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Re: TB more pasture iris

  • Subject: [iris-photos] Re: TB more pasture iris
  • From: "donald" donald@eastland.net
  • Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2006 18:54:32 -0000


>  --  I hope you've done other things with that seedling besides 
> putting it out to pasture.

Not really.  It's growing here at the house because of its agreeable 
tendency to give me prolific bloom.  I'm interested in garden plants 
rather than show stalks, so the ability to provide lots of bloom 
stalks is reason for forgiving lots of other things about a bloom.

>The texture of the petals 
> appears to be soft, rather than glossy or neutral.

My picture must be better than I thought!  Yes, that was a 
characteristic of the results of this cross.  That velvet aspect 
even extended to the standards.  There were a couple of siblings 
that had a color I preferred, but they were second year germinates 
from the cross and haven't been quite as aggressive with increase 
though they've done well.  They haven't been put out to pasture 
yet :).

>These appear to be growing 
> in semi-shade, and I wonder if they would be as tall if growing in 
> un.

Not too much shade here.  The grandmother iris get a bit more.  The 
canopy of the elm trees aren't broad here so there is considerable 
sun.  Not enough to affect height, I think.  Those in the yard are 
about the same height.  The seedling has been consistant in getting 
into TB range height on bloomstalks.

For inquiring minds the cross is RUSTLER X SATAN'S MISTRESS - 
neither of which are inclined to give the quantity of increase the 
seedlings from the cross have displayed.  RUSTLER crowds the 
bloomout zone every year, so has never really made a decent clump, 
just 1-3 fans with a single or two increase usually.  SATAN'S 
MISTRESS is a slow, albeit steady, increaser for me.  Both do have a 
tendency to bloom every season.


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