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RE: Decadence
  • Subject: RE: Decadence
  • From: "Francelle Edwards" <fjmjedwards@q.com>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:19:07 -0700

Hello, Betty,
I'm interested in this thread about Decadence.  I bought it from Kepple four
years ago to use in my hybridizing program.  It was not a good grower, but
its worst fault was its lack of buds per stalk.  Since that is a big problem
with seedlings in my garden, I never felt like using it, and last fall I let
it go.  Its child Lousia's Song has given me some spectacular seedlings, not
yet one that I want to introduce, but I'm planning several more crosses with
Francelle Edwards  Glendale, AZ 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-iris@hort.net [mailto:owner-iris@hort.net] On Behalf Of Betty
Sent: Sunday, January 08, 2012 11:21 AM
To: iris@hort.net
Subject: Re: [iris] Decadence

I bought Decadence straight from Blyth in 2004. It put up a stalk in
2005 and the stalk rotted off at the ground. Gorgeous.  Stalk opened all
blooms in a vase inside. I dug the plant and moved it to a 3 gallon pot.
Then I got Decadence as a misidentified Merchant Marine the next year, so
I've been growing it in two pots. Now, I've moved part of it back to my new
perennial bed, which was amended with greensand, rock phosphate & lime.
Little composed manure. Looking good but time will tell the story. Another
piece still in a pot.

My goal is to upgrade bloom form in my rebloomers.  Even if Decadence never
blooms again, I have accomplished my goal.  Most are not keeper quality, but
it only takes one!  Also, I have been happy with the children I've produced
using other Blyth irises.

At the current pace, Decadence stands a chance of being the most used TB in
iris history.  Or so it seems.  All of the well known hybridizers are using
it.  It's my hope that people are electing for plant strength.

If my goal was different, I might not continue to grow it.

Betty Wilkerson
Zone 6 KY

-----Original Message-----
From: CarolKenl COLEMAN <ciop2606@msn.com>
To: iris <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Sat, Jan 7, 2012 3:06 pm
Subject: RE: [iris] Decadence

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