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Re: REB - west coast

  • Subject: Re: REB - west coast
  • From: "Mark, Maureen" <MARKM@tc.gc.ca>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 11:11:19 -0500

From: "Mark, Maureen" <MARKM@tc.gc.ca>

Way to go Mike.

Genetics will overcome environment any day.  Look at all the studies of
twins who have grown up in different environments.

Linda Mann's exploration into the heritage of some of the irises that do
well in zone 5 will take us a long way to understanding what irises will do
well where.

However, for beginners, it is less disheartening to begin by buying plants
from local sources.  These are proven and you don't have to do research into
their lineage to determine if they might do well for you.  Some seasoned
irisarians still have problems with losing really nice irises -- but at
least we're used to it (some of us even plan for it).

Maureen Mark
Ottawa, Canada (zone 4)

> ----------
> From: 	Mike Sutton[SMTP:suttons@lightspeed.net]
> Reply To: 	iris-talk@onelist.com
> Sent: 	Friday, February 12, 1999 10:36 AM
> To: 	iris-talk@onelist.com
> Subject: 	[iris-talk] REB - west coast
> 	Ok all you biased people! :-)  We have had reports from all over the
> world (including Siberia) of our iris reblooming.  Not just the first year
> but in successive years, so the rebloom wasn't set in our garden.  From
> zone 3 to zone 10.  These are our own intros and rebloomers from our stock
> gardens.  In fact one of our 96 intros won best specimen of show (Janurary
> Bulletin pg. 51)  GOLDEN IMMORTAL exhibited by Ginny Spoon.  This was a
> fall reblooming show in Beltsville MD. Region 4.  I know that this was the
> second year they had GOLDEN IMMORTAL so it wasn't rebloom set in our
> climate.  One of the coolest pictures a customer has ever sent us was one
> of HONEY SCOOP in the fall with a light dusting of snow on it.  The scoops
> had held up and looked like little teaspoons full of sugar!  My point is
> this, I am tenderly approaching this idea of west coast rebloomers as
> something akin to "all IBs are infertile".  It is true that we experience
> more rebloom because of our long growing season, however based on
> THOUSANDS of customer reports our plants rebloom as expected for a
> particular cultivar in a particular climate.  Besides this year we have
> had a more severe climate then most of you <G>.  OK maybe not you Kathy G.
> 	Respectfully
> 	Mike Sutton 

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