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Re: re : Autumn only Bloomers

I'm with you Paul.
I think there is definately a place for Autumn only iris. I love my
Olymparico because it flowers when almost nothing else does.
Mike, if you ever have spare seed, I'd buy it. Just let me know However it
must be very accurately labelled. I had to do some very fast talking this
week as the PCN seeds I'd ordered from Joe Ghio were seized by Customs for
not being properly labelled. Hopefully they are forwarding them this week.
Aust & Nz quarintine officers are very picky. A friend of mine took some TB
seeds back to NZ, they were labelled with cultivar names but not actual
botanical names and so customs seized the lot.

Colleen Modra

-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Tyerman <tyerman@hotmail.com>
To: iris-talk@egroups.com <iris-talk@egroups.com>
Date: Wednesday, 23 August 2000 6:48
Subject: [iris-talk] re : Autumn only Bloomers

>Howdy All,
>Mike...... I think there is at least SOME point to a reliable autumn
>only bloomer.  There are some people who collect "curios" at the very
>least, plus sometimes having the TBs bloom in spring can mess up an
>"organised" garden (please no-one shoot me for that comment) where
>they could be planted but add colour to the garden in Autumn instead
>of spring.
>I really don't know how much cost there is associated in registering
>and introducing a new iris, but if it isn't too costly I think that
>there would be interest.  From what I have heard of rebloomers they
>are unreliable and may or may not rebloom.  If an iris could be
>depended on to bloom in autumn (and it was a desirable form and
>colour) then I would definitely buy it.  I think that would add a
>scope to irises that there currently isn't.  Reblooming from what I
>know is a hit-and-miss affair, but being able to design a garden
>around an iris that WILL flower in autumn gives a complete new scope
>for iris planting.
>Again, part of the solution would be to "stabilise" reblooming so
>it happened every year, however as the plant then has to flower twice
>a year I still think it would be too reliant on conditions.  If the
>plant ONLY blooms in autumn then it is likely to bloom every year as
>it is not trying to set itself up twice.
>Either way, Mike can you send me seed (if it is ever possible to set
>them in autumn) of crosses made between rebloomers and autumn
>bloomers?  Particularly if they are likely to be in the darker or
>black range.  Otherwise we'll never see them here in Australia as the
>cost of quarantine for importation would be prohibitive for a "maybe"
>I can only find two other reactions to Mike's message.  No one else
>have any ideas?
>Paul Tyerman
>Canberra, Australia
>USDA Zone equiv - Zone 8(ish)

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