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Re: CULT: Special care

  • Subject: Re: [iris-talk] CULT: Special care
  • From: Carol Canfield <Carolcc5@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2001 13:24:51 -0700 (PDT)

And all of these postings lead to my personal
philosophy of iris growing.  I aquire as many as I can
as cheaply as I can and then whatever can survive my
haphazard care stays and what dies is like the
'weakest link'.  Goodbye.  When I do the same, my kids
will probably have only irises that will grow for

Carol TX zone 8
--- Bill Shear <wshear@hsc.edu> wrote:
> On 9/5/01 12:45 PM, "Mike Sutton"
> <suttons@lightspeed.net> wrote:
> > I know this subject has been hit on before but I
> would like to toss in my
> > two cents worth.  It is extremely hard to
> consistently hybridize plants that
> > are prone to rot or are weak growers.  They just
> don't survive and so are
> > not around to work on.  --and so on.
> Right on, Mike.  It's deja vu all over again.  This
> subject was treated
> exhaustively just before I left the list temporarily
> in the late spring, and
> Mike's thoughts summarize that discussion pretty
> well.
> Just like bacteria and antibiotics, insects and
> insecticides, the iris world
> is the product of (not-so-)Natural Selection.  The
> weak fall by the wayside,
> and the strong survive.  A relatively weak variety
> will stay around only as
> long as people are willing to coddle it, and no
> longer.  Then it will be
> replaced by something prettier or more vigorous.
> But the environment, which includes the gardener, is
> the measure of all
> things.  Our archives are full of complaints about
> 'Variety X' which cannot
> survive in East Podunk, but is taking over vacant
> lots in West Widget.
> Those few (very few) that are gangbusters everywhere
> will be the mainstays
> of gardens in the future and will continue to top
> the Popularity Poll year
> after year.  That's why the PP is a much better
> guide to selecting varieties
> than the Dykes Medal.  The DM gets awarded too fast
> for a full evaluation of
> a variety's vigor and adaptability to take place. 
> But if something stays on
> the PP for 25 years, it must be doing something
> right.
> Bill S. 

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