Re: Iris breeding
In a message dated 97-02-06 10:12:43 EST, you write:
<< When doing this up close and personnel evaluation, you
would be suprised at the many things you find that are trully improvements
iris today. >>
Amen to that!---some examples:
Look at the improvement in rebloomers and space age TB irises! We have had a
Development of the luminata pattern at long last (more than 50 years after it
Orange and near pink amoenas
Zonal and double zonal patterns.
New colors, e.g. LADY FRIEND.
Lace---e.g. LACED COTTON
And look at what has happened with plicatas in the last 20 years, starting
with SPINNING WHEEL.
Brown or near brown irises that grow in the East, e.g. BRONZETTE STAR
And there are a lot more advances (I dislike the word "improvements" as I
feel it has been difficult to "improve" such classic irises as MME CHEREAU
and QUAKER LADY). Clarence Mahan in VA