Re: CULT: Blyth iris
Linda Mann wrote:
>(I thought there was a whole family of Blyths - guess it's just Barry?)
There certainly is. His ex-wife Lesley and three kids (Paul, Tim and Heidi)
have also done some hybridizing. There was a photo of Tim out in the field
hybridizing in the 96/97 catalogue from Tempo Two. I'm sure the other
family members have quite a few introductions between them. Here's a sample:
Shine on Wine
Heidi's: (I think she's mainly interested in Dwarf Beardeds)
Late for School
Green and Gifted
I have a vague memory of reading about one which I think was Tim's which won
an award in Italy.
>Do any of you know Barry Blyth personally and know if he would be likely
>to respond to a letter asking a bunch of questions about his breeding
>program, growing conditions, etc?
Well, Mum spoke to him on the phone in March, making a late order for me
(she being the one with the credit card!) and he was extremely helpful. It
was on his advice that I joined the AIS and Reblooming sections. I say
write the letter and see what happens. I think there's a reasonable chance
he might respond. Bear in mind, though that our bloom season is about to
start so he'll probably be extremely busy for a while. There was an
interesting profile of him (and mention of his family) in the Hybridizer's
Medal section of the AIS July bulletin.
>Can we lure him on-line for a seminar?
Now that would be great. Maybe a concerted group effort? Mind you, it
might be easier to contact and persuade him if he was already on-line!