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Fwd: Iris for Various Climates

   This was written during discussion of George Waters article, but it didn't get to list. Trying again.
    I suspect we can have plants that do well in various climates. My own "Garden Bride" was hybridizes here in Canada, cold winters and inconsistant snow cover in Zone 4 (USA rating) and it is exceptionally hardy. It won a Loomis award in Colorado Springs when almost all other plants did pitably after a rough winter. Yet this same plant thrives in Texas and is proving to be a very popular plant there in a very hot climate much different then its home climate. I have not heard of any climate where it doesn't do well.
 I would like to see AIS award system based on something like the Electoral Collage, that is not the total vote but the vote with each region getting one vote after totalling vote for that region. Thus California and Canada would each get one vote, with the best in the region getting that vote (or more for AMs MHs etc). thus one region would not dominate the vote and the plant winning would by necessity do well in a number of regions. This would give us Dykes medal winners that do well in a number of areas, not just a few areas with a high number of votes.
 You can't select for survivability in a climate wher everything does well. I would think a number of Arizona or Texas plants would survive the Canada test, particularly if they were from stock that is generally hardy in a number of climates.
 Chuck Chapman

Date: Mon, 28 Aug 2006 13:14:27 -0700

From: "FRANCELLE EDWARDS" <FJMJEDWARDS@worldnet.att.net>

Subject: [iris] Cult:  Geo Water's Bulletin Article

I was also very impressed with this article and the title the editor

gave it, "Food for Thought"  It is certainly that.


As an amateur  hybridizer, I am very conscious of necessity of combining

beauty and vigor in selecting seedlings.  Substance is also of primary

importance to me.  I want a uniquely beautiful iris that will grow well,

multiply readily and bloom over a long period of time.  I believe that

most iris lovers and most hybridizers desire those qualities and strive

for them.  I have grown a number of seedlings that have impressed me

with their outstanding beauty.  About half of those were weak, either

died,  dwindled or were dug, and no longer exist.  The other half are

growing vigorously in my selected seedling garden.


However, I have a unique climate in which I have been notoriously unable

to grow the Dykes Medal winners.  I fear that these beautiful babies

that are so well adapted to my climate may be complete failures if asked

to grow where Dykes Medal winners do well, which is probably about every

place else.

Therefore, I believe that test gardens in different climates would be

valuable to me.  The American Rose Society has them.  Why can't the AIS

do it?  I find that growing roses is far more hard work than growing

irises.  They not only have to be watered, fertilized, and weeded; they

have to be pruned.


Perhaps we will find that there are Southern irises for the hot climates

and Northern irises for the cold ones.  California irises grow much

better for me than those from Oregon.


Francelle Edwards  Glendale, AZ  Zone 9


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