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Re: Modernity: MELTED BUTTER

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: Modernity: MELTED BUTTER
  • From: Barb Johnson <ljohnson@cland.net>
  • Date: Sun, 2 Feb 1997 07:30:12 -0700 (MST)

LMann76543@aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 97-02-01 07:44:38 EST, you write:
> Graham Spencer wrote
> >I've been toying with the idea of breeding "new historics" (if only I could
> >find the time) using blood from old (pre 1950) varieties.
> Sounds good to me, although I like some of the modern colors, and better
> substance is nice, and a LITTLE bit of ruffling...  come to think of it, the
> only things I don't much like in the newer tall bearded iris is the
> overabundance of buds (I prefer lots of stalks with only one or two flowers
> per stalk open at a time) and the form of the flowers.
> Are there pollen daubers already doing this?
> Linda Mann east Tennessee USA

Graham and Linda:

One wouldn't have to use the very oldest varieties. Chun Fan's lovely
MELTED BUTTER (1994) was from the great classic CUP RACE (Sanford 
Babson, 1963) X CORAL BEAUTY (Niswonger, 1981). It is not highly 
ruffled, but has a pleated edge. Perry Dyer gave it his Contemporary 
Award for 1995 (Best New Iris seen) (7/96 AIS Bulletin) and said: 
"...was very impressive in the mass of bloom at Schreiners. It literally 
stood head and shoulders above the rest, held up on thick, strong stalks 
inherited from the great CUP RACE...the gigantic flowers are full-formed 
and leathery...from a newer hybridizer on the East Coast. I was just as 
impressed with it on first-year bloom here in central Oklahoma in '95."

I'm sure there are other new iris from older varieties that don't come 
to mind at the present. I don't have Melted Butter but would like to!

Barb Johnson       ljohnson@cland.net
Southwest Missouri Ozarks     USDA Zone 5b     AIS Region 18 (MO & KS)

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