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Re: variegata and west coast USA

Honorabile grows great for us, always blooms and increases well.  Hope that
helps.  No sports as of yet though.  Kaleidoscope (Brown's Mutant) grows
extremely well here

> From: Linda Mann <lmann@icx.net>
> To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
> Subject: HYB: variegata and west coast USA
> Date: Monday, May 04, 1998 5:39 AM
> I keep reading, perhaps over and over again in The World of Iris (TWOI),
> that I. variegata doesn't perform well on the west coast of the USA
> (Oregon, California).  
> What does that mean?  Any of you west coasters ever actually try to grow
> any I. variegata clones or any oldies that were pure variegata like ?
> Does it rot? Fail to grow?  Have the 'molliegrubs'? Fail to bloom?  Have
> flowers that look pathetic next to others?
> Anner only was able to find one place for me that is growing MAY HALL. 
> >From what TWOI says, sounds like she has lots of variegata (M H, not
> Anner : >).  
> Anybody on list have any experience growing M H?  She and MARY RANDALL
> sure are in a lot of pedigrees.  I plan to 'reinvent the wheel' a bit
> and grow some of these ancestral irises just to see how they react to
> all the stressors here.
> Is there some documentation of performance in different climates and
> after late freezes for all the Dykes winners?  I guess I should say
> rollercoaster freezes - freezes below 20o F after prolonged
> above-freezing temperatures.  Anybody on list have a complete collection
> of Dykes medalists that got frozen badly this year?  Or if you know
> someone off-list who does who'd be willing to evaluate freeze injury and
> subsequent bloom, rot etc for me, send me an address off-list and I will
> write.
> Although as Anner points out, the Dykes medallists are really chosen for
> their uniqueness, they wind up being used more than anything else in
> subsequent breeding.  Seems like.  Most of the time.
> Another WHOLE CLOTH descendant out there in pristine bloom - FINE
> FETTLE.  What a tall beauty.  Not a sign of damage to stalk or bloom,
> but I haven't checked it's foliage.  And RIDE THE WIND is gorgeous -
> haven't checked its genes yet.
> Just enough bloom to keep me on this wild goose chase.  
> Anybody know of any variegata X WHOLE CLOTH crosses?
> Linda Mann east Tennessee USA

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