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Re: CULT: stray seedling & question

  • Subject: Re: CULT: stray seedling & question
  • From: "donald" <donald@eastland.net>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Apr 2009 03:17:49 -0000

Thanks Griff,

I'm going to try one then. Has about 1/4 inch of color showing. It's a TB seedling and they take longer to finish the process than most ABs. Am going to try and cover about 3 plants that have buds in the green stage - things I haven't seen bloom. Maybe cut a couple of those that would bloom tomorrow. Hard to say how accurate the weather people are going to be, but probably they are correct. After months of constant wind it died at sunset and is perfectly still now. Just when a breeze would help instead of driving you mad.

--- In iris-photos@yahoogroups.com, "J. Griffin Crump" <jgcrump@...> wrote:
> Donald -- Usually, any bud showing color will, if cut, bloom in water. I have only ever had one stalk with which this did not occur -- a ver-r-r-r-ry slow growing rebloomer. -- Griff
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Donald Eaves
> To: iris-photos@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Monday, April 06, 2009 4:06 PM
> Subject: [iris-photos] CULT: stray seedling & question
> 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@...
> Texas Zone 7b, USA

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