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Re: OT: BIO, new to forum

  • Subject: Re: OT: BIO, new to forum
  • From: christian foster <flatnflashy@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 19:06:24 -0800 (PST)

Hey there Debra,

Don't worry about those stubborn seeds.  It took me a few
years to get appreciable germination.  I like the burrito method.  I just put
my seeds into the baggie as soon as I harvest... no drying.  I'm still having
a signifigant number of seedlings fail to "pop-tart" after they germinate, and
this is my fifth year of seeds.

If it was easy it wouldn't be challenging.

recognised Timnath,  I'm from Loveland.

From: D S <proverb_31@hotmail.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 14, 2009 8:15:08 PM
Subject: [iris] OT:
BIO, new to forum

Hello Everyone,
I'm so glad to have finally stumbled onto
this forum!

I joined HIPS in Oct 2007 but only joined the AIS last month
after being
inspired by a fellow member of my local daylily club during our
potluck meeting. Unfortunately he passed away just as we were getting
to know
one another and share our interest in iris.

I'm in northern CO, AIS
region 20. I'm so looking forward to attending the
region 20 winter member's
meeting later this month.

My interest in iris, gardening in general, and
garden photography goes back to
my earliest childhood memories. I gardened
with my parents and grandmothers.
One of my grandmothers, now 103yo,
hybridized iris as a backyard hobby. She
gave me a seedling when I was in my
20s and I kick myself now for having no
idea what it was that I had been
given. I let it go when I sold the property.

I have a lot of interests and
hobbies but gardening is one of them that I
always return to. It is a lifetime

I began a landscape design & install in 2005 which was finally ready
planting in the fall of 2007. That is when I earnestly returned to my
of gardening. In the process I was trying to identify some historic
iris that
were given to me by my neighbors and stumbled upon HIPS. As I looked
the photo's I began to be more and more drawn to historic forms. I
noticed a
large variety of historics at a local cemetary where some of my
ancestors are
buried so decided to begin a project to ID and hopefully map the
historic iris
at that cemetary. I love history and have been enjoying reading
about the
developments in iris over the years in the book "The World of Iris".
At the same time I began an interest in daylilies and began hybridizing both
iris & daylilies this past season. Most of the iris I have to work with are
unidentified. I'm experimenting with crosses of historics x moderns.

in regards to iris I'm just trying to figure out the process. I made a
lot of
seed this year but am not having great success yet germinating them.
Because I
live in a z5 climate I'd like to get a jump on nature by starting
indoors. I attempted to follow the directions for starting seed indoors
in the article "Germinating Iris Seeds" by John Coble and Bob Bauer
which is
posted at the Canadian Iris Society website. Since Jan 1 when I
brought the
seeds out to germinate at room temperatures (after following the
rinse &
refrigeration recommendations) I have had a few germinations but once
none of those germinated seeds has emerged with leaves. I have some
that had a few emerge using the same process. The seeds have now
been back in
the fridge for a few more weeks to try once again to break the
seed dormancy.
I'm a single mom to 5.5 yo special needs (autism) twins so gardening is
"therapy" for me :)

Well, that's me. I sure look forward to getting to know
you all better.

Debra Scott
Timnath CO z5, reg 20
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