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Re: SPEC: I. cretensis

  • Subject: Re: SPEC: I. cretensis
  • From: Gordon & Loraine Nicholson <iris4u@pacbell.net>
  • Date: Tue, 02 Feb 1999 04:15:15 -0800

From: Gordon & Loraine Nicholson <iris4u@pacbell.net>

Dennis Kramb wrote:
> 
> From:   dkramb@tso.cin.ix.net (Dennis Kramb)
> 
> Well, at dawn it was still a bud.  By about 11 o'clock the flower had fully
> opened.  By 1 o'clock I was pollenating it.  :)  That thing produced loads
> and loads of pollen (unlike my I. attica which produced doodlesquat).
> 
> It was indeed purple, and I took a bizillion pictures of it.  Oh, and it
> smelled just HEAVENLY!!!  Actually the flower itself strongly resembles the
> reticulatas, but the cretensis has rhizomes not bulbs.  (But if they bloom
> together again in a few weeks, I'm going to try some crosses.)
> 
> Oh, and one other thing.  I was tricked!  The anther is ATTACHED to the
> style arm.  All my other irises that I've pollenated were easy.  I just
> plucked off the anther with some tweezers and then smeared it over the
> stigmatic lip.  With this cretensis, I had to scrape the pollen off gently
> with a flat screwdriver and then dump it into the stigmatic lip.  Sometimes
> I wish I was just a big fuzzy bee!  Pollenating would be so much easier.
> :)
> 
> Dennis Kramb; dkramb@tso.cin.ix.net
> Cincinnati, Ohio USA; USDA Zone 6; AIS Region 6
> Member of AIS, ASI, HIPS, RIS, SIGNA, SLI, & Miami Valley Iris Society
> Primary Interests: ABs, REBs, LAs, Native Ohio SPEC and SPEC-X hybrids
> (Check out my web page at http://home.fuse.net/dkramb/home.html)
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And what would you do with such a large stinger????????

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