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Re: Favorite Schreiner Seedling

  • Subject: [iris-photos] Re: Favorite Schreiner Seedling
  • From: "Neil A Mogensen" neilm@charter.net
  • Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005 13:06:21 -0500

Adam, did you also notice the two spent blooms on #4, one on each side of that top flower (the same as the full flower image in the second photo below)?  That photo says there are at least three buds in the top socket.  Also it suggests there are probably two in the one below, and in the full branch farther down perhaps three.  Nice bud count--and widely spaced branches.  Even though that is less attractive in a clump than it is on a first or second year plant, on the show bench it is an asset.
Shorter but equally well spaced and endowed branches work better in a clump.
Characteristics that are "desirable" depend on what one wants from the iris. 
A good border iris might have less branching, but if about half the increase also put up bloomstalks and there is a succession of buds developing in the terminal, that variety is going to put on quite a colorful show over a fairly long time and make a better iris for the border than some of our taller, show-bench oriented Best of Show contenders.  It all depends on the end use we have in mind.
Neil Mogensen  z  7  western NC mountains

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