In a message dated 4/12/2006 5:00:29 P.M. Central Standard Time,
How are those TB seedlings doing? The orange ones and blue ones come
to mind. Did they escape the frost?
Just thought of something! You aren't on Iris Talk, are you??
Last fall, I went to sleep one night thinking my rebloomers would be
stripped of blooms because I'd experienced a hopper infestation late in the
afternoon! I remembered your struggle to salvage even the rhizomes
from them a couple of years ago!
Next morning I went out to find no further damage to the blooms and all the
hoppers were gone! What I did find were some very SMUG preying
mantis. Biggest mantis I've ever seen! Maybe you could stock
I wrote about it, thinking you would see my posts but just now remembered
you do not subscribe to the TALK version! Mantis have been my friends for
years but I never thought about them liking hoppers! Normally I import
both mantis & lady bugs, but this new place came fully stocked! Still
a lot of fields around.
I've had several color changes through the years from maiden to second
year bloom. Of course, I work with TB's. One had red
(true tulip red) veining on the standards during maiden bloom. It was gone
there after. Of course, I knew it would disappear. But it was
gorgeous while it lasted.
I had bright purple beards on laced yellow that turned to a yellow beard
with a purple flash at the end the second year. Just recently?
I had a lavender amoena with a pink haze over the standards and falls . .
. which lost the pink haze and became just an ordinary purple amoena with
Sorry about your rebloom! Or the lack of rebloom! A garden FULL
of reblooming seedlings is a sight to behold! I'm giving judges training
in the fall garden! Isn't that awesome?
I wasn't too thrilled with the takes I got in 2004, a rather mediocre crop,
I thought. Now, I've got LOTS of stalks on these seedlings and I just
can't wait . . . tizz the season for the fever!