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Re: esthetics (was Re: Double iris-a plea for circumspection)

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: esthetics (was Re: Double iris-a plea for circumspection)
  • From: daf10@cornell.edu (Dorothy A. Fingerhood)
  • Date: Wed, 8 Oct 1997 09:40:50 -0600 (MDT)

>In a message dated 97-10-08 04:03:04 EDT, John wrote:
> Cheers and the best of good wishes to all hybridizers who strive for simple
> elegance on sturdy plants.

and Claire replied:
>Imostly agree with all you have written in this essay.  The usual example
>written of is the rose.  Beautiful, to some, roses on plants that won't grow
>well in the garden.


>Irises "improved" to me mean plants of better health, stronger flowerstalks,
>disease resistance, colors deeper and richer, hardiness extended,  length of
>bloom extended, etc.  An iris that begins to look like something else will
>not grow in my garden but will probably in the cult of "what's new" in the
>catalogs become a hit.
>I do not think we are in the majority.
 Right on, John and Claire!  And Claire, we may not be in the majority, but
we may be among the last ones growing a few old, sturdy irises if the new
ones continue to go the way of the rose...

(Newfield, NY)

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