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Re: Re: HYB: Trialing, gardenability

Linda  --  Yes, EDITH WOLFORD is another good example.  It didn't enter my
mind, since it didn't live long enough here for me to see it in bloom.  --

zone 7 in Virginia

----- Original Message -----
From: "Linda Mann" <lmann@volfirst.net>
To: "iris- talk" <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2005 4:20 PM
Subject: [iris] Re: HYB: Trialing, gardenability

> Tho not all are primarily motivated by the 'big money and big glory'
> Anner mentions, I must confess that I have similar 'selfish' hybridizing
> goals.  I am trying to breed cultivars that will bloom gloriously and
> reliably here.
> I've already demonstrated to my own satisfaction that, regardless of how
> well a seedling of mine does for me, not everything I hybridize here
> will stay alive elsewhere.  Even within my own general geographic area.
> But there is one big difference - I am very curious about how my
> seedlings perform outside of my garden.  From what I hear from other
> small hybridizers, there is no money to be made from introductions - the
> few dollars made don't even offset the advertising for the few small
> time folks I've talked to.  So I probably won't bother registering
> anything unless by some wild fluke I get something that both thrives
> here <and> is somewhere near the cutting edge, or turns out to be a
> really good and well-liked performer in the general region.  But I will
> continue to send for trial to a few daubers and friends I know and
> trust.  I get the impression that curiosity isn't shared by all
> hybridizers <g>
> Re: Griff's tale of LADY FRIEND and BEST BET:  An even better example
> would have been our old much maligned highly awarded EDITH WOLFORD, who
> won't even live long enough to bloom for a <lot> of people.  But look at
> all those wonderful kids, some of which even do reasonably well for me!
> Anner ruminates:
> <'gardenablity," especially
>                    "gardenability" over a broad geographical area, is
> not among the goals shared
>                    by the preponderance of them [hybridizers], who are
> breeding for new breaks of color and
>                    form.
> I am told that competition is very fierce, that the big money and big
> glory
>                    are at the cutting edge, and there is a limited
> window in which to get a new
>                    introduction onto the market; accordingly, culling
> and trialing must happen
>                    largely in the hybridizer's own garden. If other
> trialing is wanted, it is likely
>                    to be done by a trusted colleague, a fellow
> hybridizer, who can offer
>                    sophisticated insights. I understand that it may even
> be possible that in some
>                    quarters the experience of gardeners around the
> country may not considered relevant
>                    to the goals being persued, or even very interesting.
> ....Anner Whitehead
>                    Richmond VA USA>
> --
> Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
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