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Re: OT:Mild winter recollection

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: OT:Mild winter recollection
  • From: "J. Griffin Crump" <jgcrump@erols.com>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Feb 1998 20:50:43 -0700 (MST)

Rick Tasco/Roger Duncan wrote:
> J. Griffin Crump wrote:
> >
> > Several seedlings which had never bloomed -- for as long as 12 years > -- now bloomed.
> Griff,
> Whatever happened to the seedlings?  Were those your amoena's?
> Rick Tasco
> Superstition Iris Gardens
> Central California.......Heavy rains today.
> Zone 8

Rick -- The two reluctant seedlings are (1) a variegata with golden
stands and mahogany velvet falls with a narrow edge the color of the
stands, and (2), a blue-black, velvet self with flaring, round falls.
The variegata is a dead end, infertile both ways. The blue-black self
does not set seed, and only rarely has given up pollen. The single cross
I have been able to obtain -- with a neglecta -- produced two seeds
which did not germinate. I do not know the parentage of these two
seedlings. They were survivors of an incident in about 1980 when a
"gentleman" farmer who coveted the land I was leasing came across and
disced 1,200+ of my seedlings. I was only able to salvage about 45 of
them, and to identify the parentage of only 16. Although I obtained a
financial settlement from him, the experience was so traumatic that I
gave up hybridizing for 10 years. The seedlings destroyed included many
crosses between TBs and MDBs, SDBs and TBs, SDBs and MDBs, etc.

Griff Crump, along the tidal Potomac near Mount Vernon, VA 


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