--- In email@example.com, Betty Ann Gunther <bettyg@...> wrote:
Betty, I don't think you're imagining things. I've got three in by garden that were saved from Donalds compost heap.
> It is very lovely, indeed, but I had to laugh. I think you posted here
> or on the aril-robin a while back that when people come to your garden
> no matter what you offer them they always want something from your
> compost heap. Do you remember that? Now you are doing the same. I
> think you must throw away some pretty good stuff.
> Betty G.
> Donald Eaves wrote:
> > Another stray seedling with unknown parents. Came from a dumping ground
> > where it could be anything from from a balanced amphidiploid to a TB. My
> > best guess would be an AB of the OGB- sort based on an appraisal of this
> > bloom and the plant growth habits. I have to say I like this, so it won't
> > be sent to the compost heap. Reminds me of those I call the 'butterfly'
> > series. Smaller TB height, smaller blooms and ...well, a butterfly wing
> > type pattern on the falls. There's a faint but visible glow of the
> > standard
> > color on the falls, especially toward the outer edges. Gives it a nice
> > iridescent effect.
> > But I'm not sure what I'm seeing is a fully developed bloom here.
> > Probably
> > enough to give an idea of the basic color and pattern, but whatever is
> > still
> > eating on the iris ate this stalk off in the middle leaving only a
> > lower bud
> > to bloom naturally. The bud was showing color, but wasn't emerged. That
> > brings me to a question. I wasn't sure it was far enough along to bloom
> > inside. The weather folks are guaranteeing about six hours of below
> > freezing weather tonight. Low enough and long enough to damage most
> > everything out in the patch. I know a bud fully emerged and/or showing
> > color at least half way out of a spathe will go ahead and open in a
> > container of water. But I don't know about those showing just the tip of
> > the bud with color. Will those open if brought in? I've got lots of
> > things
> > with naked buds and I may cut a few and bring in, but I seldom cut stalks
> > and there are a couple of seedlings and I'd like to see, more or less,
> > what
> > they look like. Most everything will have to take their chances. Since
> > there's not going to be wind, I might try to cover a couple using
> > feedsacks,
> > but I can't do that until the wind stops and I don't know how late
> > that may
> > be.
> > Any advice on cutting would be welcome. And would CULT be the right
> > tag for
> > this sort of question?
> > Donald Eaves
> > donald@eastland. net <mailto:donald%40eastland.net>
> > Texas Zone 7b, USA
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