year - it may be the
> best chance I get for who knows how many more years.
> Pollen I have from non-plic rebloomers  - IMMORTALITY, TEA LEAVES,
> amoena IMM X CS, plus a few other really old ones that I don't want to
> mix in with these seedlings.  Not a whole lot to choose from, certainly
> nothing that adds much interesting to the mix.
> More to choose from among the rebloom carriers and non-rebloomers
> (especially older ones than I'd really like to be mixing with this
> cross).
> Just for the heck of it, I put some pollen from the SDB "Being Busy
> lookalike" seedling....Talk about stirring the pot!
> So, I'm not fishing for four t's in this batch of crosses, just would
> like to keep from diluting things so much that there is no chance of
> ever having any pink show up in future crosses.  Yes, I think I have to
> live to at least 90 so I can see some children with all the traits I
> want <g>.  And that assumes I get annual turnaround from seed set to
> bloom!
> Your post is making me think a little harder than my foggy allergic
> brain wants to right now <g>.....but diet Coke & a nap will help that
> situation.
> Thanks again Neil - so good to have you back here talking again!!
> --
> Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
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