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  • Subject: [PHOTO] Re: [iris-photos] RE: IB
  • From: "Mike Sutton" <suttons@lightspeed.net>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 18:57:20 -0800

Hi Paul,
I would doubt the horned IB will re-bloom in colder climates based on its
parentage, but you never know........Sigh does OK here with a tendency to
bloom heavy but not so much that it blooms out.  Its children don't seem to
carry that trait with them, at least not for us.  That pink with the deep
dark blue beard will be out next year under the name Bijou.  That was a
somewhat unexpected result of (Sigh x Chanted) X Little Blue Eyes, George is
pretty excited about it.  Midsummer Nights Dream grows like a weed here and
blooms profusely.  However like many reblooming IBs from colder climates the
rebloom blooms struggle to get out of the foliage in the summer, does great
in the fall.  Love the picture of Logo did you take that picture?  One of
the first crosses I made was  (please forgive me) Logo X Thornbird.  I had
no idea that Logo was an IB at the time but a pod set and I was hooked on
hybridizing.  I can't begin to describe the results of that cross but it's a
good thing I wasn't easily discouraged.  Your seedlings are really getting
exciting, makes me even more impatient for spring.  Here is another Sigh
offspring, sibling to the horned IB, reblooms late in the year with no horns
in fall but horns in spring....go figure.
Thanks for the in-depth info and great pics.
Mike Sutton
Porterville, CA USA
USDA zone 8b - send some of that rain this way!

----- Original Message -----

> Hi Mike,
> Thanks for the pictures of the dark blue amoena and horned seedling.
> I'd be happy not only with the shot of the horned one, but also the
> flower as it is presented in the picture.  Really pretty form.  The
> horned IB looks nice to and will be a great hit if it will rebloom in
> the more northerly climates.  I saw the slides of the pink SDBs with
> dark blue beards out of Sigh that George showed in one of his programs.
> I am amazed that you are able to use Sigh to advantage there.  In
> Oklahoma it tended to bloom a bit heavy as did Azure Gem, which was one
> of its parents.  Your climate there is similar enough to Oklahoma that I
> would have expected the same performance or in this case over
> performance.  I avoided using it much for that reason.  With what you
> are getting from it, I may consider going back and using it a bit more.
> One of the finest reblooming IBs we grow is Lowell Baumunk's, Midsummer
> Night's Dream.  It is total quality.  It grows easily, has beautiful,
> smooth, well-formed dark purple flowers, and reblooms faithfully and
> quite early here.  The earlier rebloom is probably not a plus in hotter,
> southern climates.
> Paul Black
> Zone 8  Still raining in Salem, Oregon

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