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Re: HYB: My first seedling?

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] HYB: My first seedling?
  • From: "John Reeds" lamegardener@msn.com
  • Date: Sun, 1 Dec 2002 20:04:18 -0800

Fun and exciting, isn't it?  You never know quite what you'll get, and when you force your judgment to be unbiased, usually the parents are better.  But once in a while, the seedling is a real winner.
Plum Wine is one of the few dwarfs that really performs well enough in southern California (zone 9b) to be worth keeping here.  lots of rebloom, rich color, typical strappy dwarf form.  I'm not much of a fan of medians in general; I prefer the tall, ruffled TB's.

John Reeds

----- Original Message -----
From: pinkirises
Sent: Saturday, November 30, 2002 7:43 PM
To: iris-talk@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [iris-talk] HYB: My first seedling?

I'm in shock.  I found an SDB in bloom today when I went out to clean  
up the bed.  The last day of November, with weeks of 30s lows!

But I was even more amazed that it seemed to be one of MY seedlings,  
planted out last summer.  This, if it's mine, will be my first to  

And it's gorgeous!  It looks a little like both parents -- Plum Wine  
x Little Violet Charm.  If I had them both in bloom I could compare,  
see if it's one or the other instead of their cross.  But both pics  
and descriptions in the registers don't exactly match, and it's where  
I planted seedlings of that cross, some distance from the parents.   
So I think it's mine!

There is marvelous color saturation, deep violet with more reddish  
plum in the centers, though not really a thumbprint pattern. Beards  
are purplish blue, and there are faint white lashes on either side.   
I had steeled myself for a real dud as my first seedling.  But I  
couldn't ask for a more wonderful first.  I am known in some circles  
as the purple lady, so I guess it is fitting.

Pardon my raves,
Patricia Brooks
Whidbey Island, WA, zone 8

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