Donald -- I'm not sure what the "retro"
reference is tied to, but I consider the form of your SKATING PARTY X
LUMIERE d'AUTOMNE seedling to be close to ideal. Yes, form does change as
the years pass, but I think some of the super-ruffly stuff we're seeing begins
to look like giant carnations. True beauties usually stand the test of
time, though. -- Griff
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Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2008 10:37
Subject: [iris-photos] Re: AB: sdlg
> You say "retro" like it's a bad thing ; )
to me personally. I'm fond of a great many old irises and
willing to give them up. But realistically when you're
seedling, then it seems necessary to view them in the
context of what is
the current standard rather than a previous
decade's output. Some of these
would have been nice things in an
earlier day, but don't fit well now. No
matter for me. They should
contain genes I'd like to work with regardless.
When your ice is gone and you are in full bloom, I hope you share.
Because by then I'll be baking in miserable heat and probably very
conditions wondering if anything will survive. I just hope my
survives tonight. We are under threat of tornados and hail
and high winds
driving heavy rainfall. I'd like the rain, but hope
the rest skips me or
what I've seen bloom may well be the season.