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RE: Chartres


My guess is that Chartres has aphylla breeding.  MTBs with aphylla have
a tendency to have another branch low on the stalk.  I haven't heard
about this branch re-branching though.  However, two or three stalks of
Blenheim Royal did exactly that for me last year.  It put up a wonderful
display with about ten stalks from a 3-year clump.

Maureen Mark
Ottawa, Canada (zone 4)

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	SOkase [SMTP:SOkase@aol.com]
> Sent:	Thursday, May 07, 1998 9:47 AM
> To:	Multiple recipients of list
> Subject:	MED: Chartres
> Greeting L-ers,
> My stalk of Chartres (J. & V. Craig '97) has been blooming for a week
> now with
> still several buds to go. Earlier I posted a message about it's
> remarkable
> stalk and branching (one of the branches is coming from the base of
> the stalk,
> is re-branched, and is still blooming above the leaves) and bud count.
> The
> flowers are equally as beautiful. Lavender standards with deep violet
> falls
> that blend out to a lavender rim (can I say it looks like Magic Man?),
> all
> finished with gentle ruffling. A bit of a tangerine beard too. This is
> the
> most modern MTB I have seen yet, it's about time, I think. From a
> distance, it
> truly looks like a miniature-ized version of what modern tall bearded
> irises
> look like. The catalog description said it has 6-7 buds but this stalk
> had
> more. I can't tell you how many buds it has because in my frenzy of
> admiration, I broke one of the branches off. I hate when I do that.
> Has anyone
> else ever done that? I guess this stalk isn't going to the show.....as
> Tina
> Turner sez....Mighta Been Queen.....*sigh*
> Iris Maniac,
> Sterling (not Innerst)
> Seattle, WA. Zone 8
> SOkase@aol.com

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