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Re: RE: HYB: Rose scent

  • Subject: Re: RE: HYB: Rose scent
  • From: "J. Griffin Crump" <jgcrump@cox.net>
  • Date: Mon, 4 May 2009 23:05:09 -0400

Colleen -- You might be right that perfume is recessive, but I'm surprised when you speak of "the only strong nice scent I've detected in irises". I find that most irises have some fragrance, and quite a few are strongly scented, with usually a pleasant fragrance. And then, there are some stinkers, too. Do your fellow hybridizers/growers there find the same thing as you? -- Griff

----- Original Message ----- From: "Impressive Irises" <colleen@impressiveirises.com.au>
To: <iris@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, May 04, 2009 4:55 PM
Subject: Re: [iris] RE: HYB: Rose scent


The only strong nice scent I've detected in irises is a jasmine scent. Forever Yours has it and so does one of mine releases Carol E. This is from Deja Blue x Autumn Thunder, neither of which has this lovely perfume. Unfortunately Carol E is pollen sterile so I'm having slow working on the genetics, but I suspect perfume is a recessive gene.

Colleen Modra

Adelaide Hills
South Australia


Thomas silvers wrote:
Hi Griff,
I'm fascinated by the diversity of scents I've noticed among the bearded irises. I haven't come across a rose-scented one yet, but don't see why it wouldn't be possible. Is this in one of your SDB seedlings?

Hi Anner, it's good to hear from you again [I had been a little worried and was on the verge of e-mailing you :0)]. You wrote: "that among the fragrances cataloged in the AIS 1939 Check List is 'rose.' So, for that matter, are waterlily, may-apple, celery, and the scent of the flowers of poplar and dogwood"

I'm not familiar with waterlily, may-apple, poplar and dogwood scents, but I can vouch for the celery scent. That's exactly the thought that came to mind when I smelled the scent of my two newly registered diploid MTB rebloomers (CRICKET SONG and EASY SMILE). It's not exactly the kind of scent one's hoping for in a flower, but I guess it's not unpleasant.

Take care guys, Tom

From: "J. Griffin Crump" <jgcrump@cox.net> Date: Fri, 1 May 2009 22:24:11 -0400 ----------------------------------------------- Today, I plucked a bloom from a seedling which had sent up a stunted stalk to see how it might look up out of the foliage. I was astonished to get a rose scent -- just as truly as if one were smelling a deep, red rose. Has anyone
else had that experience with an iris?  --  Griff

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