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Re: Iris breeding

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: Iris breeding
  • From: Patricia Wenham <prw@televar.com>
  • Date: Thu, 6 Feb 1997 13:18:02 -0700 (MST)

CEMahan@aol.com wrote:
> 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
> in
>  iris today.  >>
> Amen to that!---some examples:
> Look at the improvement in rebloomers and space age TB irises! We have had a
> revolution!
> Development of the luminata pattern at long last (more than 50 years after it
> first appeared).
> 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
> 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 VAI would like to add my comment here too.  I have watched iris 
introductions and catalog offerings for over 40 years and have seen all 
of the above plus some that have greater tolerance to heat and wind as 
well as having greater substance. Don't sell the goddess of the garden 
Omak, WA prw@televar.com 
zone 5

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