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Re: RE: HYB: Substance

Well, Linda, you've reminded me that one of the irises in my garden with
best substance is SCHIAPARELLI (Moldovan '74).  For that matter, I think it
was a great iris that was ahead of its time, a pink self with a hot pink
beard.   Interestingly, LENORA PEARL (Nichols '88) is almost
indistinguishable from it in my garden, not having the salmon-pink cast that
it apparently has in its developer's garden.

I also have a seedling, LUCY'S CHARM (R. '97), that has great substance and
will hold a bloom for 5 days.  It's a blend, however, and "them that prefer
it are few", to paraphrase the song.

As to what "substance" means, I consider it to mean a bloom that is
resilient to the touch and doesn't become translucent or droop in the rain.
I would put GYRO, BRAVE NEW WORLD, AURA LIGHT and KNIGHTED in this category,
but there are many more.  --  Griff

zone 7 in Virginia

----- Original Message -----
From: "Linda Mann" <lmann@volfirst.net>
To: "iris- talk" <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, June 26, 2004 2:04 PM
Subject: [iris] RE: HYB: Substance

> PINK FORMAL (an even older historic - Muhlenstein '49) also has better
> substance than a lot of modern intros.  Schreiner's 60s catalog says
> 'extra heavy substance that holds in the hottest sun'.  Form is not good
> here - sort of crunched looking.  But it is remarkably fertile both ways
> here and capable of carrying pods through the summer slop.  Bee
> seedlings had good substance.
> Just for fun (and to annoy KK?), I put some PF pollen on HAPPENSTANCE
> this year - H didn't have any pollen, or I would have made the cross the
> other way.  The stalk rotted out from under the pod and the pod rotted
> at about 6 weeks.  But the seeds look like some <might> be mature
> enough.
> Good pods on PF from BETTY DUNN, and might have a few surviving
> seedlings from last year's cross of PF X C SONG big enough to bloom next
> spring. Or this fall (I wish!).
> Glad you asked this one Betty - I don't have much of anything with
> really super substance to work with yet.
> < An older historic - WEBSPUN (Craig '68) - surprised me by having
> superior
> substance compared to even most modern intros. Donald Eaves  Texas Zone
> 7b, USA>
> --
> Linda Mann east Tennessee USA zone 7/8
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