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Re: HYB: Color - in pursuit of red

From: "Patrick Orr" <PatrickJOrr@hotmail.com>

In the January 1999 AIS bulletin, there are two very good articles:

Approach to Red Iris - Don Spoon
Rocky Road to Red Irises - Terry Aitken

These two articles can provide some answers for you. I will be personally
growing one of the irises mentioned in Aitken's article, ARIZONA REDHEAD
(Shepard 99) to continue the line for red.

Good Luck - hope the article comes out well.

Patrick Orr
AZ - Zone 9

----- Original Message -----
From: <Irisborer@aol.com>
To: <iris-talk@onelist.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 22, 1999 2:13 AM
Subject: [iris-talk] HYB: Color - in pursuit of red

> From: Irisborer@aol.com
> I will be helping a young man at the 'zine GARDEN DESIGN to compile an
> article on Holy Grail colors in plants.   That is, colors are are not
> in a particular plant - and so are much sought.
> Like blue roses
> Blue daylilies
> Orange herbaceous peonies
> and.....fire engine red irises
> I warn people at iris sales that we use some 'artistic license' when
> proclaiming colors (a source of much frustration to some folks... ) - so
> the irises we have as RED are going to be maroon, blood red, reddish
> and so on.  But not lipstick red.
> I had heard some time ago that one large iris grower was putting
> cash into some gene splicing research to try to drag the red into
> I don't know how that's coming (or if it's even true).
> So - I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject....   or any
> that might make this young man's story more interesting (and get the iris
> name out there....).
> I am PR Chair for AIS - and my motto is "there's no such thing as bad
> publicity"....  and I will qualify that statement to say that this only
> applies to benign things like plants.
> Kathy Guest - who knows that one provocative question thrown to the list
> worth about 20 hours of research
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