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Re: HYB: Best of the best


I'm an iris grower that rarely writes to this web site, but your question is
a good one.

I've changed my whole outlook about growing iris after attending a judges
training session offered by Barry Blyth, the Australian hybridizer.  Barry's
philosophy is this; "What's the first thing you notice when you visit an
iris garden?"  The answer is color.  When judging a bench show you cannot
favor one color over another, but in the garden it's important.

I'm starting to concentrate on great irises that are recent introductions; I
now have 70 that were introduced from 2000 thru 2004.  I do have Barry's
Decadence, Joe Ghio's Expose, and other that are omebia's or bicolors.

Most of the people writing to this website are fascinated with the older
classic irises.  Not me.  My suggestion is to look at the latest catalogs
from hybridizers and don't be afraid to pay $50 or thereabouts for recent
James P. Reilly

Jim Reilly
Region 23
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kathleen Devlin" <iris@dancingmeadows.com>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, June 19, 2005 5:38 AM
Subject: [iris] HYB: Best of the best

> Neil mentioned in a previous post [see HYB: Product Identity/Mogensen]
> when he reentered irises, Keith Keppel guided his first purchases "of the
> current 'best of the best' on the market."  Now I'm curious, which irises
> would members of this list recommend as the current "best of the best" on
> market.  I am still fairly new to irises, and would like to know.  Please
> don't limit this discussion to just TBs.  What are the best of the best
> all classifications of bearded irises, as well as non-bearded), from the
> standpoint of breeding potential?  What would be considered the best for
> show bench?  If you were starting over, which irises would be the ones you
> coudn't do without?
> Thanks,
> Kathy
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