Hello fellow IRIS-Talk
My name is Patrick Orr and I live in Glendale,
AZ (Phoenix Metro Area). I have just joined the Iris-Talk and am
writing to introduce myself.
I have just become a member of the American
Iris Society and the Southern Desert Iris Society (local), but have been growing
iris since I was 18 (13 years ago).
I prefer growing Tall Bearded Iris and
Arilbreds. Most of my irises have been purchased from Shepard Iris Gardens
here is Phoenix, and have been hybridized by Don Shepard.
Over the years I have moved a lot, uprooting
my irises at whatever-time-of-year it was and did not keep very good records of
the iris I had, so most of their names have been lost. Three years ago my
partner and I bought a house, and last year was the first year I was able to
create a garden bed for my irises to grow.
Surprisingly, one of the best bloomers in my
garden was one I do not remember ordering. It was
BREAKERS (Schreiner's 1986)
Anyway, I have just begun to hybridize irises
myself and am looking forward to hearing from you if you have experience in this
area. This year I crossed SPLASH DANCE with MACHO HOMBRE. Since the
pod parent is broken colored lilac and Macho Hombre seems to me to be
brownish purple, who know WHAT the seedlings will turn out like. As soon
as they bloom I will post them on my webpage. Right now the seeds are
planted and awaiting germination.
Now that I have been reading up on irises and
have ordered back issues of AIS bulletins (1995 to current) and have read what
hybridizers have written, I now have a better understanding of the
genetics involved in hybridizing irises.
I am also interested in any iris images of
registered or introduced irises you may have so I can post them on my website
(which is currently being renovated.) It is important to include the
hybridizer's name and year, and the parentage if known. I will of course be
acquiring all the ones I can off the links given on AIS's website.
Many of the irises in my garden are still
unidentified, but are of blooming size, so next year I should be able to
identify them. I will post pictures of them on my website when I get
them. I have also ordered several that will arrive this fall, and will
have markers for them so as not to loose their identity again.
If there is anyone interested in trading
irises by mail, I will also have a section for them on my website, so just drop
me an email of what you have or what you wish for and I will post on the
BTW...Does anyone have a picture of SKY HOOKS they can email me?
I am looking forward to hearing from you and
reading all the emails. Will I ever have time for all this??? When I get
the website up and running I will post the address on Iris-Talk.
Arizona Zone 9