I'd love to see any photos, even if they're awful! I hope they germinate. I try to send seeds I think have a good chance, but with iris seeds you can never be sure. I planted seeds from all those crosses, but only about half have had germination yet. Just a slow year - or not going to be a good one. I planted 84 pods - each one to its own pot - and only 21 pots have given any germination. Some of those crosses I'm seeing are giving good germination with multiple seedlings showing and some of those are different pods of the same cross. Obviously there's a bunch of things not doing anything so far.
I think I'd probably find a way to watch the northern lights somehow. Even if I am too old and still pay a price for watching the eclipse :).
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Eleanor Hutchison <eleanore@...> wrote:
> They're both lovely, Donald, but especially the half sibling. A couple of the crosses I got from ASI are yours, so hopefully I'll have some photos to show you in a few years.
> Awesome that you stayed outside all night to watch the lunar eclipse. I've tried that a few times with the northern lights, but it's just too cold to stay outside longer than an hour at a time.
> El, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
> From: Donald Eaves
> Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 8:08 PM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: [iris-photos] AB: sdlg
> The cross is (TENNESSEE GENTLEMAN x SCOTCH GOLD) x ENERGIZER. One I'd like
> to get to another generation. The pod parent is unusual in that it sets
> seeds quite readily. I've planted more seeds from it than any iris I grow.
> The catch, of course, is the seeds seldom germinate. All those seeds have
> only resulted in 4 plants and only two lived to bloom. Both did this year.
> This one didn't have really appealing form to me and the wind made it worse.
> I think it tried, but no pod this year. No pollen to try. Really leans
> toward a TB look, but the styles are oversized.
> The first day of winter. I started by dragging a cot, sleeping bag and
> pillows out to watch the lunar eclipse. I'm in an ideal location for such
> an activity. The nearest small town are seven miles away and I'm
> essentially in a valley, so even the small amount of light doesn't get here.
> The whole 5 hour show was spectacular, right down to a nice meteor shower
> complete with streakers, streamers and floaters when the eclipse was total.
> It was interesting to watch the night sky fill up with stars as the light
> dimmed. However, I've felt jetlagged all day so probably it's the sort of
> endeavor I should remember to leave for younger bodies. As for the day, we
> hit about 86F which topped yesterday by about 4F. However we are being
> promised winter temps in the low 20s by Christmas day. Nonetheless, winter
> is off to a warm start. And very, very dry.
> Donald Eaves
> Texas Zone 7b, USA