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Re: Re: TB: Decadence
  • Subject: Re: Re: TB: Decadence
  • From: Betty Wilkerson <autmirislvr@aol.com>
  • Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2012 18:01:08 -0500 (EST)

I crossed Decadence onto 'Mountain Sunrise' and will forever keep three of their children. It was a gene combining cross and I didn't expect anything of introduction value, just something to use with rebloomers. One is yellow over burgandy with fall band, one is bitone blue and the third purple with deep plum falls. The blue one is strongest. They are not perfect, but to me they are beautiful. 2316-05 is in an album on FaceBook.

<<DECADENCE can be spectacular in suitable growing conditions.>>

I will use it again this coming spring if it blooms. Bloom season is always exciting. Germination was lousy this past spring but I did get three seedlings planted from 2128-01:(Sincerely Yours x Star Gate) x Decadence) X (Treasured x Pink Attraction).

Betty Wilkerson
Zone 6 KY

-----Original Message-----
From: Linda Mann <lmann@lock-net.com>
To: iris <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Sun, Jan 8, 2012 2:25 pm
Subject: [iris] Re: TB: Decadence

I used to value various introductions strictly for garden value, and
several of the medal winners have little or no garden value (i.e., they
either die or barely live) in my difficult growing conditions.

But some of these same cultivars pass along bloom traits that are
especially desirable.  & given how much it was being used by others who
have been getting really gorgeous results, I definitely wanted to try
adding genes from DECADENCE to the mix.

So it's taken me awhile, but now I really value the awards system for
recognizing the best under ideal growing conditions for that cultivar,
not necessarily the best for all (or even most) gardens.  & clearly,
DECADENCE can be spectacular in suitable growing conditions.

So far, DECADENCE hasn't mixed well (form, health) with my kids in the
first generation, esp compared to something like TREASURED, but the
color range has been impressive.  & given how good it looks and the
offspring it's producing elsewhere, it seems deserving.

Linda Mann east TN USA zone 7

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