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Re: HYB: Ranks of Blue

Linda  --  I'm glad Ranks of Blue likes your soil.  It was bred in some of
the worst soil you can imagine (black muck and rocks), so it's a tough iris.
Now that I have it in good soil, it's rhizomes are, literally, as big as my
fist.  It is from the same cross as HAUNTING, i.e., (Holy Night x Best Bet)
x (Holy Night x Sweeter Than Wine), though it is not a sibling, so it has
rebloom genes.  I generally have not been swift to hybridize my own
seedlings (a mistake, but there you are), so I just this year have planted
out seedlings from crosses of ROB with :

a. 20P7:(Titan's Glory x G95W2:(Holy Night x Sweeter Than Wine))  --  This
is a partial cross back, as you can see.  Maybe a little more rebloomer
dosage.  20P7 has deep blue-violet stands and well-ruffled velvety
near-black falls.

b. 022C3:(985E1: (Torchlight Parade x Chinese Treasure) x Midnight
Moonlight)  --  I've attached a photo of 985E1, which, along with its
sibling, 985E8, is one of the most surprising results, in terms of color,
that I've ever gotten from a cross.

I also have just harvested seeds from crosses of ROB with:

a. 962L:(93RR6:(Margarita x Momauguin) x Best Bet) --  again, going back for
the rebloom, and also for some excellent branching

b. Brave New World  (just because I had the pollen and didn't want to waste

So, this may give you some idea of what I'm trying to do with it.  --  Griff

zone 7 in Virginia

----- Original Message -----
From: "Linda Mann" <lmann@volfirst.net>
To: "iris- talk" <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, August 09, 2005 5:32 PM
Subject: [iris] HYB: Ranks of Blue

> Griff, your RANKS OF BLUE is growing like a healthy weed here.  Didn't
> bloom this spring, but looks great.
> Have you bloomed any seedlings from it?
> --
> Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
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