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Re: HYB:Benefits

To me the greatest benefit ( joy) is the excitment and expectation of what a
cross may deliver. If it's a dog (and I've had some real dreadfuls), then
there's always the next seedling. And then there's the the times you hit the
jackpot!! Nothing beats the buzz of seeing something beautful that you and
God created. Maybe that's why we love our children so much. (it's just that
we can't get rid of kids that didn't turn out the way you expected). At
least with irises you can dig them up and throw them out. :-)

To say nothing of the excuse to have to have lots of land to line out all
those seedlings.

Colleen Modra
Adelaide Hills AUST
zone 8/9


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Neil A Mogensen" <neilm@charter.net>
To: "Iris-talk" <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, August 06, 2005 1:01 AM
Subject: [iris] HYB:Benefits

> What a good idea for a thread, Betty!  So many of our topics have been
> ploughed and harrowed so many times that we all tend to be repeating
> ourselves to the point of being "thread-bare," pardon the pun.
> Hmmm.  Benefits of hybridizing?  I'll add one that is a very important one
> for me.
> I have had a chronic problem with depression and SAD (seasonal affective
> disorder), a miserable way to spend an Idaho winter.  The grey overcast
> hangs in the deep valley where we lived, lasting from November to March,
> very difficult to endure.
> Only on those rare occasions where Arctic-type air masses with a winter
> cell spilled over from the Columbia Basin or over the mountains from
> Montana and Wyoming let the sun shine. The bitterly cold, dry air was so
> clear the sunlight was painful.  Ice skating, rarely possible in the
> normally mild temperatures, would be an exilarating thrill if one could
> dress warmly enough.
> I discovered in my teens that digging into Check Lists for ancestries,
> building those family trees and planning several generations of
> mischief was a wonderful exercise.
> Part of my HYB experience every year, this is one in which I still
> much aided by Mike Lowe's pedigree attachments to many significant
> linked to the HIPS "Quick Fix" and Dykes Medal pages.
> Imagination, planning, and anticipation of seeing what the seedling rows
> would contain pulled me into the future.  This is the most significant
> behavioral contribution to combat depression I have ever found.  Then, the
> summer exercise of maintaining the gardens contributed one of the other
> significant counter-depression strategies--exercise!
> Benefit?  You had better believe it!  That "pull into the future" is a
> part of my life, without which I think I would just curl up and die.
> Neil Mogensen  z 7  Reg 4  western NC mountains
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