Stress testing - Ice Cream Social
For some time now (since 1991) I've been taking a few pots of newly sprouted
seedlings and leavin' 'em in the pots until only one of the seedlings
survived. This started partially just for fun and the rest was from being lazy.
Someone else handles the stress testing of introduced irises for me.
Last night the Big Guy in the sky decided to help with his part of the the
stess testing of a few irises. He started laughin' a lot and flashin' his
million watt grin often. The weather man on TV said we were havin' severe weather
and started his normal scare tactics, but I knew different about what was really
happenin'. I'm tellin' you the Big Guy laughed so loud and often the wind
speeds hit 50 mph. I was pretty happy about all this since successes here have
always been based on a high level of divine intervention.
About 5:30 this mornin' it got light enough that I would not trip on all the
weeds stakin' out territory on the now slick paths. I put on the felt hat
cause the straw one wouldn't do much for my all but bald head in the light rain
that was now fallin'. I even took a tape measure. You see, there was a tall iris
out there, new to here, that had been bloomin' for over a week.
Not only had that iris been bloomin' out there, it had the highest bud count
of any iris that had bloomed here this year. So many buds in fact that it more
often then not had three blooms open at a time for nearly two weeks on one of
its stalks. Nothin' ever does that here. Maybe nothin' ever does that
anywhere. I ain't yet been everywhere.
Ice Cream Social stood all the stressin' right well. It did not fall even
with the bloom loaded, water logged stalk and all the pollen tags I'd stuck it
I didn't know how to discribe the color to yawl, so I wrote that Hensler girl
to get her discription.
"Ice Cream Social was introduced last year. #PC-E1 (PACE CAR X ELECTRIQUE)
37" Mid to Late season; Standards: very pale cream pink; Stylearms: dark
cream with light yellow-gold edges; Falls: very pale cocoa pink with
>From our breeding program for "art colors" on a plant that withstands
everything our wild spring weather can dish out. She was also selected for
leaf spot resistance. :-)"
Now, I'm tellin' yawl that woman is lyin'. That iris hit 42" inches on my
tape measure and you can't describe the color or this irise's appeal!
Excerpted from a Spaceage Robin post:
Another point in passin', if you do not have Ice Cream Social, get it! Triple
sockets on most every terminal, tall, strong, heavy, stately, stalks. The
color cannot be described and my camera still has no battery. Grows ever so well.
Get it! And yes, I put some PG (Praetorian Guard) on one or two of it's
blooms. Mostly though, it got pollen from (Lemon Chess x Change Your Ways).
Old South Iris Society members oohed, aahed, clamored, and stumbled over each
other to get just a promise of an Ice Cream Social sometime, anytime in the
future when we got together last night. All that was from seein' it's worst
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